I've almost given up trying to sell old pottery and porcelain items but I still make the effort for nicer pieces.
This old figure might have been part of a fancy lamp or clock but I honestly didn't know and just had to guess that it would sell for around $50 or so and it did.
Toy planes, trains, and automobiles always sell but condition determines the value.
Old books are usually very hard to sell but some do well depending on author, subject matter and condition.
Vintage toys always sell!
Even for obscure things that I don't see too often or are in especially good condition, I can usually get $100 or more. A lot of old Chinese items we find are going back to China
Someone brought me some stuff and there were a couple of worthless figures in these but since I know toy collectors are always looking for original boxes, I tossed the figures and sold them empty.
Vintage toys are always a memory to someone and generally sell quickly for a fair price.
The market for things like primitive tools and implements is not very strong these days but pieces like this still sell.
This small sculpture was probably $500 when purchased new and even though I had hoped it would sell for more, I didn't want it sitting on my shelf forever and let it auction.
Some items don't have a great chance of selling and we just have to go with our instinct and make the effort to see what happens. Not a big sale but I'm glad it found a good home.
Some old toys are extremely collectible but it takes a long time to find a buyer willing to spend this much and the problem with high-end buyers is that they are very picky. When selling things on eBay, we are held accountable to the buyers satisfaction and sometimes we have to further negotiate even after the sale is made to avoid a negative reputation.
Just sharing another vintage lamp we sold. I pulled this one down from the very house it originally came with myself.
Unusual old figurines can be of value but one single chip can ruin its value. Typically pieces made in Germany, France, Italy, or England are noteworthy.
Old toys fly off the shelves when we find them
Some of the things we find are not always complete and ready-to-sell but often times, just parts and pieces are more in demand than the completed item.
I think most people these days try to save old stuff like this as opposed to throwing it away and it's always nice to hear how we completed someones restoration project with a piece of the past.
Old metal castings usually have some appeal. I found evidence that showed me this piece might be worth as much as $500. I tried to get close to that for many months before I finally let it go for what someone would actually pay for it .... which is what it was really worth.
Novelty toys and items always do well
Big pieces like this are always a chore to find a good home for and take a long time to do so. I sold this two weeks ago but we're still waiting for the out of state buyer to come get it.
Nostalgic items in good condition are always in demand but the only way to find a buyer for a given item in a timely manner is to offer to pack and ship it and that cost always cuts into the items value.
Amber is another one of those hit or miss sellers. A piece like this could have been $50 or $500 - sadly for us it was the lesser.
I love selling vintage lighting
Certain vintage tools and devices are always of interest
There are plenty of old toys and dolls on the market, but finding one in good condition justifies a great sale price!