Rescuing vintage trinkets and finding them a good home is what it's all about. For things we find and buy, $30 is about the lowest value we bother to try to sell on eBay
Music boxes have always been collectible and the older the better. This box could play interchangeable metal 'records'. Had it been in better condition, it might have sold for even more than it did.
When it comes to newer items made in the past couple decades, it's not always obvious what holds value but we've found that specialty models usually do. This was a pretty brilliant product - a dinosaur figure, sold in limited edition with no copyrite to pay or violate - smart move Sideshow.
Show me a toy and I'll show you someone's memories and in this case, $60. Not a huge sale but finding white (or purple) elephants a new home is what we do.
This unassuming small old glass box might not seem like much but if there are hundred dollar bills to be found in a house, we will find them.
Some of my staff did not believe I would get my price on this lamp....
Depending on subject matter, pop culture and movie reproductions can be big sellers these days. This company sold the sword and the sheath separate and we suspect more swords were made than scabbards. People in other countries have less access to some types of items and will pay a premium when they become available in the secondary market. Hopefully the customs agent doesn't say 'You shall not pass' to my package!
I would rarely try to sell a mirror on-line as shipping one is a total chore but this was a nice piece so I did. It took 4 months to sell and I got it to the buyer in one piece as I am a BEAST at packing but sitting on it that long for just $99 minus fees was a break-even effort at best.
I almost never try to sell silver-plated anything as it's the same type of stuff everyone is getting rid of and no one seems to want it. This piece however was pretty nice and clean and it sold right away so I can't complain.
Not a huge sale but I can sell almost anything by calling it mid century
Old photos and political ephemera are always good!
I'm going to change our name to Curiosity Lighting.... JK, but I do love old lamps
Celebrity autographs are always in demand but this sale really took me by surprise.
Old medical tools and devices can be of interest - preferably going back about 100 years. Sometimes I want to ask my buyers 'what the heck are you even going to do with this?'
So many people are getting rid of so much glass and pottery pieces these days that only the most interesting pieces will sell for anything at all.
This was an impressive piece - legitimately old and in respectable condition for the age. While I know enough to be dangerous, I'm not a curator and could only offer the public limited information about it. For all I know, this could have been a thousand years old and sold for a million dollars at Christies if properly documented.... probably not, but I'm just stating that eBay is not the place to sell some types of items and after running it through auction a few time, a whopping $100 was my only offer.
Vintage advertising continues to bring top dollar. I actually broke a high price record with this piece as the last one to sell only went for 850, but I felt mine was in better condition. Sometimes you have to make the collectors pay up when you have a premium piece.
Selling second-hand art by no-one famous is a challenge but good art is still worth something and in this case I just had to pick a fair price and let the piece sell itself.
Another case of mid century chachkies selling for way too much money... and we're loving it!
Collectors want to buy things that were not available to the general public and a piece like this going back 40 years that was literally only available to the team and supporting staff is perfect!
I saw that this piece had some value but I have no explanation for the huge sale price it went for other than yet another bidding war. That's the beauty of doing eBay auctions as you never know when the fat lady will sing!
Anything to do with transportation - planes, trains, ships, and automobiles are always good sellers. This piece got caught up in a bidding war and exceeded expectations!
Sometimes we get large collections of assorted items and my general preference is to 'cherry pick' the best pieces for individual sale and group lot those of lesser value. Collectors usually just want to buy one or two specific items at a time and someone even asked me to sell just one of this pair.
Some items just have 'that look' to them and since one of a kind art can be hard to price, we just have to go with our instinct and find a balance between 'top dollar' and making a quick sale as we can't sit on things forever. Knowing buzz words to describe things like 'Brutalist' certainly helps.
These were simply killer and sold for a good bit more than the value of the metal.