Wondering what your antiques are worth? Maybe you’re selling your antiques, maybe you’re just curious. Either way, it’s important to come up with an accurate number.

The entire process of antique appraisals is more of an art than a science. Here are our tips to try to get to an accurate valuation, but if you’re dealing with high-value antiques we always suggest getting a professional appraisal.

What Did Similar Antiques Sell For?

The first thing you want to do, and the most important step in determining the value of your antiques, is to see what similar antiques recently sold for. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to search through the completed auctions at eBay using their advanced search feature. This will provide a good starting point to really zero in on an accurate valuation.

What Condition Are Your Antiques In?

Of course no two antiques are alike, therefore similarly sold items will only get you so close to figuring out what your antiques are worth. The biggest differentiator between items is usually condition, which is why it’s so important to store your collectibles properly! If your antique is in better condition that the comparable item you found, then yours may be worth more. If it’s in relatively worse condition, you should adjust the price down from the comparable.

How Rare Is Your Antique?

Another factor that differentiates antiques is how rare the individual item is. Is there something special about that makes it more or less rare than usual? If so, you should adjust your baseline estimate either up or down to come to a more accurate worth.

Where Do You Plan On Selling Your Antiques?

Once you find a few comparable items to get to a baseline value and then adjust that up or down based on condition and rarity, you’ll be pretty close to what the intrinsic value of your antique is worth. However, where you decide to sell your antique will determine if you get a price close to that intrinsic value, above it or below it. It all comes down to getting it in front of the right buyers.


Interested in selling your antiques to us? We make all-cash, top-dollar offers, and can even help with appraisals. Give us a call at 800-326-7064 or fill out our seller inquiry form and someone will help you out!

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