Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

What will become of our trivets?

Whether a collection is large or small, serious thought should be given to what will become of our trivets.

This is something to discuss now with family members and put in writing. Don’t forget to consider other go-withs that also have value such as irons, reference books and ephemera like postcards or advertising trade cards.

If your collection is small, you may want to designate who will get specific items. However, if you have a larger collection, then consider how it could be dispersed and by whom. Many collectors rely on an auction company for this service. The following two examples describe why it’s so important to carefully select your auctioneer.

In the past few years I’ve bid in two lifetime collection auctions that were painful to watch. It was obvious from the way the trivets were presented the auction companies didn’t recognize their potential value. In the first auction the trivets were presented in lots. There were no individual photos and no information was provided as to type of metal, dimensions or condition of each trivet.

In the second auction, although the trivets were listed and photographed individually, only dimensions were provided. Many of the trivets dated to the early 1800s and several bore a famous moulder’s signature or had other unusual casting features – crucial details that were not recognized or provided.

Lesson learned: experience in handling, presenting and selling trivets is crucial. Review a company’s past sale archives, noting how the trivets were listed and the prices realized. And, for maximum visibility, it’s important for your auction to be offered simultaneously on the internet.

Other options: you might want to Contact PITCA about auctioning your collection at a future annual convention. Also recommended is Antiques Of A Mechanical Nature, a website run by PITCA members Larry & Carole Meeker of California. A special section of their site is dedicated to the sale of irons, trivets and other laundry day collectibles.

Have you considered donating your collection to a museum? PITCA member Maureen Post did just that; read more on her successful journey through the process.

One last caution … if you’re considering auctioning or donating, don’t allow anyone to cherry-pick your collection beforehand! The best pieces increase a collection’s overall value and create excitement within the collecting community.


And finally, Harry Rinker’s book Sell, Keep Or Toss? is highly recommended reading. Published in 2007, it’s just as relevant today as it was then.

I'd like to hear from you! Submit your comments or questions below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


This entry was posted on January 29, 2016 by in Auctions and Sales, Collecting Basics and tagged , .

I publish a new entry twice a month, on the 1st & 15th. ☆ Followers of my blog are notified by email of each new post.

Join 106 other followers


© 2006–2018, Margaret Lynn Rosack, All Rights Reserved.

  • 17,957 Visits

Blog Categories


Translate This Blog


Renningers Extravaganza in Mt Dora, Florida is a great place to find laundry day collectibles! There are three upcoming events: November 16, 17 & 18, 2018; January 18, 19 & 20, 2019; and February 15, 16 & 17, 2019.

The 2019 PITCA Convention will be held Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

JOIN PITCA! Membership in Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America provides the opportunity to learn more about trivets, irons and other laundry collectibles while networking with others with similar interests.


Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

Mora Pandora

A blog all about Pandora charms and jewellery!

Central Florida Photo Ops

What and where they are and how to photograph them.


Inspirations for a Fulfilling Retirement

The Grandmother Gig

Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

Edie Eckman

Knit & Crochet Teacher, Designer, Editor

Nitty Gritty Dirt Man

The incredibly true misadventures of a home gardener.

Write Along with Me

Life as a retired nurse in Sioux Falls, SD, USA

%d bloggers like this: