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Fri July 20 2012 10:57:38

China and Dinnerware that Sells Well: Antiques Friday

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Recently The Internet Antique Shop, TIAS, released its list of top selling categories of antiques & collectibles at TIAS.com for June 2012. The # 1 category may surprise you: China and Dinnerware, in a top five that also included Glass,Vintage Sewing, Kitchen Collectibles, and Jewelry.

The AuctionBytes Blog decided to examine that phenomenon a little more closely, and see what is selling best for people and why. And with that we are also kicking off what we call "Antiques Friday" (look for it with #ABAntiquesFri on Twitter), where we examine different types of antiques and collectibles every Friday. We'll talk about what's selling well for other people, talk to sellers, and share tips. Hopefully some of it will dovetail with what you sell and help you sell more.

So why are china and dishes selling well, and what's selling? Phil Davies of TIAS says, "Many of our buyers are looking for replacement pieces for a set they already have. Also keep in mind that the above list is based on the quantity of items sold in each of those categories, not the amount spent on them. Dinnerware is not usually a high ticket item, so price is not a big factor and we move a lot of it."

He added that he thinks buyers consider it to be affordable and practical. "It's something they can use every day so the relatively low cost is justifiable from the buyers perspective."

What brands or types are selling well? I talked to some sellers and here's what they said:

-  Pfaltzgraff, especially certain patterns like the holiday favorite, "Winterberry." Below shows a serving piece that did pretty well. Not all Pfaltzgraff Winterberry sells for a lot, but it does sell if priced right.

-  Fitz and Floyd. One seller says "any pattern is a winner." I have found several pieces of this myself at yard sales in whimsical shapes.
-  Fenton
-  Corelle
- "any old Depression glass"
-  Fire King
- "anything Art Deco"
-  Noritake "Pursuit"
-  International Heartland

What does eBay Pulse says its top searches in China and Dinnerware are"

1.     dinnerware set
2.     teapot
3.     limoges
4.     fiesta
5.     tea set
6.     china
7.     set
8.     bavaria
9.     pfaltzgraff
10.   nippon

Do you sell china or dinnerware, and if so what's doing well for you? Post a comment here or on the AuctionBytes Forum Antiques Friday thread!




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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Sat Jul 21 11:26:40 2012

I forgot to mention, in a LinkedIn thread, Ernest tells us his Parrots of Paradise, Spode and Waterford are moving very well!

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by: Harriet This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 21 17:45:35 2012

I think different categories have a season. Right now, even though it is summer, that is coming to a close and Fall is approaching. People are looking around to replace broken parts of their dinnerware sets and get pieces they are lacking, along with silverware. The early birds get started about now and take their time, as the holidays get closer, these items sell more and more. The same goes for table linens, cookware and anything else connected with making a wonderful holiday. I think they believe that prices will be lower now and sellers will raise prices as the holidays are upon us.

There is also the possibility that this a catch up thing. The economy has been so awful, that unnecessary purchases have been put on the back burner. Maybe people want to have a nice holiday this year. I hope so, anyway.

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by: Glor This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 23 11:47:00 2012

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry is my personal 'holiday' pattern. I started using it because it is not too 'Christmas-y' and use it for my Thanksgiving table as well. I've been buying and selling it for years.
Important to note that there are several types of Winterberry. Overall, I feel that the older pieces of 'Made in USA' stoneware, identifiable by the softer berry pattern and brand mark on bottom, are much nicer. I don't care for the plastic pieces and 'painted on glass,' but that's my opinion.
The plates and sets, as pictured, sell well, especially the Made in USA.  

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by: Janet ~ BeautifulObjects This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 23 12:55:17 2012

Our top selling dinnerware, in no particular order: Franciscan Desert Rose (USA Mark only), Franciscan Apple (USA Mark only), Fiesta, Blue Willow, older Spode, Villeroy & Boch, Irish Belleek (black mark), Hadley, Blue or Red Transferware.  We steer clear of Noritake, Mikasa, Lenox, Corelle, and even Pfaltzgraff, but maybe we'll try Winterberry the next time we see a set for sale. Serving pieces sell best, followed by individual size bowls.  It's easier to sell by the piece than a full set, unless it's a couple of weeks before the holidays.  We agree greatly with the notion that the average price per piece has gone down, selling at 25-30% of what any particular piece sold for 10 years ago.  We usually do not see any uptick in dinnerware sales until after the back-to-school season is over, and would love to see it start sooner!

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by: mylifeisgood This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 24 18:20:35 2012

2 useless boring posts in a row on AB

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Wed Jul 25 14:01:29 2012

Thanks Harriet, Glor & Janet for that great feedback! Harriet, I too am looking fwd. to the Fall selling season...yes it would be nice if it would start sooner!  Glor, thanks for the info re: different types of Winterberry.

Janet, thanks for the bestselling dinnerware rundown! I agree serving pieces sell better. Here's hoping we have a good fall sales season!



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