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Selling the Antiques??

October 16th, 2008 at 07:11 pm

I inherited a few large antique pieces of furniture that I am not in love with. In the interest in adding to my house down payment fund- I called an auction house to see how I can get an appraiser to come out and tell me about the pieces that I have. I know NOTHING about the pieces other than I have been told it is an antique.

The auction house guy was kind of vague.He said he is not an appraisor but does sell antiques in the auctions. He said he will come to the house on Tuesday to look at the pieces I have and tell me what he thinks.

He did warn me that antique sales have been down in today's economy.

I hate this feeling of being uneducated and vulnerable to swindlers but really experience is the only thing that will teach me what I need to know. But by the time I have experience the antiques will be gone.

I know I will get low balled. But everyone is going to low ball me so they can make a profit on the sale.

So since I really have no baseline idea of what I would 'like' to get for each piece...I am nervous that I wont recognize a REALLY low ball offer or a decent offer. And I don't know if I should call other places and get other offers...I am just not sure who else to call.

6 Responses to “Selling the Antiques?? ”

  1. aevans1206 Says:

    I've had some antique furniture appraised. Furniture will garner less money than you think. Some things to keep in mind: the simpler the piece, the more likely it's worth money. Also, look for markings--brand, country from, etc. If it's from Europe and has a specific brand that may help.

  2. ME2 Says:

    Generally speaking, American made antique furniture is worth quite a bit more than foreign made antique furniture.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    No advice for you, but I really like the piece in that top picture! Very unique.

  4. gamecock43 Says:

    Thanks, Many people like it. Thats the one I hate the most! LOL.

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    lol... isn't that always the case?

  6. MileHighGirl Says:

    That side table on the bottom is gorgeous. That wood scrollwork! I'm totally the modern/Pottery Barn girl, but that is beautiful. Why not join an antique furniture forum online and post some pictures of the stuff and ask for input?

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