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Value of American of Martinsville Bedroom Furniture?

August 21, 2019

Value of American of Martinsville Bedroom Furniture - dresser with two mirrors and 3 drawer setsI am curious to see if anyone knows the value of several pieces of furniture. I'm also interested in the style and time of this furniture. The brand is American of Martinsville. I have had no luck looking them up.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Unless it is an antique, it has no value where I live. I see people giving them away on Freecycle. You can put it up for sale at $400 and see if you have any takers.

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The company which started in West Virginia if I remember correctly has been around since the 1900s and were best known for the furniture they made in the 1950s and 60s that is now referred to as Mid Century Modern (MCM). It is the sleek line furniture, sometimes referred to as Danish style. Very minimalist.

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Your pieces are definitely NOT MCM.

I think they are very interesting and are probably earlier pieces....maybe from the 1940s as they are not quite art deco and not quite Art Nouveau in style. They are very elegant and stately.

This company made a lot of furniture way back when for hotels and that was my first thought when I saw your set that it reminds me of an old fashioned, upscale hotel look.

You could have something valuable on your hands, so my best recommendation would be to have an antique/vintage dealer in your town look these over and help you sell them.

Every market is different so it is best to talk to an expert in your town and get a feel for what they think and the value where you are.

In some cases -- if the piece has value -- they may be able to place it in an auction where it can get the attention it needs to sell.

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Sadly most brown furniture has little value in most parts of the country, but there are exceptions and I am really hoping in your case, this is one of them.

American of Martinsville has collectors out there who seek out the unusual sets and pieces from this brand.

Post back an update!! Thanks for sharing!

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October 28, 2020

I need help here with these American of Martinsville dresser and nightstand. They were both found in the same storage unit so I'm not sure if they are a set or not, they look similar in design but not color. I've searched the internet and have found no results on these exact dressers, not really even similar ones.A tall wooden dresser.

 

I don't know if they're vintage or antique, and I just wanna know what they're worth. The lighter in color one is around 3 1/2 feet tall and the darker one is around 5 feet tall. The small one has 3 drawers, even though the design makes it seem like more. The same with the big one except it has 4 drawers. The small one locks, but the big one does not.

A small wooden dresser.
 
The American of Martinsville logo inside a drawer.
 

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This may be from their Hotel line, 1980s era. The older pieces had the logo burnished or branded on in black--later--I think the 1970s they started using the sticker label you have.

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Definitely not mid century modern like the cool stuff they made with super clean lines and the Danish influence of the 1950s. This is a clunky set, harder lines, not as elegant, but quite practical. I am guessing 80s because they have that kitchy country look to them that was HUGE in the 1980s. They could be 1970s, but my gut says later.

This looks like a set based on the aprons and handles also look to be very close (hard to get them to blow up well on the screen--sorry).

One may have sun damage causing the color differences.

Where I am these (PA) these have very little value, but every place is different.

You can always start high (like $100 each) and take best offer, which if you are where I am would be about $10 each.

It is all about supply and demand and condition! I feel a flipper would want these to paint or upscale! A good repurposing would probably give them more value if done right!

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If you have a decent furniture reseller in your area you can get their take--they may even know which hotel they came from!

Post back what you learn! Thanks for sharing!

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Sounds like you are having fun bidding on unpaid storage units.
Hope you are doing well with your finds.
My family has done some of this in the past and some 'buys' were very good but not all (I enjoyed participating though).

Your last picture is the reason we ask for more pictures because you can clearly see the markings and the material used is definitely of the lower quality hotel/motel style furniture.

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I have been to some of the sales that hotels put on when remodeling and this is the type of items usually seen. Of course, they no longer sell off 'used' bedding but everything else goes. If I remember correctly they would have a set price for each type of item (usually no more than $25) no matter the condition, and you could buy as few or as many as you wanted.

That said, it appears your pieces have some issues but may be cleaned/touched up a bit and list them for $125 each with best offer considered and local pick up only.
List this type of furniture on Craigslist, USA4Sale, Facebook Marketplace, offerup, Ioffer, letgo, etc (your area/zip) and leave it listed at least 3 months and if no offers then lower the price and wait again.

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