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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 9652
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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We are down sizing and have several antiques furniture dolls

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We are down sizing and have several antiques furniture dolls coins sheet music stamp collections . I had an auctioneer to look at things he tells me that most people do not want antiques any more . Is this true or not I am confused I need some HELP can you advise me in this situation ? I live in Elizabethtown Pennsylvania .
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 7 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.

Are you asking how to get the most money for your antiques?

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 7 months ago.

Yes I guess that is my question I am not good at all this computer stuff but if you need pictures I can have my daughter do what needs to be done . is their dealers in my area that I can get in touch with do you buy antiques from sellers ?

Expert:  Doris replied 7 months ago.

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. This is the very best way to achieve the highest selling value for all your pieces. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Since you are not computer savvy, you will need to ask your daughter or pay a small amount to a local teenager to help you.

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.

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

Or your nearest 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. in Harrisburg or Lancaster may best your quickest way to sell your items for a good price.


If do not mind wholesale prices, then these are some dealers in your area.

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Burning Bridge Antique Mall -(###) ###-####/p>

Crossroads Antique Mall -(###) ###-####/p>

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.

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