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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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Im wondering if there is any value in children books from

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Im wondering if there is any value in children books from around the 1930's
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: I have a soft paper book titles "Mother Goose Picture Book" by Mary Royt, copyright 1932 by E. M. Kovar, Racine, Wis.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: There is a tear along the binding of the cover, otherwise it is in very good condition
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
where is my answer please?
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

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I thank you in advance for your patience.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

Thank you again for waiting. I will work on your question now.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

Unfortunately, I have bad news. Your book "Mother Goose Picture Book", Royt, Kovar, 1932, is now listed retail at $10. See the following image.

Value of old books depends on how rare the book is and of course, age. Your book, while 1930s, must have had many copies printed.

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. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

Or your nearest 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.

I am truly sorry. I wish I better news.

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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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 7 months ago.

See the following image.

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