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Treasure Hunt : July 3. 2014


07/03/14
By Donna Welch



Dear Donna,

I am reaching out to your guidance on determining the value of a Basic Witz bedroom set from the 1950s. It belonged to my parents and is one they had from the time they were married. They have both passed on, and, unfortunately, I don’t have an way to set it up and use in my home. It’s a beautiful set; its lines are plain but elegant. It’s in good to very good condition. I’ve looked online but haven’t been able to find any sets similar to it. It is currently in storage, and I would like to sell the set, find it a good home. I’ve enclosed some pictures and appreciate any advice you can offer. Thank you.
Susan
 
Dear Susan,
Your set looks sweet. But around here it might be a tough sell. Some things are regional and do so much better elsewhere.
Even though the Basic Witz Co. has been around for many years, its most popular styles are the ones from the 1950s and 1960s. As with anything else, rarity, style, condition and demand set the prices.
The value on your set would be different here than if you were in N.Y.C., but I think modern age furniture is creeping up this way now, so you could find a collector — it just will be harder. Pricing is again tough because even though it is a great modern furniture company, some styles just aren’t as popular so you don’t want to outprice yourself to sell it.
My recommendation for pricing is in the range of $250 — not to say you couldn’t get more, but then, if not, you still have the set. Some of the pieces from the same age bring in four digits, but the Danish style dictates that. 
 
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 footwdw@aol.com or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 
 
As seen in the July 3, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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