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!
I had bought a pair of these back in January and I paid $3,000 for them. It took me almost 9 months to sell one and while I got a great price, I still have more work to do to make a profit. Had I taken them on consignment they would have sold much faster but I would have let them go for much less.
Collectors want to buy things that most people don't have and will pay a premium and almost any old thing relating to guns or the military can be fairly collectible
Selling fine art can be a real waiting game if you hope to get a good price - usually only big name artists and original paintings or low edition prints are worth trying to sell.
These six chairs were actually kind of beat up but they still sold for a good price.
This was a really impressive piece that had even been refinished but after trying to sell it for almost ONE YEAR we finally just donated it to the local thrift store. Zero dollars for my time :(
This was small enough that I was willing to pack and ship it but someone local actually beat the eBay crowd
A dealer friend of mine saw this in my back office and really liked it so I made the sale. I was asking a lot more for it on eBay but sometimes your first offer is your best.
This piece had a funky look and was in great condition but it just wasn't a strong style in my opinion. I was asking $600 but was happy to get it out of our overcrowded store quickly for the 300 I was offered.
This was a great old item and it sold on eBay in less than a day. The buyer didn't even haggle over my price so I was happy to pack and ship it of course
This old piece sold quickly enough on eBay but once again, I had to pack and ship it which was a total chore.
This old set could have arguably been for liquor or perfume depending on who you ask. In either case, it made for a good sale and found a new home.
Most old radios have some value but usually not much, especially not if they are broken. This radio was not working and was also damaged but Fada is highly collectible and it still sold for a nice price.
These days, most old sewing machines are only good for a boat anchor, and worth even less. But these small singer Featherweights always seem to do really well.
I see old Wedgwood all the time but this piece was older and more rare than most and it brought a great price.
Unusual old boxes and small chests seem to always sell fairly well.... I had to pack and ship this of course but it wasn't that difficult and the price justified the effort.
This old lamp had a great look to it but it didn't work when we got it and needed to be re-wired. It sat around for months waiting to be worked on but we finally got to it and it brought a great price.
Many high end figurines don't seem to hold their value but Herend usually does well and this thing was so ugly it just had to be worth big bucks!
This old table had a great look to it but it didn't even have a top - but it actually came apart which made it easier to ship and it still sold for a nice price!
Old architectural salvage is sought after by people refurbishing old homes
Whimsical and fantasy type items can be of special interest
Obsolete technology has great nostalgia value
Yep, more vintage lighting. This is yet another example where a similar set had previously sold for much less but knowing the market, I made sure to get a fair price for mine.
Vintage and obsolete technology has a pretty good following of collectors and nice clean stuff will do well.
Not a big sale but I love old lighting and at least it sold pretty quick and wasn't too hard to ship.