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...