I'll just be honest and tell you that we don't often get premium high value items like this. Some sellers think a big name auction house will net them a better price but eBay is literally the biggest auction in the world so why not?! As someone who is fond of old lamps it was a real pleasure to handle this and I was grateful for the opportunity to find this a new home!
Most old china and porcelain is not in demand these days but this set was somewhat exotic and after fishing for a high price for several months, I finally let it go for my best offer.
Old porcelain figurines are one of the top ten items people used to collect but now call us to get rid of. Most such figurines have limited value and can be difficult to sell but a few can have fantastic value. Anything made by Meissen - usually marked with a pair of blue crossed swords - requires a close look. Meissen has been producing fine china items since the early 1700's and still have a following of collectors to this day. It's important to note that this figure did not have any damage - if it had any chips, the value would have been much less.
The fact that this actually still worked was a big contributor to the value but even moreso was the fact that it had 50 music records with it. I know large old music boxes have a small but serious following of collectors but I was pleasantly surprised with this sale which makes up for all the sales last month I was disappointed with hahahaha.
So I've been talking about the rise in value for old Chinese items and I was super excited to see that pieces very similar to this had previously sold for as much as $10,000! After several months fishing for an offer, I let it auction on eBay and this was the high bid. I was pretty disappointed as I thought it was worth so much more but I should know by now to take my own advice: Just because I see something someone else sold or think I know something, I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up in the first place.
I posted one of these I had sold a couple months ago but I let that one go for only $400. Most old sewing machines are worth very little but these seem to be on the rise in price.
I wasn't surprised by this sale but it did sell for a bit more than expected. It was in pretty good condition and that always helps.
Old marine and nautical items have always been pretty collectible. This beast weighed a massive 70 pounds so packing and shipping it will be a fun workout - who needs a gym membership....
This looked like some kind of Disney knock-off toy but it was vintage and I had never seen one before so I put it up on eBay and someone liked it.
Nostalgia items are always good sellers - these looked practically new but they sure don't look very comfortable or kid friendly for that matter...
I can imagine some kid opening this at Christmas and wishing he had gotten a GI Joe instead haha.... Obscure toys like this probably didn't have much of a following back in their day but to find one now in great condition with original box certainly makes for a good sale.
Even though these pieces were centuries old, they didn't sell for much. If they had some type of provenance it would have made them worth more to a collector.
I'm not a big fan of war but true vintage military items can be very collectible and usually have good value.
Fine old glass can still sell for a good price. I had an auctioneer who claims to be knowledgeable in pottery and glass tell me this was probably only worth about $30. In most cases I would have believed him but this came from a very affluent home so my gut told me it was special and an eBay buyer agreed with me.
Old toys are one of my favorite things to sell as they help bring back memories.
I know I sound like a broken record but the market is flooded with figurines like this as everyone is getting rid of them and not many people are still collecting them. I was happy to find a buyer for this on eBay but packing and shipping fragile items can be a challenge.
Lamps like this can be really hard to sell as they are not much in demand so I was really glad this one sold quickly and for a nice price.
Decorative collectible items are interesting however without a name brand they can be difficult to market on eBay and don't usually sell for very much.
Unusual studio pottery items can be of interest and strange stuff always has a following of collectors
I had hoped this would sell for a bit more but at least it found a good home - packing and shipping stuff like this can be a challenge but I do what it takes to get things sold.
I love lamps and studio glass can also do well - I don't think this artist had a big following and it took some time to sell but nice quality items will usually sell eventually
Almost anything comic book superhero related going back fifty years is pretty collectible, even a plastic kite - at least stuff like this was made in America back then.....
Items like this almost never sell for a good price, if they even sell at all. This was an excellent folk art piece and I'd think it should have been worth more than $60 but better than nothing
We did a call last month and this was literally the only interesting item in the condo - I'm glad it sold for a good price otherwise we would have worked for free that day.... Original art can be hit or miss and artist and subject matter are key
Video games in various forms have been around for nearly 50 years so it's no wonder that earlier games can be somewhat collectible.