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Thread: pricing of old wooden quilting frame

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    Does anyone know what an old wood quilting frame is worth? I have an opportunity to buy one from a co-worker and I want to give her a fair price for it. It is a standard, plain old frame, about 8 foot square and can be adjusted in size by the wood sliding and being wedged; maybe 80 to 90 years of quilting on it.There are no pictures. I would like to know a general price for anything similar to this. I thank all who can help me. Peace and love, luanne

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    No clue!

    You might start with checking the prices of new ones for comparison.

    Is your friend wanting $$ ?
    Or merely wanting to get rid of it ... and would like it to go to someone would appreciate and use it?

    If so, the price may merely be the knowledge in knowing you will give it a knew life!

    Good Luck!! :)

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    Or you could trade her a lap quilt for it, should she just want to get rid of it and no or not many $.

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    To buy the wood for it now would be between 50-100 bucks, depending on the type of wood if you were making one for yourself.

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    That is a vintage frame and I would snap it up just because of that fact. Have you seen it? Will it accomodate your quilting needs? Is it still functional? Many questions to think about but imagine you'd be hard pressed to find a gem like that again. If she hasn't asked for a specific price I would offer her at least $40.00 - $50.00 and see where she is with that figure. It it probably worth a whole lot more than that. JMHO

    By the way have you seen the prices they're asking for those vintage wooden ironing boards? Unbelievable, and I'm still looking for one.....love those vintage items.

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    I just saw one listed on Craigslist in NJ today asking $60 - FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    That is a vintage frame and I would snap it up just because of that fact. Have you seen it? Will it accomodate your quilting needs? Is it still functional? Many questions to think about but imagine you'd be hard pressed to find a gem like that again. If she hasn't asked for a specific price I would offer her at least $40.00 - $50.00 and see where she is with that figure. It it probably worth a whole lot more than that. JMHO

    By the way have you seen the prices they're asking for those vintage wooden ironing boards? Unbelievable, and I'm still looking for one.....love those vintage items.

    This was in our house when bought it. Our house was built in 1942, so I don't know how old it is. It lives in the shed because I have no room inside for it (or don't know how to display it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpparris
    This was in our house when bought it. Our house was built in 1942, so I don't know how old it is. It lives in the shed because I have no room inside for it (or don't know how to display it).

    WOW, that is beautiful and in such nice shape. When folded can you pull a nail anchor on your sewing room wall and hang it there. Or when folded up lean it up against something that you wouldn't have to move all the time. You could drape some fabric on it that you love, a quilt, change it seasonally, pin some applique pieces on it...let your imagination go and try and visualize how you can make it charming. If you had a laundry room you could also hang it there. There are so many possibilities for it. The last one I saw that I really liked was $150 so I guess they really wanted to keep it as I wasn't going to pay that price for it.

    Another thought if you had enough room to just set it up somewhere in your sewing room you could used it to put various things on. You could find a neat old vintage iron and set it on top of it with a pile of nice fabrics. I could go on and on but I think you get what I'm saying.

    Oops, just reread your thread and you say you don't have room for it....well hanging on a wall if possible seems like your best choice.

    Congratulations for having such a lovely piece of history.

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    That would make a neat side board in the kitchen and display old kitchen tools such as churns, butter molds,etc.

    I would love to have it.

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    The old frame isn't worth much except sentimental value. DD found a wood ironing board at a yard sale and brought to me. DD doesn't want it in her house but just knew I would. I can't find a place anywhere in the house where it looks nice. I always thought a standing ironing board was ugly and this thing proves I thought right. LOL. It's on my back porch holding flower pots.

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    Amazing what we all love and don't love...I love anything well just about anything vintage.

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    Thanks to everyone for their input and ideas. I will suggest I make a quilt in trade for the frame. She just might go for it! If I become the caretaker of this frame I plan to hang it on my livingroom ceiling just like they were stored so long ago. I'm veey exicted about this!
    thank you again, Peace and Love, Luanne
    P.S. I love the ironing board and can think of a hundered ways to use it. Vintage things are wonderful.

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    I paid $60 foran antique quilting frame about 20 years ago. It's in very good shape.

    I paid $2 for an antique wooden ironing board about 5 years ago. It's in terrible shape. I use it as a sideboard on the terrace at summer parties. I fold clothes on it in the laundry room the rest of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    Thanks to everyone for their input and ideas. I will suggest I make a quilt in trade for the frame. She just might go for it! If I become the caretaker of this frame I plan to hang it on my livingroom ceiling just like they were stored so long ago. I'm veey exicted about this!
    thank you again, Peace and Love, Luanne
    P.S. I love the ironing board and can think of a hundered ways to use it. Vintage things are wonderful.
    Does it have supports for the corners? What type?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    Amazing what we all love and don't love...I love anything well just about anything vintage.

    Me too! I will absolutely drive MILES and MILES just to go to an antique store! I LOVE old pottery, anything that has to do with spinning, knitting, crocheting, sewing or quilting! I LOVE old crocks, old linens, doilies and anything that goes in the kitchen. I'm hooked...have been all my life! I just love old antiques! (almost as much as I love fabric and quilting)

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

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