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Value of Antique Table and Chairs

I have an antique table and 3 chairs that I have stored for years and am looking to sell them. I do not know how old they are. Part of the base of the table is cracked, but could be repaired. Overall they are in very good condition. I don't want to undersell!
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April 8, 20190 found this helpful

This looks like well-made, well-cared for furniture. You will have a better chance of determining the age and value if you find a maker's mark. Look under and on the back of the piece, and inside the drawers.

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April 9, 20190 found this helpful

These are quite lovely. I call these William and Mary Style Legs and Feet, but I am not sure if that is the official title.

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In many places in the country, these pieces have held their value or appreciated and can fetch into the thousands in the right market.

You don't say where you are, so I will give you some general suggestions.

Since these pieces are very nice (although you mention the need for a repair which will depreciate the value slightly) and can fetch high amounts in come circles, I suggest NOT trying to sell them on your own, and that you sell them through a reputable vintage/furniture dealer or auction house.

A big city auction would be the preferable (with a nice reserve set on them so they don't undersell--the auction house can suggest the best reserve price--meaning if it doesn't hit that price, they try again at a later time or give you the option of taking the highest bid depending on your contract with them).

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The challenge with selling these on your own is most people will not recognize the value and will try to give you next to nothing for them. Quite frankly, they may not recognize what interesting and valuable pieces they are...most buyers like from Craig's list are either trying to find something cheap to live with or something cheap to flip.

It is truly RARE to find a buyer on one of these sites who truly appreciates what you are selling and is willing to pay the true value. I have been selling things for many years and this has only happened to me once with a set of very valuable barrister bookcases. I felt like I saw a unicorn that day! Anyhow...

Since your goal in sales to maximize your profits it find someone who will pay what it is worth right up front, turn this sale over to a professional. They will set the best price and get the best exposure for you.

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Post back what you fetch for them!! They are lovely works of art!

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