People love antiques and dogs....
People love antiques and dogs....
A guy that works at a place next to us brought this in one day. He knew it was worth about $250 but he insisted that we outright buy it from him for just $100. Our primary business is consignment and not straight purchasing but we went ahead and did him this favor since we knew it would sell for at least twice that. As it turns out, he did us a favor as he would have claimed about $150 had he waited just a couple weeks.
Again, my mind is blown with another record breaking Lego sale. For once, an inconvenience became a blessing with this item: We sold it on eBay the week prior for $650 but for whatever reason, the winning bidder did not pay. The second time around someone from Australia jacked up the price! It pays to ship all over the world, but doing so can be a pain if you don't know how to do it.
Most baskets are fifty cents at the thrift store. In order for something to have re-sale value it must be a well known quality name brand.
Sometimes we get our mind blown by the prices vintage camera gear sells for. What's funny is there was someone else selling this same lens at the same time we were for $3500. But they were not willing to ship it to another country - ours went to Hong Kong. Using a professional consignment store pays for itself as we know the correct strategy to get you the most for your items.
Owners of vintage cars can be fanatical about having original manuals and such.... this is not the type of item that does well at auction, instead we pick a fair price and wait for the right buyer to come along.
High end luggage is expensive - let us take it on consignment when you're done with it
Nautical ephemera is very collectible - I actually thought this would have sold for more.
Nice quality name-brand apparel usually holds value... especially when it was never used.
If I had a time machine, I would go back and buy gold and toys... this truck was made early 1970's but it was still in pretty good condition...
I know of at least a few local auctioneers and consignment stores where paying customers for their sold items seems to be low on their priority list. Just the other day, I spoke with a local auction house we deal with and I learned that I was still owed money from items that were sold last year! Who gets away with doing business like that? The problem is, many of these establishments have cash-flow problems and make it a regular habit of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Don't get me wrong, we face the same issue and on rare occasion will do the same when an unusual situation arises.
Sometimes customers bring us items that are in disrepair and need some 'TLC' prior to sale. As a consignment store, we are committed to earning the maximum value for your items and will often invest the time to clean or even repair things given to us. In some cases, we may assess a fee for doing so but only if we feel our effort will offset this cost in the end sale price. Many consignment stores will not even take your items unless they are ready for sale - so this is just one more way we go the extra mile to earn your business!
For more than 100 years, stamps have been collectible. Sadly, most of them have little value since there were so many made and so many people have collected them. Be on the lookout for mis-prints and uncut sheets!
This high end camera was found new in the box - never opened since the 1970's. My consignor was going to sell it to a dealer who offered him $700 but we convinced him that we could do better and his net payout was about twice that. Vintage items in perfect condition always carry a premium price! Trust us to get the maximum value for your items.
While the vinyl record craze has mostly died down - there are still such items that serious collectors will go nuts over. I've said it before - anything Beatles will always sell. This set was pre Michael Jackson and was limited to like 20k copies. My consignor (I love this guy) bought all kinds of nice things like this and never even used them or took them out of the box!
Vintage technology can be hit or miss, but when it comes to amateur radio, there will always be people willing to spend money on quality gear.
I generally don't find many old dolls that are worth much - but I hadn't previously seen a wood doll like this before. Doing some research, I found some people asking a couple thousand dollars for similar pieces. Asking and getting are obviously not the same and the auction showed what it was really worth.
I know that people like both folk art and Nativity sets, but I was pleasantly surprised that this set sold for what it did. Hand made items can be a hard sell so this made our day.
These were really nice pieces and I was afraid they wouldn't sell for much - so I started the bid at $100. A few people recognized the value and drove the price up some which was nice.
At six ounces, the scrap value on this spoon was less than $100. Someone really wanted it for a collection and that's the beauty of selling to the whole world on eBay.
Art pottery has hit an all time low in value. This piece was probably $500+ when originally purchased.... Only branded pottery seems to hold value
Had this been branded anything other than Coke, it would have been worth much less. This was found never-used in the box with receipt from 1971 in the amount of $19.99 - that helped the value as well.
This compass was used in ships or tanks and was found still new in the box (surplus) and dated back to 1944 - very cool.
Transportation related items will always have good value. Had these been from the Titanic, we would have fished for a million dollars.