Value and Age of Table?

I love this table. I can tell it is old by the flat head screws. It is a Mersman 7230-6 legged small coffee table. I would like to refinish but want to make sure I do not lose any value if this is original finish. What can I do to keep the value?


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November 24, 20200 found this helpful

Most furniture pieces remain slow sellers and any type of furniture that is in poor condition usually does not sell unless it is low priced (yard sale) with pick up only.
Some Mersman pieces still occasionally sell for several hundred dollars but this is the exception and not the rule.
The younger generation and now retirees are just not 'into' having coffee tables in their homes so this knocks this style even lower in the value line.
All types of furniture is expensive to ship so think about who - in your area - would want to buy your table? How much do you think someone would pay?

I have not seen #7230 table and 6 legs? A good picture would help with your question.
Mersman numbers are generally useless as there are no records available to accurately date Mersman pieces. As a general rule, Mersman furniture is described as 'Mid Century' pieces.

As to value of your table - as is? - $25-30.
Refurbished? maybe $60-$75 all guessing because without a picture there is no way to really do research so this is just from memory of coffee tables in general as you say 'small' so I know it is not a 'surfboard' style which does sometimes sell at a good price.

When mediocre furniture is in this condition I would say to look at some of the makeovers online and come up with a great color scheme or even a 'one of a kind' design and then you may be able to sell it for $200. Check out some of the makeovers on Etsy - they sell.
You can check sold listings on eBay to see what people are really paying and how few are selling. The other problem is there is no way to tell how long a piece has been listed before it sells - some keep items like this listed for months/years and many never sell.

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November 25, 20200 found this helpful

What I've seen in Mersman coffee tables for pristine condition is around $200.
This entire group of Mersman tables was sold for $70.
Your table is very nice and it's hard to find good sturdy solid wood furniture anymore. I would definitely keep it, and refinish it.
(Please post pics when you do get your table re-finished. I'd love to see it. :-)

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Normally a coffee table in prime condition would sell for around $100-150. The condition of your table now is worth around $20-30 if you are lucky. If you decide to refinish this table and yes I would if it was mine you will not decrease the value of it today. As a matter of fact, you could then sell this for a bit more as long as you advertised it as a refinished table. Just make sure you do a good job and try and keep the same color as the table is now.

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

In the Mersman world the 6 legged coffee tables, if they have a drawer and are pristine, sell in the $60-$75 range. No drawer versions that are pristine sell for $30-$40.

If you love the table and are going to enjoy it, go for it and refinish or paint!! If you are doing it to resell, forget it and just sell it as is for whatever someone will pay you.

Having refinished furniture for years, you will never get out what you put in. It is not old or rare enough.

Thanks for sharing!! Post back what you decide!

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

Mersman was made in the mid-20th century. Your table is really worn out. I would fix it as that brand is not really expensive anyway.

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