Old architectural stuff and metalware in general usually has some value...
I'm a big collector of vintage toys and I'm always looking for parts to make the items I have more complete. I actually bought a lot of stuff on eBay, took what I needed and then re-sold the lot mixed with some of my leftovers for about what I paid for it. In general, I love finding parts and pieces of toys and sadly, many people throw that type of stuff away when downsizing.
I have no logical explanation or special knowledge of why this small pottery piece was worth nearly thirteen hundred dollars. It makes no sense but I have seen some old Chinese stuff doing really well while other items are worth nothing. Of course, I had to mail this to the buyer back to China.
Of all the collectibles we sell, I sometimes wonder what people do with them aside from sitting them on a shelf. I couldn't save the picture he sent me but the guy who bought this item placed it in a huge train garden diorama - fun fun
I knew these had some value but art is not my specialty and I didn't have the patience to try to freehand draw the characters into the translator as Asian languages are hard to write correctly. I basically just fished based on what I thought they were worth and sure enough, someone came along who agreed with my price.
The value of old toys can sometimes be surprising!
I love old stuff like this but sadly, gold usually never sells for more than the market metal price. After paying eBay fees, I actually would have made about $25 dollars more just selling it for scrap :(
Anything pertaining to obsolete trades or industry seems to be pretty collectible.
I like random retro decorations like this - they always seem to sell fairly quick.
Anything made of silver or gold has intrinsic value based on the market weight of the metal but it's a shame to melt down old stuff for scrap so we try to find things like this a good home on eBay.
Anything that brings back memories has a good chance of selling on eBay or in our store....
Old Pyrex is actually selling fairly well these days, but it has to be in really nice condition.
Our bread and butter consists of sales around $50 - just random vintage stuff like this
I tend to have good luck selling vintage period decorations like this....
Old toys always have a following of collectors....
Old military related items always seem to sell fairly well.
Here is another example of a mundane yet vintage item that we found cleaning out an estate and thought it was simply too unusual to throw away. It actually sold pretty quick!
I don't usually sell much clothing and I'm not big on sports memorabilia either but anything nice and clean is worth a try.
Old toys are my favorite type of item to sell and usually have at least some value - like anything, condition is very important
Old bottles have dropped off in value but unusual pieces or sets are always worth trying on the eBay market
Older video and computer games have a following - like anything else, original packaging helps the sale value
Western and cowboy toys are not so popular anymore but nicer quality items in good condition can still appeal to serious collectors
Most brass figurines and decorations don't sell for much but certain styles can do okay
When we clean out homes full of fifty years worth of stuff, we find all kinds of mundane vintage items like this. Not a big sale but it would be a shame to just throw something like this away
Most any vintage Disneyana items tend to sell - even stuff like this theme park map.