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FAQ About Selling Antiques
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you buy antiques?
Yes, I buy antiques and collectibles all the time. We also sell a lot of antiques & collectibles on consignment for people.
The antiques & collectibles currently for sale
can be viewed on our sister website www.Patented-Antiques.com . We sell antiques and collectibles consigned from private individuals, antique collectors,
their relatives, spouses or other heirs, other antique dealers, various museums, both private and public, estate attorneys, estate liquidators,
and a number of other sources. We welcome your inquiries.
2. How do you sell antiques?
Most of our antique sales take place from our sister website
The antiques are listed there at fixed prices.
3. How much do you charge to sell antiques on consignment?
We charge a sliding scale depending on the value of the individual antique, or the size of the antique collection. That can range from as low as 10% for certain pieces and situations, to 20%-30% for most consignment sales, and up to a 50-50 split for items that sell for under $100. In general we try to not take in pieces on consignment whose value is under $100.
4. I want to sell my antique but do not know what it is worth. What do I do?
You should do some research yourself using the different antique sales archives found on the right as a starting point, or see what I am currently selling similar things for at our sales website www.Patented-Antiques.com. Ebay completed or past sales are a free resource that will give you a general idea of values.
Note I said past or completed sales, as in actual past sale results, not sellers asking prices which are usually a world apart. Free Ebay past sale results go back just 30 days or so. Results from a longer time frame can be had at Worthpoint for a fee or PicClick for free. Sometimes those results are relevant and helpful, many results found at Worthpoint are about worthless as they are not current and do not reflect current market values.
5. Your Past Sales Archives Do Not Include Values for ALL Sales. What Gives?
Short answer, many past sale results / prices from 10 -
20 years ago are no longer relevant, and without
some context and a knowledge base to help interpret those, or any past sale
values, many of those "old" values could be misinterpreted or would be misleading and give a reader a false sense
of current value.
6. I want to sell my antique now but have no idea what it is worth! Will you make me an offer?
Sure, but on my terms. I make offers on antiques
that I can see and touch. I do not make offers on pieces I have
not seen or that are not in front of me.
7. Do you do free Appraisals / Give Free Online Valuations?
This is not the free answer booth. I do not offer free evaluations for things not to be sold to me or listed for sale on my website. Consultations about values and pricing of antiques to be listed on our sales pages at www.Patented-Antiques.com are free and included in the consignment sales package. If your request does not mention the above, the answer is I do not do appraisals.
8. I contacted you (Email / Phone) and never heard back? What gives?
If you contact me and expect a response, you have to
enough information for me to determine I am interested in what you have. In other words did you send me a pic and
tell me how much it was?
9. I do not want an appraisal, I just need help or more information about what I have. Can you help?
Google is your friend in this situation. I get 50 + of these requests a day, mixed in with the 400 or so spam emails wanting me to buy their products, and although we would like to make everyone happy, we simply do not have the time to respond individually to each of these free info requests or those wonderful offers.
10 . How much do you pay for Antiques, or how much can I get for my Antique?
This really depends on the individual piece but in
general, depending on the condition, rarity, and desirability of the
given piece, we have been known to pay, and are oftentimes able to sell
great antiques for 100% or more of "current retail" value. That is the
nature of great stuff. It sells well, for retail prices and more, and quickly. After
that it is a sliding scale between 50 - 80% of "retail" depending on the
condition and desirability of the piece.
11. But why should I consign or sell my antiques to you for sale instead of selling it myself, sending it to auction, or listing them on eBay myself?
There are a number of reasons I can think of! In no particular order:
1. TRAFFIC My two websites get close to 1000 unique visitors each day. That is 1000 focused and interested potential buyers a day walking through "my store". They found the site using specific searches looking for specific things. If what I have to offer is priced right it sells.
2. EXPOSURE My ranking with the different major search engines is very good. You found it, and you can find it over and over again with relevant keyword searches for the types of antiques we deal in. So does everyone else who is looking for those types of antiques.
3. ACTUAL COST I charge a reasonable sliding scale fee for the services I provide and you get your asking price when the piece is sold on consignment.
4. EXPERIENCE I know what I am doing, I do it well, and I work diligently, tirelessly and to the best of my abilities for consignors.
5. I sell a lot of antiques and collectibles.
6. I sell many antiques for more than you can get in other venues, including eBay or most auctions. I know how much the things I deal in are worth and I strive to get full value for them.
7. We can & will guide and counsel clients, and help pick the best way to sell your specific antiques for the best price.
8. Within Reason the consignor / owner controls the final price he receives for given pieces. In most instances I try to tack my sales commission onto the amount the seller wants to net. In the past I have sold many pieces for far more than the consignor was expecting. At auction, on the other hand, you take what you get minus the buyers penalty and commission fees. Hoping the right buyers were watching or attending that day for most pieces. That approach oftentimes ends in disappointment for the seller. The math oftentimes works out to where the owner nets no better than 50% of the published hammer sale price.
9. To date I have only had to return a few pieces to consignors because of a lack of a sale due to time. This is usually due to unreasonable expectations and the piece being priced too high with no flexibility. In some cases it can be due to the market simply being off from what it use to be. Not much anyone can do about that.
10. Ebay Try it. Try listing a broad range of your stuff on eBay Do not list the 6 best things first. Mix it up, list 20 or 30 things across the board value wise and then get back to me with the results and your sense of how that went.
12. OK. How do I consign my antiques to you to sell?
Simple!! Just contact us by email, or phone 530.663.6111. Emails with pictures are going to have to be sent at some point so it would be best to start there.
13. How do I receive payment for antiques that I sell you or you sell for me?
Your choice. We can pay by check, MO, wire transfer, or Paypal if you prefer. Cash is an option as well if we meet.
14. How long does it take?
We will pay you promptly after a sale on outright sales, or immediately after the sale and cleared payment for consignments by the method of your choice.
15. Do you have a shop?
You are there. We do not have a Brick & Mortar Shop. In general our business is now primarily internet based. We have over 1000 unique visitors to those sites per day. That is real traffic through the "store".
16. Do you make a lot of money doing this?
No, but my consignors have. I pay out over $200,000 yearly in checks to them with no complaints. I do enjoy it most of the time and it keeps me very busy.
We can help you sell quality Antiques
Contact Us. Our current offering of
Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.
We can help you sell quality Antiques Contact Us.
Our current offering of Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.Thank You!
Larry & Carole