What We Buy and Don't Buy
We buy Waterford, Steuben, Lalique, Baccarat, and some Fostoria and Tiffin fine crystal patterns. We will also consider other crystal that you may have that is not listed here. Please note more specific details on this page.
We Buy To Resell At A Profit.
There is some crystal we don't purchase because it doesn't fit our business model. It would not be worth your while to sell it to us, because you would have to sell a lot to make it profitable for both of us. We will expand upon the following list in the future.
What Can We Expect to Get?
Let us help you understand the crystal market today. It is also subject to the recession that is driving down the prices of houses and everything else.
We will use a couple of popular Waterford items to start. Let's look at a Waterford Lismore Water goblet, 8 oz, 6 7/8" tall, originally sold new for $119.95. The average aftermarket price for this is $33.00! Wow! You have to keep in mind that Lismore is a very popular pattern. With popularity you get a huge supply. When there is a great supply of something, the price is driven down. As we've stated, the economy also plays a part. There are web sites that sell one off's of these goblets for $50.00. They provide a great service for people that break a piece and need a new one. These prices are unrealistic for people that want to sell more than one piece of crystal in their lifetime. We've seen over and over again on different web sites people that think they can get $50-70 a piece for these goblets and they do not sell. Another popular item, which you will see to your right is the Waterford Lismore Biscuit Jar. This retails for $275.00. The average after market price for this is $70.00!! Web sites that sell these if you break one are asking $170.00. Once again, unrealistic for the individual owner to try and get this. A Steuben Coronet bowl, 13" in diameter, made in 1953, sold for $700.00 in 2006. Today, the average price is $200.00!
Another error is getting an idea of what your piece is worth on eBay by looking at what a piece is selling for. I hear so many time, " I've seen it selling on eBay for $100.00!" or "I see a lot of buy-it nows for $150.00 so it must be worth that much." You need to look at what these pieces have SOLD for. In order to do that go to eBay and next to where you see the search button there is a "advanced search" option. Click on that and scroll down a little bit to see the check box next to " completed listings " click on that, then click search and get ready for the real price. The sold prices are in green and the unsold prices are in red. If you see similar pieces that have sold, take their average price and you have a better realistic value of what your piece is worth if you sell it on eBay. Remember, eBay is not user friendly or a free site.
So, there you have it. I hope this has helped give you a better sense of value.
If you are in financial straits, consider your priorities. Eat or have Waterford Crystal Flutes to drink champagne you can't afford.
NOTE: WE DO NOT BUY WATERFORD MARQUIS, WATERFORD NOCTURNE, LENOX, LIBBEY, MIKASA, OR ANY FAKE WATERFORD CRYSTAL.
Steuben: We will consider just about any piece of Steuben. It will depend on the type and quantity of the pieces.
Lalique: Some Lalique pieces can be quite expensive. We will have to look at each piece on a case-by-case basis.
Here is a tip from the many pieces that we've purchased. First, run your fingers around the rim of stemware. The touch of your fingers will feel and be able to tell a chip or nick faster then your eyes will. Next, check the sides of the crystal. We've missed many side chips from not doing this inspection. Finally, you can really find problems by washing each piece, and then drying the pieces with a lint free towel. We will do this before providing you with a final quote if your pieces are shipped to us.
Baccarat: A very fine crystal. We purchase Baccarat items on a case-by-case basis.
Fostoria: The only patterns that we are purchasing right now are Chintz and Navarre. If you have another pattern you would like to sell, email us the name of the pattern, and how many pieces you have. We are primarily interested in stemware, and possibly some pitchers and vases.
Tiffin: Please send us as much information as you can on your piece or pieces. Stemware is our priority. Depending on the pattern, we may consider purchasing single pieces.