Good Questions: How Much Should I Pay for These?

Good Questions: How Much Should I Pay for These?

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Maxwell Ryan
Oct 14, 2005

Hello AT,

I am a grad student in Ann Arbor, MI and ran across (1) my
newly discovered penchant for mid-cent mod design and (2) a couple of Heywood-Wakefield-ish (if not original) pieces on the Detroit
craigslist (maybe i'm tipping my hand too much).

My current couch, although free and functional, doesn't fit my new tastes. Some how the dual reclining end seats and high pillow-back don't scream "clean lines". I was thinking of purchasing these items.

Any advice on offering price? The same dealer had posted a Hey-Wake 3-piece sectional in olive, post-1950 for $200.

Thanks, Zac

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Dear Zac, the price really depends on the market. What can sell for $1000 in Manhattan will fairly sell for $500 in Dayton and vice versa. If the seller has posted another similar piece for $200 (which is very low to us here), then we would offer him $300 for both pieces and see what happens. If you really love them, be prepared to bid higher, if not, then keep looking. Remember, however, that a good, new affordable sofa at Crate & Barrel will run you at least $1000, so - if the furniture is good - anything less than $800 is a great price for a sofa.

This all assumes that the pieces are sturdy and in good shape (fabric aside). If repairs are needed to the frame, we would probably walk away as it can be hard to bring back wooden furniture once it gets "loose" in its joints.

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