Such a killer piece. We had initially found the petal shades at a customer house but the fixture was buried among hundreds of boxes which we didn't have time to look through. The owner promised to bring it in when found but I had very little hope she actually would. Months later she did and we made a nice sale! Funny thing is I saw an identical lamp sell for $375 and was tempted to put mine up at the same price but my instinct told me to 'let it auction' and I was pleasantly surprised!
Yet another light we sold. When selling things on eBay, we are held accountable to the Nth degree which can be very frustrating. I gave the buyer a discount on this piece but then he complained about a blemish and wanted an additional discount. Over the years we've had a number of people abuse our accountability and at a certain point, I just have to ask myself: Is it worth $dollars to ruin my flawless reputation and will usually just give someone a credit or refund even if it's really not fair.
Another old light we sold. This sat on my shelf for months before I got around to posting it as I wasn't sure if it would sell and shipping stuff like this is a pain. Again, anything old Chinese right now seems to be pretty hot. It pays to visit museums and learn fancy terms like 'famille verte' to help get items seen by the educated buyers.
Most old books are a dime a dozen but we do try to look at everything we find. This book, originally published in 1898, told a flawless prediction of the Titanic disaster of 1912 - 14 years later. The work was re-issued at that time and is still worth $100 but a first printing would sell for $500 or more.
I generally don't post furniture sales here as most pieces simply aren't exceptional. This set retailed around $12,000 in 1994 and ONLY because of the name brand AND condition was I able to get such a wonderful second hand price and it took MONTHS of waiting to get it. MOST old brown furniture simply doesn't hold value.
Having some basic knowledge as to what things are collectible coupled with Internet research can yield some great results. Knowing that old chess sets can be desirable, plus recognizing this heavily stylized pattern, and comping it based on the name brand told us that it was valuable. So instead of throwing it up for an eBay auction, we sat and waited for the right buyer to come along who recognized the value and paid a fair price.