Image courtesy of Royal Doulton UK.
Bunnykins is a brand of china and figurines first developed by Barbara Vernon of the UK's Royal Doulton company in 1939. These collector's pieces can be found in shops and online, and you can sell your own collection of Bunnykins pieces using the same methods. Like any antique or collectable, selling your Bunnykins effectively is about knowing the condition of your pieces and the price to ask from your buyer. Before you look for a buyer, you must first know about the Bunnykins piece you are selling.
Set the price
Turn over your Bunnykins piece and look for the seal of the Royal Doulton company. The marking can be compared with a database of seals for an approximate date of the piece. You can also look for a date printed next to the company seal.
Examine the piece thoroughly to look for any scratches, chipped ceramic or areas of missing paint. Write down all flaws you find in the piece.
Compare your Bunnykins to a price guide. These guides are available online or in book form. Always use a guide no more than a year old as your starting point for pricing.
Access an online auction site such and perform a search for your Bunnykins piece. Write down the top three prices being asked and the lowest three. This will give you a range of prices for your own piece.
Where to sell
Bring the Bunnykins piece to an antique shop or collector's shop. Ask the owner if she would like to buy the piece from you or place it for sale on a consignment basis. Set your starting price slightly above the average price.
Take the piece to an antiques market and look for sellers carrying similar pieces. Ask the vendor if he would like to look at your Bunnykins piece and if he would be interested in buying the piece.
List the Bunnykins piece on an online auction site. Set your starting price slightly below the average price for the piece on the site. List all flaws in the piece to prevent a buyer from complaining the sale was not what was expected.
- Do not accept a price below your comfort level. If a buyer is offering too little, pass on the sale.
- Take the Bunnykins piece to several different shops and buyers and see who will offer you the best price for the piece.
- Do not attempt to sell the Bunnykins piece if it is badly damaged or was repaired with glue. Collectors will not want the piece.
- Image courtesy of Royal Doulton UK.