Need selling advice, please!

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This was purchased about 10 years ago for $800. I really want to sell but I have no idea how much to ask for it, or where I would find the best market of buyers. It's in great shape and I do have the missing knob, just need to reattach it. Any advice? Thanks in advance!
selling advice please for old dresser, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, What s it worth
What's it worth?
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  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Nov 09, 2014
    It's a beautiful buffet and dates to approximately the '30s. It's large and that's where you are going to find your challenge selling it. The current market for large furniture pieces is a bit soft. Although, New Orleans has plenty of large homes that could handle a piece this size. If you contact an antiques dealer they will only offer you about 50% of what you might be able to get for it because they want to sell it for a profit. Selling things to dealers and/or appraisers is risky because they will only offer half or less of its value. Even though you bought it for $800, chances are you won't get that for it when you sell it now. My best guess is a couple of hundred dollars. However, you are in/near a large city with lots of possibilities, so you may do much better. I'm not trying to throw a wet blanket on your efforts but give you some information to assist you in selling it with regard to today's market. I have spent most of my life in the antiques business and understand the pitfalls that one can encounter when selling. As for preparing it for sale, clean it thoroughly, apply the missing knob, give it a nice waxing and touch up any dings and/or scratches. It will present much better and will be more saleable. A purchaser is more likely to buy if they think they can move it into their space and use it immediately without any work/repair to it that they may have to do themselves.

  • Just marcy Just marcy on Nov 09, 2014
    I would be for keeping it and re-inventing it with a sink/faucets for a bathroom. It would be so beautiful.

  • ElnyrPolchow ElnyrPolchow on Nov 10, 2014
    I have used such a beautiful piece in a small apt that I was going to rent out. I refinished the top polyurethane varnish with three coats for protection to water damage. Then had a stainless steel bar sink installed. Your choice whether it is centered or not. It is the little one wall kitchen. Base was for storage. It was SWEET. And was popular.

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Nov 10, 2014
    I agree with making it into a vanity! Love the piece! Good luck with selling it!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Nov 10, 2014
    Not only is the market for large pieces soft, so is the market for antiques...and collectibles! I love them still but like a lot of us that do, we have as many as we can use! People buying large homes want reproductions of old stuff! Good luck!

  • Pat Mencke Pat Mencke on Nov 10, 2014
    You're going to sell that???!!! That's a keeper. What a marvelous piece. What artistic proportions and woodworking wonders! If you sell it, get lots and lots for it because it is splendiferous!.

  • Cheryl Weltha Cheryl Weltha on Nov 10, 2014
    If you really want to sell it, go to your favorite local antique store, with photos, and visit with the manager or owner. They may make you an offer!

  • Pam Potter Pam Potter on Nov 10, 2014
    try bookoo.com-- go to your state and area and post local---it is free and allows pictures

  • Kim Sanchez Connor Kim Sanchez Connor on Nov 10, 2014
    I love it and totall understand your situation. I have this piece that was given to me and have no idea where to start the info I have is its apparently from late 1800s to early 1900s, I may need to visit an antique store

    • Susan S Susan S on Dec 21, 2014
      @Kim Sanchez Connor most corner cabinets online that I've seen they all have been asking about $200 for them, just so you know.

  • Kat Kat on Nov 11, 2014
    i have a twin to your buffett and i love it!! i have used it all over the house in different ways. it currently is my storage for my art supplies in my studio. i have also used as a formal server, pot and pan storage in my kitchen, and a big screen console.

  • Lola Lola on Nov 11, 2014
    Try a local auction house

  • Providence Hill Providence Hill on Nov 11, 2014
    Antique buffets are becoming very popular in my area. A painted piece this size is normally going between $300-$450. If the buffet is in excellent condition and doesn't need any refinishing I would expect it to go for a smidge more.

  • 9530106 9530106 on Nov 11, 2014
    What a beautiful piece of woodworking craftsmanship! I would keep it, and I would NEVER cut a hole in the top!

  • Sharon Murphy Bayens Sharon Murphy Bayens on Nov 11, 2014
    It's beautiful I wouldnt cut it. Would love to have it.

  • Sandy Tromin Sandy Tromin on Dec 17, 2014
    I would take photos of it to all the antique dealers in the larger cities where the big old fashioned homes still are appreciated. you'll probably get a very good price for it. don't rush

  • it is beautiful...I agree do not cut...you can repaint in a different color, would look great

  • I wish I was lucky enough to have this piece given to me

  • Susan S Susan S on Dec 21, 2014
    check on ebay and craig's list to see if you can fine another one and how much they want for theirs

  • Mary Mary on Jan 16, 2015
    classic beauty... don't sell it and don't change it...

  • Dolly Dolly on Jan 19, 2015
    Cheryl hit the nail right on the head. Go to an expert who knows what they are talking about. If they go and offer you money for it, then you can be assured its worth double! Take good close up pictures as well as one of the entire piece. Take a drawer out and turn it over. Take a picture of the underside and the drawer joinery to help them date it. Good Luck!

  • Rej722048 Rej722048 on Jan 19, 2015
    A beautiful piece! In order to price it, though, you need to tell what kind of wood it is and if the wood is solid. At first glance it looks like walnut to me. However, sometimes old pieces were made of more than one kind of wood then stained. I wish I had room for this piece!

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jan 19, 2015
    You could easily sell this piece for $650 if you leave it as is. Please, do not paint or do anything to change it from its original state. This will only decrease the value. I personally would keep it. But if your set on selling. You could try your local consignment, but they charge a certain percentage of sell. Or you can try an antique shop, but here again. They will pay less so they can make money on the re-sell. Or sell it on craigslist to get your full sale price. If you lived in Texas, I would gladly take it off your hands. Love the piece, very beautiful. Hope you won't regret getting rid of it. I've done that before.....:(

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jan 19, 2015
    Only when antique pieces are in bad condition, is it a good idea to paint and make it more a vintage piece or cut tops to transform them into a bathroom vanity or use as a kitchen island etc....

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 20, 2015
    ,Used items are only worth 10% of original value unless they are antique.

  • Verilea poole Verilea poole on Jan 20, 2015
    Don't cut it it will ruin the value this is a beautiful piece don't think I would have the nerve to paint it you should be able to double your money and more good luck

  • Mowlyn Mowlyn on Jan 21, 2015
    While growing up my mother had one of these to put her silverware and dinner platters. As kids we loved to hid under it,it was our hide away space. thanks for sharing and reminding me of some sweet memories.