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

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

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2018
Sale Price
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 :)