Yes, the iconic Sony Walkman - just like the one from Guardians of the Galaxy (the younger generation needs movies like that to realize what was hot in our day). This beauty was in great condition but it didn't actually work - however they can be repaired of course. I was asking a lot more but after fishing a few weeks I took an offer
I know, I know - we don't usually take clothing and I don't really like to sell it. We were doing a treasure hunt and this dress had literally been hanging in the closet for about 50 years with the original tag still attached, never worn. Just look at it - it's killer right?! I was asking a lot more but sometimes at the end of the day, your first offer is your best so I took it and got one more things out the door.
Sometimes I just overprice certain items because I can. I may take offers but with anything from this time period, I usually give it a few weeks and see if anyone wants to over-pay me. This same lamp had previously sold for as high as about $300 but hey, this is 2021 and I need to eat so I was glad to raise the bar.
Old photos can be interesting and subject matter is key but anything military / WWII will always have a following.
I've been getting into art and decorations from this period as they sell really well and are hard to find in good shape
I stripped these from a large 1950's steel pantry closet. The cabinet was nothing special but true period accent and even salvage items like hardware can be in demand and someone bought these almost instantly.
Stuff that is legitimately old can be interesting. With Asian objects or things in general that I have limited experience with but could have potentially high value, I always like to fish and see who bites as sometimes auctions will slip through the cracks unnoticed.
Old photos can do well. Subject matter is key but I honestly didn't see anything extra special here which is why I did my 'group lot' strategy. I was pleasantly surprised and I guess the buyer saw something I missed.
When I'm out on a treasure hunt and I see something unusual that I've never seen before, I grab it. Not a huge sale but something funky like this at least has a chance of selling and I have good luck with random animal figures.
A little Old English freshened these up and made them really presentable. What was awesome is that they came apart like Ikea stuff does and I was able to pack and ship these flat which made for a quick sale on eBay. No one would have paid 500 for these in the store.
I was reading about the lady who paid $35 for a Chinese Ming bowl at a yard sale which is now estimated to sell at auction for up to a half million. Will I ever be that lucky? Hmmm
The lady I got this from told me she had taken it to the Antiques Roadshow exhibit a few years ago and they told her it was worth about $100. I'm surprised they didn't tell her $1,000 as those people seem to think every old piece of junk is worth a fortune. Anyway, for once their estimate was realistic. Haha
Sometimes shoppers on eBay ask me for a discount even when the price is already pretty fair. I try to be friendly and give people a deal when I can, especially when it's not something that's all that valuable to begin with.
Last year, we had several of these that took forever to sell and didn't bring much at all but this one sold in a day for full asking price. Go figure.
Some vintage items are cool but they just aren't that great and when it comes to like big bulky stuff like this luggage, the cost of shipping really cuts in to what someone is willing to pay.
Sometimes when I do my research, I see things that have previously sold across a broad price range. In some cases, I try to price things fairly for a quick sale but at other times I 'fish' for a high price based on condition or trends. In this case, I listed it at the top range of what I thought it would sell for but it sold almost instantly to someone who probably would have paid even more had I asked.
I'd say about a third of the items I take the time to post for sale on eBay never sell and this lot had a good chance of being in that no-sale category but like I said before, there are collectors for almost anything.
When I hear 'vintage' and 'Starbucks' in the sentence I feel old. 2012 wasn't that long ago but it was for my nine year old. Occasionally some early swag items from major companies can be of interest.
I know I'm always saying that old China is not worth much and then I post something like this. Seriously, most pots, plates, cups, and saucers just won't sell but every now and then a certain brand and pattern can be worth all the tea in China
I also like old boxes and woodenware and have had some luck over the years with such. I always try to clean things up and in this case, I have hundreds of old keys and took the time to match one that worked with this lock to make a more attractive offering for the buyer.
You've heard me say that most old glassware isn't worth much but every now and then a nice piece like this will turn for a good sale.
Even junky stuff can be of interest in volume. I like to do group lots and there are collectors for everything
We were on a treasure hunt and got a pile of camera accessories from someone who had been a dealer - I got about fifty tripods and have only sold like two so far. This one sold quick because it's an unusual color. Utilitarian items in atypical colors help people express their style and as we know, people are all about their style.
Viewers know I really don't sell much clothing but sometimes if something is either vintage or really nice and new I will try. This sweater was like $160 retail and was still sealed in the bag so I figured $40 would get me a quick sale. Surprisingly, a nice lady in Australia not only paid my 40 but another 35 for shipping on top of that!
I found these shading the basement case windows in a home we were treasure hunting. All they are is patterned plastic sheets with custom frames but they were true vintage dated 1968. Describing stuff like this so buyers on eBay can find them is a challenge but I was not only able to get them found but we got a pretty good price for them