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!
At first glance this old radio didn't look like much and it sat on my shelf in the back for months waiting for me to plug it in and see if it even worked. Much to my surprise it did work and turned out to be so unusual that I couldn't even find a similar one in my research. I couldn't pin it down but an enthusiast mentioned it might have been a model 777 by Belmont Radio Corp - in any case, it sold for a nice price and motivates me to do a better job clearing my shelves more frequently.
Military collectors can get a little nutty and things like model numbers or where an item was made or a date can make a huge difference in price. In this case, this was the early long version which added about $300 to the value....
Sometimes obsolete media can have some value and these definitely sold for a nice price. I saw they were going to Japan - hope they get there safe!
For lower value items, I like to sell group lots on eBay just to make one single sale and get a price that justifies the effort. I actually noticed a figurine dealer bought these from me so I imagine she's willing to do the work to sell them one at time - hope she makes some money cause I know how much work it is!
I found these wrapped up still brand new from an old estate and thought they were cool but I knew they were not super great. I hate giving up on true vintage decorations but it took my nine long months to find them a home. I'm happy for the hundred bucks but I really shouldn't have stuff on my shelves for that long ;p
Funny story, I had a dealer friend come by the other day and I offered to sell this to him for $100. He thought that was too expensive and walked away but literally a few hours later, someone bought it on eBay for the $380 retail I was asking. It gets better, another buddy who does remodeling and brings me empty boxes for shipping had just dropped off a bathroom vanity cabinet box so I literally had the perfect packaging to get this to the buyer and it arrived safe and sound!
I had actually found this same statue about years ago which I can say after ten years of treasure hunting happens more and more. The last one I had sold for $120 so I guess inflation is real, even with vintage stuff. What's cool is that I've been using the same software that helps me post items for sale on eBay all this time so aside from taking new pictures, I was able to save some work and copy my listing from 2017 ;)
Old toys are great sellers and I researched one similar example of this that had previously sold for over $1,000! I got my hopes up and sadly, after hoping for that pie in the sky price for several months, I let it go for whatever someone was willing to pay.
I do like some old Asian items but for whatever reason Japanese stuff hasn't been popular in the 21st century. This was a chore to pack but I got lucky and managed to get a good price for it on eBay
Another example of an unusual vintage item that wasn't worth much but had a neat look and sold fairly quick.
Vintage toy trains are going down in value as the people who remember playing with them are going up in age. When I did my research on this lot, I saw a similar set with a high price of like $400.... but that was like ten years ago so after fishing for a month, I just let them go for what someone was willing to pay.
Just another really random item....
Obscure stuff like this can be a challenge to find a home for, especially if I'm asking real money for it. This took a long time to sell but I finally got what I thought was a fair price.
I love selling toys and passing along memories. We're starting to see 1980's toys rise in demand as people who grew up in those days have jobs now and want to buy back their childhood!
I personally didn't care much for the style of these lamps but pairs always seem to sell and they actually got a decent offer in just a few days of posting them for sale.
This style of furniture never ceases to amaze me with the resale value. I took this stand of the wreckage of a bed that our client had purportedly destroyed in a drunken rage - long story - but anyway, just the stand sold for a nice price and it was pretty easy to ship so his trash was my treasure!
Old bottles can be fairly collectible but most 20th century pieces aren't worth a fortune. Collectors who contact me through eBay are always in a hurry to tell me how the market has changed and that my price is too high lol
Old toys and games represent great memories for lots of people which is why they sell quickly and I love to find them a good home.
Most old books usually don't have much value. We just had a paid job to clean out a house and literally took away one hundred boxes of them. I didn't want to look through them all so we took them to Wonder who paid us a whopping $200... for 100 boxes, which was fine since we were already being paid to move them. I scooped this collection off the top just for kicks and made a small sale on eBay.
Since work is slow, I've been cleaning out my own house for a change and found my grandmothers prayer book. I knew it wasn't worth much but I really just wanted to find it a good home - we definately love Jesus but this was of no use to me....
Old lunchboxes are pretty collectible as they bring back great memories and true vintage Disney stuff does pretty well also.
January is a slow month and I'm selling what I can just to keep wood in the fire. I will say that most any dog or cat related figurines seem to always sell, just not for very much.
I find old booklets and paper ephemera interesting but it's usually not worth much. Oftentimes I will sell a group of similar items as one lot just to get a minimum price for my effort.
Winter months can be slow for us so I'm selling some lower value items just to clear the shelves and pay the heating bill.