A wide range of lighting is sold online, from elegant crystal chandeliers to funky
50s pole lamps. The more elaborate and unique the piece, the more in demand it is
on marketplaces like eBay, while previously owned lamps bought in retail stores
like Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel tend to sell best through online classifieds
sites like craigslist.
The Collectics.com website offers educational materials and reference sources for
Tiffany lamps and glass, Pairpoint glass lamps, TV lamps of the 1950s and many others.
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The following books by Ralph Kovel are also highly regarded antiques and collectibles
resources: Know Your Collectibles and Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles
Price List, 37th Edition.
Look for these signs of wear and tear:
Also, if the lamp is older, ask the owner if the lamp has ever been rewired.
Testing lamps is fairly simple: plug it in and flip the switch. If you don’t have
the right equipment to test lamps that have to be hard-wired, you can still sell
them “as-is” (many buyers have older lamps rewired for safety).
Lamps should be stored and shipped in their original packaging whenever possible.
If the packaging is missing or doesn’t offer enough protection, wrap each item with
bubble wrap with the bubbles facing toward the item and secure it with invisible
tape. If you’re shipping multiple items, place the heavier items on the bottom of
the box or consider packing them in separate boxes. Be sure to fill any extra space
below and around the item with foam and/or packing peanuts.
Heavier lamps should be double-boxed, and valuable items should always be insured