Tips for selling a piece to an antiques dealer?
August 2, 2012 7:12 AM Subscribe
I have an item I'd like to sell to a local antiques dealer. It's a mid-century modern piece and the dealer recently listed a similar item for $1200. Mine would need a bit of refinishing, but what's a fair offer?
posted by jabes to grab bag (9 answers total)
This particular dealer buys items from individuals but explicitly states on their website that the seller has to come up with the amount. I'm moving at the end of August and need to be rid of the piece by then. It's not a family heirloom or anything -- the previous tenant in my apartment left it behind when she moved and only when photographing it for craigslist did I realize it might be worth something -- so I'd like to make as much as possible but it's all free money either way. I was thinking of asking for $500, and hoping he would negotiate from there. Does that sound reasonable? Will dealers negotiate from the asking price or is it usually a yes-or-no thing? I've never dealt with an antiques dealer before so if anyone has any advice I'd greatly appreciate it.