1870 Shinplasters US Fractional Currency 13 Cents Bank Notes

Submitted by Mike on November 28, 2017
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I'll spare you the history lesson but these notes were printed between 1862 -1876 as a way of compensating for the lack of actual gold and silver bullion / coinage. If you ask me, this was just the beginning of sordid banking and treasury practices which have lasted well over a hundred years. With all the screwy 'fixes' Uncle Sam has initiated over the years it's a wonder we're not back to trading seashells and stones. Check out William Meredith - does that guy look shifty or what?

Vintage Mortens Studio Pug Dog & Bull Figure Lot

Submitted by Mike on November 20, 2017
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Never underestimate the value of random animal figures. If they have some age to them, be sure that some collector is looking for them. Pieces like these are donated to thrift stores every day and turning them around on-line can put money in your pocket. One of these had a small chip but fortunatley we have a friend that can touch up ceramics and pottery. Damaged items are usually worthless and that's no bull.

Antique Art Nouveau Cast Iron Fireplace Insert Kettle Pot Warmer Stand

Submitted by Mike on November 13, 2017
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While old pieces like this still have some value, they are usually a chore to sell. While it was posted on eBay, it sat on my shelf for months waiting for a buyer and that buyer was in another country! So while it was worth $100 to me - it's not the type of thing we want to handle on consignment which is why I usually just offer to buy pieces like this for a token price.

Old Stock National Bohemian Mr Natty Boh Vintage Beer Lighted Sign Button

Submitted by Mike on November 4, 2017
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I mentioned that last week, we went 3 hours out of our way and spent thousands of dollars in labor and cash to acquire a couple storage units that were up for grabs. It was a huge gamble but every blue moon we get lucky and all it takes are a couple surprisingly good pieces like this to make the numbers work. Collectors have real jobs and therefore don't have time to dig like we do and will pay a premium for finding things at their fingertips online.

Vintage Rosbro Rosen Hard Plastic Rocket Witch Halloween Party Favor

Submitted by Mike on October 29, 2017
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Another great sale price on an unassuming cheap plastic trinket from 50 years ago. Right now elderly folks downsizing their homes are throwing things just like this in the trash because they don't know - let us be the first call you make when mom and dad are ready to move into a smaller place!

Vintage Opalescent Fenton Blue Hobnail Glass Cookie Jar 1941

Submitted by Mike on October 23, 2017
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For the most part, I have written off the value of old American art glass as the market has been dead for years. A customer brought this in and told me it was a good piece and I almost didn't believe him as everyone thinks their stuff is worth big money. As it turns out - this jar was only made in 1941 and is the 'Holy Grail' of Fenton and I was able to verify this and sure enough, it sold for a great price. My ignorance of the cookie jar almost kept me from earning my cookie!

Electric String O' Spook-O-Lites Blow Mold Halloween Skulls

Submitted by Mike on October 18, 2017
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Vintage seasonal stuff - especially Halloween pieces can do very well. This pack of drug store decorations was still unopened from about 40 years ago and sold within 30 minutes of posting it for sale. Things like this that weren't meant to last are always of interest to collectors and our timing in selling it was perfect.

Vintage Cast Metal Lawn Flamingos

Submitted by Mike on October 3, 2017
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There is a buyer for just about everything and it's our job to put it out there to the world in a presentable fashion. Sometimes giving buyers a clean picture and the convenience of shopping at their fingertips nets us good prices for items that really just aren't that great...

Antique Brass Oval Department Store Vanity Flip Mirror

Submitted by Mike on September 26, 2017
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This was a cool old piece but packing it and shipping it to Cali was a chore. Itens like this can sit around the store for months before a buyer comes along whereas things sell on eBay in days or a few weeks at most. I wish we could sell more things like this in the store but traffic just isn't that strong. We encourage local shoppers to check out our eBay listings as this is how we have to sell most of the best items we get!