When I did some research, I was excited to see that one of these same watches (also in new condition and being 30 years old) had recently sold for $300! I had a whole case of them and I was thinking I'd finally be able to replace one of our iMac computers with all the money I'd make! I had new batteries put in and listed one but then, a stream of collectors told me how ridiculous my price was. While someone, somewhere, at sometime may have paid that much for one, much to my chagrin it seemed I would not be getting the same price for mine.
We've learned that MOST makes of art glass have gone way down in value over recent years. Occasionally we still find a gem but condition is everything. This piece had a small chip which in unacceptable for a serious collector. Considering the damage, we still got a fair price for it but as a professional seller, handling items with condition issues usually isn't very rewarding.
When selling things, timing can be everything. Posting a $10 item on eBay is hardly worth the effort but we just happen to have a box of these patches and capitalized on them. Trends and pop culture contribute heavily to what things are worth and something that is valuable today may be worthless tomorrow. If you have a collection of things that you suspect may be going stale, give us a call and see what we know!
After five years of serving the community, we at Curiosity Consignment wanted to have a celebration but we realized that we needed something to celebrate that was above and beyond simply being in business. This is why we have partnered with Nathan’s Ridge to support those on the road to recovery right in our very own neighborhood. Join us at the store (9870 Main St Damascus MD) for a night of networking with this worthy cause to bring us together! Live music by G.M. Trio (featuring cover songs from The Beatles) – Catering by Smokehill BBQ - Door Prizes - and more.
We know that old comic books and toys have value but pretty much anything vintage super-hero related is also in demand. Sometimes things that are less obvious and somewhat obscure can be the best sellers. These cards came from a storage unit we bought and had been sitting on our shelf for months as none of us really thought to take a closer look until last week. Do you have $800 lying around?
When I initially researched this piece, I learned that it could have been worth as much as $1700! After more than 6 months of 'fishing' for a high price, I finally realized that while one may have previously sold for that amount, mine just wasn't going to fetch that much and I had to cut bait and take what I could get at auction on eBay. Sometimes our customers bring us nice items which they are convinced are worth a certain amount but at the end of the day, we need to be realistic about selling something for whatever it will bring in a timely manner.
Not all old things have value. These oil lamps were probably made when Jesus walked the Earth but they are fairly common if you look for them. Plain ones like this have a fairly low value but some that have more detail can sell for big bucks. Things this old should really be in a museum and it's not often we find things that are really 2000 years old so it was fun to see them....
It wasn't until post war that retailers began to seiously market to children. Holiday comic / activity books like these sprinkled with toy ads were a great way to get mom and dad to do their shopping at one specific store so as not to dissapoint. Things like this just weren't meant to last and that is why they were worth $65 today.
Yes, a clothing hamper. When I found it digging around on a housecall last week the owner said in disbeliefe 'You really want that?' He gave it to me for free and in less than one week it sold on eBay for $40. The buyer also paid another $40 in shipping so the real value was $80 to him or her. People don't generally save stuff like this for 50 years so it's easier to sell than you might think as there are many folks trying to recreate the perfect mid century look.
This little guy didn't have any markings but by knowing descriptive buzzwords such as 'Imari' we were able to find comps and got a nice price for what might otherwise appear to be just another mundane figurine. One customer had a whole house full of cat figures, most of which were nothing special. Having the eye to recognize unusual pieces is what sets us apart from other auction services.
Things like old comics can have serious value but condition is everything. Comics and other types of things can be professionally graded on their conditiion - which costs money and takes time to mail them off. Sometimes we get things that could be worth even more if we had them appraised by a third party but since our consignors don't always want to invest money in things they're getting rid of, we just have to carefully show buyers what we have and take our chances.
I was recently turned on to the strategy of 'junk drawer' lots on eBay. Dealers looking for smalls and hoarders alike will pay up for a bunch of random vintage stuff. In this case, I tried to make an appealing group of things but for only $65 I don't think I'll be doing it again anytime soon. Believe it or not, there was a good $300 or more worth of items here if sold individually. The problem with selling unmatched groups of anything is that it lowers the per-piece price and most importantly, it is too hard to market to specific collectors.