About Fox Den Antiques
Fox Den Antiques is located in historic Warrenton, Virginia, on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fox den has been operating continuously in various forms since 1984. We offer the collecting and antiquarian community a wide selection of used furniture, mirrors, paintings, glassware, comics, sports memorabilia, advertising art, books, coins, primitives, stamps, trains, bottles, equestrian art, paper, china, silver, Civil War to 1950’s collectibles and much more. Fox Den has been recognized by the readers of Warrenton Lifestyle magazine as a “Best of Warrenton” recipient for ten consecutive years.
The wide variety of items at Fox Den is due to the many different individuals that rent an area on our display floor. Each one has his or her own collecting niche that is represented within their space.
Our Consignment Area
We accept consignment as space permits. We do not accept any items that have a retail value of less than $50. We accept items for a period of 30 days and charge a consignment fee of 35% of the finale price. If you are interested in consigning an item please call to see if we will accept the item you want to sell and when we can schedule a time for you to bring it in.
Selling items to dealers at Fox Den
Yes, we will buy selected items if the price is right. When a dealer buys an item they have to be able to make a reasonable profit in a reasonable amount of time. If an item is in demand the dealer is able to pay a larger percentage of the retail value then if the item has a slow turnover rate. Most dealers are willing to pay between 20% and 50 % of the retail price of the item.
How is Price Determined
If you know what you want for your items bring in the items or photos and ask if anyone would be interested in accepting your offer.
If you are unsure of what the actual value of the item is you can ask the dealer to make an offer.
It is in your best interest to do some research on your items before you go to sell them. Unfortunately price guides do not reflect current retail prices for most items. Most dealers today use internet auctions and stores to determine current market value and local price trends based on their experience.
If you go to an internet auction site do not look at the asking price for an item but look at the price the item actually sold for. Also look at how many similar items have sold and what the price is trending. The most important factor once you see what the piece is trending to sell for is the condition and any special attributes of the item. Normally the top price is paid for those items in mint condition and in original packaging. Those that have a documented history will trend to be of higher value. Unfortunately verbal history and even written history from a family member may not be enough to increase the value of the item. This is called providence and this has to be proven to a level of acceptance for the most critical collector. Unfortunately there are many forgeries and reproductions that can fool even the experienced collector and dealer.
Selling large collections or contents of an estate
If you are in a position to want to sell a large collection or a houseful of items you are usually better off selling all the items together. The reason for this is that if you sell the better items separately there is no reason for a dealer to buy those lower priced items that are hard to sell. Have you ever been to a garage sale on the last day? Are you willing to even take away what is left let alone pay for the items and haul them away and pay for them to be put in storage? Usually the answer is no.
Selling large collections and household contents to Fox Den
Fox Den is interested in purchasing collections and household estates if they have not been picked over. Fox Den will send out a representative that will review your items and give you an offer for all the items. If you accept the offer Fox Den will pay you by check and remove the items at its expense.
Some of the rules that determine value of antiques, collectibles and used items
- Price is always determined by what a person is willing to pay
- Just because it is old does not make it valuable
- Condition will always determine price just because it is old does not make up for poor condition
- Demand for an item determines price and shelf life
- Items that are clearly marked by origin and maker are easier to sell
- The harder the item is to sell the less likely is a dealer willing to buy it
- There is a buyer for anything if the price is right