How to Keep Antique Furniture From Drying Out

You may have found a piece of furniture in the attic, or maybe you inherited some furniture from your great aunt. But, however you obtained your mid-20th century furniture, you are probably wondering what it’s worth. To find this out, you really need to have it appraised. However, in this article, we will list some things that may affect the value of your antique furniture.

The Condition of Your Furniture

The condition of your mid-20th century furniture will probably be the largest determinant of its value. This will depend on the way the furniture has been stored and cared for over its lifespan. Here are some possible conditions.


The furniture looks like it has never been used. It also looks like it was stored perfectly.


This furniture would look similar to a nice piece of furniture from an antique store. It could have some small scratches or dents. It may also be refurbished or refinished.


A piece in average condition is basically in decent overall condition for its age. It might have a large dent or scratch, but they are not easily noticed. However, the imperfections are noticeable upon inspection.

Heavily Used

This furniture was used a lot and not well cared for. It shows signs of rough usage.

Needs Work

A piece of furniture that needs a lot of work to be usable. This type of furniture is often purchased by someone that has some experience fixing up furniture and enjoys it.


The location you live in can also affect the price you may be able to get for your antique furniture. If you live in an area with a high cost of living, you will likely be able to ask more for your furniture. People that live in New York will probably get more for their furniture than someone from Iowa would.


You should be able to get more money for your piece if you know who designed it. You never know if the designer may be a good furniture maker even if they are not that well known. So, if you know the maker or designer of your furniture, it could be worthwhile to look them up.


Rare pieces of furniture are still often mass-produced. There may be a number of them in existence. Additionally, rare doesn’t always mean good. It really depends. A rare piece from a prominent designer may be worth a lot. However, a rare piece that no one knows about may not be valuable because no one cares about it. Also, if the piece is rare because later pieces were improved, it may not be worth a lot. It could be worth less than later improved pieces.

Although it is best to have your mid-20th century furniture appraised, there are some places you can look to get an idea of how much your piece is worth. Here are a few places to look.

Check eBay

You can look at completed listings on eBay to see what pieces of furniture that are similar to yours are selling for. Be sure to consider shipping as well since this can be an important factor when determining price. A piece of furniture with a high shipping cost may have a lower price.

Check Craigslist

Check both your local Craigslist and All of Craigs. Your local listings may give you a better idea of the price of your item if you can find a similar item. However, if you can’t find a similar item locally, All of Craigs will search all Craigslist cities at one time. This may still give you some idea of the price of your furniture.

Try Google

You could also try searching for a piece like yours on Google. You may or may not find anything. But, if you check the Images and Shopping tabs in addition to All, you may find something.

Final Thoughts

It could be difficult to get an idea of what your mid-20th century furniture is worth. But, with a bit of effort, you might be able to get some idea of what it is worth. Then, once you get an idea of the value of your piece, it could help you decide whether or not it is worth having the piece professionally appraised.

Contact Us

For accurate appraisals of fine furnishings, art, and decorative objects, contact Manzi Appraisers & Restorers. Our team has over 20 years of experience providing individuals and businesses with accurate valuations and restorations. Call us at 617-948-2577 and connect with us on Facebook.