Advice on Selling Your Antiques

If you have antiques you would like to sell, there are several options.

The first is offering the antiques to dealers who specialize in that type of antique. The easiest way to find these dealers is to attend antique shows. Bring pictures, so that the dealers can determine if they are interested. Arrange to show your antiques to the dealer at another time. The shows are usually too busy for the dealers to give your antiques their full attention.

Another is to contact auction houses. This is most practical if you have a lot of antiques to sell and very little time. The auction house may buy your antiques outright, or on consignment, taking a percentage of the selling price of those pieces that sell.

We would also encourage you to check with family members before selling any belongings. Sometimes a loved one may wish to keep an antique in the family, or have special memories of you along with the antique. We discovered this the hard way, when our daughter came home and found we had sold a piece that she never expected us to sell.

Collectors of hatpins, hatpin holders, Wave Crest, Edison Record Players, canister sets, Ceramic Arts Studios, lady head vases, Shelley China, wall pockets, egg cups, Vogue records, children's picture records, or mesh purses you can contact us and describe the antiques. We will let you know if we are interested.

Another source of information is Where to Sell It: How to Find the Best Buyers of Antiques, Collectibles, and Other Undiscovered Treasures.


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