Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's it worth? Price It!

price it database

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles is a database available from the San Francisco Public Library website that allows you to find pricing information for antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories.  The pricing information comes from online auction sites such as eBay, online antiques dealers such as GoAntiques and TIAS and a few land based auction houses.  The items you find in Price It provide a general idea of what a similar item may sell for.  Everything listed in Price It! has already sold.

Price It can be found by following this link and/or following these simple instructions:
  • Go to sfpl.org
  • Hold your mouse cursor over eLibrary and click on Articles and Databases
You will see a list of ALL the databases offered by San Francisco Public Library!!
  • Scroll down to "P" and click on Price It!
In the top right you will see the three services offered by Price It!: Search, Info Center and Collecting Club.  Here you will find a brief overview of each section.  And remember SFPL librarians are more than happy to assist you in person at any reference desk nd can answer quick questions on the phone and through our reference chat service.


A keyword search for HUMMEL results in over 200 entries from $10 to over $6,000.  You can sort results by price, date sold or best match.

Info Center:

Here you can find stories and articles from some of the best-known authors and authorities in the antiques and collectibles industry.  You will find valuable tips and tricks on how to repair, restore and conserve your antiques.  You can learn how to hire an appraiser and learn the difference between market value, utilitarian value and sentimental value.

Collecting Club Directory:

The directory currently feature 6,332 groups.  You can limit by category and also search by keyword to find a club that may offer more resources and expertise.

Help Center:

Here is where you can request more information and find tips on how to search the database. 

The Library still has price guides to collectibles of all kinds, but an online resource like Price It! will provide the most general and current information available.

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