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Changing Definition Of Collectibles
The idea of collecting things has a very different definition then it did in the past. Many figurines, stamps, signed and numbered various plate collections were very popular and promised to hold their value 20 to 30 years ago. People still enjoy them, but they don’t have the value they once did and are not as popular for collectors to buy. There are still curios on the market such as Soviet rings and World War II memorabilia, but the emphasis is changing.
Now people collect things for enjoyment more than any potential monetary value that might accrue later.
Collectibles people have in their homes are things they might not even know they have or realize they are valuable, she says. Many people collect items they don’t even know hold value, such as vintage Pyrex bowl sets. Some bowl sets in perfect condition can bring in between $100 and $400 depending on style and collections.
Some people collect items for sentimental value and as heirlooms for their children. Others collect for fun, or because they like particular items, like those who buy and sell Hummels. Other favorite collectibles these days include old farmhouse style items, vintage linens, jadeite dishes, vintage toys, kitschy 1950s porcelain figurines, small antique furniture and authentic, signed art.
Collecting now days is something that varies based on what is popular and trendy,” she says. Most people collect things now because they like them, knowing that they will not get the value out of them again. The only things that maintain their value are art, gold, diamonds, and silver.
Clients looking to sell stamp collections, fine china or other valuables for a good amount of money to research on eBay and other online sites to educate themselves about what price to set.
When looking to find a price and value for your items, one thing to remember is people can ask whatever they want for a particular item and a lot of time price it emotionally because it means a lot to them or has been in their family for a long time. If you are using eBay, there is a filter that you can pick that will only display the sold items, and this will give you a much better idea of what items are selling for.
Another way to get an assessment of your items is to reach out to www.LoverAntiques.com or a local antique dealer, or antique shop. These businesses should be willing to give you a free evaluation of your collectibles. If you can take smaller items to your local antique shop, this could be a good option because antique dealers should have a good idea about the value of collectibles.
For instance, we have clients call us all the time and describe what they have or provide photos. We then research for them to see what we feel they could sell them for. If they have a houseful of stuff they want to sell and are downsizing, we come out to them; again free of charge to evaluate if an estate sale is a right step for them. Once our clients or we research, they are usually surprised at the actual value of their items.
People are understandably disappointed to find out the things they collected are not as valuable as they once thought, so her advice is for people to enjoy what they have and not collect for monetary value. Antique furniture also falls under the same category as collectibles, small pieces of furniture always sell, but not for what people feel they are worth.
We find that most of our clients value their collections and antiques through a lens of love or sentimental value. This, of course, is why they started collecting it in the first place, and why we typically tell people to keep these things or pass them down to a family member because they won’t get the value they want or replace the sentimental value it holds.
Don't Forget to Check Out Flea Markets, Antique Shops, Internet Shops too-
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Those looking to make money off collectibles should check out antique shops, the flea market, estate sales, and second-hand stores. Sometimes you will encounter valuable collectible items at low prices.
More Sales Strategy Options-
Many online website can provide some tips and suggestions to keep in mind for those who wish to sell their collectibles. They include:
Make sure collectibles are authentic. There are lots of fake collectibles on the market. Usually, low prices are a warning sign. Do your research: look for a date or a company logo;
Know the condition of your collectible. This information will help you determine a sellable value;
Timing is important. Is the economy in a downturn? Is it a seller’s market? Do your research. When the economy is good, and people are looking to buy collectibles, that is known as a seller’s market;
Advertise items for sale on social media.
Or contact www.LoverAntiques.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help you, year round. Thank YOU!
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