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WWI 1917 Regiment of Midshipmen Navy Naval Academy Annapolis MD Greeting Card

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2018
Sale Price
$50.00
Ephemera from 100 years ago like this is hard to find if you're looking for it as so many people threw it away before it got to be old. The truth is that not many people are actually looking for stuff like this - it sat on my shelf for many months so I'm glad it finally went to a good home.

WWII Era Tramp Folk Art Cast Iron Scotty Dog House

Submitted by Mike on July 30, 2018
Sale Price
$30.00
I'll tell you that a lot of the things we post for sale on eBay never ever sell and we never make a dime for that lost work. Some items are so hard to pigeon-hole with words and get lost among the billions of other items for sale. In any case, I thought this cute old piece had potential; the maker had her name and date of 1942 on it so I gave it a shot in the dark and while $30 isn't a huge sale, sometimes it's more about finding something a new home.

Antique Chinese Bronzed Cast Iron Wise Man Figure Statue

Submitted by Mike on July 30, 2018
Sale Price
$225.00
Another old Chinese piece on it's way back to where it was made. This piece wasn't particularly special in my opinion but several people drove the price up in a bidding war. Now that China is a booming economy, we're seeing a trend of citizens buying back their treasures from years ago. I just wish we could find a way to send them their stink bugs back :)

25p Lot Patrick O'Brian W. W. Norton Alexander Kent Books

Submitted by Mike on July 22, 2018
Sale Price
$50.00
People ask us all the time if we take books and the answer is usually 'No' unless they are very old or deal with specialty topics. Like many items, books are expensive new but have hardly any value second hand. We have a small library in our store of old and eclectic works but people sometimes tell us we're crazy selling them for $5 when most thrift stores sell books for twenty five cents! Sometimes we'll find a collection from a given author and using 'media' mail we can post them online with an affordable shipping price but for the most part, books can be donated to whomever will take them.

16th Century French Renaissance Beauvais Textile Tapestry Relic Panels

Submitted by Mike on June 25, 2018
Sale Price
$500.00

These old panels were truly 400-500 years old. They had condition issues but were still premium items in my opinion. eBay puts our items in front of tens of millions of viewers but at a starting bid of $500, we only got one taker. I do feel we got a fair price for them but I have to admit that with a proper appraisal going through a name-brand auction with 'clout', they might have sold for significantly more. At the end of the day, they were donated to a local church so the money was found to them and these pieces found a good home.

Antique Herbert Shivers Cigar Bronze Mermaid Figural Advertising Ashtray

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$100.00

One of my associates had this tagged to be sold on-line for $60 but when I saw it, I knew it was a good piece that was worth a little more. Sure enough, someone quickly agreed with my price. My team member didn't do anything wrong, but some items are uncommon enough to demand a little more than what our research tells us. It pays to have more than one pair of eyes inspect things and this is how we handle your consignment items as well - we get as much as we can - keeping in mind the need to sell a given item in a timely manner.  

Antique Rakestraw Dairy Milk Can Jug From Mechanicsburg PA

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$100.00

We find pieces like this all the time - they aren't worth what they used to be and we had to sit on this one for over a month to find that perfect buyer who would pay a fair price.  When we meet customers who have entire homes full of hard-to-sell items, consignment isn't always the best option and sometimes we just offer to outright purchase things in a 'bundle' at a 'wholesale' offer. 

Pair Antique Heavy Cast Iron Garden Planter Urns Pots Art Deco Neoclassical

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$134.00

We've talked about old metalware having value before. Garden and patio pieces can do particularly well but the cost of shipping heavy items to someone who wants them can really cut into the value of what an item is worth. These actually sat in our loading dock for several weeks before I processed them - most people have spare money like this lying around, how about you?!

Mid Century 3D Lucite Acrylic Z Danjell D'artagna Wall Hanging Panel Plaque

Submitted by Mike on May 29, 2018
Sale Price
$150.00

This was another 'mid century' item that was so awful that I knew someone would love it and sure enough it sold in just a couple weeks. A good 'picker' can find pieces like this at the thrift stores for $5 and cash in big with the right buzz words and the expertise to pack and ship it.

Longaberger Large 22 inch Hamper Basket

Submitted by Mike on May 29, 2018
Sale Price
$100.00

These things used to be all the rage and cost a fortune when new. The company took a wrong turn when they started making some of their stuff in China and then realized that the main reason their customers were paying hundreds of dollars for a freaking basket was because it was made in America. When we get collections of these, we usually just sell them in the store as the online market is flooded with them.