We know mid century stuff sells well but I was really surprised that someone bought these less than 24 hours after I put them on eBay.
I love selling vintage lighting!
Even second-hand, unique quality hand made things can do well. When we sell things on eBay, the value of heavy items is lessened by the cost buyers have to pay for shipping.
Old cast iron stuff is always a good seller and anything animal related usually has potential to sell quickly.
I've mentioned before that Legos can be highly collectible but not so much if they are all jumbled up in a tub.
Our customers frequently call asking if we take books and usually the answer is 'No'. Most books have hardly any resale value and even antique books just aren't much in demand as no one seems to read anymore and everything is available on the Internet. Last month I listed several dozen book from the 1800's - all of which were in great condition for the age. Here we are a month later and only one sold but I was glad to see it find a good home.
Another vintage lamp - one of my favorite things to sell. This was another piece from a closed electric shop we picked
You know I almost never fool with clothing but these shirts were about 50 years old with a retro patten and had never been taken out of the bags!
Civil war era items are still in demand. This piece was extra special and sold for a great price as it had a period stitched felt cover which was in great condition - the cover was to keep the aluminum from making noise and reflecting light
Mid century money. I can sell just about anything from the 60's.
Books are so hard to sell as no one reads anymore. People just expect to watch Youtube to see how something is done. These books were highly specialized and I bet they have secrets you won't find on the web. Still, they took forever to sell.
I DON'T take china on consignment and I really don't even offer to buy it. Someone brought this in a traded me for something in my store so I put it up on eBay and it eventually sold. It was definitely a chore to pack.
Old military related items are fairly collectible and we can usually get a fair price for stuff like this. I like to sell 'group lots' as it casts a wider net even if the price per item is less.
Vintage knives or even kitchen tools can be collectible. I didn't think much of it but G posted it and a collector in China of all places bought it a couple weeks later.
As I was saying, the winter months are slow and we normally can't afford to post $20 items on eBay but it was so darn cute I did it anyway and it actually sold in a day or two.
You know I like lighting and this was another vintage piece that had never been used from a retired electrical company we picked. I thought it was awful and it was big to ship but it actually sold in a day or two.
The winter months can be slow for us and sometimes we post things on eBat that really don't have a good chance of selling. This old seat cushion had never been used and just had a novelty to it so we gave it a shot and it sprung
Furniture is so hard to sell as it's the type of thing everyone wants to get rid of to the point of giving it away for free. This traditional antique desk had been refinished and was a premium item in my opinion but I had to wait many months for the right person to come along who was willing to pay a fair price. I have a store and can sit on things sometimes but if I was trying to get this out of my house I would have sold it for a lot less.
I love selling old lighting and will literally take it off the walls when we do an estate clean-out job
Originally I was trying to sell just this padlock but eBay told me I couldn't sell locks of any type that might have been used for the US government - not even ones over 100 years old. So my solution was to stick it on this old box to make the sale.
Old shipping containers and crates have some value - so well made that it lasted 100 years! I like things that have cities and states stamped on them as it adds marketing potential to get an item sold quicker.
Vintage toys .... Holy Here We Go Again Batman
We use and appreciate your clean leftover boxes and packaging materials as we ship things all over the world everyday. You can hear how happy most of our customers are when we sell them the vintage treasures we find in YOUR basement or attic. This customer wrote: Greetings!!
This working man brought home some bacon for sure.
I knew this had some value but I was a little surprised at how much. When I get you good prices for your consignments: "Love me - that's all I ask of you.”