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I have a set of 6 dinner plates, 6 cup and saucers, 6 bread

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I have a set of 6 dinner plates, 6 cup and saucers, 6 bread and butter plates, and 6 fruit/dessert/sauce bowls from the Fine Porcelain China of Japan- Diane pattern. How much are they worth?
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: One of the bowls has a chip but the rest are in great shape
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Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Diana F. replied 2 months ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to help.

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Fine China of Japan was fairly popular in the 60s/70s. They actually created and sold a number of patterns for many of the larger department stores of the time. Your set is discontinued, which means that some of the pieces can be harder to find.

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Thank you for the list. That is exactly what I need. I can actually give you prices both individually and as a set so you'll know the value of each piece and as a set. Here is a breakdown value for your pieces:

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6 Dinner plates - $10 to $15 each

6 cup/saucer sets - $10 to $15 each

6 bread/butter plates - $8 to $12each

6 dessert bowls- $5 to $10 each

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As a whole set, it should have a value around $200 to $300 . It will have an insurance value of $400

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That should do it, but if I missed anything, please let me know.
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The reason I broke it down is because sometimes you can get a higher value by breaking the set up or by piecing it out. It does take longer, but you get the higher values and it helps to know what each piece is worth.

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Deciding on which way to sell it really depends on how fast you need to sell it. If you'd like to sell it fast, I'd recommend selling it as one lot and in the lower price range.
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The only downside to selling china right now is that there are a number of people trying to currently get rid of their china so there is quite a bit on the market. It make take a few selling tries, but there are collector's out there.
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I can give you a few ideas for selling if you're interested. For selling, Etsy and Amazon's marketplace are great alternatives to Ebay. There is also Rubylane, Tias, and Cyberattic. They're more like online antique shops. They do cost a bit more to list there, but they get higher prices. Etsy is a good alternative if you want some place with lower listing fees. They have the lowest rates around right now.
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Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower. Ebay, like with any auction, you can expect about 1/2 of the actual value. You will always get a higher value by selling it yourself in a private sale as opposed to an auction or selling it to a dealer. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves.
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There is also craigslist. Your town might even have a facebook page dedicated to selling items (like an online garage sale). The only downside to these is you always run a risk of meeting someone that may be dangerous. If you go that route, never have them come to your house. Always meet someplace very public and never go alone. I don't generally recommend any of those options because I would hate for something to happen to you. One generally safe option is meeting up at a local police station. A lot of towns allow sellers to use their parking lots as meeting places.

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If I can be of any further help or if you have anymore questions, don't hesitate to contact me. I hope this has been helpful to you. I do my best to offer you the most current values and information using the latest guides and recorded sales.
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I look forward to working with you again.
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Have a great weekend!
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~Diana

Expert:  Diana F. replied 2 months ago.

Hi. I was just touching base to see if you need anything else? I noticed you viewed my answer, but have not rated it. I was wondering if you had any more questions?

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Best Wishes,
Diana