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How to sell antique marble clock? Answered

I don't wish to go to an antique store and get nothing. The clock store that looked at it said that the clockworks were the nicest they had seen in a clock of that age. It is a light colored marble which is not as valuable as black. It is a Waterbury. The clock shop said approximately 1891.



8 years ago

I would suggest you have it appraised by an independent appraiser first (you can even try a couple appraisers). They will charge you for their service but it if the clock is indeed worth something then it should be well worth your investment. It is important that the appraiser be independent. be clear that you are not selling it to them or anyone they provide or recommend. This way they have no interest in dropping the "value" so they get a better deal.

With the knowledge of how much it is worth you can go via several routes.
1. Go to one antique store and negotiate
2. Go to several antique stores and find the best deal
3. Online auction house (like ebay or something)
4. Read world auction house, preferably one that specialises in antique clocks

I don't really know anything of the antique clock business but that is what I would do.


Answer 7 years ago

Foolish has some great ideas. I'd like to add some ideas.

You must first keep in mind that if you are at an antique shop, the price is going to be inflated. Most dealers will want high dollar for their pieces. You should also know, not all antique shops sell antiques or know their stuff, it is always best to be your own expert.

The upside, antique stores are 95% of the time negotiable in their prices. There are some stores that sell on consignment so they may not be able to move the price with out talking to the actual owner first. I know and happen to be related to several antique dealers. I can tell you that many will have their own passion, and tend to have a lot of knowledge in one area and then a lot of general broad knowledge. Keep this in mind as well, I go back to be your own expert. The dealers I know never pay a huge amount for an item in a shop unless they know what it is and it's value. Again, not all dealers are going to be as knowable as you see on TV....sometimes they innocently think they have something great and it's not.

Researching on ebay is a great way to see if something is rare, worth the price, or even worth owning. I do this a great deal! I tend to watch and see if items sell for the price asked.

The one thing foolish didn't say but I think is important.

With antiques my best advise is by what you like. The value of antiques is truly driven by collectors and several years ago the bottom fell out on the antique world and people are not buying like they used to, which is actually a true + for a buyer. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Give a firm offer, if they say no, they say no. You can always come back and try again or leave your contact info. If something stays on a shelf to long, you just might get a call.


Answer 8 years ago

+1, but remember that what an item appraises for and what a reseller will pay you for it are very different. Resellers have to make a profit, and can't provide their services for nothing.