|Fri July 20 2012 10:57:38|
China and Dinnerware that Sells Well: Antiques Friday
By: Julia Wilkinson
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.
- "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
5. tea set
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!