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Hi, I have a bedroom set from the imperial furniture company mahogany 123 Sahara collection. Can’t find much about it.

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I have a dresser, two night stands, a wardrobe, a headboard, and a mirror.

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I just can’t find much to reference it to. The only thing I found similar was expensive.

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Thanks for the question! "Mahogany furniture dating from 1936 to the mid-1950’s often carries a Mahogany Association label. The Association issued two types of labels: a Blue Label indicated a veneer of genuine mahogany; a Red Label that guaranteed the piece was made of solid genuine mahogany. Both the blue and red label included a number for a specific furniture manufacturer." 123 was used by Imperial Furniture Company of Grand Rapids Michigan. (Here's a bit more about the history, see: http://www.furniturecityhistory.org/company/3638/imperial-furniture-co)

Midcentury mahogany bedroom sets like yours - with dresser, wardrobe, headboard and mirror, generally sell for $600 to $1,000 depending on condition and style. Queen beds are worth more than Full beds (and twin beds are a tough sell). The value for pre-owned midcentury "brown" wood furniture is a bit weak at the moment since supply exceeds demand.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I haven’t seen much of this Sahara collection. Is it hard to come by.

Indeed! These specific models can be tough to locate, but it was a mid-range furniture line when it was made, so it's out there (just often not listed as Sahara or by the manufacturer).

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I’ve seen a dresser similar to the one I have on panono.com priced at $5,900 so I am curious about what mine could be worth.

Do you have a picture you could attach using the paperclip function??? That would help.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Yeah here are some photos of what I have.
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Thanks! $5,900 seems expensive. This set is in much, much nicer condition than typically seen! (I was looking at sets like this as a comparable: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/17119956_7-pc-mid-century-modern-bedroom)

In high-end retail stores in midcentury meccas like Palm Springs, your set could retail for $3,500 to $5,000; but at auction, $1,200 to $1,500 is more reasonable.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Is it better to sell as complete set or piece it out?

It depends: if your business is furniture, then individually. If you don't normally sell furniture, I'd list it on Craigslist or a similar site for $2,500 and see what interest there is.

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