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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner, Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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Have a dresser with mirror, headboard/footboard, another

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have a dresser with mirror, headboard/footboard, another dresser and 2 side tables inherited from a great aunt. How do I determine its worth if any ? did a quick glance and only marking on a piece was 330 . What do I do ?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please send me photos of the pieces.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Here are the pictures- hopefully they attached properly and you are able to view. Tall dresser missing knob- not sure if it was inside
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Is there a drawer missing from the vanity?

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No drawer missing we were moving it and started taking the drawers out
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Thank you.

I will return within 20 minutes.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Here are the retail values in USA dollars for your vintage, first 1/2 20thC, bedroom set:

Dresser with mirror - 450-600

Head/foot boards - 350-450

Dresser - 325-400

Set of two sides tables - 190-250 for the set

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Amazon Marketplace:

Or your nearest where you can list items for free.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I live in California but back home here in Connecticut clearing out house of inlaws. If I went to a shop and asked how much would they offer me ? Is that what people do and what would be fair for me to accept ? Not wanting to make "money" but don't want to give it away either as I could use the money
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

In my closing, I give some choices of ways to sell close to the retail prices I quoted if you had time.

Please note that a dealer will only give you 30%-60% of those retail numbers.

Sales at a consignment shop would only yield the same - 30%-60%.

I hope this helps.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,