Some old science and medical devices or tools can do really well, especially when you go back to the turn of the century. I was a bit surprised this was worth what it sold for but that's why I know to research unusual things and have both books and internet resources to do so.
I love old lamps and lighting. Really good old stuff like this can be worth thousands in good condition. These were incomplete and had some damage but even still, they did okay.
These took a surprisingly long time to sell considering how cool they were - at least I thought so. Period textiles and decorations don't usually hold up so I can get pretty good money when I find them in nice condition.
I just love selling random vintage stuff like this - these would be worthless to anyone without taking the effort to sell them on eBay but that's what I do so I did it....
I over-paid for a bunch of premium vintage toys year before last and have been fishing to sell them for top dollar just to make my money back. This sold for a good price but it took like 16 months to get it
Another piece sorted by our senior volunteer Phoebe - nice job - we never would have gotten this price in the showroom
Before Ikea, there was Scan, and the put-together 'Danish Modern' furniture they sold was actually real wood and nice quality at that and it's in style again and can sell for stupid money.
Some vintage items are so 'who would even buy this' that I just know they will sell.
Some vintage toys can be extra special due to a certain paint color or decal set that was less common - and of course condition is everything.
I had one of these a couple years ago and made the mistake of selling it outright for $200. Knowing that some vintage advertising promo stuff can sell for big money, I should have auctioned it on eBay like I did this one.
Most vinyl records have very little value - I will only even look at Rock n Roll albums and even then, they have to be really clean. The only reason this one did so well is because it had the original DeadHead sticker and GD stuff in general usually does really well.
I specialize in finding hundred dollar bills in kitchens full of mostly junk
Normally I try to clean and even touch up certain items before selling but my time has been so short the past year and I can only do so much. The buyer of this lot complained about the 'basement smell' and I had to have a post sale conversation about it which was a chore but it all worked out
Some items just aren't worth much even with my 'Mid Century' selling tactic but sometimes we just have to turn stuff from a small pick and I actually like selling certain types of things
Vintage hats don't usually sell very well but I had a collection of them so I machine gun listed them and managed to sell a few.
Such a small sale to be worth the effort to put on eBay but it did sell in just a couple weeks. I'll always try to post vintage but never used items.
Good ole Phoebe brought this to my attention - she's our senior outreach volunteer who occasionally helps us sort jewelry lots. Not a big sale but more than it would have sold for in the showroom
I always try to sell toys on eBay, even newer stuff. These were from a storage unit we got paid to empty. I didn't feel like researching them as I doubted any could possibly be worth much individually. A viewer emailed me that there were a few super rare one's but by that time the lot had bids so I let it ride.
I swear I can sell just about anything if I put 'Mid Century' in the title, even this random cheap drug store decoration
I don't mind selling vintage electronics but we have to test them to the best of our ability as they usually aren't worth much broken.
Yep - more vintage clothing - not really my thing but I've got to know about everything so I'm learning
Just a random vintage doll I found in a closet but it still had the tag attached and the battery box still worked -
Just a random certificate I found in an old photo album but it was just like finding a Benjamin Franklin
Some old film cameras can be very collectible.
We had a really small pick a few weeks ago but I always find at least something good every house I visit