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Doris
Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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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 12'x2' oak table put together with dowels only. I

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I have a 12'x2' oak table put together with dowels only. I know it's easily over 100 years old but would land to know a ballpark value.
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: That's really all I know. It's very used and scratched but I see it as character:). I've owned it 25 years and bought it at an antique store in Kansas City. There are two legs at either end connected with a single squared "bar"
JA: Don't you just love the idea of finding something valuable in your attic? I do, but I think all I have up there is junk my brothers abandoned before they left home. Always a good idea to check things with the Antiques Appraiser, though. Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: running down the middle to the connecting bar between each set of end legs. I believe it's originally a dining table.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups. Thoughtful responses take time.

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment. Can you send photos?

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Doris

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I've sent pics and this description twice as well as paying $5 twice so I hope this works! All oak and put together with pegs and dowels only. Lots of character and I've owned it 25 years.
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

You should ask for your money back on the other question. I thought it looked the same.

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Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

I noticed your duplicate question has been closed. This must mean that you are not going to be charged for it.

I saw the full photo in your other question so I know what your table looks like.

It is an 18thC/early 19thC French farm table.

My research indicates the estimated retail value would be $2500-2900 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

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

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

A method that could be very effective would be to place a classified in the "Maine Antique Digest" It has a large readership of collectors all across the country.

I highly recommend this method. They only charge $25 for 25 words in a classified ad. This publication is a monthly newspaper as well as on their internet website.

http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/advertising

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 20% more than retail values.

I hope I have helped you.

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Doris

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