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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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I have a Widdicomb bed I purchased in 1988 -- it is a single

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Hello,
I have a Widdicomb bed I purchased in 1988 -- it is a single bed, French, with a carved headboard and legs - could be cherry, not sure, and it has the Widdicomb label on it. Any idea what it is worth?
Thanks so much!
best,
Deborah
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 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.

Does it have a foot board?

Is it painted?

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
It is not painted and it has a footboard. Pictures attached!
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Doris,
Did you get the photos? This is the first time I have done this and the process is a little alien.
Thanks
Deborah
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

Find history of Widdicomb Furniture Co here:

http://www.furniturecityhistory.org/company/3911/widdicomb-john-co

Your French style single bed would have an estimated retail value of $300-350 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.

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.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

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

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Doris

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Yes. I received your photos. Thank you.