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I’m not sure if it would be considered an antique, but I have stuffed animal (rabbit) that was my great-grandmothers that I have passed down to my kids and wondering if it had any value. It is still in excellent condition, no rips, tears, and still has original ribbon tied around its neck.

Expert's Assistant: 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 the Antiques Appraiser should be aware of?

The tag on it says: Floppy Friends Made Expressly For Mervin’s. Does that help?

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 8 months ago
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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-up offers. Although I am USPAP-trained, the assessments given here do not meet USPAP requirements.

Thoughtful responses take time. My responses are not instantaneous.

Mervyn's was a California based Department store chain established in 1949. They are no longer in business.

Your Mervyn's Floppy Friends Rabbit has an estimated retail value of $60-80.

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

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
https://www.justcollecting.com/about/selling

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

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

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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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 8 months ago

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I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

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