When I find things that are not very common, I research the potential value. In cases where I see only a few examples where someone just picked a price that they were willing to sell something for I ask myself could the item have had more potential and what does the current market look like, etc. In this case, I just let people bid on it and it sold for like five times what the last one sold for. That's pulling a rabbit out of a hat!
I love vintage toys and games and obscure stuff like this always has at least some potential to sell well!
We always have so many items to try and sell that I don't often post lower value items on eBay as it's a lot of work. I do make exceptions for some things that are easy to ship and actually have a good chance of selling in a timely manner. I would have felt like an @ss if I had thrown away $25!
Funny story; I saved these from our last job as I knew they were old but without a makers mark, I could not prove that they had any value and I did not want to spend hours Googleing ceramic dog images. We had just put them in the donation box when later that night I was browsing one of my many antique and collectible information books and there they were. The exact pair on page 23 of Victorian Treasures. They were made by Staffordshire around the turn of the century.
I'm sure I've posted one of these sets before but here is another. Every house we visit usually has 'moms old vanity set'. When they are monogrammed and a little beat up like this, most silver pieces we find generally only sell for about the cost of scrap metal.
It's that spooky time of year again! We recently came into a collection of monster stuff but most of it is newer stuff like this mask that was mass produced in China. This piece shocked us back to life with a monstrously big sale price!
Old metal items are great, especially when they have their history stamped right onto them. A very unusual collectible to begin with and dog related stuff always sells. Considering this was a New Jersey club I found it strange that a lady in the UK was the one to buy this. What do I know - I aint nothing but a picking hound dog.
This could have been an extremely uncommon collectible but we weren't sure if it was a reproduction or not. It still sold for a monstrous price considering the paints inside were not correct.
Many collectors want to buy things that aren't commercially produced or want to reclaim a memory of some experience they had. While saving a concert ticket stub isn't unheard of, having one from 1974 is uncommon, hence this lot had value. Long live the King
Everyone knows I like old lighting - here is yet another neat pair that sold for a fair price.
I've explained before that most old pottery prices have dropped way down in recent years but we can still have some luck with very unusual pieces like these. Release the hounds!
Music and movie posters or other memorabilia in reasonable condition will usually have some appeal. Someone is probably re-creating their childhood bedroom with these right now and most people would have thrown them away, but not us.
Yet another great lamp we found a new home for. A pair would have sold much quicker and gone for much more
Very cool period accent piece! It took longer to sell than I thought it would. The large size made the cost of shipping high and since half the stuff we sell goes to California that probably kept this shelf from flying off my shelf.
I'm pretty sure I posted one of these before but I was so happy when this finally sold after sitting on my shelf for many months. This is the type of item that used to have good value but no so much anymore. I still have to try to fish for pieces like this but it's always a long shot.
Not a very strong piece, but dog stuff sells and I thought it was interesting
Everyone knows I like mid century Scandinavian stuff and here is another piece that brought a good price
Everyone knows I like to sell vintage lamps and here is another nice pair that brought a pretty good price
We know old toys have good value but having one in nearly mint condition in the original box usually makes for a great sale!
Celebrity autographs are always in demand, yet they have declined in value to some extent and without authentication, it's hard to get a good price for such.
Old pottery has declined in value but Native American pieces are always in demand. We almost donated this little beauty to the thrift store but a little research told us it was special
This should have sold for more and ten years ago it would have. I got tired of tripping over it in my storage area for three months so what I though should have gotten me $300 only went for $110. We meet many people who think their items are worth more than they actually are and it just goes to show you even I can't predict the market for everything. On the flip side, many people we work with are pleasantly surprised with our results for things they thought were fit for donation.
Show me old toys, and I'll show you money.
These were something I don't see everyday - photo cards indigenous to an Iowa theatre from the 1940's. They sold in a reasonable amount of time for a fair price and I didn't have to break a leg in the process.
I don't want people thinking we want old glassware because we usually don't. I wouldn't have taken this on consignment and I actually donated a huge portion of this stuff last week - at least I was able to get something from it.