Considering Selling on Consignment? How It Works

When you find yourself needing to dispose of a large number or variety of previously-treasured household items, it can be tricky figuring out what has true market value and what should go to Goodwill.

Consignment at Legacies Upscale Resale is a simple process with no risk for the seller. If your items don’t sell quickly, we mark them down. If they still don’t sell, you can leave them for us to dispose of, or come back and get them.

There is no charge to open an account at Legacies, so it is always worth giving us a try to find new owners for items you no longer want or need.

The Legacies Consignment Process

If you have many items

If you have an entire estate to settle or are moving or downsizing, we can do a site visit to evaluate the pieces you want to sell/donate (jewelry initially priced at less than $15 and other items initially priced at less than $10 are automatically considered donations).

We’ll help you set prices and find transport. Then, our volunteer staff will display the items attractively in our large, beautiful store. We’ll split the earnings with you 50/50, but remember: all Legacies proceeds go to our beneficiary Cancer Support Community.

Not all consignment shops offer such generous terms. But since we exist to support Cancer Support Community and have a totally volunteer staff, we can afford to be generous.

If you only have a few items

Make an appointment to bring the items in for appraisal. If they are right for Legacies, we will keep them until they sell or you come back to get them.

Either way, here’s how the process goes:

  • First, you and Legacies sign a Consignor Contract. We provide insurance for items priced at $1,500 or more.
  • Items stay on the floor for 60 days. Those that do not sell within 30 days are marked down 15 percent.
  • If an item does not sell within 60 days, and it not picked up (after we notify you), it is considered donated.
  • Every 30 days, you receive 50% of your net proceeds via mailed check.

The Best Consignment Items

These are the things that our customers value most:

  1. Home goods such as kitchenware, mirrors, lamps and décor.
  2. Furniture: You can send us pictures, or bring pictures into the store. After determining whether your items meet our needs, you will be responsible for moving the furniture to Legacies--but we can provide you with a list of movers who work with us.
  3. Jewelry, particularly high-end vintage items in excellent condition.
  4. Boutique items such as name-brand purses, scarves, and belts.
  5. Framed art of all types, particularly by well-known local or national artists.
  6. Holiday-themed items like china, tea services, tablecloths, cloth napkins, centerpieces and wreaths.

What we don’t accept:

  • Mattresses
  • Large appliances
  • Gym equipment
  • Electronics
  • Rugs
  • Unframed art
  • Pianos

We do not take drop-offs; merchandise is accepted by appointment only.

Where our Share of the Money Goes

We exist to help individuals fighting cancer - donation proceeds go to Cancer Support Community (CSC).

CSC helps people in the local community with free support and services to improve quality of life and survivorship. They provide non-medical care to anyone with any type or stage of cancer, and to their family.

We set prices, based on our experience and research, that will maximize both your and CSC’s income.

Ready to Try Consignment?

To set an appointment, please email dbarnes@shoplegacies.com.

 

 

 

 

Giving Your Inherited Jewelry New Life at Legacies Upscale Resale

When you find yourself needing to dispose of previously-owned jewelry, it can be tricky figuring out what has true market value and what should be melted down for cash.

We can evaluate the pieces you want to sell/donate (jewelry initially priced at less than $15 is automatically considered donated and not consigned).

We’ll help you set prices. Then, our volunteer staff will present the items attractively in our large, beautiful store. You’ll split the earnings with Cancer Support Community (CSC), our beneficiary.

The process is much simpler--and less time-consuming--than an estate sale.

There is no charge to open an account at Legacies, so it is always worth giving us a try to find new owners for jewelry you no longer want or need. We set prices, based on our sales experience and research, that will maximize both your and CSC’s income.

What Sells in Jewelry?

High-end estate (previously owned), vintage (over 20 years old) and antique (over 100 years old) jewelry can be worth more than you might imagine. Rings, pins, brooches, necklaces and bracelets in excellent condition from the following brands go the fastest at a vintage jewelry store like Legacies:

·      Alice Caviness
·      Bogoff
·      Ciner
·      Coro
·      Corocraft
·      DeMario
·      Dior
·      Eisenberg
·      Forbidden Fruits
·      Miriam Haskell
·      Hollycraft
·      Juliana/DeLizza
·      Kramer
·      Mazer
·      Napier
·      Regency
·      Reinad
·      Sandor
·      Schiaparelli
·      Schoffel
·      Schreiner
·      Selro
·      Trifari
·      Vendome
·      West Germany

Depending on the rarity of the piece, items by these brands can go for $45 to $300 at Legacies.

Where our Share of the Income Goes

We exist to help individuals fighting cancer. One hundred percent of donation proceeds go to Cancer Support Community (CSC). Consignment proceeds are split 50/50 between the seller and Legacies.

For nearly 30 years, CSC has been enhancing the lives of people in the local community with free support and services to improve quality of life and survivorship. They provide non-medical care to anyone with any type or stage of cancer, and to their family. The goal is to support a holistic, patient-active approach to wellness.

Since 1995, we have been supporting CSC’s 200 monthly programs that complement conventional medical care, enhance quality of life, strengthen survivor care, improve recovery, and facilitate better communication with medical teams.

The Consignment Process

  1. First, you and Legacies sign a Consignor Contract. We provide insurance for items priced at $1,500 or more.
  2. Items stay on the floor for 60 days. Those that do not sell within 30 days are marked down 15 percent. If an item does not sell within 60 days, and it not picked up, it is considered donated.
  3. Every 30 days, you receive 50% of your items’ net proceeds via mailed check.

For more information about Legacies, email us at info@shoplegacies.com. To set an appointment to bring in merchandise or show us photos in person, please email dbarnes@shoplegacies.com.

Jewelry can be dropped off Tuesday - Friday from 10:30am - 3:30pm ONLY IF each item is in it's own plastic bag, marked with your consignor number, and an intake and drop off acceptance form is completed when dropping off.

You Don’t Know Until You Try

People buy estate jewelry for the low prices, benefit to the environment, value as history, unique style and/or exceptional quality.

If you have jewelry you think might be valuable, make an appointment with Legacies to bring it in for us to assess. We can tell you quickly what each piece might command.

If we don’t think your jewelry will appeal to Legacies customers, we will tell you. Then you can save it for sentimental reasons, give it to Goodwill, or have it melted down.

Henredon

Buying Vintage Henredon Furniture

Henredon is a high-quality brand long considered one of the best five furniture producers in the world. As such, it is also one of the most expensive, unless you are buying at consignment stores in Cincinnati like Legacies Upscale Resale in Cincinnati.

The name Henredon, which comes from the first names or initials of the company founders, is most known for dressers, cabinets and armoires. Though not cutting edge in terms of style, the company has always stayed in step with each era’s tastes.

Collectors admire Henredon both for its sleek, sensual 1970s furnishings and for its partnerships with famous designers.

HenredonIn 1953, Henredon began to work with America’s first professional interior designer, Dorothy Draper. She was known for creating bravura interior designs such as San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel and West Virginia’s Greenbrier resort. Her made-modern nods to history were reflected in notched medallions that hearkened back to the ornate baroque era.

Two years later, the company launched the Taliesin Ensemble by Frank Lloyd Wright, named after the famous Chicago architect’s houses in Wisconsin and Arizona. The pieces are recognizable by their angular shapes and a dentil edge motif.

Later, Henredon partnered with Ralph Lauren and Laura Ashley. The company turned stylish in the 1970s, making odd forms like mirrored room dividers and tables of burl-wood veneers with round corners.

The Henredon Story

In 1945, four men in Morgantown, NC, set out to make a living building a quality line of custom furniture. At first, they only sold three kinds of dressers. Later, they added a full line of hand-designed upholstered wooden furniture.

While they were successful for many decades, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2013. At that time, most of the Henredon operations were moved to a Drexel Heritage plant.

The company’s assets have been sold many times since then. The Authentic company bought the Henredon name in 2020. It is unclear at present whether Henredon furniture is still being made. Their website says “Coming Soon.”

If you own a piece of furniture made by Henredon, you might want to wait to sell it. If Henredon does not come back into production, your item might become even more valuable later.

Identifying Highly-Valuable Henredon Pieces

Vintage Henredon is highly valued by collectors. A Henredon Folio dining room set in decent condition can sell for over $2,000. An Aston Court Henredon dresser can command over $1,000.

How can you tell if your furniture is Henredon? Furniture makers leave their mark on every piece. On a chest of drawers, the mark might be in a top-drawer edge, or at the back of each drawer. It might be a steel or paper tag, or a stamp.

Often, the marks have worn away. So here are some other tips for spotting a Henredon:

If the mark or tag is missing

Look for part of the name Henredon, an HH, a serial number, model number or stamped symbol with initials. Search for whatever you find online.

Look at the wood

If the piece is made of timber or reclaimed driftwood , it was probably made in North Carolina, the hub of U.S. furniture-making for decades.

Details on a piece will sometimes point to the era of origin. Study the assembly: the screwing of gluing will tell you if the item was hand- or machine-made.

Go to the catalogs

Used bookstores and public libraries often have old Henredon catalogs, and you can also search for photos online.

Henredon at Legacies

We do our best to identify the maker of every piece of furniture hat goes on our floor. When we have a verified Henredon, it sells quickly.

amethyst ring

Finding Jewelry with Meaning

When shopping for special gemstone jewelry, a good place to try is the vintage jewelry store Legacies Upscale Resale.

We sell jewelry with contemporary, vintage and antique gemstones at great prices. Our items are mostly pre-loved, but that makes them unique and extra-affordable.

Birthstones

ringEvery birth month has an associated gemstone. Jewelry made with a loved one’s birthstone is considered an excellent and meaningful gift:

  • January is Garnet
  • February is Amethyst
  • March is Aquamarine
  • April is Diamond
  • May is Emerald
  • June is Pearl
  • July is Ruby
  • August is Peridot
  • September is Sapphire
  • October is Opal
  • November is Topaz
  • December is Turquoise

The concept of birthstones goes back to the book of Exodus in the Bible, where Aaron’s breastplate was reputed to be inlaid with gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

1st and 5th century CE scholars Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome are credited with associating these breastplate gems with the 12 signs of the zodiac.

The modern birthstone connections we know today came about in the 18th century in Poland, when gem traders began selling stones based on a person’s birth month. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers solidified the practice in the U.S.

Common Gemstone Meanings

For millennia, gems have been thought to possess spiritual and healing powers. They are also associated with different attributes such as luck, the ability to attract love, make the wearer calm, etc.

Here are some of the most common gemstones you will find in Legacies jewelry offerings and what they are thought to mean:

  • The smoky green actinolite Cat’s Eye is known for both physical and spiritual healing, and can be used to balance the chakras. It is thought to produce soothing energies and awareness.
  • Agates come in many colors and are said to bring abundance, wealth, balance, protection, safety at sea, love, security, courage and strength.
  • Highly prized by royalty for centuries, purple amethysts are considered to protect, purify, aid weight loss, relieve headaches, improve decision-making and improve sleep.
  • The deep-green emerald is a traditional stone worn to aid fertility, improve eyesight and give the wearer psychic powers.
  • Garnet, usually a deep red color, symbolizes devotion to family, friends or the self. Garnet is also thought to attract good luck in business ventures.
  • Serenity is found in jade, which is also considered to relieve anxiety and fear, and bring good luck. A traditional charm for gardeners, jade is said to ensure bountiful harvests.
  • Opal is strongly associated with love and passion. It has also been found to promote spontaneity, imagination, dreams and healing.
  • The blood-red ruby is famous as a protector from bad luck and health. It is used to open the heart. Given as a gift, ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. It also stands for vitality and royalty.
  • Sapphire has associations with peace and happiness, and is believed to help with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration and prayer.
  • Topaz is thought to stimulate and motivate, lead to truth and forgiveness, and cause the wearer to be more open and honest. It is believed to lead to good fortune, love, better communication, abundance and good health. Like many of the stones listed above, topaz is also soothing and relaxing.
  • It has had many meanings over the centuries, but in modern gemology, turquoise is believed to offer protection and to help careers and travel. Turquoise is also thought to alleviate migraines and help the brain, eyes, ears, neck, lungs and throat.

When buying pre-owned jewelry, you are purchasing something no one else in your circle is wearing. Whether you want funky, timeless or brilliant, Legacies has got it.

waterford bird and glasses

Saving on Waterford Crystal at Legacies

Waterford crystal has defined elegance since the company was founded in Ireland in 1793. Today, their offerings include glassware, serving pieces, cutlery, vases, bowls, photo frames, clocks, candleholders, lanterns, desk accessories, dressing table items (like ring holders and perfume bottles) and more.

At any one time you can a wide range of these collector’s items at Legacies Upscale Retail shop in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Plaza.

The Story of Waterford

There is archaeological evidence of glass being prized as far back the Iron Age, about 500 BCE. Medieval documents prove that glass-making was an Irish tradition from as early as the 13th century. What happened between 500 BCE and 1,200 CE is not known, but it is crystal clear that the Irish have long had a talent for the craft.

The Waterford Crystal company propelled primitive glass-making processes into luxury crystal manufacturing:

Beginnings

Waterford was established in 1793 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Founding brothers George and William Penrose had a vision of profitably creating the finest quality crystal drinking vessels, along with objects of beauty for the home.

Closing and reopening

The Penrose brothers’ crystal was immediately prized for its clarity and purity of color. They were successful well into the 1800s. But in 1853, the factory fell victim to economic events not dissimilar to today’s business trials. The company closed.

Waterford’s story picks back up in 1947, when Kael Bacik named Czech countryman Miroslav Havel Chief Designer of his “green” Irish glass-making company. Havel studied surviving examples of Waterford crystal at the National Museum of Ireland.

A best-selling pattern

Those patterns became the design foundation for the new company, which took its name from the original Waterford company as well. In 1952, Havel created the Lismore pattern, the world’s best-selling crystal pattern ever.

Partnerships with designers

Waterford collaborations and partnerships with leading designers have elevated their products to the peak of excellence and sophistication, creating a wide range of dining, desk and home décor options.

Why Choose Waterford Crystal?

waterford miscWaterford is the most-collected brand in the world. Many people don’t even use their Waterford pieces, they consider them so valuable!

Crystal is a type of glass. There are three main criteria for crystal established by the European Union (EU) in 1969:

1. a lead content over 24%,
2. a density of more than 2.90, and
3. a reflective index of 1.545.

Waterford sticks strictly to these guidelines, but outside the EU, this definition is usually disregarded. In the U.S., any glass with more than 1% lead content is called crystal.

The minerals used in crystal strengthen it, making possible the thin, yet durable character of crystal glassware. But glass tends to be stronger than crystal, which is why crystal is often reserved for special occasions.

The lead in crystal makes the glass soft, allowing for the formation of detailed patterns and designs you don’t find in glass glassware.

Buying Waterford at Legacies Upscale Resale

Waterford items are frequently given as wedding, anniversary, graduation and new baby gifts. They are used only on special occasions and are virtually indestructible, so when it comes time to downsize, many people need a place to pass on the Waterford they have owned for decades.

The main difference between buying Waterford at retail stores and at consignment shops like Legacies is price. We exist to raise money for the Cancer Support Community (CSC). We take no profit and all our salespeople are volunteers.

Because our Waterford pieces are difficult to distinguish from new, customers can dress their tables and homes with grand elegance—without breaking the bank.

staged home

Selling Your Home? We Can Help You Get More

With the popularity of home makeover shows, buyers have high expectations these days. They want a home to look current.

This is not only visually appealing; it speaks to how well the home has been maintained. Even older buyers do not want a “project” anymore. Everyone wants move-in condition.

Homes staged with a neutral look and stylish touches sell sooner for more.

Getting a Unique Look for Less

Staging can show your home in its best light. Think about your probable buyer’s expectations, stage of life, lifestyle and how they will use the space. It’s all about what will appeal emotionally to the type of buyer in the market for a home like yours right now.

You will find used furniture stores like Legacies can stage your home for less than what professional stagers charge.

We are constantly getting in new merchandise, so it can pay off to check Legacies frequently to get just the right look. Everything we sell is in good condition.

Our volunteer sales clerks are used to helping customers stage homes; they know what will work with your home’s vintage and room sizes. They can help you choose items at the appropriate price point for the on-trend look you are going for.

You want to select items that show off your home’s best features, along with the possibilities of features that may, at first glance, seem less than optimal. For example, an awkward space at the top of the stairs can be transformed into an office with the right desk and lighting.

Think about helping the buyer family see themselves in your home. Dress it how they will use it: where the TV should go, where will the children play, etc.

Sellers with staged home are more confident in their property’s appeal. This, in turn, gives the realtor more confidence, which affects how potential buyers feel.

Current Decorating Trends and How our Inventory Fits In

The maximalist look

This look is all about color and free-spiritedness. You might want it if you are going for younger buyers. Inspired by Bloomsbury artists of the early 20th century and their creative flair, this style mixes contrasting patterns across a scheme, harmonizing an eclectic mix with different scales of prints, with one or two grounding colors. The Bloomsbury artists painted their walls and furniture. You’ll find a lot of variety at Legacies to help create the large-scale wall décor/small-scale decorative details feel.

Mixing checks and stripes

Two popular patterns combine for this fun new trend that mixes classic checks and stripes with the latest hip colors. This look might work for a middle-aged style-conscious buyer. Mix and match patterns in different scales for balance. In a bedroom, for example, delicately patterned cushions soften larger stripes and checks on the wall and bed. Legacies’ inventory often includes striped and checked furniture, pillows and other items.

Sculptural furniture

Shapely furnishings and organic forms create quiet drama in neutral rooms. Striking shapes and lighting can be not only beautiful, but also useful. Ceramic groupings behind glass or on a window shelf draw the eye, inviting a prospective buyer’s gaze to dance across the room. Buyers into Mid-Century Modern will be delighted by the sculptural items you can get for a steal at Legacies.

A primary color palette

This look gives interiors a bit of spunk with two primary colors accenting a muted palette. A lamp with big personality, for example, can liven up a neutral space perfectly. Legacies carries vintage and contemporary items in on-trend colors to help you spice up a less-interesting room. Color can excite virtually any buyer.

 


 

What are Consignment Shops?

When you need to dispose of a large number of previously-treasured household items, it can be tricky figuring out what has true market value. Shops that sell on consignment offer a simple process with no risk for the seller. If your items don’t sell quickly, we mark them down. If they still don’t sell, you can leave them for us to dispose of, or come back and get them. There is no charge to open an account, so it is always worth giving us a try. If you have an entire estate to settle or are moving or downsizing, we can do a site visit to evaluate the pieces you want to sell/donate (jewelry initially priced at less than $15 and other items initially priced at less than $10 are automatically considered donations). Our split is 50/50, but all of our proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community, our beneficiary.

CSC logo

Estate Sales Made Easy at Legacies Upscale Resale

When you find yourself needing to dispose of a large number or variety of previously-treasured household items, it can be tricky figuring out what has true market value and what should go to Goodwill.

If you have an entire estate to settle or are moving or downsizing, we can do a site visit to evaluate the pieces you want to sell/donate (furniture initially priced at less than $25, jewelry initially priced at less than $15 and other items initially priced at less than $10 are automatically considered donated and not consigned).

We’ll help you set prices and find transport. Then, our volunteer staff will present the items attractively in our large, beautiful store. You split the earnings with Cancer Support Community (CSC), our beneficiary.

The process is much simpler--and less time-consuming--than an estate sale.

We also work with people preparing for an estate sale--to help with pricing--and those who have already held a sale to help them determine what to do with items that did not sell.

There is no charge to open an account at Legacies, so it is always worth giving us a try to find new owners for items you no longer want or need. We set prices, based on our sales experience and research, that will maximize both your and CSC’s income.

What sells

  1. Home goods such as kitchenware, mirrors, lamps and decorative items.
  2. Furniture: You can send us pictures of your furniture, or bring pictures into the store. After determining whether your items meet our requirements, you will be responsible for moving the furniture to Legacies--but we can provide a list of movers who work with us.
  3. Jewelry, particularly high-end vintage items in excellent condition.
  4. Boutique items such as name-brand purses, scarves, and belts.
  5. Framed Art of all types, particularly by well-known local or national artists.
  6. Holiday-Themed Items like china, tea services, tablecloths, cloth napkins, centerpieces and wreaths.

Where the money goes

CSC logoWe exist to help individuals fighting cancer. One hundred percent of donation proceeds go to CSC. Consignment proceeds are split 50/50 between you and Cancer Support Community.

For nearly 30 years, CSC has been enhancing the lives of people in the local community with free support and services to improve quality of life and survivorship. They provide non-medical care to anyone with any type or stage of cancer, and to their family. The goal is to support a holistic, patient-active approach to wellness.

For 25 years, we have been supporting CSC’s 200 monthly programs that complement conventional medical care, enhance quality of life, strengthen survivor care, improve recovery, and facilitate better communication with medical teams.

What we don’t take

  • Mattresses
  • Large appliances
  • Gym equipment
  • Electronics
  • Textiles (except holiday-themed)
  • Rugs
  • Unframed art
  • Rocking chairs
  • Pianos

We do not accept drop-offs; merchandise is accepted by appointment only.

The Consignment Process

First, you and Legacies sign a Consignor Contract. We provide insurance for items priced at $1,500 or more.

Items stay on the floor for 60 days. Those that do not sell within 30 days are marked down 15 percent. You may pick up unsold items at any time during the 60-day period. If an item does not sell within 60 days, and it not picked up (after we notify you), it will be considered donated.

Every 30 days, you receive 50% of your items’ net proceeds via mailed check.

For more information about Legacies, email us at info@shoplegacies.com. To set an appointment for us to visit you, or for you to bring in merchandise or show us photos in person, please email dbarnes@shoplegacies.com.


Cincinnati Dining Room Furniture Stores

Second-hand dining room furniture stores in Cincinnati are great places to find beautiful, high-quality options. You can snag an excellent bargain at Legacies Upscale Resale. As Americans think more about living sustainably, any stigma attached to buying used is disappearing. Instagram is loaded with homeowners searching for affordable finds. Vloggers share how to transform used furniture to suit your décor. When shopping used tables and chairs, first try to learn their backstory. The store may have information, or you can look online. Buying used may yield a 50% discount off the original price of a relatively new set. Vintage in good condition is another story, however. Make sure the table and chairs are sturdy (no wobbling). Look for imperfections and decide whether you can live with them or not. You may be able to sand out and repaint a table to make it look new.

What’s a Fair Price for Lladró Figurines?

Lladró porcelain figurines are delicate, handmade statuettes created in Valencia, Spain between the 1950s and today. Bought new, the figurines cost anywhere from $100s to $1,000s. The highest price ever paid for a vintage Lladró was $130,000 at auction.

Lladró designs illustrate life’s precious moments, which may account for the statuettes’ collectability. The company offers limited edition figurines for the collector’s market, but has added decorative items and home fixtures in recent years.

History

Lladró is the story of three brothers with a passion for porcelain. Opening shop in Almàssera, Spain, in 1953, Juan, José and Vicente first made plates, vases and ceramic figurines inspired by the works of European sculptures Meissen, Sèvres and Capodimonte.

The company opened its first retail store in Valencia in 1955, with the first factory following in 1958. Today, the factory covers a million square feet and employs 2,000 people.

Designed in glossy, pastel colors, Lladró figurines embody nostalgia and charming human feelings. While many pieces are displayed in ordinary household curio cabinets, some of the most intricate pieces are found in prestigious museums around the world.

Finishes

  1. Glazed pieces have a glossy finish, and are most popular with collectors.
  2. Matte figurines are not glazed. They are either painted or completely white (bisque). Most matte pieces were retired in 1991 because of low sales. Only highly-popular pieces are offered in both glaze and matte today.
  3. First available in 1970, Gres pieces are made with a different type of porcelain. These figurines feature terra-toned pigments that make them look like pottery or stoneware.

Popular collections

  • Lladro figurineCapricho: Lacy, delicate pieces created between 1983 and 1991.
  • Elite Limited Editions: Pieces with elaborate details, first available in 1974.
  • Goyesca: Inspired by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.
  • Lladró Society Members: Available only to club members from 1985 to 2000.
  • Privilege: The next generation of “Society” pieces, made from 2001 to 2010.
  • Black Legacy: Designed to celebrate African-American culture, initially called “Black Heritage.”
  • Christmas: This large collection has ornaments, tree toppers, nativity scenes, bells and statuettes.
  • Legend: Introduced at the end of the 1990s; features porcelain coupled with gold and precious stones. The collection includes fairies, elves, and angels.
  • Re-Cyclos: Introduced in 2005, these are new items from important designers.

Determining authenticity

Lladró started using an official logotype in 1960, but the identification mark has changed throughout the years:

  • Before the 1960s, marks were etched into the porcelain. The first  “L” was elongated to underline the Lladró name, and the words “Valencia,” “Espanna,” or “Made in Spain” are included.
  • Logotypes used from 1960-1970 were imprinted into the bottom of the figures.
  • Marks from 1960-1963 include “Lladró Espanna made in Spain.”
  • Logotypes from 1964-1970 do not have the word “Espanna.”
  • In 1971, Lladró started using the blue stamp familiar to  collectors. It reads “Lladró made in Spain” and has a logotype like a bellflower or tulip.

Limited-edition pieces have the number stamped into the bottom, for example: #98/500.

If a seller is not willing to show you the bottom of the figurine or if the piece lacks an identification mark, it is most likely counterfeit.

At Legacies Upscale Resale, we make every effort to authenticate our Lladrós. We always let customers examine them closely before purchasing.

What should you pay for secondhand?

Secondhand, small common Lladró figurines cost $10-20. Medium-size-and-complexity statuettes go for between $75 and $150. A complex piece will set you back $,1000 or more. The Don Quixote series, and retired and limited-edition figures go for top dollar.

Condition matters, but some pieces are so rare, they are valuable even if chipped or scratched.


Vintage Furniture Cincinnati

Live in Cincinnati? Vintage furniture is not difficult to find if you know what to look for. Legacies Upscale Resale in Hyde Park is an excellent place to start your hunt for bargains. We always have beautiful pieces 20-50 years old in excellent condition. Every item is unique, and buying used is good for the environment, too: you keep useful furniture out of the landfill. Pre-owned furniture from one of these companies may increase in value over time: Stickley, Henkel Harris, Drexel Heritage, Century, Ethan Allen and Durham. Because Legacies focuses on higher-end furnishings, you can often find them for sale on our floor.

glassware crystal glassware

What’s the Difference Between Crystal and Glass?

Crystal is a subset of glass. There are three main criteria for crystal as established by the European Union in 1969:

  1. a lead content over 24%,
  2. a density of more than 2.90, and
  3. a reflective index of 1.545.

John Kennedy, head of technical services at Waterford (the world’s foremost purveyor of high-end crystal based in Ireland) sticks strictly to these guidelines for Waterford crystal.

Outside of the EU, however, this definition is usually disregarded. In the United States, any glass with more than 1% lead content is called crystal.

What makes a glass crystal?

crystal glasswareThe term “crystal” often refers to glassware that has a more elegant form than the everyday glassware you use at dinner. You bring out “the crystal” for special occasions. However, that is not an official difference between the two. There is actually no universally agreed-upon definition of crystal (beyond the EU definition), but a general rule is that crystal contains lead.

The lead or other minerals used in crystal strengthen the material, so you can have thin and elegant, yet somewhat durable glassware.

How are crystal and glass glassware made?

Crystals are pure elements with an orderly pattern of atoms, molecules, or ions. Crystals occur naturally, but can also be formed by man though a mechanism of crystal growth called crystallization or solidification.

Technically, the application of the term ‘crystal’ to glass is inaccurate, as glass is an amorphous solid. By definition it lacks a crystalline structure. Yet the term has stuck around and remains popular.

Glassware can be made from many materials, most often sand, soda ash and limestone, which are melted at high temperatures. It can also include potash, zinc or barium. The most recent ingredient used is titanium.

As stated above, only products that are 24% lead or more should be technically be called "lead crystal." Products with less lead oxide or other non-lead metal oxides, should officially go by the names " crystal glass” or “crystallin.” Still, they are all often known as the catch-all name, crystal.

Color, brilliance and strength

The color and brilliance of glass varies, depending on its contents. Glass made with iron tends to have a green tinge, while glass made with soda-lime has an aqua tint. Some people find these shades unattractive, but glasses with a greenish hue are usually stronger.

Crystals generally are light in color and mostly translucent. Some clear crystals reflect light into different colors. When held in the right position, the refraction and dispersion of light from crystal will create a rainbow.

Glass also tends to be stronger than crystal, which is why crystal glassware is often only reserved for special occasions (that, plus it should not be put in a dishwasher). The use of lead in the crystal makes the glass soft and malleable, allowing for the formation of detailed patterns and designs you don’t find in glass glassware.

The high lead content is why crystal “rings” when tapped, and is heavier than normal glassware.  Depending on the structure, patterns and rarity of the crystals, crystal can be much more expensive than glass.

Beyond the table

Companies like Waterford and Swarovski make crystal vases, bowls, picture frames, candlesticks, clocks, jewelry, chandeliers and more. You can almost always find exquisite crystal items at friendly prices at Legacies Upscale Resale.

Used for awards and recognitions because its heft conveys “momentous” and it can be engraved, crystal is often given as wedding, graduation, new baby and hostess gifts for the same reasons. Since crystal items are frequently used only for celebrations, they are often in like-new condition when donated or consigned to Legacies.


Furniture Stores in Cincinnati

There are Cincinnati furniture stores focused on new merchandise, and others that specialize in used furniture. Filling your home with high-personality second-hand furniture is a great way to set up housekeeping, or give your space a fresh new look. An upscale resale store like Legacies is a great place to start. When shopping used furniture, first try to learn the piece’s backstory. The store may have information, or you can look online. Buying used, you should get at least a 50% discount off the original price of newish pieces. Vintage in good condition is another story, however. You may pay a lot more than the original owner, depending on the brand and condition of the table, chair, sofa, bookcase or dresser in question. Decide what you are looking for ahead of time: Think about what shape, style and color you want; what material you want; and the dimensions you need.

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Tax–and Other–Benefits of Donating to Legacies

You can save money on your taxes by donating property to Legacies Upscale Resale. Tax-deductible donations are contributions of money or goods to a tax-exempt charitable organization. These donations can substantially cut your taxable income, and at Legacies, they also help people struggling with cancer through Cancer Support Community (CSC).

To claim tax deductible donations on your taxes, you usually need to itemize on your return by filing Schedule A of IRS Form 1040 or 1040-SR.

But for the 2020 tax year, you can deduct up to $300 of cash donations without having to itemize. This is called an "above the line" deduction. In 2021, this deduction is $300 per person (not per tax return). Married couples filing jointly can deduct up to $600 without itemizing.

Deduct up to 60% from your adjusted gross income

Most people can deduct up to 60% of their adjusted gross income for charitable donations (or up to 100% for cash gifts—the CARES Act of 2020 eliminated the 60% limit), but you may be limited by the type of contribution and the organization (contributions to some veterans groups, foundations, fraternities and burial grounds have a lower limit).

The limit applies to all donations you make throughout the year, no matter how many organizations you donate to. Contributions above the limit can often be deducted over the following years through a “carryover.”

Claiming tax-deductible donations

  • Log deductions every year. When you file annually, you'll usually need to itemize your deductions each year to claim tax-deductible donations to charity. That means filling out Schedule A along with your tax return.
  • Make sure it is worth it to itemize. Itemizing usually takes more time than taking the standard deduction, and it may require more expensive tax software or involve a higher bill from the person who prepares your taxes. Plus, if your standard deduction is more than the sum of your itemized deductions, it might not be worth it to itemize.

Standard deductions range from $12,550 to $18,800 for 2021, so if you don’t donate goods worth more than that, it will not be worth your time to itemize.

  • Get the proper documentation. For cash or property donations worth more than $250, the IRS requires you to get a written letter of acknowledgment from the charity. It must include the amount you donated, whether you received anything in exchange, and an estimate of the value of those goods and services. You must receive the letter of acknowledgement by the date you file your taxes for the year you made the contribution.

Fill out Form 8283 if you’ll deduct at least $500 in donated items. You must attach an appraisal of your items if they’re worth more than $5,000.

You can also take a tax deduction for volunteering at Legacies

You can’t deduct the value of your time or service, but expenses related to volunteering for an organization like Legacies can be tax deductible donations. Personal, living or family expenses do not count, but you can deduct mileage—deducting your actual expense for gas, etc. using receipts, or taking the standard charitable work mileage deduction, which is $0.14 per mile for 2021.

Keep receipts if you plan to deduct actual expenses. You may need them if you're audited.

An even greater benefit: supporting Cancer Support Community

All proceeds from Legacies Upscale Resale benefit CSC, which provides free support services to cancer patients and their families. Your donations and consignments help fund over 200 monthly programs at CSC.

CSC complements conventional medical care, enhances quality of life, strengthens survivor care, improves recovery, and facilitates communication with medical teams.

*This above information should not be used at tax advice. Please contact your tax professional.


Best Places to Consign Furniture in Cincinnati

Getting rid of furniture? If it is valuable, you might want to try consignment. The best Cincinnati places to sell furniture on consignment are the ones that sell the highest-quality items. Legacies Upscale Resale is a good shop to try. We split proceeds 50/50 with our consignors; our portion goes to Cancer Support Community to help families struggling with the disease. Here’s how consignment works: You and Legacies sign a Consignor Contract. We provide insurance for items worth $1,500 or more. Items stay on the floor for 60 days. Those that do not sell within 30 days are marked down 15 percent. You may pick up unsold items at any time during the 60-day period. If an item does not sell within 60 days, and is not picked up (after we notify you), it is considered donated. Every 30 days, you receive 50% of your net proceeds via mailed check.