Selling an antique Turkish copper tray is easier accomplished in this modern, information era, where sellers can access a broad range of buyers both online and in print. There are various ways to sell an antique tray from one’s local area as well. Antique Turkish copper trays are highly decorative, and often used by designers and home makers to create a design theme or a unique focal piece.
Sell your antique tray at an antique market. Go to markets specifically geared for large crowds, where there will be more people with varied tastes who may be looking for these types of trays. Put solid color table cloths underneath the tray, to make the tray stand out, and place it on the table apart from other items, so other items don’t detract from the tray.
Take the tray to an antique mall, and inquire at the desk if there are any dealers that may be interested in purchasing the tray. Know the value of the tray by looking up antique copper wares in antique guide books at the library, or online. This way you can get a fair price. Keep in mind that an antique dealer will need to mark up their item over what they may pay you, so you may or may not get true market value for your tray, when selling directly to a dealer.
Put the tray on commission at a consignment shop. Go to one in your area where they sell all types of goods, not just clothing or specialized items. You have a better chance of selling your tray in a consignment shop that a lot of people frequent, not a small percentage of shoppers; say those only interested in a particular type of item.
Have an estate sale, and list the sale in your local newspaper. Make sure to place the add with the heading “Estate Sale.” This will draw more experienced shoppers who will be expecting higher priced items than at a garage sale. You can possibly get more money for your antique tray, and sell other items too.
Take out an ad in your local newspaper, advertising that you have an antique tray for sale. Get an appraisal of the tray from a local antique dealer, so you know how to price the tray. Decide if you want to list your contact information along with the price of the tray. Potential buyers will need a way to reach you, if interested in purchasing the tray. Arrange to meet in a public place, like a fast food restaurant parking lot or inside, so people don’t come to your personal home address to pick up the tray.
Sell online at auction sites, or try global trade sites, such as Alibaba.com. You might have a better chance of getting a global buyer who is zeroing in on that specific item, especially someone familiar with that type of tray from the country of origin.