If you have an antique item that you want to sell and if you want quick cash then the best option available to you is to approach a good antique dealer. Antique dealers may be someone that works alone or he or she could be working at an antique mall. Regardless, they are always ready to offer you an easy solution provided you are willing to negotiate with them.
The good thing about selling your antique item to a local antique dealer is that you can save some money. Understanding the items history and Wedgwood marks is an important part of the valuation process. A few examples of WEDGWOOD markings are below;
The fact is that when you sell to a dealer you won’t have to pay any fees, as would be the case when selling the item through an online ad. Also, you won’t need to worry about collecting your payment and you are also spared all the troubles associated with packing and shipping your items to an online buyer. The best part is that you also don’t have to worry about damaging your items in transit, which is an important consideration if you are selling an antique item that is very delicate and fragile.
Before you approach an antique dealer it makes sense for you to know what to do and you should also have reasonable expectations. This can make a huge difference in how well you complete your deal.
The first thing that you need to do when dealing with an antique dealer is research them well. Also, you need to be very well informed about your antique item. The fact is that dealers are not very keen on giving you a free evaluation about your item. The more well informed you are about your antique piece the more likely it is that you will get a good price for it. And, it also ensures that you won’t be cheated out of your money. By researching the value of your antique piece you will be in a position to know what to expect.
When you walk into a dealer’s shop you should have a ballpark estimate about the value of your antique piece. However, do not be surprised if the dealer offers you less. Typically, he or she will want to pay you between a quarter and half of what you think is the current market value of your item.
Be prepared to negotiate
Most antique dealers also expect sellers to give them a price that they can work with. So, be ready to let them know how much you expect for your antique. Also, be prepared to negotiate a final price. Try to also judge how much you think the dealer is willing to pay.
Last but not the least; after selling your antique piece to an antique dealer, do not look back. Even if the piece has great sentimental value once the deal is done there is no looking back. Remember also that the dealer may not be willing to sell the item back to you at a later date. So, make sure that you are ready to part with the item before approaching the dealer.
Once you have completed the deal, you should be grateful for what you got and you should then move on to something else.