What's the difference between a toy and a model? A) About $80
I can always find a buyer for old toys as people are always looking for memories.
This was such a nice piece, too bad it broke in shipping despite my excellent packing. Good thing I insured it. Some old items simply can't survive being shipped across the country and sometimes I think I'm crazy for trying but if I don't they would take forever to sell.
If it's old I can usually find a buyer...
Some items may not be worth much but when things have a certain look and I know they will sell I take a chance and do the work to see if anyone bites
People love cats and vintage period decorations always tend to sell well.
You know I love vintage lighting and my eyes light up with dollar signs when I find them. Sometimes we get lucky and one good sale pays for a whole day of work.
This is the most unassuming item but when I found it I saw dollar signs. I said to my associate 'Watch me get $150 for this' and got a dubious look in reply. The fact is, true vintage period accent items like this are simply hard to find and if I stick that 'mid century' term in the title, shopper will pay up.
Ninety five percent of the old china and glassware we find just isn't worth much. For some reason chocolate sets and a certain few old name brands still do well. I was totally amazed at what this brought considering the market is mostly dead.
This set was made of particle board and veneer (fake wood) and didn't even have a name brand so I knew it wasn't very desirable and if I wanted to free up my space I needed to price it cheap. Sure enough, someone bought it in like 24 hours for what I thought was a pretty good price
This was in amazing condition but after several months I took my best offer.
In this case, I was originally fishing for a really high price but after several months with no takers, I wholesaled it to a dealer friend because I needed cash and space in my store.
Toy soldiers of any kind used to be really collectible. The market has died down so selling a 'group lot' is the best way to get a good price without too much work and waiting.
It's nice to find clean pieces or sets of anything that present well and condition gives me the ability to get a good price
The old tool market has really died down in the past 20 years but certain pieces can still perform
Nostalgia and pop culture related items do really well, especially when in great condition.
Danish / Scandinavian furniture is in demand these days but holding out for 'top dollar' is a fishing trip. We got lucky with this sale but other times we have to cut bait.
Old Christmas stuff usually sells okay but selling that stuff in the spring isn't a great idea so I'm glad they sold.
I found about a dozen of these in a garage full of old stock gift store type items from like 40 years ago. I sold one but the trick is to actually get eleven more people to buy them which will take a very long time. When I buy stuff like this I know to take the turnaround into consideration when making my offer.
I'm really not big on clothing but when I saw this and how clean it was I knew it would sell quick. FYI mens clothing seems to sell better than women's on eBay as the market is flooded with it....
Do I get an award for turning old stuff into cash? Oh yeah, the cash....
When I found this in a dirty basement it was missing a couple of the handles but I simply dug around our workshop and found a couple suitable replacements and made this into a sellable item. Thanks to J for organizing :)
When we clean out estate homes we find and rescue all kinds of forgotten things laying around basements and garages and when I saw these, I picked them up and said to my team 'Look, I found $40' and sure enough a couple weeks later....
This style of vintage furniture is in huge demand these days. So much that someone even paid $100 on top the purchase price for me to ship it to them.
You may have heard me mention that old Chinese stuff is in demand these days as the upper crust of that nation is trying to reclaim its treasures. I was really surprised by this sale - these were basically import pieces from the 1970's or 80's so they weren't even old.