Older toys usually sell well - the nicer the condition, the more they are worth.
I found this little tray at a clear-out from a hoarder house about to be thrown away. Most anything vintage having to do with transportation can have some value!
The only style of furniture we have much luck with these days is vintage Danish stuff like this. The day I unloaded it from the truck I got an offer for $600 but thought I could do better. Over four months later, my best and only other offer was $1,000 so I took it. This was in excellent condition and I had hoped for more but the economy is such a mess right now so it was what it was.
Tis the Season! I honestly could have sold these for a good bit more in our showroom but I like to cherry pick some of our better stuff for eBay as the audience is so huge and things sell much quicker. I can tell you that packing and shipping these was a chore but it's all in a days work.
I only take higher value items on consignment these days as we are always overwhelmed with our own inventory. Selling stuff like this that I don't know much about sometimes makes me nervous but the owner was very helpful sharing what he knew so it all worked out.
I actually bought this for $200 from an antique store who's owner had passed away. It was super unusual, I love old lamps, and I believed the guy giving us the tour when he said it should be worth a lot more. Buying from other dealers usually doesn't work out but in this business 'breaking even' is still better than a loss.
I should have saved this in case another civil war happens.....
Old military stuff usually sells well.
When it comes to figurines, pretty much the only brand that is worth anything anymore is Herend. They are literally decorated with real gold but other than that I can't explain why they hold their value opposed to any other name.
We found this on the garage wall at our last clean-out job. I said 'there's a hundred dollar bill' Sure enough haha
I was really pleased with this sale - they were not even made of gold ....
Normally old Japanese pottery just isn't worth much but this piece had a really nice look and I was pleasantly surprised with the sale.
Everyone knows I like to sell old bookends for some reason. These would have sold for more years ago but I was happy to get what I got.
Most old items associated with railroads or transportation in general seem to do well.
Normally items like this aren't worth much and I have no explanation why it sold for $89 ... one of my staff said it might have some potential so I threw it up on eBay and was pleasantly surprised.
Normally when we find old instruments they are in poor condition and need more repair than they are worth but when something like this has been refurbished it's much easier to find a buyer willing to pay top dollar.
Some people actually collect vacuums believe it or not and other people are trying to recreate their grandparents house from 50 years ago....
These are hard to come by and I was hoping for more but the economy is a mess right now so I was happy with the sale.
This was pretty unusual - normally when I see one of these it's just a Christmas decoration. Even though it was missing the top it still sold for a good price!
Old political ephemera still has some appeal to collectors
Traditional furniture hasn't been in demand for a number of years but this modern Danish style usually sells for good prices and in a timely manner.
Years ago these would have sold for a good bit more but to be honest, I was just happy to make this sale as so few people are collecting these types of things nowadays.
Not a huge sale, but they sold the same day I listed them. Old military and historic ephemera types of items usually sell well.
This piece didn't seem all that special but my manager brought it to my attention saying it might sell for more on eBay than in our showroom so I gave it a shot and sure enough, it turned out to be a great sale.
I love selling old toys as they represent great memories! This piece was fairly uncommon and still in great condition. If the economy was better right now it would have sold for a bit more ...