I didn't really have a clue as to what this was when I found it and only after a bit of research did I figure it out. Political memorabilia is collectible but true collectors want to own things that are not very common.
I really like vintage lamps and as a result I tend to overvalue them and ask higher prices than I should. I thought this was super cool but it took almost two years to sell it because I was fishing for that perfect buyer. In the real world, waiting two years to make $200 is unrealistic and at a yard sale, this would never go for more than $50.
I love selling stuff from the 1950's and 60's but I didn't think much of these when we found them and was going to throw them in the donation pile. My associate G said they might be better than I thought so I took the time to get them online. FYI, I call G the 'Forty Dollar King' as over the years he has helped me identify many unassuming items that sell for about $40.
Everyone knows I like to sell vintage toys and even though a $20 sale isn't much to talk about, I like passing along memories. Funny story, I sold this one day and a few days later we found another on a treasure hunt. According to my special eBay software, I've sold over 30,000 items online in the past ten years and sometimes I can just copy / paste and change the pictures :)
Some contemporary high-end items don't look like much to me but it always pays to do some research learn what products current designers are feeding the public. Can you believe this was $700 new??!!
This had a really rad retro look and sure enough it sold in minutes. Old bikes and even parts can do well!
Funny story, I put up a bunch of nice Christmas decorations on eBay back in November and the other day I was literally carrying the tub of stuff that didn't sell to the auction pile when someone bought these practically that very minute. These were super funky looking and were the one thing that I had re-posted several times and just like that - a shining star appeared and out the door they went.
While cleaning out an estate last month, I rescued these on a whim. Not my normal wheelhouse type item but they did surprisingly well and I'm glad I didn't throw them away as I'm sure the person who bought them is as well.
You know I love to sell lighting and lamps but packing and shipping something like this is a real challenge. This was not vintage but nice designer stuff will also do well.
Some vintage cameras can be pretty collectible.
Some vintage sports memorabilia as well as old ticket stubs in general can be of interest
One of the services we offer is to clean out households that have been abandoned in some way and we were on such a job when we found this sofa. When I first saw it I was planning to throw it away as it was kind of grungy and looked like cheesy pleather from the 1980's. J suggested it was older and upon close inspection, the tag dated it to 1959 and after some cleaning, it turned out to be a great sale! We've been having great luck with 'Mid Century' modern style furniture lately.
I had never seen one of these before - I don't think it was 100 years old and it didn't have any brand marks but it weighed a massive 27 pounds. A $400 sale is no bull!
I was just talking about vintage mirrors and this little one had a pocket with a vase from the maker. It seems like an obscure item but accent pieces for this time period are hard to come by and this sold overnight. I thought I was being very aggressive with my price but now I wonder if I could have asked for more?!
I like old metalware and in general I find that unusual or even creepy things have a following. This little devil literally sold overnight.
Models of planes, trains, and automobiles always do well. I saw that only 100 of these were made and I could only find a few that had changed hands so I actually went a bit high and broke the previous sale record.
Unusual vintage period decorations or home accessories are always interesting to me. If you think about it, most people would sell this with the desk it came with so it would never be sold individually and I'm sure my buyer was happy to get one.
Art glass is something many people want to get rid of but only the right style has any potential for resale.
Most books are not much in demand and subject matter is the key to value
I love selling funky retro vintage lighting!
These has a nice look and pairs sell way better than singles
This vintage style of furnishing is in demand and a mirror in this style is hard to come by so someone actually bought this less than a week after I put it up. Funny story, as you can imagine packing and shipping a mirror is an insurance damage claim waiting to happen but my man J at the store by coincidence just happened to be traveling like right past the buyers house 3 hours away so he hand delivered it!
I love selling vintage toys and I collect them as well. This piece came from a collection I over-payed for more than a year ago so in order to make any money whatsoever, I've had to sit on them and 'fish' for the right buyers to come along. Holding out for a year or more is usually not a viable option when you're trying to sell something and your storage space is limited.
I think I've mentioned that vintage technology and even older software can be of interest. This had never been opened and I like stuff that's still essentially brand new but from years ago.
I think I shared one of these years ago. This had been balled up in a bag in the back of my car for like a year waiting for me to take it to the cleaners until I finally remembered. I usually don't mess with clothing unless it's really special and FYI vintage mens clothing usually sells better than women's as it's less prevalent.