Hamburg America Line Hapag Ocean Liner SS Imperator Milk Glass Ship Plate

Submitted by Mike on September 19, 2018
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It is such a pleasure to handle premium collections of things we just don't find on a typical house call. When it comes to selling off a collection of any given type of item, in order to get that 'top dollar' price, you have to sell one item to one buyer at a time and that's where we come in and do just that. I could not find a single comp value on this piece but I knew it was special and would go to a good home for a great price.

Antique Chinese Carved Jade Stone Water Coupe Cup Vessel

Submitted by Mike on August 27, 2018
Sale Price

We've talked before about how fickle the market is on Chinese antiques and now that China is such a wealthy country, their citizens are trying to reclaim 'lost treasures' pawned off by their ancestors. One piece could be worth nothing while another similar piece might be worth a fortune but without some kind of documentation from an authority on the subject, pieces like this could be anyone's guess on value.

Huge collection Native American Indian arrowheads

Submitted by Mike on August 22, 2018
Sale Price

We've mentioned that Native American related items are still somewhat in demand, but even that category has declined in value over the past ten years. There are so many newer made pieces on the market that it can be hard to tell the difference from true artifacts and only things with some type of documentation or provenance will bring big prices these days.

Signed 18k gold w ruby parrot bird enemeled pin

Submitted by Mike on August 21, 2018
Sale Price

Jewelry is the most heavily marked up luxury item in existence. Name brands aside, the resale value is often tied closely to the scrap price of the metal. Only extraordinary pieces like this will bring more but when you consider the cost of eBay fees, we only got about $50 more than the gold would have melted down for. We of course hate to see nice things destroyed and finding something a good home always makes it worth the effort.

WWI 1917 Regiment of Midshipmen Navy Naval Academy Annapolis MD Greeting Card

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2018
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Ephemera from 100 years ago like this is hard to find if you're looking for it as so many people threw it away before it got to be old. The truth is that not many people are actually looking for stuff like this - it sat on my shelf for many months so I'm glad it finally went to a good home.

WWII Era Tramp Folk Art Cast Iron Scotty Dog House

Submitted by Mike on July 30, 2018
Sale Price
I'll tell you that a lot of the things we post for sale on eBay never ever sell and we never make a dime for that lost work. Some items are so hard to pigeon-hole with words and get lost among the billions of other items for sale. In any case, I thought this cute old piece had potential; the maker had her name and date of 1942 on it so I gave it a shot in the dark and while $30 isn't a huge sale, sometimes it's more about finding something a new home.

Antique Chinese Bronzed Cast Iron Wise Man Figure Statue

Submitted by Mike on July 30, 2018
Sale Price
Another old Chinese piece on it's way back to where it was made. This piece wasn't particularly special in my opinion but several people drove the price up in a bidding war. Now that China is a booming economy, we're seeing a trend of citizens buying back their treasures from years ago. I just wish we could find a way to send them their stink bugs back :)

25p Lot Patrick O'Brian W. W. Norton Alexander Kent Books

Submitted by Mike on July 22, 2018
Sale Price
People ask us all the time if we take books and the answer is usually 'No' unless they are very old or deal with specialty topics. Like many items, books are expensive new but have hardly any value second hand. We have a small library in our store of old and eclectic works but people sometimes tell us we're crazy selling them for $5 when most thrift stores sell books for twenty five cents! Sometimes we'll find a collection from a given author and using 'media' mail we can post them online with an affordable shipping price but for the most part, books can be donated to whomever will take them.