What can you tell me about old seed company books? I have several, all different, and they are all price guides from each year. This one is from 1927, but I have more with later dates. Do you think anyone would like to have them? Any information and possibly a home would be helpful.
Denise from Brookline
I have to tell you, I loved all the pictures you sent and what this book has to offer. It’s a different piece of memorabilia. Not knowing all of the others you have, I’m going to say that yes I do think these catalogs are collectible and you could find a new home for them.
Catalogs, just like other things, depend on what they are from, age, condition and desirability to collectors. Antique gardening pieces are very easily marketed — items such as old garden benches, seed packets, tools, trellises, catalogs (like yours), etc.
The one you sent pictures of is in good condition. If they are all in approximately the same condition I would say the value to a collector would be about $40 each. Now for marketing them you could try online or go to an antique shop in your area. You could even try to sell them at a yard sale in the spring now that you know what they could be worth — just remember, though, most people don’t want to spend too much when shopping at yard sales.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).