How to price refinished tables

Hi, I have started to paint and refinish small side tables that I want to sell. They are mostly old (antique) pieces that I have picked up for very little costs. They needed a lot of cleaning and sanding so mostly it was my elbow grease that would be considered as the most costly (some were two dollors even). My question is how do I know what to charge for them. Please advise if possible.
Thank you
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  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Nov 20, 2012
    I've been wondering the sme thing when I make something to sell. I'll be following the comments on here.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Nov 20, 2012
    I used to make things for people and my friend always said that there was no way a person ever got adequately paid for their work. What you can do is go to a store and look at different tables and get an idea of what new things cost. Also, if there are any botique shops in your area, visit them too. If you plan to be in this very much, you will have this info. Then price your pieces accordingly...give a bit of a discount and compare finish, etc. Remember, Picasso paid the same price for a tube of paint as did anyone was only his talent that set him apart! You do not want to price yourself out of sales, but you do not want to give away your work either. Take some photos showing the price tags. Make up a small notebook with examples.
  • Debra Debra on Nov 21, 2012
    Thank you for your comment. Mostly the furniture that I am working on are old pieces that I do not think I would find in a retail store. Do you have any pieces that you have done and sold that I could see, I am interested to see what you have finished if you don't mind. I guess I am trying to compair. I am very very new to this and would love to see what others as myself are doing. Thank you
  • Debra Debra on Nov 21, 2012
    Mary, is it possible for you to send me a picture of some of your work so that I can see what others are doing and get an idea of what I may need to do. I have just started to do this with small pieces to get a feel for it. I know that I need to work on my craft because as a beginner I have never done anything like this at all. I never even painted a wall. I love what I am doing and want to do it really well. So if you don't mind can you send a picture to my mail box? I would really appreciate it. Thank you. Debbie
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Nov 21, 2012
    I can take some pictures of things I have kept..I'm really just getting started too : This could be like the blind leading the blind in our ventures. Right now I do more interior work for others such as painting and window treatments, I do think I underprice myself on most jobs. I did do a wonderful make over on a dining room table for my best friend. She wanted a gold table and it's beautiful. I'll see if she can take a picture for me. The unfortunate thing is my close friends never ask me HOW MUCH ? And I feel uncomfortable bringing up the cost. They usually they take me out to lunch ;-(...... ....I can make my own lunch.
  • Debra Debra on Nov 21, 2012
    I get you. A lot of work can go into doing a table, or any other piece as well but a table is big. Yes I would like to see it if you do not mind. Or maybe one of yours that you have kept. Maybe going forward you can tell your friends that you are selling your work now and perhaps that will plant the seed.
    • Kim Eley Judd Kim Eley Judd on May 15, 2016
      I've done some small tables in the past with game tops. These tables usually have small drawers to hold game pieces. I used to pick them up off the curb or at the dump. (Always seemed to enjoy those more than when I had to purchase them!) You may want to try this, people with children our grandchildren really seemed to like them. Try a checker board, chess board or a backgammon board. Make sure you put a good heavy clear coat on top to insure they could be well used without damaging top. I'm sorry I no longer have photos to show you as this had been years and years ago. In the right area or if you can start getting orders for these you can pretty much charge what you want. On pricing your existing projects a good rule of thumb is 3 times what it cost you too make. If it cost you $10.00 then you sell for $30.00. You may have to adjust but like I said.. A good rule of thumb. Good luck to you and may God bless your endeavors.
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