There is still a good market for film cameras and even lenses that can also be used with digital. This lens retailed for over $1,000 but after several months with no offers, I finally let it auction to what the public would pay.
My knowledge of rugs is very weak as the market is so fickle I don't really have the patience to learn more about them. I knew this was a good old carpet so I simply threw it out on eBay for auction and was pleasantly surprised by the sale.
This is another item where I had seen an identical one sell for nearly $500 or something crazy. So I fished for many months with zero offers. I finally let it auction and was happy it sold for what it did.
Some modern special interest collectibles can have surprising value and when I find them the best results come from letting bidders fight over them via eBay auction
This same tray had previously sold for as much as $250 but knowing how hard pieces like this are to sell nowadays I just took my first offer to get it off my shelf.
This was a really nice 1970s piece and I almost kept it for myself. I was fishing for a high price and it had some interest right away but after a few weeks I just took my best offer.
This was really nice and clean and I had hoped for more but the audience buying stuff like this is not what it used to be.
You know I like to sell old lighting and I'm fairly aggressive on my pricing because of that. I was fishing for $800 on this piece because I had seen another one sell for about the same. I was shocked by my first and only offer of $125 but sometimes one low offer is better than none at all so I let go of my attachement.
I haven't totally given up hope for old glass and pottery and I was really glad this sold for a fair price in a short amount of time.
This piece was probably as old as the 1870's. Many items like this have declined in value and I was actually quite pleased with the price I got for this one.
I love older toys, the cleaner they are, the more I can get for them
True vintage sporting goods can have some value, even bowling balls. Had these had a 'funky' pattern they might have sold for even more.
When someone has a collection of items to sell but doesn't want to 'part it out' the best option to get rid of everything at once is to sell it as a 'wholesale group lot'. These necklaces were all pretty nice and retailed for somewhere between $20-40 each. There are people who would be willing to sell them individually but that is a lot of work and many of them might never sell at all. When liquidating an entire collection, sellers should realize they will only get a fraction of retail and we can help make that judgement call.
You know I like to sell toys or models of any type and this was the EMPTY BOX for a model that was probably worth about $300. I figured someone who had the plane but not the box would want it. It sold on eBay THREE times to people who did not notice EMPTY BOX in the title and were thinking they were getting a $300 model for the lousy $25 I was asking so I finally just gave up and tossed it. No sale.
Anything uncommon pertaining to planes, trains, or transportation can have potential value. This was a factory engine test report that any museum or collector would have trouble finding and $100 made it a fair sale.
You know I love unusual old lamps. I was asking a lot more for these but a friend wanted them so I had to give her a deal. :)
This was a KILLER piece but once again, I could not find a single comp value. I was going to price it really high and take offers but then another dealer friend suggested it might not be 100 years old like I thought so I lost some of my confidence and gave it a moderate price and wound up taking a lower offer of course. Still, not a bad sale and it sold pretty quick and that's worth putting your hands in the air for.
This was the mystery item of the day. I had no idea what it was but eventually one of my dealer friends helped me figure it out. It's basically an old school book pointer used by Hebrew folk in particular. I see a lot of stuff but I can't possibly know everything which is why I keep in touch will lots of other collectors and dealers to keep me in the know.
I knew these were killer when I saw them but I could not find a single value comp. I had to shoot from the hip on my opening bid and I got just one taker and now they are on their way back to Italy
I'll be honest and tell you that previously, even I would have chucked items like this in the donate pile. But since times are hard I've been looking at some things a little closer and an $80 sale is gnome joke!
I found several old sale comp values on these for over $100 if you can believe it but it took me like 6 months to sell mine and I only got $30. Some stuff that used to be collectible just isn't that hot anymore
I love selling vintage stuff like this - these didn't have a name brand but they were in really good condition.
This stub was really clean and it sold overnight. Old music memorabilia and most any early Beatles stuff always does well.
I love selling old lamps
Hard times coins were used instead of money by both government and private companies to be exchanged for goods or services. I pray it isn't so but I predict we may see some serious hard times by the end of the year. God bless America