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I just read this Penny Hoarder article on selling old dishes and china. From those I've talked to, having an old set of china lying around is more common than I realized. I have a couple hundred pieces of china my grandparents procured from postwar Germany. Even though it's beautiful stuff, I'm all for finding a new home for it. But I can't just give it away or donate it to a thrift store. So, it's currently sitting boxed up in a storage unit after dragged it across the country during a move a few years ago.

Sadly, each piece in my set is white with a gold rim, so not microwave or dishwasher safe – i.e. a lot less valuable than, say, something with a flower pattern, according to the article.

My question is: What's the best way to unload an old set of china? Should I sell the whole set or am I better selling it piece by piece? Have you used or eBay to sell antique dishes or is finding a local buyer the way to go?

Will S.

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I also read that article and wanted to sell. Although my family doesn’t have fine China, we have crystal and silver. They’re gorgeous to look at, but I don’t plan to use them for eating, and they do take up a lot of space. I anticipate selling them in the future.

I’d try selling as the whole set instead of piece by piece. Perhaps cross-post online and locally to get more exposure and interest.

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