You have an old family item, but is it worth big bucks or just sentimental value? Here is a way to find out before you put it in a garage sale for a dollar or two.
Difficulty Level: average Time Required: varies
- Accurately and unsentimentally assess your item for manufacturer marks, condition and size.
- Take a picture to post on forums and/or take to a bookstore.
- Visit local bookstores to check out their collector books for more information.
- Look on eBay, put item description in search feature and see if any like items are found.
- Visit online malls such as Tias or Ruby Lane and do another search for that particular item.
- Check to see if there are any collectors clubs online that deal with your collectible.
- Take all these figures and average them out to find a value. Be sure to factor in the condition of your item. Cracks, chips, tears and stains will greatly diminish the value.
- If you are still stuck, post your clear "small" picture on a collectors forum that allows images to be used.
- Keep in mind when selling an item the price depends on buyer. Dealers will usually not pay a book value, whereas a collector might.
- Be honest to yourself on assessing condition when trying to establish value.