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Mechanical Nature Antiques
1. Where are you located? Do you have a store? When are you open? Etc.
We live in California. We do not have an open antique shop! This website and our other antique related website www.Antiqbuyer.com are our only storefront or antique shop.
We have operated and maintained our antique websites for over 20-some years as of 2021. Our email address in in the top right hand corner of every page and that is how I prefer any initial contact. We are just an email away!
2. What do you do? Buy or sell antiques?
BOTH!! We buy antiques outright that are reasonably priced. We sell those antiques and others on consignment from this website. We can help different owners be they the original collectors, heirs, or others sell collections of antiques and select individual antiques.
If you have a collection of antiques for sale, or a single antique that we would be interested in, please contact Patented-Antiques.com at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving us your name, some relevant details like location, hopefully some pics, the price you are hoping for, a phone number and other contact info and we will get back to you ASAP.
3. Do you offer Antique Appraisals / Give Valuations for antiques?
We no longer offer a paid appraisal / valuation service for folks
with antiques or collectibles......sorry. I do discuss values of antiques and collectibles and collections
with consignors with no obligation or fee as part of the
sales service that we offer.
Regretably I am not the free information booth for general questions about history or value of antiques that are not being offered for sale to me or to be sold from my site.
Please Note: I do not respond to many appraisal or valuation requests I get that are expecting pricing or other info without some indication or commitment that you want to work together selling what you were inquiring about. To get a sense of why and to take a look at a few examples of the numerous requests / demands for free information / appraisals we receive on a daily basis please see this question / free appraisal request page.
4. Why should I consign antiques to you instead of selling them myself, locally, through auction, or on eBay?
There are several reasons:
We are Honest, visible, and well-known as
truthful and straightforward
antique dealers. Buyers, sellers and consignors all benefit from
our services and are treated fairly and equally.
5. What are your commission rates for consignment sales?
We use a sliding scale and it depends on the individual piece, its
value, and the mode or method we employ to help you sell your antique(s).
For certain pieces and situations we charge as little as a 10% commission for sales.
That is not very often or the standard amount.
6. How do I consign or sell antiques to you?
Simple!! Contact Patented-Antiques.com by email with as much information as possible about your antique(s) telling us what you want to do, and we will get back to you ASAP. Pics are usually required to fully discuss what you have. If your antique is something of interest we will discuss the options, value, and go from there. Contact Patented-Antiques.com at email@example.com.
7. Do You Make Offers on Antiques?
Yes, we do make offers on antiques in certain circumstances.
8. But I want to sell my antique now!!
If the price is reasonable we can do that -- - - - right now. Send me a pic and tell me what you want for it. If it is a price we can both live with I will buy it - now. If you can not name a price, get back to me when you can. I do not guess what you are asking or need to get in these situations.
9. How do I receive payment for antiques that I sell you or you sell for me?
Your choice. We can pay by check, MO, credit card, through Paypal, or another service if you are set up for that. Which ever way you prefer. Cash is an option as well if we can meet.
10. How long does it take to get paid?
We pay you promptly upon receipt of the item for outright purchases or promptly upon sale of your consignment item.
11. I just need general info (FREE) about my antique. Can you help?
In general I am not going to be able to help you beyond the information
you found on my site already. If you did not look at my
sales archives at our sister site, you should. If you found something similar on
my page, in all likelihood the information in that ad is all I have about
that piece. I Google just about every piece that crosses our
doorway. You should get into the habit of doing that for
yourself instead of asking me to do
it for you.
12. I sent you an email and never heard back from you---why?
If you contacted me with something we clearly would not be interested
in we will not respond to save both of us time and space in our mailboxes.
I do not buy ancient Middle East artifacts, coins, or rugs from Pakistan or Iran,
Nor do I buy "antique"
Speed Queen washers, 60's era ranges or electric ironing mangles, water heaters, furnaces and other such
scrap metal that were left in the basement or
garage of the house you just bought.
As a courtesy I try to respond to all sincere and appropriate offers, even if I can not afford the piece or am not interested in it.
13. When can I expect delivery of the item I ordered?
In general we ship ASAP after payment is made. Depending on the time of year and our buying / selling trip / show schedule we ship at different times. When we are at home we have near daily PO / FedEx pick-up. When we are on the road or on a buying trip next day shipping may not be possible and there may be a delay, but we will always let you know that at the time you place your order, and in some situations it may be possible for us to ship to you from the road.
14. Where do you get your antiques?
Over the last few years most of our better antiques have been obtained
through the internet or from contacts and house calls developed from
this and our other website. That would be from you the reader.
A win-win situation for all.
We still go to antique shows as often as possible and buy a lot of stuff from other dealers both at shows and privately, but this is getting tougher and tougher as dealer attendance and the quality of the merchandise at shows steadily goes down. Not what it use to be by any means!
So that leaves this approach and you, the new reader / owner of an antique or collection of antiques, as our primary source for quality antiques. If you have a great antique to sell, or a houseful, or collection of quality antiques or collectible pieces, please Contact Patented-Antiques.com---we would love to hear from you!
15. Do you make a lot of money doing this?
No, but I do enjoy it for the most part and it keeps me very busy!
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Larry & Carole