Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Swirl" Patterns

1950s Un-Named swirl patterns in the
Hampton Shape
Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple,
Turquoise, and Yellow

 To see more of this pattern:

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

“Mix and Match”

Mixing and Matching patterns is a
very fashionable thing to do these days!
A very popular “Mix and Match” is
Old Country Roses,
Moonlight Rose,
Pacific Rose.
Which patterns do you Mix and Match?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tips for Selling your China!

There is a wide range of prices for china.
On-line auction sites such as eBay have changed the market prices greatly.
China is not worth as much as it was before
as so many discontinued patterns have become so easy to get!

For example, if you are trying to sell “Old Country Roses”, “Memory Lane” , “Lavender Rose”, or “Val Dor”’s all about “price” as there is so much of it for sale!!!

There are a few sites you can look at to compare pricing

I would look at what the completed auctions actually sold for,
not what the bidding started at.
Bidding always starts lower to attract more bidders.
If you see that no one is bidding, then the price is too high!
It’s always a gamble with on line Auctions, sometimes you can do very well with a piece and then the next time no one bids on it!
If you can’t find any thing to compare your pattern too, try looking at what similar pieces sell for.
For an example if you have an un-named teapot...the look at what other teapot’s in your size are selling for.
Un-named patterns usually sell for less then Named ones.

***As a rule of thumb any “Previously Owned” piece Royal Albert China is not worth more then the current retail prices of a comparable “New” piece.  China is not a good investment and you will typically not sell you china for what you paid for it, especially if you bought each piece individually.
A “butterfly handle” piece would be about the only exception
If you have a full set in one pattern you may want to look at breaking it up.
Selling 5 piece place setting, and Trio’s in one pattern is very popular and that is a good way to break up a big set for a faster sale.
Then I would sell soup or cereal bowls by themselves. I would sell a Creamer and Sugar with tray together as a set. 
As a rule, serving pieces will sell better by themselves and for more money. If you have a piece that’s hard to find, even in a popular pattern, it may be a fast seller!

Never split up a Teacup and Saucer “set”.
Don’t mix and match patterns...if you don’t have the correct match then sell them separately.

The only time I would think about selling a set together is if you had an entire series of something, like if you had all six of the “Garden Party Series”

But if you don’t have then entire Series I would sell them separately.

Some very important things to Keep in Mind:
1. Most people now days are looking for replacement pieces, not full sets.

2. Most people are also only looking for pieces in “Excellent” or “Good” condition, if it’s not then it’s got to have a good price on it!

3. If it’s a “Second” or not ”Made in England” then make sure you put that in your description. For some collectors this is very important! But that doesn't not mean your piece is worthless...I have seen “Seconds” or not ”Made in England” piece just the same price as a "First" or "Made in England" if it's in Excellent shape and is hard to find or maybe a one of a kind "Mistake"

4. Always include a photo of the back stamp then the buyers will know exactly what they are purchasing.

5. If a pattern does not have a name, then don’t give it one! You can say it looks similar to a named pattern.

6. If your pattern isn’t named, then write a very good description!!

I hope this information was helpful!  Good Luck Selling!!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Un-Named Patterns

The Un-Named patterns were released for a few reasons we know of:
One was as a lesser expensive option to get more people
interested in Royal Albert, these would have come out as a small tea set with maybe
with only a cream and sugar and cookie plate.
Secondly was because it was very popular to have some extra pieces that were similar to the named patterns and maybe were just released in a tea cup and saucer set, or in a limited release with just a few pieces and a short run.
"Seconds" were also stamped with an Un-Named stamp some times because they were of lesser quality, so they didn't put a pattern name on it.
They also sold Un-Named versions of popular patterns
in other then main stream markets.
And some Patterns they just didn't give a name to, they were just released with out a name. This was the case with a lot of older sets.
Now a days I haven't seen any more unnamed, Un-Named stopped in the 1980s

 Check out our Un-Named Section
on our web site:
A 1950s Un-Named Pattern in the Hampton Shape

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September Set Your Table Sale

Buy 3 Get 1 Free "Set Your Table" Sale

This month only, Buy 3 (5-piece place settings) and
Get 1 FREE during
Royal Albert’s, September Set Your Table Sale,
including select in-stock fine bone china place settings.

Choose from Royal Albert New Country Roses,
Royal Albert Old Country Roses,
Royal Albert Moonlight Rose,
and Royal Albert's New Cheeky Pink
It's the perfect opportunity to expand, complete, or begin a whole new dinnerware set!