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Selling an Antique Bedroom Set?

October 4, 2013

I have an old bedroom set that belonged to my grandpa; its a hundred years old this year. It is in great condition. How would I find someone to buy it?

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By Stacey from Phoenix, AZ

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October 6, 20130 found this helpful
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You should try local antique shops first.

On a cautionary note - it would not be wise to leave this set in a regular garage for a long period of time.

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October 6, 20130 found this helpful
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You could always try "Craigslist" and put it under "antiques". The advertising is free. It is a gorgeous set! Antique dealers have to make money on what they sell so you would be taking a loss on it if you sold it to an antique dealer, I would think.

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October 7, 20130 found this helpful
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Make sure to look up the name of the brand of bed. If you're in luck, there will be posts about them. And get a couple quotes, take pictures with you of different angles. Good luck!

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March 12, 2020

This is a 4 piece set my grandma bought back in the 60s from an auction. I have no idea about its value. How can I set a price on it for sale?


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March 14, 20200 found this helpful
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This appears to be a really nice bedroom set but if you cannot find any markings on the backs or inside the drawers it will be very difficult for any llay person to do research.
Someone may be able to give you an approximate age or design but value would be almost impossible as value is determine by current sales and it is doubtful anyone can find even one piece like yours as furniture like this is usually sold at auctions designed for pieces like this.

It's for sure it would have to be seen by people who have room for these large pieces as well as a desire to own them.
I can only suggest you take pictures to any local antique shops and see if anyone can give you information.

There are several online sites that give free appraisals for items like this and they have access to auctions all over the country and also have knowledge about furniture brands that have no markings.
You will have to send good pictures as well as any information (years) of provenance including cities and where it might have been purchased. Send info to several as they will give you information and also addresses of auction sites that you may want to take your set.

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../antiques.html

www.pbs.org/.../

antiques.lovetoknow.com/Free_Antique_Appraisals_Online

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../all.html

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Are you planning to sell them on your own? If so, then I would ask around to several reputable dealers how much it would cost to by a grouping like this. That would be retail and you would get much less at a private sale. It would give you a starting point.

This appears to be an Arts and crafts style chifferobe, dressers, twin? Bed frame. I am thinking it's 1930-1950s. Condition that look to be in fair to just below fair condition. Not sure if it is burled wood. Hard to tell from photo. Maybe burled oak or elm?

Furniture sales are very regional and where you are, pieces like these could fetch more or less than where I am. There is a huge supply of pieces like this in Pittsburgh and since the demand is low, and supplies high, that drives prices down. Where you are it could be the total opposite.

Condition is everything too and I see a missing mirror (most likely) on the chifferobe and the mirror on the dresser either had mildew or needs resilvering. There are also dings on the wood. Do you have the keys or are the locks just ornamental? Keyed locks with keys always adds value.

I would sell the pieces individually or have a dealer sell it for you. Selling on your own can be challenging. Besides the regional pricing challenge, you have to have a way to get it to the new buyer and most people don't have a truck. Plus it is heavy and they need help and will want you to help. It is such a pain to have people traipsing in and out if your house, if they even show.

As a long term reseller, I always leave furniture sales to a shop. I get less, but in the long run, I find that it is so much less of a hassle. Plus I don't have to negotiate or deal with delivery.

Post back what you learn from the dealers! Thanks for sharing!

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September 16, 2019

I have my grandparents antique bedroom set. I have no idea how or where to sell it. There's also a full size bed headboard and footboard with the same floral motif.

All are in great condition.

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September 16, 20190 found this helpful

It depends on who manufactured it, and what it is made of. There is not much demand for brown furniture where I live. Advertise it for $300 and see if you get any takers.

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September 17, 20190 found this helpful

Hi. What a great set. Is it 1920s? My grandmother had a dining set that matched this and I want to say hers was somewhere between the 1800s and 1920s. My brother kept part and I have part of the set.

This is a French style--although I am not remembering which Louis style it is.

In some places these have still held their value and can fetch decent amounts (although the full size bed frame may drop the value a little--people today want larger beds which did not exist then).

Since I don't know where you are located, I would suggest shopping them around to an antique or vintage furniture dealer or an estate sale dealer who does buy outs and sell them that way.

I recommend getting 3 bids on it if you can and take the highest.

This is the easiest way to sell and you will get the most value. They will know how to price it for your area and you won't have to have people coming in and out of your house to look at it.

Post back with what you learn and how your sale goes! Thanks for sharing!

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I'd like to sell this bedroom set. It was my grandmother's. It is solid oak and the bed is a double size. It was sold by Stripling Cox department store in Ft. Worth, Texas, but I'm not sure exactly when, however they went out of business in the 80s. The drawers of the dresser are dovetail construction and I've included a picture of the tag on the back of the headboard, but I dont think it will help much.

The room is small with bad lighting so the pictures are not as good as I would like so zooming in is suggested.

The bed has a headboard and footboard, but the room is small and I had trouble getting a good picture. Obviously it's sentimental, but I need to get as much as I can for it which will probably be much less than I think. It could do with a little refinishing on the top of the dresser, but I like the aging on the rest, just a bit faded in places. I haven't found anything like it online. I really appreciate any feedback you have.

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