Are you asking too much or too little? Here, popular sale items and their suggested starting prices.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Gwen Glass Carbone ― a professional auctioneer, an eBay PowerSeller, an antiques dealer, a tag-sale pro (she attends more than 500 each year), and the author of How to Make a Fortune With Other People’s Junk (McGraw-Hill, $17, mcgrawhill.com) ― suggests the following starting prices for popular yard-sale items. Of course, this is a general guide; a number of factors, including age, condition, and consumer supply-and-demand, can increase or decrease an item’s value. “And if you have an item that is signed or dated by an artist, maker, or manufacturer; is in great condition; is of an unusual form; may be antique; or seems particularly unique, you should do some research to find out if it’s worth a higher price,” says Carbone. Check price guides, consult an expert (such as an antiques dealer, an appraiser, an auctioneer, or an estate liquidator), or do a “Completed Listings” search on eBay to get a better understanding of the marketplace.

The following items are grouped according to their location in your home:
 
 

Kitchen

  • Chrome kitchen table and chairs: $75 to $100
  • Maple dinette set: $50 to $75
  • Appliances (stove, refrigerator): $50 to $100 each
  • Clocks: $10 to $20 each
  • Set of everyday dishes: $20 to $40
  • Microwave: $10 to $25
  • Table appliances (toasters, can openers): $5 to $8 each
  • Cast-iron pots and pans: $5 to $10 each
  • Milk bottles: $5 to $10 each
  • Salt and pepper shakers: $3 to $8 each
  • Cookie jars: $5 to $10 each
  • Depression glass: $5 to $25
  • Woodenware (bowls, butter molds): $5 to $10 each
  • Stainless-steel pots and pans (Revere ware): $5 to $20 each
  • Canister set (chrome or china): $5 to $10
  • Kerosene lamps: $10 to $20 each
  • Platters: $5 to $10 each
  • Aprons and dish towels: $2 to $6 each
  • Cookie cutters and trays: $1 to $3 each
  • Pyrex bowl set: $10 to $20
  • Cookbooks: $5 to $10 each


Dining Room

  • Hutch: $75 to $150
  • China closet: $100 to $150
  • Dining-room set (table, chairs, server): $200 to $400
  • Tea cart: $75 to $125
  • Fine china set: $50 to $75
  • Teacups and saucers: $3 to $8 each
  • Tablecloths: $5 to $10 each
  • Stemware (wine, Champagne): $2 to $5 each
  • Sterling or pewter pieces (compotes, sticks, candy dishes): $10 to $20 each
  • Sterling-silver flatware set: $50 to $100

Living Room/Den

  • Secretary or large desk: $75 to $100
  • Sofa (leather, upholstered, velvet) $50 to $100
  • Wing chair: $25 to $50
  • Ladder-back chair: $10 to $20
  • Recliner: $20 to $60
  • Desk: $25 to $50
  • Desk chair: $5 to $15
  • Bookcase: $10 to $25
  • Desk set (with inkwell): $10 to $20
  • Plant or candle stand: $10 to $20
  • End tables: $20 to $40 each
  • Marble-top table: $50 to $100
  • Coffee table: $15 to $45
  • Footstool or ottoman: $10 to $25
  • Braided rug: $50 to $100
  • Table lamps: $5 to $25 each
  • Floor lamps: $10 to $25 each
  • Andirons: $25 to $50
  • Framed prints: $20 to $50 each
  • Magazine holder: $10 to $30
  • Wall maps and globes: $10 to $20 each
  • Computers and printers: $10 to $25 each
  • Computer games: $2 to $5 each
  • Set of bookends: $10 to $20
  • Television (black-and white or color): $20 to $50
  • VCR: $5 to $15
  • VHS tapes: $1 to $5 each
  • Cassette tapes and CDs: $1 to $3 each
  • Portable CD player: $3 to $10
  • Record player: $10 to $20
  • Records: $1 to $5 each
  • Radio: $5 to $20
  • Cameras (with accessories): $5 to $25 each
  • Books: $1 to $5 each
  • Vacuum cleaner: $10 to $30

Bedroom

  • Blanket chest: $75 to $125
  • Cedar chest: $100 to $150
  • Bedroom set: $150 to $300 (brand names are worth more)
  • Bureau: $50 to $75
  • Bed: $50 to $100
  • Vanity: $50 to $100
  • Rocking chair: $10 to $30
  • Quilts: $10 to $30 each
  • Mirrors: $10 to $20 each
  • Floor lamps: $10 to $25 each
  • Table lamps: $5 to $25 each
  • Air conditioner: $10 to $25
  • Fans: $3 to $10 each
  • Jewelry: $1 to $10 per item
  • Clothing, adult: $2 to $10 per item
  • Clothing, teen: $2 to $5 per item
  • Clothing, children’s: $1 to $5 per item
  • Clothing, infant: $1 to $5 per item
  • Jackets: $2 to $10 each
  • Accessories (belts, purses, ties, scarves): $2 to $10 each


Bathroom

  • Towel rack: $10 to $20
  • Commode: $50 to $75
  • Dry sink: $50 to $100
  • Cosmetics (new): $1 to $5 per item
  • Towels: $1 to $5 each
  • Sheets: $5 to $15 each


Rec Room/Cellar

  • Bar: $50 to $100
  • Bar stools: $10 to $20 each
  • Pool or Ping-Pong table: $50 to $100
  • Beer lights and signs: $10 to $30 each
  • Beer glasses: $3 to $5 each
  • Toys: $2 to $10 each
  • Dolls: $5 to $10 each
  • Puzzles: $1 to $5 each
  • Stroller (be aware of recalls): $10 to $50
  • Car seats (be aware of recalls): $5 to $20 each
  • Crib (be aware of recalls): $10 to $50
  • Craft items: $2 to $10 each
  • Stuffed animals: $1 to $5 each
  • Canning jars: $2 to $10 each
  • Crocks: $10 to $20 each
  • Bottles: $2 to $10 each

Attic

  • Train set: $25 to $50
  • Luggage: $5 to $20 each
  • Trunks: $10 to $30 each
  • Baskets: $5 to $25 each
  • Magazines: $1 to $10 each
  • Postcards: $1 to $5 each
  • Scrapbook and postcard albums: $5 to $20 each
  • Christmas ornaments: $1 to $5 each
  • Halloween items: $1 to $5 each
  • Valentine cards: $1 to $5 each


Garage

  • Garden and hand tools: $2 to $10 each
  • Old tools (wooden, singed, or dated): $25 to $50 each
  • Power tools (drills, table saws): $10 to $50 each
  • Old wooden wheelbarrow: $75 to $100
  • Push lawn mower: $10 to $15
  • Riding lawn mower: $100 to $300
  • Fishing equipment: $5 to $10 per item
  • Bicycles: $5 to $25 each
  • Golf clubs: $5 to $10 each
  • NordicTrac: $20 to $40
  • Weights: $5 to $10 each
  • Weight bench: $25 to $50
  • Cat or dog crate: $2 to $10
  • Birdcage: $5 to $10
  • Pet beds: $2 to $5 each


Porch

  • Porch rocker: $25 to $50
  • Glider: $25 to $50
  • Wicker set: $50 to $100
  • Glass table and chairs: $50 to $100


Outside

  • Picnic table: $15 to $50
  • Cement planters: $5 to $15 each
  • Birdhouses: $5 to $10 each
  • Birdbath: $15 to $25
  • Garden benches (cast iron, wooden, cement): $25 to $50 each
  • Barbecue grill: $20 to $50

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