Any old items with decorator potential can do well. We found these "Antique Art Nouveau Cast Iron Wall Light Sconces" in a mice-filled shed during a house-call and knew they would be perfect for eBay. We cleaned them off in our glass bead cabinet just enough to make them presentable. These actually had a makers mark on the back which made them even more desirable. Even in this bad economy, they still sold for $78
This "Original 1950 White House Item President Truman Gavel" was actually a retired piece from the White House. Apparently they clean house every so often and the trash becomes someone else's treasure. If you ask me, they've been needing to clean out that place since 2009. Non-printed political items are hard to come by, which is why this piece went for $484
Anything that was printed in quantities like books, magazines, or even postcards usually don't do so well. eBay and the Internet in general has killed the market for such items as every old-timer is digging them out of the attic thinking they are worth a fortune. With postcards, they have to be both really old and in decent condition - this lot of several hundred sold for $288.
We love old items with history. A typical old wooden coin bank is worth maybe five bucks, but when you know the history, things like this 1890s "Antique Christian Science Busy Bee Band Wooden Bank" can bring big money - $363 in this case. Things with religious significance will always do well.
You can always count on something Beatles related to do well on eBay. But this "The Beatles Apple Corps / Hamilton Band Figure Set" wasn't even that old - it was from 1991 and still sold for $192. My consignor actually found them for $6 at a yard sale and he knew we were the consignment store to take them to.
Even now in the computer age, older table top board and miniature games still have a huge following. While most people wouldn't have even known what these "Partha Battletech Miniatures" were - I knew they were worth a lot - $202 to be exact! I know things you don't, which is why it is worth paying our reasonable house-call fee to help you identify hidden treasures for consignment.
Let me partially dispel the myth that old Singer's are worth a fortune. While some models that have been unaltered with the addition of a motor do have some value - the one's that I've come across so far like this "1924 AA Singer Sewing Machine Model 99" rarely get over $100. This one did just $37 and went to a lady in China.
Most everyone loves the Star Wars saga and since 1977, the toy makers have been stamping out action figures, models, and anything else they can think of. Even though millions of these toys were made, the 1970s and 80s were a long time ago and original pieces do have some value. This lot had many of the original boxes and collectors love packaging. The eBay auction actually only bid up to about $250 which really disappointed us.
While we generally don't take common housewares on consignment, we will work with anything high-end like this "Rexair Rainbow SE Vacuum Cleaner". These units have a ridiculous profit margin and retail for well over $1,000 - so it was not surprising we got $455 for this one that had only been used a couple times.
Not the most interesting, but this group of "Antique Knob Blob Top Glass Bottles" sold for $213. Old advertising items will always do well on eBay - moreso if the brand is recognizable. Words or markings of any kind help us determine if an item is worth taking on consignment. Really old bottles that have a pink or green tint to them are exceptionally valuable.