Finding the Value of an Old Desk?

Finding the Value of an Old Desk - nine drawer desk with decorative edge around the desktopHow can I find out the value of an old desk?


Finding the Value of an Old Desk

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June 14, 20190 found this helpful

This is a beautiful desk. Look behind, underneath and inside the drawers for a manufacturer mark. This will help you assess age and value.

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June 15, 20190 found this helpful

Do some research on what type of desk you have such as mid century, modern, etc. Remember just because a desk or other furniture may be an antique by age standards doesn't mean it holds any monetary value. The craftsmanship, type of wood used to make the item and whether the item was factory made on an assembly line like ikea and other popular pressed board pcs that use pegs for assembly, could mean the difference between dollars or duds.


However sometimes with none of the above it can hold value if you simply love it or is has been in the family for a long period of time, making the value of the item unimportant and priceless to some. Any item of furniture can last a long time as long as you show your pce some tlc from time to time with polish and other furniture oils.

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June 15, 20190 found this helpful

This link I am going to provide looks like an identical match to your desk (I call the opening a keyhole--I a not sure if that is the official name).

This one sold in Michigan for $51 in 2015 (the value of furniture has not changed significantly in recent years--and if anything it may have dropped but I think this is a fair guestimate of today's current value in most places). Do you have the original chair? If so, that would add to the value? This is the link:


Now, there are a few things to remember about can differ greatly in different parts of the US and in different parts of the world.

I am told in Europe "brown" furniture is still quite popular and people pay good money for it.

Where I am in Pennsylvania, people do not pay much for standard "brown" furniture (with the exceptions of big name brand pieces, mid century modern and a few other odds and ends).

If you have a furniture resell shop in your town, see if they can tell you the value for where you life. I would venture the guess the range will go from $25 to $150.

Post back how your sale goes and how much you fetch for it!

Thanks for sharing!

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June 15, 20190 found this helpful

This was probably a nice desk at one time but it looks like it has been fairly abused which of course, lowers the already low value.

Large bulky desk are just not in fashion and dark (brown) seems to be the least desirable color. Also, so many people live in apartments that just do not want large heavy pieces of furniture to have to move about.


This may be a candidate for a yard sale but may not bring more than $20-$25. Then again, someone may come along that just always wanted this kind of desk and be willing to pay more.

As the desk sits, it seems it would make a good working desk for a service station office, a basement or garage work space office, but not sure if anyone would want it on display in their home (in the present condition).

It would take a lot of work to refinish your desk so unless someone wanted a long time project even a novice would not want to pay very much.

I found some similar desks that are now up for auction that you may want to check out. These are in a lot better condition and some name brands so you see that it is difficult to sell these large desks.
You can check these out later to see what the final sale price might be as this is current value.


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