We Buy Waterford

 

We are active buyers of Waterford and fine crystal. Below you will find some important information about your Waterford including values, packing tips and how our buying process works. Thanks for visiting and considering our services. We look forward to serving you. If you have questions that are not answered here, feel free to call us at 630-761-1500.

 

A bit of Waterford history

 

Waterford Crystal was founded in Waterford, Ireland in 1783 by William and George Penrose. The company grew to more than 50 people and produced crystal with a quality and purity of color that was unmatched in all of England and Ireland. Unfortunately the company closed in 1851 due to lack of capital and excessive taxation. Nearly 100 years later, in 1947 the company was revived by a Czeh immigrant, Charles Bacik. Having maintained it's dedication to purity of color, high quality and design inspiration, the company still enjoys a reputation for prestigious crystal for gift giving, entertaining and home decor in timeless designs suitable for the most discerning customers. Waterford filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and today is owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd, a luxury goods group which also holds the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton brands.

 

What are Waterford pieces worth?

 

We understand that before you bring in or mail in your items you will have concerns on the value. Here is some sample Waterford pricing.

 

In addition to how rare or common a piece is, several other factors will affect the value.

 

  • Condition of the piece. While a damaged piece is no longer considered mint, some will still hold value. Check your items carefully for condition. First check for chips both visually and by feeling the edges. Then check for other damage. Not all damage is readily seen at first glance. To help illustrate how easy it is to miss damage at first glance, here are a few examples of damage to figurines.

     

  • Condition of the box and packaging. The highest value of course will come with mint and clean figurines that have perfect original box as well as all of the original packaging, tags and inserts.

     

  • Size of the piece. Generally the larger ones are more valuable than the smaller ones.

     

  • Detail. Generally the more complex, delicate and/or fancy the detail the more valuable the piece.

     

    What we pay

     

    On larger and less common pieces, our goal is to pay half the estimated resale value for items that resell for $25 or more. We buy all kinds of Waterford both with and without original boxes. The condition of both the packaging and the item will of course affect its value.

     

    How our buying process works

     

    We are not a consignment business. We buy your items outright.

     

    If your want to bring them in, we recommend that you Make an Appointment , so that we can have a buyer available to help you. There is no need to list your items, but if you have more than one brand or product line it helps to sort them that way. Our buyer will go through your items, give you pricing and in most cases get a check cut for you during your appointment.

     

    If, like most people, you wish to mail them in, we recommend you read our packing tips for fragile items. After that, fill out our form to get things started and let us know your items are coming. If you have enough to qualify for free shipping, we will get prepaid UPS labels to you. While items usually arrive with no problems, we occasionally have items arrive damaged. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or damaged packages. If you prefer, you are welcome to insure and ship them with the carrier of your choice at your expense, but please fill out the form anyway and include the words "self shipped" in your item description. That way we will be sure to have accurate information for sending your check.

     

    Once your items arrive we will process them and mail out a check usually in 1 to 3 business days. Please remember that once we drop the check in the mail, the amount of time to deliver the check is in the hands of the postal service. If you want to know exactly when your items arrive, please note your tracking numbers on the prepaid UPS labels and go to www.ups.com to track them.

     

    Packing tips for fragile items

     

    It is important to package your items carefully so they arrive safely and to protect the value of your items. Also, shipping companies generally do not pay claims for broken items if they are not properly packaged. Please read our packing tips for fragile items. Professional packaging is also available at many shipping stores, but it can be quite expensive.

     

    THINGS WE BUY:

    Pictures of some of the items we have bought.

     

    Designer Handbags & Accessories: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Botkier, Dooney & Bourke, Tod's, Hermès, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo...
     
    Figurines: Lladro, Armani, Hummel, Dept 56, Precious Moments, B&G, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Disney...
     
    Crystal: Swarovski, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal World, Fostoria, Rogaska, Waterford...
     
    Coins, Bullion and Precious Metals: U.S. Coins, Gold, Silver, Coin Albums, Graded Coins, Mint Sets, Foreign Coins...
     
    Time Pieces: Rolex, Movado, Pocket Watches, Cartier, Elgin...
     
    Plush Toys: Ty Beanie Babies, Disney, Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Steiff...
     
    Jewelry: Engagement Rings, Gold, Silver, Class Rings, Broken Gold and Silver Jewelry...
     
    Dolls: Barbie, Madame Alexander, American Girl, Lee Middleton, Ashton Drake, Seymour Mann...
     
    Cookie Jars: Glenn Appleman, Fitz and Floyd, Star jars, Puritan, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, American Bisque, Acme, Radko, Metlox, Goebel, Hull, Warner Bros, Disney, Treasure Craft...
     
    More: Railroad items, Cookie Jars, Trains, Antique Toys...