This was a bit of a surprise and for an item that wasn't even made of real silver, these chopsticks really did shine!
I almost didn't want to wrap all these up for a $45 sale but what else do I have to do these days.... got to keep the business floating!
Funky vintage art can usually sell well. Knowing the name of a style or period is a big factory for helping people to find what they are collecting
The market for obscure old pieces like this is not what it used to be and I would now consider things like this to be a 'hard sell'.
People love fancy designer ornaments and this beauty flew off the shelf in the twinkle of an eye.
Like I said, with the store being closed, I'm putting things on eBay that normally would not be worth the effort. It's funny to see what people buy during the apocalypse!
Since quarantine, I've had time to look closer at certain types of items to try and find value. I remember hating the factory jacket buttons when I used to wear suits and it turns out, there is a market for designer aftermarket ones like these.
I've met several people that maintain small private military tribute museums and items even as mundane as old uniforms can have some value. Often times, the buyers want to know the name and rank of the items in question to help 'tell a story' of the owner
People love their dogs and some vintage figurines can really make for a big bark!
Most books have such low re-sale value as not to be worth the effort trying to sell but sometimes I have luck with specialized works and small collections.
Designer and studio pottery can have a strong following based on name or brand.
Vintage lighting is one of my favorite sellers.
Retro costume jewelry and fashion items are always in demand. The problem is that most such items have very little value. Since all of our business is on-line right now, I am scraping items from the bottom of the barrel just to keep the lights on.
Vintage tools and technology that were used in the military can be very collectible.
The cost of shipping larger items like this can discourage internet shoppers but this was a nice old piece that had been sitting in our store for months - and since we're closed right now I put it on eBay and it actually sold for the same price in just a day and the buyer paid shipping as well.
Old fashion accessories have some appeal but there are more of them up for sale than you might think and they are not worth too much
Another piece from the toy collection I overpaid for last year.... My entire eBay store is on sale right now and people are wanting even bigger discounts to pull the trigger on higher dollar items
This modular bed had never been used and had been stacked in a closet for like fifty years! It took a few months to find a buyer but this style of furniture can sometimes sell for big money.
Not a big sale but it was an unusual item and sold almost overnight. These days I'm just trying to pass the time haha
Good Native American stuff sells quickly and usually for good prices.
Don't get the wrong idea friends, MOST vintage porcelain and pottery pieces are not selling for much if at all. This was a pretty unusual piece though...
Surprisingly this chair came apart which made for easy shipping which is the only reason I was willing to list a hard to sell / lower value item like this on eBay
Vintage toy soldiers have a good following. I had overpaid for a collection of old toys at the end of last year and had been fishing for high prices as I didn't want to lose money. I had gotten of bunch of low-ball offers but finally someone paid a nice price! Holding out for six months to get big money is not a good idea for someone serious about downsizing.
You guys know I hate selling clothing of any kind as the market is flooded with new and used stuff; most of the time it sells for nothing and half the time people want to return it like I'm Amazon or something. If something is a nice name brand and is truly new with tag I will sometimes try anyway. And since pajamas are the new uniform of our 2020 pandemic, they sold in just a few days.
This was a great item to sell due to the subject matter and the fact that probably not too many of these survived. Still, it took a long time to sell for a fair price and I had to risk taking it out of the frame to save some shipping cost to the buyer but it all worked out.