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Question DetailsAsked on 8/26/2013

How do I get the best price for jewelry I want to sell?

Don't want to use Craig's list. I have jewelry, china, and porcelain dolls to sell.

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Alternatives you have, very roughly in order of the most to least $ you are likely to get for your property:

1) advertising in newspaper or a specialty collectors newsletter or ad sheet (generally a bad idea with collections and valuables as people know you have the stuff in your house, so someone may decide to liberate it rather than buy it)

2) list on sites like eBay, Craig's List, Angie's Marketplace etc - but you have to deal with shipping and bad check issues, strangers coming to your house, etc

3) sell at a flea market

4) sell through a local auctioneer - at a dedicated auction if a large collection, otherwise at their normal weekly auction

5) sell through an eBay or Craigslist sellers agent - who handles the online portion and shipping and such, typically for shipping cost plus a percentage, with a minimum fee

6) assuming they are valuable rather than just ordinary "collectibles", sell through specialty major city auction hosue in a scheduled specialty sale for that type of item

7) garage sale

8) sell through antique or doll stores (china and dolls) on commission

9) sell directly to a jewelry, antique or doll store

10) sell to a pawn shop or thrift store

11) donate to a non-profit and take the tax deduction, assuming you will be filing Schedule B and have an income tax due for this year

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I understand how you will want to earn as much as possible for your jewelry. A reputable pawn shop can put you in the right ball park for worth. Having an appraisal done will tell you exactly what the value is. With an appraisal you get signed documentation of value, but it will cost to have this done. I had 2 diamond rings appraised and the cost was $150. Good news is I got the appraised price when I sold 1 of the rings and was able to provide documentation to the buyer. Flea markets are people looking to get something for nothing. The haggling will drive you crazy. EBay is safe if you use PayPal. Craig'sList is too sketchy these days. Place an ad in your local paper. Sometimes you will find buyers advertising in the classified ads. They are generally looking for specific types of items. Find out the name of your china. If it is no longer being produced contact collectible shops. People may be trying to replace some broken pieces. You know what you want for your items. Auctioneers take a percentage of the sale price. Do your homework and don't settle for something you won't be happy with. Require cash only from buyers. Serious shoppers will always come prepared. Good luck. Depending on how fast and how badly you need the money will affect your decision. Be patient if you afford it.

Answered 7 years ago by BluButterfly

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