Thursday, April 06, 2006

How much does it cost?

by Corey Amaro

Since many of you have asked me the famous question; How much did you pay for that? I thought I 'd answer that here on TAG SALES where I will post every Thursday.

First, the goods you see listed below for example, were bought when these things were consider not valuable, those days are gone sadly. Also I bought them when the dollar was very the dollar is weak against the Euro.
You can always search and search and most likely find anything for less. That is one of the pleasures of antiquing, and the reward of a good hunt!

Here is a rough idea of what you might be expected to pay if you found any of these goods at a typical brocante fair; not at a fleamarket where the search is harder, and the finding of such an item rare, and the effort more enduring, yet yielding a far cheaper price for the true tag sale hunter!

Here is what you could expect to pay for each item if you went to a Brocante in France:

Wine bottles (1880 circa or older), uneven, deep green, heavy, each slightly different: $15
Bottle carriers (1930s), sometimes 6 compartments, usually 4, a small one like this is the hardest to find with a wooden handle verses metal one. $25

Provencal water pitcher. (mid 19th century or older) Yellow is the most common, then green, next white and last blue. Already a yellow one is not very easy to find these days. Often they are missing their lid. This one has a lid. $200

Hand painted oil painting of Roses on canvas. (1900s) $60
Iron door knockers (alot of copies beware!) $45

Garden cache pottery glazed pots (19th century) $35.

The image on top is a sample of a 19th century bedsheet. Fine linen, thread count over 500, with elegant designs such as the one above run around $100 a piece.

I don't know if these prices have you jumping on a plane or scratching your head...but there you have an honest account of what these things cost today. Sure you might find these things for less, (BUY IT QUICK if you do!!) and you could expect to pay a great deal more if you buy them from an antique dealer.


Mary Jane said...

I've often wondered what these wonderful objects would cost...thanks again for a wonderful post...

Ulla said...

Corey, amazingly your prices are not far off from what I find here. Makes me wonder how people get them to the states... Perhaps the things I am seeing have already been here for a while...