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A very dear friend gifted us with BOXES of Depression Glass! She and her mom collected it for a number of years, but then her mom passed away and she went through a divorce and decided she didn't want to deal with moving it all.....so asked if WE would just TAKE EVERYTHING.

 

Larry and I know about some antiques and collectibles but not a lot about Depression Glass.......We've bought a couple of books on the subject.

We sold a few pieces on E-Bay, gave a few pieces away to family/friends.......

 

Right now we still have a lot left stored in our spare bedroom and we need to get it OUT. (A young person is moving in soon who needs a place to stay....long story.)

 

Any advice? Is it worth storing it or should we just give it away? Yard Sale for a small amounts? If so, how much? HELP!

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I know glassware has come down a lot in value the last few years. But I would think depression glass would always have a market. Maybe you can estimate its wholesale value and put an ad on Craigs List. I just sold an antique lamp that way. And dealers always check Craigs List frequently.

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I agree with Marsha, while the prices have gone down recently. ..there are still many die-hard collectors out there who will buy it. Since you got it for free, start offering it cheap, then post it for free or donate it to the salvation army or some other thrift store that resells for good causes. Some pieces are very rare and still fetching a high price. If you have time, poke around on ebay and see if you can identify some of the pieces to get a price range. Glass is tricky, as it is heavy, fragile and takes up space and it is hard to ship, so a local sale or swap may work better for you.

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Thanks for reminding me about Craigslist....Stupid that we didn't do it before! And yes, we will probably give a lot to our local Shelter's thrift store.

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Look up a few of the pieces on like eBay, to get a price for a few pieces, come up with an average, then advertise it lock, stock and barrel pretty cheap, but they have to take the whole lot, let someone else disperse what they don't want.

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Chanda, the down side with E-Bay is dealing with shipping....But, yes. Larry said he's going to do something like you described with Craigslist.

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No, not to sell it there, just to get pricing ideas, then list locally, after you have an idea of value, you can put a medium or low ball price on it to move it as a group.

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Yes, ebay is a great resource for information, let someone else do the research for you. Most depression glass, especially if well worn, is not super valuable, and chips, cracks and scratches deter the value. Some pieces however, are very valuable, especially if they complete someone's set. May be worth a quick look. I agree with Chanda, getting someone to take it all will be easiest. Present it as an opportunity to make money selling individually, someone will bite.

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Depression glass is a good example of why you should only invest in things you love. Prices have dropped recently, but who knows what the future holds. The pieces I've bought have not increased in value -- they're about the same. Fortunately I bought them because I love them and always will. I have a large pink Miss America bowl that is unbelievably beautiful -- I value it far beyond its actual worth.

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I would NOT look to ebay to assess value, but would instead peruse the many online antique dealers. I would strongly consider getting an appraisal, as some items still have very high value.

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