Some people love funky folk art. I might have fished for a higher price and waited but these days I'm just trying to turn inventory to keep the lights on.
Maybe I just like them but I seem to have good luck selling bookends
I'm a big toy collector of things from when I was a kid. This was mine but I actually got a much nicer one from J and some collectors like me will upgrade and sell off their so-so stuff to offset the cost of collecting.
Nobody reads anymore was my mantra but since quarantine, I've actually been having some luck with books.
Movie and music media have been on their way to extinction for a number of years but some specialty recordings can still fly off the shelf
Nice pottery can be hit or miss but some regions have a big following
It can sometimes be hard getting a fair price for fine old furniture these days and while pieces like this are worth the effort it really does take months to find that perfect buyer.
I sometimes get calls from people asking to buy the things here on our blog that were already sold of course and this could be one of them. Contemporary high end designer stuff can sometimes have an almost cult following.
Hundreds of dollars in books that were group lotted together just to find them a home and make the sale worth the effort.
This was a barn find that was originally covered in rust but J took it home and blasted it clean and painted it and turned a $20 item into $280! Sometimes it can pay off to restore certain items or at least make them more presentable.
Wow - I'm thankful to the turkey who paid $100 for this platter.... too much class and style for my table though
And hippopotamuses like me too...
Another toy - my favorite type of thing to sell.
Old boxes and woodenware items seem to do well.
This knob wasn't much of a turn but I always like selling reclaimed and salvaged hardware and fixtures.
In the interest of saving time and creating more value, we sometimes make 'group lots' of similar items. Boy Scout related things are fairly collectible and in hindsight, I could have made more parting this lot out.
Authentic period items like this are in demand, the problem is there are so many good quality 'aged' reproductions that it takes a trained eye to tell the difference.
This was a bit of a surprise and for an item that wasn't even made of real silver, these chopsticks really did shine!
I almost didn't want to wrap all these up for a $45 sale but what else do I have to do these days.... got to keep the business floating!
Funky vintage art can usually sell well. Knowing the name of a style or period is a big factory for helping people to find what they are collecting
The market for obscure old pieces like this is not what it used to be and I would now consider things like this to be a 'hard sell'.
People love fancy designer ornaments and this beauty flew off the shelf in the twinkle of an eye.
Like I said, with the store being closed, I'm putting things on eBay that normally would not be worth the effort. It's funny to see what people buy during the apocalypse!
Since quarantine, I've had time to look closer at certain types of items to try and find value. I remember hating the factory jacket buttons when I used to wear suits and it turns out, there is a market for designer aftermarket ones like these.
I've met several people that maintain small private military tribute museums and items even as mundane as old uniforms can have some value. Often times, the buyers want to know the name and rank of the items in question to help 'tell a story' of the owner