Value of Homer Laughlin?


I have an entire set of Homer Laughlin dishes, teacups,saucers,etc. I can NOT find the value of them. The pattern code is HLC3198. It took me forever to find anything on these since they have no maker mark, replacements website was out of stock on them so therefore wouldn't give me any info on the dishes. Just would like to know what they are worth.


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May 23, 20210 found this helpful

They are very pretty. I assume you are asking for the value so you can sell them.

I have (no longer do) sold dishes online and in person over a number of years.

HL patterns are still popular in some circles. This pattern is a classic mid century modern pattern so if you are going to sell, now is the time, as MCM is still hot, although the popularity is waning.

Are you willing to piece them out or sell as a set?

If by the piece, you will make much more money, but it will take much more time (and time is money).

Very few people want sets so piecing it out is the way to go. To get the feel for the market, start high, like $25 a plate and drop until it sells and that will be the current market value. Unfortunately without finding current solds (which I could not find in a quick search--maybe someone else here will) the market is dependent on supply and demand.

If you are selling by the piece, I used to do 4 plates as a listing, 4 bowls, etc. Then when I whittled down by lots of 4, I would go by lots of 2 and then singles--depending on how many pieces I had and how long the 4 lots sat). It took months and sometimes years.

Two things that stopped me from dealing in dishes were the patience to sell (ran out) and the post office breaking items (which happened all too often--even when double boxing each piece with oodles of bubble wrap and packing peanuts).

I have one set--different pattern than yours left and it is sitting in my basement until the market gets better and I can sell it as a lot (before COVID I had a consignment store that was going to take the entire set and sell--but they closed and now no one else has taken their place).

If you are selling on your own, as a set, you can try a flea market, yard sale, or Facebook local groups with pick up only (ours are called SWT or FSOT (sale want trade) or (For Sale or Trade) groups. We also have a few called sell and barter (and the name of the town.

Start high for the set (figure $25 for each large plate, $15 for small plates, $10 for saucers, $10 for cups, bowls, and $30 for serving pieces.) Add it all up, then tell people OBO in the ad (or best offer) and see what people offer in your town and that will give you a feel for the market. Sadly you may get as little as $50 for the entire set, or someone could be just dying to have the set and pay $500.

A consignment store is the easiest way to go because you have no muss, no fuss, and no people coming to your house. You get half (or whatever your contract says) and you are done. Hopefully yours are still in business!!

Post back how the sale goes. I track trends and values so I would love to hear how you do!! Thanks for asking!

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May 23, 20210 found this helpful

For the most part, Homer Laughlin is very inexpensive. You can send pictures to and they will offer you a price to purchase it from you.

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