So This Man Walks Into the Shop…

Child with Cherries, by Bouguereau - 1896

Child with Cherries, by Bouguereau – 1896

Someone just walked into the shop with the print above, “Child with Cherries” by Bouguereau, dated 1896.

“Can you tell me what it’s worth?” he asks.

I can try… let me see.

There’s no sense in looking these things up on eBay, since eBay prices are what the seller is hoping to get, and don’t reflect actual sold prices.

We subscribe to services that tell us what items actually have sold for, which helps us immensely in pricing our inventory – there’s no way we could know even a smidgen of everything that’s out there.

I looked it up for the gentleman, and found only 7 copies of Child with Cherries has sold (via public auction or other tracking mechanism) since 2010.  That first one went for $100.00.  Cool!

Another went for $45.00.  Not quite so exciting.

The remaining 5 all sold for between $12.34 and $25.00.  And two of those had really nice frames, unlike the plain Jane one he was holding.  Sigh… sorry, sir.  It’s not worth much at all.

“It’s okay”, he said.  “I only paid $5.00 for it and am giving it to my granddaughter as a gift”.

Well, then.  I was glad to tell him that he’d definitely gotten his money’s worth.

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Main Location:  Heritage Collectibles at 189 Main Street, Lewiston  ME 04240.
Hours: Usually 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursdays|Fridays|Saturdays and occasionally 12:00 noon to 5:oo pm on Sundays.  We’re also often open until 7:00 pm on Fridays.
These hours may vary depending on the demands of our day jobs (Linda is a social worker, and John is the post press supervisor at the local newspaper), whether we are exhibiting at a show, or are attending an auction we just don’t want to miss!  Your best bet is to call us first to make sure we’ll be there, or to make an appointment.
Contact us:
Maine locations
… John: 207 713 0674 or
… Linda: 207 740 2247 or
Los Angeles location
… Jessamyn: 818 738 4713 0r
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Other Locations:
… Cabot Mill Antiques, Fort Andross, Brunswick  ME
… Sherman Oaks Antiques Mall, Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA
Upcoming Shows & Exhibits
… none scheduled at this time; we’re taking a breather!
Message re Our Products:
Most of the items we offer are vintage, antique or simply pre-owned.  Therefore, reasonable wear & tear is to be expected, and our items are sold as seen and as described in the photos and/or in person.
We try to describe any damage, nicks, blemishes or other problems of which we are aware in any and all of our listings, and always include plenty of clear photographs which are integral to the description, so please review them closely.
Also, please be aware that vintage and antique items are unlikely to be in factory condition, so if you aren’t used to buying antique or vintage items – and are in fact looking for a pristine, unused item – a new reproduction may be better suited for you.
We ordinarily do not “clean up” items because such cleaning may detract from their value.
We are specific and honest in our descriptions because we want happy buyers who will return and/or refer their friends!

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