Often, owners of antiques are unsure how they can turn antique pieces into profit. Sure, you hear of someone in Florida or Las Vegas turning in an old plate for thousands of dollars at a dealer, or you see it on TV, but you have no idea if your own antiques could ever fetch that much.
How would you go about ascertaining the value of your antiques? And how much could you realistically get for them? In this guide, we show you how to sell your antiques profitably and help you understand the prices you can get for them.
Selling Antiques on eBay
There are a number of places where you can sell your antiques online. One of the best auction platforms online is eBay. Here you can sell antiques ranging from carpets, chairs and tables to antique cutlery. The best thing about selling on eBay is the ready and large audience that you can get for your items. There are dealers that actively scour eBay for a good deal, as well as consumers with large budgets that are not afraid to splurge big on an online auction on eBay. Listing your items here gives you a much broader and deeper-pocketed audience than you might be able to get in your own hometown.
Selling on eBay is an art in itself. You must, first of all, create a seller's account on the site. It helps if you have auctioned off items before, to get other users on the site to trust you. If, however, you do not have this, it's time to move on regardless. A lot will depend on your antique product description and photos. You should use high-definition photos that show off the product.
Prices for High Chair Antiques
Antique high chairs are a common furniture item. Their value and price ranges from $50 to several hundred dollars. The exact price you can get for your antique high chair depends on the age of the chair, its state, as well as the quality of the construction. An old high chair that has fallen into disrepair will fetch less than a similar item that is still usable.
Online auctions are a good place for selling off your high chair, as are local antique dealers. If you approach a dealer with a focus on wooden furniture antiques, you might be able to get a better price than approaching a dealer focused on jewelry. In general, approaching specialized dealers gives you higher odds of scoring a legitimate price for your high chair.
How to Sell Antique Glass Water Jugs
Antique glass water jugs make for a great kitchen decoration. You can also place them in other spaces such as the living room where their unique glass and decorative paint adds to the personality of the space.
The amount you can get for your antique glass water jugs depends on the rarity of the jugs. If you have some rare jugs from an exotic manufacturer, chances are, they will be worth more than a more commonplace set of jugs. Really valuable glass water jugs with outstanding value can be sold at auctions for thousands of dollars each.
Less rare glass water jugs will fetch much less than that. For example, a local dealer might offer only $50 or less for an entire set of antique glass water jugs.
Selling Antique Gas Lights and Fixtures
Antique gas lights can add to the charm of your lighting and light fixtures. For example, vintage pie crust gas lamp light shades bring unmistakable elegance to any lamp. You can use gas lights indoors as well as on balconies and other outdoor places.
When it comes to selling antique gas lights, you have several options. One of these is to approach a dealer or a pawnbroker. For a single gas light antique, you could earn as much as $200 or more. The value really depends on the antique and its construction characteristics. A dealer will typically pay you less than the true value, however, because the dealer has to then spend time holding on to the inventory before a suitable buyer comes along. The dealer has to cover costs such as rent and labor costs for their store. This makes it impractical to pay sellers like you the full worth of the item.
A pawnbroker, on the other hand, will give you a cash advance against the antique gaslight. In return, you must pay back the loan in installments, including interest and other charges. The advantage for you is that you can decide to let the item go and keep the money, or keep paying the installments and get your antique back. This approach can help if you truly want to retain ownership of the antique but just want some help with temporary cash flow.