Old cruise ship ephemera can sell well and I like uncommon items like this in general.
Since we sell a lot of stuff on eBay, I always take the shades off the lamps I find as it would be too difficult and cumbersome to pack and ship. Not to mention I can get a good price for just shades by themselves.
I love selling vintage lamps!
One of the top five things people bring us to get rid of is old figurines, Hummels in particular. The problem is that not many people are buying them anymore. The early ones from the 1940's or so will still sell but not for very much. I had a customer who brought me a batch of these and having done his own research he thought they were worth hundreds. The problem is he was seeing what people were asking for the older figures. The ones he had were from the 1980's and you have to look at the marking on the bottom to tell the age.
Maybe you think I'm desperate trying to sell an old trashcan and while January is a slow month, the truth is that true vintage accessories like this are in short supply and tend to sell fairly quick.
These vintage Austin statues are common but some of the more interesting ones can have some value.
Vintage decorations like this usually aren't worth much, but they do seem to sell and during the winter every sale helps
Some old Chinese stuff can be really valuable. When I first got it, I turned down a $1,000 offer as I was fishing for more. Months later I was kicking myself when 500 was all I could get.
I was surprised to see that this vintage set was worth very little even though it was complete. I had a few cars laying around so I added them to sweeten the deal and make it a decent sale.
Old stadium swag makes for great memories and is pretty collectible.
Old Christmas stuff usually sells well but only in December :)
I like selling old lamps but I can tell you I earned my money packing and shipping these.
Even though this was pretty worn out, I got it for free just for taking it away as I knew someone would want it as this vintage style of furniture is in demand
Anything old dealing with planes, trains, bikes, or cars is usually of interest to someone.
We find these old SAD irons all the time but this was the first time I had seen a heater and fortunately I had an iron laying around to make it complete which made for a quick sale.
Love vintage toys!
Old technology is still selling but prices have gone down in the past twenty years
Old fire fighting stuff is usually collectible
I like old stuff and we can usually find a home for most genuine antiques
This vintage Danish furniture is the only style that we have much luck selling these days.
These are the little pellets that make smoke from older toy train engines which was probably pretty impressive sixty odd years ago... Even though it was a really small sale - it's something that brings back memories and was easy to ship and quick to sell so I sold it on eBay
Not everything we find and sell is worth hundreds of dollars and I don't mind selling lower value items if they are easy to ship and quick to sell.
Most homes we visit have at least a few of these laying around. I know that certain ones can sell for as much as $10 individually but for low value items I generally like to sell a 'group lot' when possible.
We found this late 1950's set in a storage building and it honestly looked like it had never been used and the cushions still had plastic bags on them. After trying to sell it in our store for several months with no luck, we ferried it up to our spot at the Frederick antique mall which gets a lot more traffic and of course it sold in just a few days.
Someone brought some old stuff into the store just the other day and when I got back from a treasure hunt A & G were like 'You need to put this up tonight!' This is a super cool item but eleven months out of the year it would be a hard sell worth much less.