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My husband's grandmother passed in 2003. She left this formica and chrome dinette set to my husband's father, who didn't want it. He gave it to us.
The vinyl on the chairs appears to be in very good condition with no rips or tears. The table top/formica is in good condition with only one small spot, about the size of my thumb, where there appears to be some wear on the grey pattern. There are no burn marks or defects of any kind.
The chrome seems to be in good condition. There appears to be a little rust on the bottom of the chairs around the bolts but it is otherise free of dents and rust and shines up beautifully.
The table has two drop leaves, as you can see in the photo. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
hi sarah if you search drop leaf formica table virtue bros you will find some, i think they are 1950/1960's i have a similar style but i wood with leatherette seats they are very nice
1000 × 755 - 1950's Chrome Table w/Chairs No Leaf. Gray Formica Top Drop
600 × 450 - Green cracked ice formica and vinyl table and chairs from Virtue brothers
Thanks very much. Determining a price for this set is difficult. I see these going from $200 - $1200 between antique stores and Craig's List. Any idea where we should start?
First, let me tell you -- I absolutely love this set! If it were mine, I wouldn't sell it for anything short of a trip to Paris.
You're right about the price range. You see how the price shifts, right? On Craigs List, you sell things cheaper and much, much faster. At a shop, there's a lot of overhead to pay and inventory can wait for a year to find the right buyer. A consignment shop might be your best bet. They will know their market and advise you about pricing before you make an agreement.
Generally speaking, look at the market in which you want to sell (Craigs List, for instance). When looking at comparable dinettes, be sure to take note of relative condition -- yours is excellent, I believe. And take into account any remarkable features that distinguish one from another. Then price yourself right in the middle of it.
It just so happens that Paris is my favorite city in the world. I haven't visited since 2002 so you have given me something to shoot for. : ) I love the set, too, but my husband finds it too feminine and it is his to do with as he pleases.
Thank you for the pricing suggestions. They're very helpful. We have listed on eBay and looked into local consignment. Paris, here I come!
de rien et bonne chance :)