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Sell or Consign

With our incredible location, first-class facility and stellar reputation, you can trust RIAM to sell your most valuable items quickly, professionally and at a great price.  And because we sell so efficiently, we can afford to provide our services for less cost to you than most other antique stores, pawn shops, or internet consignment services.

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Merchandise Guidelines

RIAM promises our customers the finest in quality, authenticity and condition.  As such we only accept items for consignment that meet our standards.  We generally do not accept items valued at less than $100 and the items must truly be antique or highly collectible vintage to be considered.  With that said, we will consign almost any fine antique or vintage item — large or small, including:

  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Pottery & Porcelain
  • Silver & Objets de Vertu
  • Furniture & Decor
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Political Memorabilia
  • Industrial/Architectural Artifacts
  • Glassware & Crystal
  • Artwork & Sculpture
  • Fashion & Accessories
  • Lighting & Hardware
  • Ephemera & Collectibles
  • Coins & Currency
  • Personal Luxury Items
  • And Anything Else Old & Collectible

• Clothing. linen, and other textiles must be freshly laundered and free of stains, odor, or damage to be considered

• We generally do not accept new or nearly new items (1980 or later), damaged or soiled merchandise, reproductions, or other items we determine to be inappropriate for our shop

• On occasion we will accept certain high-value newer items if they are appropriate for sale online. This includes fine jewelry, vehicles and automotive accessories, boats, newer luxury items, electronics, equipment and machinery,  and any number of other desirable items that are not necessarily antique

• RIAM reserves the right to reject any item for any reason.

How It Works

verify eligibility

Read our merchandise guidelines and make sure that your items are properly suited for our services.

Item review

Bring your items in for assessment, or you may choose to submit photos via our online form below. Consignments may be brought in at any time, however for fastest service it is best to bring them in on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 7pm or on the weekends when we have the most appraisers on hand.

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We will help you to properly identify your item and determine the right selling price for it. RIAM may be willing to purchase certain items outright at a wholesale rate if you prefer not to wait for them to get sold at retail over time.

Our Fees

*A 3.5% Credit Card Fee shall be assessed anytime the buyer pays for their purchase with a credit or debit card. The consignor also agrees to allow the store to extend the industry standard 10% discount to any dealer/customer possessing a valid resale certificate. Store policy allows for customer offers on any item over $100. In the event of an offer RIAM will contact the consignor via phone first for acceptance, rejection, or counter-offer. Dealer discounts only apply to in-store sales.

FAQ

RIAM may be willing to purchase certain items outright at a wholesale rate if you prefer not to wait for them to get sold at a retail price over time. Ask us about this option. We also make house calls for large collections and may be willing to purchase your entire estate or any fraction of it outright. Full estate clean-out is also available. Please inquire for details.

Our standard consignment term is 60 days. If your item doesn’t sell within that timeframe, the selling price is automatically reduced (usually by 30%) for the next 30 days. If it still doesn’t sell, the price is automatically reduced again (usually by another 20%). If after 90 days the item has still not sold then the consignor must either take it back or contact us to make other arrangements. Items not reclaimed within 15 days after the expiration of the consignment term shall be considered abandoned and the store will dispose of them at its sole discretion. As a courtesy RIAM will send you a reminder postcard if your item does not sell after the first 60 days, however we accept no responsibility for undelivered, lost, or forgotten notices.

No matter what day your consignment is initiated or what day your item sells, all sales are tallied on the last day of each month. Payments are then processed and mailed out by the 10th of the following month. Mid-month payouts can usually be arranged for a $10 service fee.

While every reasonable effort is made to protect your items, occasional breakage and theft are unavoidable in all retail establishments. All consigned items are taken in at the risk of the consignor. In many cases your homeowner’s policy will cover such losses (subject to your deductible). RIAM offers an insurance option for those who are concerned about such potential losses. The fee is calculated at 6% of the item’s retail value (for example, insurance for a $200 item is $12) and must be purchased at the time of consignment. In the event of theft or destruction of the insured item, the policy will pay the consignor the net value of the item (after the store’s commission) and where practical the damaged item is forfeited to the insurer. Thus for example, an insured stolen item currently priced at the time of loss at $500 with a 40% commission would pay the consignor $300. Minor “shop wear” is not covered by this policy.

RIAM management might determine that certain items may sell better on-line than in our shop. We will offer this alternative to you if appropriate. Our fees are the same as in-store consignment, except that a $60 non-refundable listing fee will be charged for items listed with a reserve, should you require one. This listing fee will be fully applied to the sales commission if the item sells. No listing fee is charged for items listed using an absolute auction format starting at $9.99