We Buy Antiques: How it Works

We buy full and partial estates, as well as individual antique pieces. We only buy antiques outright, we don’t take items on consignment. The best approach is to email us photos of the items you want to sell. Please include your phone number, and any relevant information. If you require pickup and can’t bring your items in for a quote, please state so in your email. We are willing to buy certain items if you can bring them in for a quote, but not all items we buy are valuable enough to warrant the time and expense for us to go to you for pickup. If you require pickup, please include the location of the items in your email. We cannot quote prices from photos. From photos we can tell you whether we are interested in your items or not. If you are bringing items to The Barn for a quote, appointments are not required. However, we ask that you only bring in items during one of the following timeslots; Mondays 10am to 4pm, Fridays 10am to 4pm, and Sundays 10am to noon. When you arrive, please do not bring your items into the building. Please come inside and tell us that you’ve brought in items to sell, and we will send someone outside to look at your items.

You can scroll down this page for lists of some of the items we buy and some items we don’t buy. Please understand that we receive a large volume of emails. We do our best to respond in a timely manner. If you don’t receive a response within a couple of days, please check your voicemail and your spam folder. We generally respond by email, but if we have many questions or a long response is required, we will call. You cannot submit photos by text, they must be sent by email and in a format we can easily access. If you want to send multiple emails with the photos as attachments, that’s fine. Please do not send photos in a format where we have to open each photo individually. We receive hundreds of photos per week, so they need to be easily accessible. If your questions haven’t been answered by reading this, feel free to call us at 905-822-6574.

What We Buy

  • All sterling silver except coins and jewelry
  • Working mantle, wall, tabletop, and grandfather clocks
  • Antique signs and advertising
  • All types of antique lighting-chandeliers, lamps, wall sconces, oil lamps, etc.
  • English bone china dinnerware sets
  • Select pieces of antique furniture in good condition
  • Industrial items
  • Store fixtures
  • Antique outdoor items-urns, benches, plant stands, cast iron pieces, etc.
  • Bronze sculptures
  • Antique items including:
    • featherweight sewing machines, scales, sap buckets, milk cans, copper, brass, tools, ashtray stands, manual typewriters, all kind of boxes and crates-jewelry, apple, butter, etc., snow shoes, wood skies, fire screens, fireplace poker sets, crocks, sewing cabinets, etc.
  • Any unusual antique items-the stranger the better
  • Architectural items: stained glass windows, fireplace mantles, iron grates, iron fencing, iron gates, corbels, shutters, hardware, mailboxes, etc.
  • Mirrors
  • Antique toys
  • Framed paintings and prints

What We Don’t Buy

  • Used furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Coins and stamps
  • Collector’s plates
  • Porcelain dolls
  • Some antique furniture-formal dining sets aren’t in demand these days
  • Used items – We often get offered items bought at stores like Homesense or Pier One Imports, we don’t buy those type of items.