We are all skeptical about paying a month subscription to something we think we will probably never use. I thought the same thing at first, but I came across more search matches for comps on worthpoint.
Since I was not a subscriber I could not see the sold prices. So I decided to take the plunge and subscribe and it being $19.99 a month I was hoping it was worth it.
Let me tell you, IT IS… if you are a reseller. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you are strictly a collector.
If you have never used it, it shows sold prices from last few years from multiple places such as eBay, and other online auctions. And since eBay only shows sold listing for 60 days I believe.
This is a great resource to find things that have not shown up in a while.
Last week I went on my semi monthly thrifting/ antique store adventure. From w ashington, Pa to ligoneer, Pa. I Left early in the morning so I knew that no antique stores would be open yet. I decided to hit all the thrifts to the furthest point and hit the antiques on the way back.
First stop was a salvation army. I did my usual routine. Hit the dishes, then sheets, furniture and lastly the holiday aisle.
I found nothing on my first 3 aisles. Then I see 3 huge brass deer. (Brass always sells very well for me and the bigger the item the more it sells for.) I check the tags 79.99 for the set of 3. Super excited I grab them all. And head to the counter to check out.
Once outside I did what all of us thrifters do, take a picture of the goods.
On the way to the next stop, I search comps. The 2 brass deer have sold for $125 for the pair, and the elk has sold for $165.
I hit a few more thrifts, just to come up empty handed. Frustrated I stopped at the last goodwill along my route. Right before leaving again empty handed, I spotted jadeite in a cart. 3.99 for a McKee 4 cup pitcher.. score.
Fast forward.. I Hit 4 or 5 antique stores and again empty handed. Until I spotted a lefton mr toodles tea pot. It was priced at $40 and correctly labeled on the tag, so i figured I would check comps anyways.. searched eBay, etsy and Google. With no luck. So I check my go to Worthpoint.com(well worth the subscription) comps came up between $125 & $250. Another score..
It always pays to check comps, even if tags are labeled correctly some things are not readily available online, maybe hard to find leaving the seller clueless as to the actual value.