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What Kind of Table is This?

I was hoping you could tell me more about this table. I picked it up at a garage sale for 10 bucks and was hoping to make a little money on it!

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November 29, 20200 found this helpful

It is marked Imperial and Mahogany. From the label (green with the crown) it is 1962 or later.

Most people use these as a coffee table, although people with young children found them quite dangerous as little hands got caught in those decorative brass pieces and caused a lot of broken and bruised fingers.

$10 is about all they sell for where I am so you got a good deal.

You may be in a place where they resell for more, but in many places there are a glut. Furniture sales are very regional so your location could be low supply, high demand and you could fetch $100 for it.

Start high and take best offer!!

Thanks for sharing!

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November 29, 20200 found this helpful

I am not sure where you live but normally in the area, you bought this table has a big influence on the value it is worth. You said you only paid $10 for the table at a garage sale. You'd like to make a little money off this table. I really don't see you making that much off the purchase of this table. You can try listing this on a classified ad site in your areas such as Craigslist or even FB to ask double what you paid for it. You might get lucky and double your investment on this table but I really can't see you making that much more. These tables just don't sell for a lot of money online or in local areas. A lot of people have changed the style of furniture they use in these homes.

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November 29, 20200 found this helpful

Under normal circumstances, finding a nice table for $10 would be a good thing but considering the world situation and no one knowing when things will get better, not very many people are interested in buying furniture that has no 'useful' value.
By that I mean; coffee tables have gone out of style and you will generally only find them in larger homes or homes without children or dogs. Sometimes they will still be popular in 'older' neighborhoods but many people are downsizing and just want to get rid of the types of furniture that have little purpose except to 'sit' in front of a sofa.
I'm only stating this as you would probably have been able to flip your table for more money if it was another type/style table.

From my research on Imperial history, I see this type label (green w/dark crown) as somewhere after 1939 and the 123 on the label shows it is real mahogany.
"The Genuine Mahogany 123 marking was used by Michigan based furniture maker's to differentiate the true mahogany pieces from those produced to mimic the higher end wood's tone and look.
www.furniturecityhistory.org/.../imperial-furniture-co

It's still possible you may be able to sell your table for a little more if you clean it up, take some good pictures and list it for sale on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, IOffer, LetGo, OfferUp. You can list it on several sites at one time. It the table cleans up nice, start your price at $75 and show best offer considered with local pick up only. If you do not receive any offers after 2 or 3 months then lower the price and wait again.
As I noted before, furniture pieces are slow sellers but you could get lucky and sell it right away.
Good luck and happy 'flipping'.

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November 30, 20200 found this helpful

This table looks like it has a stone insert, made in mass quantities from the 60's - 70's. My grandmother had a similar one without the metal trim. Without any info to a maker, it prices this table low. $10 is still a great price for a table you can not make yourself for $10. I can see it with maybe being painted /chalk painted , to bring out it's true beauty. Here are similar others on consignment - www.chairish.com/search?q=oval+wood+coffee+table+with...

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