The best way to sell my fine china

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Selling your china because you are tired of your pattern or need extra money to make ends meet is a simple process. There are many people who would love to purchase an entire set at the right price or just a few replacement pieces for their own set, or who are in the market for some new china. There are resources you can use to identify and sell your fine china.


First, you must identify your pattern. If it was a gift or an inheritance, or if you have forgotten the name, it is easy to find it by looking online at china replacement businesses (see Resources) or going to the public library to search their publications. Some china replacement websites may offer to buy your china if it is rare or hard to keep in stock. You can easily identify some pieces by the trademark on the back of the dinner plates or by other identifiable markings, according to the Replacements, Ltd., website.

Check your china pieces for discolouration, chips, stains and cracks. It will be hard to unload these items, so if you do not have a complete undamaged set, you may need to consider selling them to different individuals as replacement pieces or as an incomplete set.

Selling techniques

Set up an account on eBay or Craigslist. These sites are user-friendly and a great way to sell your china. If you do not want to go to all the trouble, view ads in your local paper for people who will do this for you for a percentage of the selling price.

Visit an antique dealer, and enquire if they are purchasing fine china. If they are not, they should be able to direct you to someone who is. If your china is rare or very old, make sure you get an appraisal from a reputable dealer. This is the best way to ensure that you get a fair price.

Visiting a second-hand shop that specialises in this type of dinnerware is a good way to sell the dishes. They will often keep the items on their shelves for 90 days and give you a large percentage of the selling price.

Have a car boot sale if your china is not very expensive, and make sure you list fine china as an item to be sold. Often dealers will visit car boot sales if you list what kind of china is for sale. Newlyweds who didn't have a large wedding or who did not register for fine china love to visit such sales for inexpensive china.

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