If you are ready to sell your antiques or estate collectibles, you might not know where to start. It can be a daunting experience, especially if you have never sold anything in the past. However, if you keep a few helpful tips in mind, you can sell your antique estate items and maximize your profits.
Keep Collections Together – If Possible
If you have an antique collection, it will likely be more valuable as a set than if it were separated into different sales. Talk to an auction house or antique dealer about selling the set, and research collectors online. While you can certainly sell your antiques at an estate sale or another less formal forum, buyers will typically want to purchase individual pieces, and you may not get top dollar for your items.
Know What’s Hot – And What’s Not
Antiques go through cycles of popularity. What is in right now might not be as popular next year. To get the most value from your antique state items, you’ll want to sell when your pieces are at peak popularity.
This tip is especially important for antique jewelry. Today, large diamonds are in demand, and fine rubies, emeralds, and sapphires also hold tremendous value. If you inherited or purchased any of these items before the 1980’s, you could have a one in a million stone, as most gems from before this time period didn’t come with certificates. These pieces many not be as popular a few years down the road, so selling today might be in your best interest.
Check Out a Calendar
Not all antiques will have the same sales success throughout the year. For example, collectible Christmas ornaments aren’t likely to move quickly if you try to sell them in April, and baseball cards might have better success during the summer. Selling certain collectibles in season can bring you greater value.
Make Sure You’re Ready to Sell
People choose to sell their antique estate items for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you need the money, you no longer wear the jewelry pieces, or you want to downsize into a smaller home. Regardless of the reason, it is important to remember that antiques often carry an emotional attachment. While selling your antiques can certainly be cathartic and even profitable, you should be sure you are ready before you start the process.
Know the Value of Your Collection
To get the best deal when you sell your antique estate items, it is important to know what they are worth. While you may be able to do some research on your own to come up with a price tag amount, a professional is often your best bet to get an accurate appraisal. At Sarasota Antique Buyers, we can examine your antique estate items to provide you with the value they would likely sell for at an auction.
If you decide you are ready to part with your antiques, we also purchase collections and individual pieces. We will place a bid on your items at a price just under our valuation. Call us today to learn more.