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!
Not quite a MING vase but it was from the 1700's less than a century later. It had been damaged and repaired at one point which hurt the value but still did really well. WIth the repair, this could have easily sold for next to nothing so we were very fortunate.
When I bought this set the original upholstery was destroyed but knowing this style of furniture is in demand, I took a chance and had them recovered which was pretty expensive. I had to wait months for them to be ready and I had to wait even more months for the right buyer to come along and agree with my price but that buyer loved them so much she drove TEN HOURS from SC just to make the deal. I'm super glad it all worked out in the end.
Once again, old Chinese works of art can be hit or miss. This little guy seemed like nothing at first but looking close you could see the quality of the carving and it was obvious it had some age to it.
When we find something old and somewhat uncommon, we naturally ask a high price to start with and every blue moon someone actually agrees with that price.
Vintage watches can be very collectible. This model was not even gold or silver but still brought a handsome price.
I'll say again, most old china is not in demand but some brands and patterns can still be of interest.
Even though they are mass produced in China, nicer diecast models are pretty collectible and have a good following.
This piece was massive - it was heavy to move and it took a long time to sell and brought less than I had hoped. American furniture from this period does okay but true Danish / Scandinavian furniture is more desirable.
Fine jewelry always has some value but true artisan pieces, especially Native American works will usually sell well.
This sale was a shocker as most old plates don't sell for much but this was a very rare pattern and Wedgwood is one of those few brands that still have a following of collectors.
We've talked about these cabinets before. Every third house we visit has one of these and everyone wants to get rid of them but very few people are in the market to buy one and they take a long time to sell. I had to personally carry it from the first owner's house, wait six months to find someone who wanted it, and deliver it to the new owner. I'm not complaining but it's a lot of work... good thing I love my job :)
I definitely like unusual vintage costume jewelry.
Retro stylized furniture from the 1950's and 60's is selling quite well right now but condition and name brand are important if you want top dollar.
Old obsolete technology is always interesting to someone.
We like certain vintage styles of furniture but shipping for large items can be expensive as a given buyer could be anywhere in the country. I was able to fold these and send them in a large picture box but they took a long time to sell, even with the exposure of eBay
As I was saying, most old china just isn't in demand anymore but a few nice brands and patterns still have a following.
A small sale but still an interesting period decoration that deserved a good home.
Quality vintage animal figurines can sometimes be collectible.
Even though this was a really small sale, this decorative tray had a great look to it and sold pretty quick
I always like selling old lamps and lighting.
Most old items that are both decorative and well made can be collectible
True vintage holiday decorations are usually a good seller!
Custom made 'art furniture' is really expensive new but it can be hard to get much of that value back upon re-sale. I was lucky to get what I did but I had to pack and ship these and it took forever to hunt down a box that would fit.