What to Do With Ceramic Molds?

I do not know where to go to get rid of ceramics molds that my mother owned. She was a certified ceramic teacher in the 1990s. Now I have so many I would like to get rid of them, but I do not want to throw them in the dumpster. The molds are in good condition. Please give me information on where to go and get rid of them.


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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

You don't mention how many you have. There are still some that are quite valuable and worth selling on eBay (very well packaged when shipping so they don't break).

Because of the fragile nature, you are best to first see if a local shop will buy them from you.

If not, you can always list them for sale in a local venue like NextDoor, Facebook local Sale Want Trade groups, and the like.

Another option is to have a yard sale advertised solely. to see these.

Unless you sell as a lot or in lots (meaning grouping together 2 or more), it may take ages to sell these so setting up lots or bundles will be your best bet for moving them quickly.


To value them you will need to check eBay SOLD prices to see what people pay and price accordingly. I can guarantee you as a long term reseller if you do the in person sales you will NOT get eBay prices, but it will give you a guide for how to start, and wiggle room when people want to offer much less.

Best wishes in your sale! Post back how it goes!

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

If you don't want to go to the bother of trying to sell them you can just leave them outside for them to be rained on and such. They are just made of Plaster of Paris and will eventualy disintegrate in the wather.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

There are still some community colleges that teach ceramics. You can try to donate them there.


I also know that they have senior classes that do ceramics. They will love the molds and you can donate them there too.

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October 29, 20190 found this helpful

Any place that does ceramic parties would be happy to have them. You can also post on Freecycle

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November 1, 20190 found this helpful

This is not a very popular venue anymore but some areas still have areas (sheds/barns mostly) where people can do work on projects and use their kiln.
You might try Google with ceramic classes and your zip code to see what pops up. (You will have -pottery on Google as that is what is popular right now and will have many sites.)

Here is a group that post listings for sale and also where people go when looking for a certain mold.
You might want to check out this site:


These still sell but they are a lot of trouble to sell and very fragile to ship.
You also have to store them until sold and sellers keep items like this listed for months/years and some never sell.

You can check molds listed for sale on eBay (the largest site) but asking prices are not value prices as these are just a figure a seller would like for their items.
In vintage molds alone that are over 1,700 listed for sale.

If you want to look for some of your molds to find a value you can check eBay's sold listings:

I believe you should check out a forum and so like several others have done; post a couple of pictures of where the molds are stored (and city) and see if someone is interested in the lot.


Although most sell their molds for $1-$20 each in a case like this so be prepared to have to sell cheap.
This might work well if there are any shops/classes in your area.

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