What's It Worth?

For five years, we’ve learned what has value and what doesn’t. We want to get you the most money we can for your best items and likewise, we want to be honest with you when our experience tells us something has no value.

If you have one hundred items for sale, you will quickly learn that you may have to deal with as many or more people in order to get everything sold. For that matter, even trying to give things away for free is work and some things you can’t even give away! I learned this the hard way. When my Father passed away, I had a whole house full of stuff to get rid of prior to listing our family home on the market and I had no idea where to begin. A local auctioneer told me that I could pack everything up and haul it in to their facility or for a hefty fee, they would come get it but even then, the results they expected just weren’t very promising. I decided to make it my part-time job to find everything a good home and after months of sweat and tears, I wouldn’t wish that ordeal on anyone. This is why I started Curiosity Consignment, and as a second hand personal property dealer, my staff and I make it our jobs to liquidate a lifetimes worth of possessions, selling one item to one person at a time.

Many types of collectibles and antiques have become worth much less due to the generational divide. Generation 'X' does not want heirloom furniture or fancy China sets! I know you think your children want your stuff and you tell yourself that is why you are saving it but they don't! Many of our clients are seniors who need a helping hand to sort and pack things up and we’re happy to provide that assistance. While some items no longer have the value they used to, other things may be worth more than you think. Don’t spend hours researching a whole house full of stuff when all you have to do is give us a call. Some things that we take: identifiable antiques, fine art, fine jewelry, fine art glass & pottery, musical instruments, modern or vintage electronics, collectibles such as figurines, coins, tools, computer related items, high-end, vintage or antique toys and games, history related items, name brand leather goods, music film and sports memorabilia, military related items, model trains, high end hobby and crafting items, business & industrial equipment… almost anything with a perceived value of more than $50. Scroll down for a directory of hundreds of items that we have handled over the past few years and what the sold prices were. Give us good stuff and we will get you great results. We offer formal and informal estate appraisals so if you have a whole house full of things to sort, let us help you sort the trash from the treasure!

Interesting Items

1866 Civil War Era Antique Captains English Telescope Spy Glass

Submitted by Mike on March 18, 2019
Sale Price

This was an amazing piece that came with ownership history. It was a gift from the Queen of England to a US captain who lended aid to a British ship in distress in 1866. Not only was the end-cap engraved but it also had the original letter of recognition and even a family tree of the individual. This should be in a museum and I assume the buyer will treasure it as such. I suspect it could have sold for more had we fished for a bit, but the opening bid of $1,000 was certainly fair.

Antique Chinese Brass Peacock Pot Kettle Coin Bank Trinket Lock Box

Submitted by Mike on March 11, 2019
Sale Price

I can't believe someone bought this. In fact, the buyer emailed me right after and said "Curious piece, I can't believe I bought it, it just caught my eye. Thank u.' Seriously viewers, this not something I want to try to consign and I wouldn't have paid $5 for it if someone brought it into the store. But, we found it on a clean-out job and made the effort to find it a good home and made a little money. What you don't see is all the things we list like this that never sell ....

Sterling Emma C. Berry Sailing Schooner Model Ship RC Kit

Submitted by Mike on February 19, 2019
Sale Price

Specialty hobby and crafting items that were made in limited quantities can be in big demand and finding a model kit like this that was never built can be a premium piece to enthusiasts. In fact, we can sometimes get a higher price than our research tools indicate simply because items like this just don't come up for sale too often.