Finding the Value for Antiques and Collectibles

August 15, 2018

Determining the Value of an Antique Chinese Vase - tall ornate vase on a standI need to know the value of this Chinese vase.

Thank you.


Determining the Value of an Antique Chinese Vase


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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

It is quite lovely.

If there are no markings it will be challenging to determine a value. If you think it is over 100 years old, you could try taking it to an antique store and ask for assistance to value for insurance purposes. They may be able to give you info and a value. One of the challenges of cases is telling real from reproductions. This usually takes a very skilled expert, who are often hard to find.

Once you id it and set a value, selling an item like this online is a nightmare as it is extremely fragile and the weight makes shipping costs outrageous.


You are better off selling locally like through an antique store, auction house or consignment store. If it is new and has little value, you could do Craig's list or Facebook marketplace.

Let me know about the markings and then we can chat about how to determine value. Thanks for sharing!

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September 27, 2009

I am preparing a home for an estate sale and I'm finding lots of items that are vintage and/or collectibles. I'm having trouble finding values for these items. They range from angels, to suitcases, to cameras, to keys. I can't find anything like them on typical internet sites. How can I find their value without spending a fortune for appraisals?

By Sharon Lamoreaux from Neosho, MO


September 27, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried looking on ebay for similiar items? I get ideas on pricing from there.

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September 28, 20090 found this helpful

You can also try

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Agree with the poster who mentioned Kovels as a good research source; the problem with Ruby Lane is that you're getting generally higher retail markup figures. In other words, you'll find a lot of items with bloated pricing. If you research through eBay, keep in mind that generally, things will sell on eBay for only about 33% of what they'd go for in a brick-and-mortar store.


Also resellers, eBayers and antique dealers usually flock to these estate sales looking for a deal; you don't want to overprice--but you certainly don't want to under price, either.

Google, Google, Google. It may be a pain if time is at a premium for you, but researching as much as you can in as many places online as you can will work in your favor.

Example: you have a doodad that your neighbor says looks very valuable; you search it and see it selling in various places for $50, $100, $45, $80. Average it out and price it just a couple of dollars over to take "haggling" into consideration.

The average price for the imaginary item above is $68.75. I'd price it for $80 and take $70 for it if someone wants to haggle. Hope this helps a little.

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May 5, 2012

I have a grille ornament/emblem for a Apherson 8 automobile. Where can I find the value of this "item"? I need all of the help or suggestions I can get. Thanks.

By Joyce Lambert from Nokomis, AL


May 6, 20120 found this helpful

Well, you could go to They deal with old autos and parts. I would either click on classifieds or customer service and click on contact them with your question.

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May 7, 20120 found this helpful

There is likely an antique car club in your area. If you contact someone with such an organization, they will be able to put you in touch with the right people who can do a valuation of this item.

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September 12, 2009

white lionsI think these pieces originated in Holland, maybe in the 1800's, not sure. Can anyone tell me where they are from and perhaps a value or somewhere I could find out what they might be worth?

By Dianne Doornbosch

September 13, 20090 found this helpful

Hello, I also collect different antiques and collectibles and have found the best and least work way is to go to E-bay as you are able to input all of the information that you have on them, be sure to look at the bottom for ANY marks color etc to help in the identification. Do a search to buy as well as look in the "completed listings world wide to see if you find anything similar or them exactly as well as what the price is on them.


They appear to possibly be French or possibly even English due to the style and the lions. I have also found that this way you are able to see what the true cash value is as the value is set by what people are willing to pay. Also do a google search for antiques and information there is a site to visit that you can send a photo and they are able to usually identify with such but make sure you photograph front and back as well as the bottom and give full description as in the color, size material made of etc. Good Luck!

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks so much for your help. We will give this a try.

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

Beau D is definitely correct about checking on the bottom but check with Kovels before eBay! I know first hand that most ebay buyers pay only penny's on the dollar :-( You can go to your local library to check through Kovels books for free or go to:

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September 15, 2009

Anyone know the value of an antique typewriter ribbon tin, or where I can find information? Thank you.

By Pattie McIntyre from Bridgton


September 16, 20090 found this helpful

You can try going on to E-bay and doing a search. This way you are able to see if the item is an exact match, condition etc. You can also look under completed listings to see if and when as well as how much the item sold for if it sold. On the G.I. Joes I also have a good amount of them from when I was a kid along with transportation rigs, clothes, accesories etc.


I was disapointed to see they were not worth as much as I had hoped so I will hold on to mine for another 30 years and possibly pass them down a generation. Good Luck!

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

Go to (the internet antique store) Then type in,antique typewriter ribbon tin, in the search line. They have four there that are for sale. Maybe one is like the one you have and will give you an idea of how much it is worth.

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We have several old toys (G.I. Joe 1972), an early 40's typewriter and much more. The trouble is I have no clue about their value. Can anyone tell me how to find out the value of all this?

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