Vintage toy trains are going down in value as the people who remember playing with them are going up in age. When I did my research on this lot, I saw a similar set with a high price of like $400.... but that was like ten years ago so after fishing for a month, I just let them go for what someone was willing to pay.
Just another really random item....
Obscure stuff like this can be a challenge to find a home for, especially if I'm asking real money for it. This took a long time to sell but I finally got what I thought was a fair price.
I love selling toys and passing along memories. We're starting to see 1980's toys rise in demand as people who grew up in those days have jobs now and want to buy back their childhood!
I personally didn't care much for the style of these lamps but pairs always seem to sell and they actually got a decent offer in just a few days of posting them for sale.
This style of furniture never ceases to amaze me with the resale value. I took this stand of the wreckage of a bed that our client had purportedly destroyed in a drunken rage - long story - but anyway, just the stand sold for a nice price and it was pretty easy to ship so his trash was my treasure!
Old bottles can be fairly collectible but most 20th century pieces aren't worth a fortune. Collectors who contact me through eBay are always in a hurry to tell me how the market has changed and that my price is too high lol
Old toys and games represent great memories for lots of people which is why they sell quickly and I love to find them a good home.
Most old books usually don't have much value. We just had a paid job to clean out a house and literally took away one hundred boxes of them. I didn't want to look through them all so we took them to Wonder who paid us a whopping $200... for 100 boxes, which was fine since we were already being paid to move them. I scooped this collection off the top just for kicks and made a small sale on eBay.
Since work is slow, I've been cleaning out my own house for a change and found my grandmothers prayer book. I knew it wasn't worth much but I really just wanted to find it a good home - we definately love Jesus but this was of no use to me....
Old lunchboxes are pretty collectible as they bring back great memories and true vintage Disney stuff does pretty well also.
January is a slow month and I'm selling what I can just to keep wood in the fire. I will say that most any dog or cat related figurines seem to always sell, just not for very much.
I find old booklets and paper ephemera interesting but it's usually not worth much. Oftentimes I will sell a group of similar items as one lot just to get a minimum price for my effort.
Winter months can be slow for us so I'm selling some lower value items just to clear the shelves and pay the heating bill.
Old cruise ship ephemera can sell well and I like uncommon items like this in general.
Since we sell a lot of stuff on eBay, I always take the shades off the lamps I find as it would be too difficult and cumbersome to pack and ship. Not to mention I can get a good price for just shades by themselves.
I love selling vintage lamps!
One of the top five things people bring us to get rid of is old figurines, Hummels in particular. The problem is that not many people are buying them anymore. The early ones from the 1940's or so will still sell but not for very much. I had a customer who brought me a batch of these and having done his own research he thought they were worth hundreds. The problem is he was seeing what people were asking for the older figures. The ones he had were from the 1980's and you have to look at the marking on the bottom to tell the age.
Maybe you think I'm desperate trying to sell an old trashcan and while January is a slow month, the truth is that true vintage accessories like this are in short supply and tend to sell fairly quick.
These vintage Austin statues are common but some of the more interesting ones can have some value.
Vintage decorations like this usually aren't worth much, but they do seem to sell and during the winter every sale helps
Some old Chinese stuff can be really valuable. When I first got it, I turned down a $1,000 offer as I was fishing for more. Months later I was kicking myself when 500 was all I could get.
I was surprised to see that this vintage set was worth very little even though it was complete. I had a few cars laying around so I added them to sweeten the deal and make it a decent sale.
Old stadium swag makes for great memories and is pretty collectible.
Old Christmas stuff usually sells well but only in December :)