Do these have any value? Cleaning out some stuff and wanted to ask the pros.

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Forum topic by Dustin posted 05-21-2018 01:44 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2018 01:44 PM

I’ve got a set of Stanley Furniture mid century modern dining chairs. Two arm chairs and two regular chairs. They came with a table I bought but we didn’t end up using the chairs. They need compete restoration by an experienced woodworker, they have good bones and all of the pieces are there, they just have decades of wear and questionable repairs. They seem to fetch a decent amount of cash when they’re in good shape but I just don’t have the time to mess with them. What do y’all think? Should I just toss them out?

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#1 posted 05-21-2018 02:08 PM

Probably made in one of the Stanley Furniture factories that used to stand in North Carolina.

From my experience, refinishing for 12 years (a long time ago), and still prowling around antique shops now, I find that these tend to not sell well. Not oak, not ornate, look a bit like office furniture. It might be because I live in the South, but most people think of these as Danish Modern knockoffs, and just don’t like the style.
I’d donate them to Goodwill or a ReStore and take a nice deduction…

Kind of like birdseye maple antique furniture – people think it should always bring good money but it never catches on.

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#2 posted 05-21-2018 02:33 PM

X2 with donate them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or a ReStore

don’t try to refinish, touch up or restore them – just donate them and walk away.

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#3 posted 05-21-2018 07:12 PM

Figured as much, thanks dudes!

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