Di you have 8, 12 or 16 place settings on your first wedding registry and that was two marriages ago?
Do you still have all those beautiful boxed up dishes stacked in storage along with the crystal punch bowl and all those useless two sip punch cups?
People don’t formally entertain as they once did, think Downton Abbey. If a party is thrown today, red Solo Cups and paper plates are a common and easy theme. Who has time to hand-wash all those gold-edged dishes? Or polish the silver set? How many lead crystal candy dishes do you need?
It is time to turn your stacked cardboard box hoard into cash.
First, know or identify the name and maker of your China pattern. Next, do a google search of the maker and pattern. Is the pattern retired? Is the pattern still selling as it was when you picked it out? If you unearth the dishes of your past and still love them, start using them. If one gets broke, well you still have at least 7 more if your registry was filled and you didn’t have to give your spouse half in the divorce.
If you want to rid yourself of the bad memories all together here are a few options. For dishware/China, visit Replacements.com, if the pattern is high end and/or desirable, it might be worth your time and money to ship to Replacements.com. Replacements will give you an offer and when the dishes are received they will send you a check, if they are damaged in shipping you will get less money or may have to pay for return shipping at a loss or if too damaged you loose all together. If you are so inclined you can also sell piece by piece or by the set on ebay. This is time consuming and also involves shipping. If you can sell locally by consigning to auction or through online yard sales, it may be easier. Dishware is not highly sought after as it once was. Formal dining rooms and China hutches are becoming a thing of the past, in favor of open living spaces and simplicity.
Sterling silver sets on the other hand can be very profitable to liquidate. When you inspect the silverware, some pieces are easily identified as genuine silver and marked “sterling”. Other pieces have hallmarks, letters and characters, which identify the maker, silver composition and country of origin. Here is a good reference website http://www.925-1000.com/. If you have difficulty identifying the pieces, contact someone who can help, such as a local jeweler, auctioneer or personal property appraiser. You don’t want to sell your silver for only a portion of the value. Even damaged and tarnished real silver pieces are easy to liquidate for scrap value. Monogrammed silver is very nice and tasteful, but when it comes to selling, pieces without monograms are more desirable and bring a higher profit.
Are you ready to turn your fancy dishes and silverware into cash? Think twice on the family heirlooms, but marriage leftovers, gather that stuff up and set yourself free.
Identify what you have, take the time to find the value for items or contact someone who can help.
See you soon,