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This is part of my response:
At one time pattern manufacturers printed patterns in limited supply, reprinting only when demand warranted. Because of this–some pattern designs are rare. A desired pattern that’s rare can get a higher price. But, remember I said if the pattern is desired.
Older patterns of a desired sort, year or style can warrant a higher price.
3. Condition of pattern pieces
Sewing patterns by nature of their purpose are meant to be used. Home sewers purchased patterns and believe it or not-actually used them to make clothing and other home accessories. I’m pointing out that if you’re new to vintage sewing you shouldn’t expect every sewing pattern you run across to be unused and in mint condition.
Pattern pieces in the best condition: those free of markings (pen or pencil), lack of pins, rust, burn marks, tears, rips, chalk markings, stains, factory fold, uncut and those lacking tracing wheel markings are more desirable than used patterns for obvious reasons-and therefore can cost more or be more valuable.
4. Presence and condition of instruction sheet
The greater majority of vintage sewing patterns you run across will have instruction sheets present, but not all. The presence and condition of an instruction sheet affects price.
5. Uniqueness of the pattern
Scarcity of uniqueness effects price.
6. Type of pattern
Some patterns are worth more than others because of the style and the collectors seeking those particular type of sewing patterns. There are collectors out there that want nothing but aprons, others that are into children clothing and still others that collect specific types of patterns by designers, manufacturer or even pattern size. The market is only limited by the collector’s market seeking it.
7. Manufacturer rarity
Some pattern manufacturers only operated for a limited time period (DuBarry, Pictorial Review and Delinator), making patterns manufactured by these particular makers rarer than others-therefore they may be more sought after by some-therefore warranting a higher price.
8. Historical significance
Many people study and archive sewing patterns because of what sewing pattern represent as part of Americana. For example, wartime patterns.
Pattern sellers, buyers and collectors also effect price under the basic theories of supply and demand.
10. Pricing of other patterns of the same type
See No. 9.
11. Costs incurred by the seller
The sellers expenses, time and desired profit margin affect price.
As far as where to take them I don’t know of any physical place you can take the patterns. You can contact some of the online sellers to see if you’re willing to offer a price for what you have, but to be honest (being a seller myself) they will want to get the patterns at a price that will still allow for easy resale.
Ebay has a large community of online sewing pattern sellers as does Etsy, Specialist Auctions, IOffer and others.
If you go that route-watch out for fees associated with selling.