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Sales / Broker / Outright Purchase
We are full time antique
dealers and our full time job is
dealing in, buying and selling antiques.
antique and collectible websites
www.AntiqBuyer.com are both very visible on the internet and well indexed with various
search engines. You found us and so do 1000-some other unique visitors each day.
We have sold a
lot of good antique and collectible merchandise for consignors during the
15 plus years we have had our internet-based antique websites.
We have a large data base of
Sales Results at our sister website
that you can see and utilize if you are seeking general information
and pricing information for similar antiques & collectibles. This site is our antique sales site,
and you can see what we are currently offering through the links on
We are not weekend
warriors, nor part time hacks who dabble in antiques to supplement their income,
create write-offs come tax time, justify their vacations, or for other
social reasons. It is our full time job, and we treat it as such.
If you have something good
to sell, that is of interest to us, we will buy it, help you sell a
single piece, or a whole collection of antiques.
We sell antiques and collections
of antiques in three ways:
sales for sellers / owners of antiques and collections
In this scenario
the typical adversarial conflict between sellers of antiques and antique
dealer / buyers is not a factor. We work with you to
determine a fair and reasonable price, then find the right buyer / end user for
your antiques and collectibles. We are working together to each
other's benefit to maximize the return for both. You get
your asking price, not what it might or might not bring on eBay or at an
we only get paid
or collect our commission upon a successful sale.
It is a Win - Win for all
parties and its effectiveness is witnessed by the volume and quality
of antiques we have listed for sale on this site and show results
for in our past sales archives on our sister site
In a consignment
sales approach your antiques will be researched, photographed,
listed for sale, marketed, and sold from the sales pages of this site
www.Patented-Antiques.com and / or on our sister site
for a reasonable commission.
Or, after consultation
and agreement on a price, sold privately to a collector within our network
of buyers on a commission or fee basis.
This approach has
many benefits for the seller. The upside potential
includes the consignor can (within reason) control the price that his antique(s)
are offered for and can realize a larger profit upon sale than through
an outright sale to most antique dealers or through local auction or
eBay. There are other reasons as well, and these are discussed
on the FAQ page and other pages on this site. The downside is the consignor may have to wait
for a sale and receives no payment until the sale is fully consummated.
your antique(s) on consignment we work with you, on a lower
markup, having minimal financial risk and minimal carrying costs.
We invest our time, expertise, labor and knowledge in an effort to
sell your antiques / collectibles for the most possible.
Only upon sale do we collect the agreed upon percentage. A
Win-Win situation for all parties involved.
Consignment sales are generally not a feasible option
for single lower priced items. For example, 20% of a
$20 item listed for sale would never be worth our while to sell at $4.00 commission
in my pocket. Even with a 50 / 50 split with me netting $10.00 does not cover my
overhead / expenses / time spent marketing pieces valued this low. I just can not do it
and we tend to not deal in these low value pieces on consignment.
The exception being when part of
large collections. If you have something you want to sell on
consignment be sure to mention that fact in your initial contact, as
that request will get a different response than the more typical,
"I have a XXXX, what is it worth approach.
/ Consultations / and Auctions
we use to sell antiques in certain situations is to utilize internet
auction sites such as eBay on a commission basis. This
best if your antique is currently selling well there, and / or you want
a quick sale and do not want to do it yourself.
For a reasonable
commission your item(s) will be properly presented, well photographed,
and accurately described to enhance the chances for a higher auction
result. We have
over 4000 positive feedbacks there and understand the
system and nuances, unlike many of the local listing services who sell on eBay. We
sell on eBay under the name
In this scenario, eBay fees generally run 15% which
includes the use of PayPal and a credit card. That % can go up depending on the
listing format used, reserves, upgrades,
We charge our standard commission plus eBay's fees when providing this service, and will consult with the owner
/ seller prior to listing anything there.
We will also consult
with and advise potential sellers on the best alternative auction houses
should you want to go that route and not use eBay. In general
this approach is used for very special items and in special circumstances.
Great pieces do great in the right auction, but at many auctions most
pieces sell at wholesale to dealers to be marked up and resold
in other venues later.
This approach should only be used when appropriate.
Outright purchase of your
This is the simplest,
cleanest, most often used method to sell or acquire antiques.
It works especially well when the
seller knows what he has and what he wants for his
approach insures that the seller is paid immediately.
Simply agree on a price, collect your money, and you are done.
Clean and simple.
The trade-off is that with this
approach you can't expect to sell to me, a dealer, for "retail". And the problem is that most
sellers who want an outright sale also want to play some other game, without admitting it.
That being agreeing on a price and the adversarial position most sellers create
saying they have no idea what they want for their antique, when
in fact they do. I rarely participate in this "guessing game".
Your Antiques Value
If you are not looking to sell
your antique, or pay for an antique appraisal, but want to know what
it may be worth, do some research.
or valuations are available for many categories of property or antiques
at different internet sites. Some sites charge a nominal sum for this
service. Others imply they will do it for free if you give them
something first or otherwise meet their
I believe that the caveat
about "you get what you pay for" applies, and hopefully you have lots of
spare time and like receiving spam emails if you choose to go that route. Many
times you get very little worthwhile info even if you do pay.
Seriously though, the best approach
to get information concerning the value or history of your individual
antique is to run searches on Google or other good internet search engines.
Be creative and try different searches and keywords. Or check eBay sales results or other available auction results to see what information you can gather
there. It can take time, and time is money.
This is what I routinely do, and
most times this approach gives good current results for the value of
different antiques and collectibles.
Please Note: Finding my
name and website in a Google search when looking for info on your antique,
and then firing off an email or calling me, and asking me about the history of, and what
your antique is worth, without reading any further is not the type of research
I am talking
Please try to refrain from
asking me to spend my time doing your homework for free.
Below are some links to get you started
with your endeavor and past that approach.
Run a search with
or another search engine on your antique to learn about it and
its value. Start with general terms and get very specific.
Find a similar piece on my pages,
or in the
on our sister website or in ebay completed sales and then price yours accordingly. Here is the button
to get you to my Site Search
Page. There is also
a search feature at our other website
We offer antique
sellers free resources on this site to help you determine the age and value of a given
antique, and we encourage you to use them. Our
pages are a wealth of information for giving you a sense of the antiques we are most interested in, the quality of merchandise we
sell, and the level of our experience and scope of our knowledge.
If you are looking for free appraisals look
at these sites from a
Google Search for free antique appraisals
and see what you can find.
If you are looking for a paid
appraisal look at these sites from a
Google Search for paid antique appraisals
or go to a local appraiser you find in the Yellow pages.
Making Offers on Your Antiques
you feel you need me to make an offer on your antique I will in certain
cannot / will not make offers on things I have not SEEN or hazard guesses as to
the value of your antique without seeing it. Please see
the FAQ page
for details concerning this.
Paid Antique Appraisals
I no longer offer a paid appraisal service.
Please see the FAQ
page for details concerning this.
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to Help you Sell Your quality Antiques
If you have a single antique, or a collection of antiques to sell
please contact us at email@example.com giving us your PHONE NUMBER
and other contact info
and we will get back to you ASAP.
To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously
sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our
Sales Archive Pages at our sister website
Please see our
FAQ page, the
Appraisal / Selling Page and the
Selling Your Collection Pages
for further info.
Larry & Carole