Where and How to Sell Antique Lamps

February 19, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

While cleaning out your attic, you discover a box of miscellaneous old antique lamps.

They’re too vintage for your taste and clash with your home decor, so you plan to give them away or toss them out.

Those vintage lamps you found could be worth hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars. Pricing depends on the lamps’ style, craftsmanship, and age.

The market for antiques has grown beyond antique collectors and historic preservationists. Trendy vintage and vintage chic design is creating a demand for antiques. Businesses and average homeowners are on the hunt to find the perfect antique lamp to brighten their works places and homes.

How and where you sell your antique lamps will get you a fair price and find the perfect home for them.

Appraising Antique Lamps

Before you sell your vintage lamps, you need to find out what they’re worth. This is determined by the type, style, and age of your lamp.

The internet is a great resource to begin your hunt. There are credible forums ran by antique experts who are willing to help you find the value of your lamps.

Antique forums and online pawn stores will often provide price guides. These guides will give you an idea about the current sale prices of a variety of lamps.

We also recommend you have the lamps appraised by an antique specialist. An antique specialist can tell you the true worth of your lamps and provide you with a few local places to sell or pawn the lamps.

Identifying Your Lamps

What makes your vintage lamps unique?

Knowledge of the type and style of vintage lamps you’re planning to sell will give you an edge as to where and to who you can market them.

Here’s what to look for when researching your vintage lamps:

  1. Are they powered by oil, gas, or electricity?
  2. Are they vintage table lamps, sconces, chandeliers, or floor lamps?
  3. What condition are they in?
  4. How old are your antique lamps?

Don’t let the type of lamp fool you into thinking they’re old. Kerosene fueled lamps may appear antique, but there are many made in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

To Pawn or to Sell?

Now that you’ve done your homework, you have a strong idea what type of antique lamps you have and what they’re worth.

Whether you choose to pawn or sell your lamps depends on your financial situation. Pawning is using your antique as a form of collateral for a loan but does not give up ownership. Selling your item means you give up ownership but keep the money you receive.

Where to Sell

If you’re unsure whether your old antique lamps are worth anything, take the time to do some research. A little investigating will give you some extra cash and find the right home where your lamps can shine bright!

Check out PawnGuru for pawning or selling your old antique lamps. You will also receive offers from some of the best-rated pawn shops in your area.

If you have questions or concerns, check out our frequently asked questions to learn more. We hope to see you pawning and selling with us soon!

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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