You might have owned a vintage clock ever since it was new, or your vintage clock might have been passed down to you from a family member or other loved one. You might have found it at an antique store, flea market, or yard sale. No matter why you might have a vintage clock, there might be one thing that you don’t like about it: It might not currently work. If this is the case, you could be thinking about selling it. However, instead of selling it, you should consider repairing it for these reasons and more.
1. There are Professionals Who Can Help
You might not really like the idea of selling your vintage clock, but you might not really know what to do to get it back in working order. You might assume that there aren’t very many people out there who can help you with an older clock. However, you should know there are actually lots of professionals out there who are passionate about clocks, including vintage clocks. Many of these individuals will be willing to look at your clock to determine what’s wrong with it and help you fix it. A lot of the professionals who are passionate about vintage clocks are committed to repairing them as well as possible while keeping as many original parts as possible. If you talk to one of these professionals, they should be willing to at least look at your clock without charging a lot of money. In fact, some will even look at your clock and give you a quote for how much it will cost to fix it, all without you having to pay them anything at all.
2. You Might Love the Clock
Although you could be thinking about selling your vintage clock because it does not work, you might not be particularly happy about it. After all, you might really like the clock that you have for a number of reasons.
If the clock was passed down to you by a family member who passed away, for example, the clock might have sentimental value for you. The same might be true if you purchased the clock brand new, since you might have had it for many years now, and many of your memories might have involved having this clock in your house. If the clock that you’re thinking about selling has sentimental value, you might find that it’s particularly worth it for you to have it repaired instead of just selling it.
There might be other reasons why you might want to keep the clock, even if it doesn’t have sentimental value. You might really like the way that it looks, and you might feel that it will suit the traditional or vintage style of your home beautifully. If so, you might really like the idea of having the clock repaired so you can hang it on your wall and use it every day. You might have similar feelings if you found the vintage clock at a yard sale randomly or if you otherwise simply really like it. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between selling it when you don’t want to or putting it away somewhere where it isn’t being used, since you can simply have it repaired instead.
3. You Might Be Able to Fix it Yourself
As someone who doesn’t have experience with working on clocks, you might not think there is any chance that you will be able to fix your vintage clock yourself. Of course, you should be very careful when doing so. After all, the last thing that you want to do is cause further damage to your clock. However, depending on what is wrong with it, there’s a chance that you could fix it yourself. This could help you get your clock back up and working again and can help you make sure it works properly, all without having to spend a lot of money and without having to sell it.
First of all, if you are just dealing with cosmetic issues with your vintage clock, you should try thoroughly and carefully cleaning it. If it’s made from wood, then you will want to use a wood cleaner to gently wipe it clean, paying attention to the nooks, crannies, and crevices. A nice wood polish can help bring out its shine. If there are scratches and other imperfections, then you can apply a touch-up paint that matches the original color as well as possible to help make it look nice.
If there is something mechanically wrong with the clock, you might still be able to fix it. You can purchase entire clock inserts that include pretty much everything that you need in order to get the clock back up and working again. It’s relatively easy to swap these inserts out, even if you don’t have experience with this type of thing.
4. You Might Have a Hard Time Finding a Buyer
You might think that you will be able to easily find a buyer for your vintage clock, even if it does not work. However, you should know that many people who like to collect vintage clocks and other older items often want them to work before they purchase them. Therefore, it might be harder than you think for you to find a buyer for your vintage clock. If you can find someone who will buy it, they might not pay you very much for it. Therefore, if you like the clock at all, you might find it simply isn’t worth it for you to sell it when it isn’t in good, working condition.
5. You May Be Able to Sell it For More After it’s Repaired
Even if you are sure that you want to sell your vintage clock, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should sell it right now.
Of course, if you aren’t planning on keeping the clock, it might not seem like it’s worth it for you to spend money on repairing it. However, there is a good chance that you can repair it without spending a lot of money. Since the clock will probably be a lot more valuable once it’s repaired, you might be able to sell it for a much higher price if you have it repaired first.
The amount that you get for your clock might be much higher than what you spent on having it repaired, so you could find that it will be financially beneficial for you to have it repaired before you sell it. Also, make sure that you check with a few antique buyers, collectors, clock enthusiasts, and others to get as many offers for your clock as possible. Then, you can make sure that you get the highest possible price for it. In fact, this is good advice to follow whether the clock has been repaired or not when you get ready to sell it.
As you can see, if you have a vintage clock that isn’t in great shape, you shouldn’t just think about selling it without considering your other options. Once you think about the multiple reasons why it’s probably worth it to have your vintage clock fixed, this just might be what you’ll choose to do, whether you try to fix it yourself or if you take a professional to have it repaired for you.