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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.
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.
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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