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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.

There’s never been a better time to turn dishes into cash. Same goes for crystal, silver, and those figurines your grandmother loved.

It’s not because they are in high demand, but rather because the demand for formal dinnerware decreases each year.

Unlike other collectibles, Waterford and Wedgwood aren’t gaining value with age.

Still, some folks, mostly older ones, are looking to complete sets of china and crystal or replace broken pieces. And a smaller number of younger entertainers like to have some vintage pieces in their collection.

Depending on the pattern, condition and current supply and demand, you can make a few hundred dollars when you sell Nana’s china plates collection.

But, unless you have some of the more rare patterns that can fetch $1,000 a plate, don’t expect to get rich. What was sentimentally valuable china to your family may not be worth thousands of dollars.

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