Here's a piece I thought was really cool and might be worth a fortune but after it sat on my shelf for six months waiting to sell, my best offer was only $100. I've learned the hard way that just because I like something doesn't mean it's worth what I had hoped it would be. And usually your first offer is your best offer so don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
Over the past few years we've learned that most antique furniture pieces just aren't very desirable anymore and the values have dropped across the board. Using the reach of the Internet, we still manage to sell the better pieces we come across in a timely manner. This old cabinet sold for what I thought was a respectable price and is on its way to New Jersey - it only took about a month to find it a good home! Many antique stores are no longer in business because their owners failed to use technology to market their finds...
We got this old fold-up map from a box of stuff slated for the trash and recognized it needed to be saved. On the cover it says 'Automobile map' and was dated 1909. In 1909, cars didn't even have four windows yet - just Google 1909 Ford! So being a road map, this was really a piece of transportation history from 100 years ago and anything transportation related sells! While $50 isn't a lot of money, this map probably sold for a nickel way back when which makes it a great item to blog about! We even found Damascus on the map!
Old mercantile pieces are getting hard to find and can sometimes be hard to describe when selling. One of the most critical aspects of getting things sold is trying to use the perfect words to help collectors find the items they are looking for. While there are many collector books you can read, this is not something you can just lean overnight and is one of the most valuable things we do for our consignments.
This was an award given to surviving Civil War veterans at the turn of the century. We know anything old pertaining to military conflict has value and this was a piece that I thought would generate a little more interest than it did. When selling things on eBay, some types of items we auction, starting them at a fair opening bid and letting the public carry the price higher if warranted. In this case, I might have done better 'fishing' for a high price and taking offers.
One of my own staff members, an experienced eBay seller herself, asked me to represent this piece from her private collection. There were no comprehensive values to be found and she knew that I had a better chance of getting a good price for it. When it comes to premium items, we definitely earn our commission. Give us great items and we'll get you great results!
During the great American depression, money was tight and many women may have only owned one or two pairs of shoes! In order to dress up those shoes for church or date night, fashion accessories like these clip inserts could be attached to add a little 'bling'. Can you imagine only owning one pair of shoes?!
When I did some research, I was excited to see that one of these same watches (also in new condition and being 30 years old) had recently sold for $300! I had a whole case of them and I was thinking I'd finally be able to replace one of our iMac computers with all the money I'd make! I had new batteries put in and listed one but then, a stream of collectors told me how ridiculous my price was. While someone, somewhere, at sometime may have paid that much for one, much to my chagrin it seemed I would not be getting the same price for mine.
We've learned that MOST makes of art glass have gone way down in value over recent years. Occasionally we still find a gem but condition is everything. This piece had a small chip which in unacceptable for a serious collector. Considering the damage, we still got a fair price for it but as a professional seller, handling items with condition issues usually isn't very rewarding.
When selling things, timing can be everything. Posting a $10 item on eBay is hardly worth the effort but we just happen to have a box of these patches and capitalized on them. Trends and pop culture contribute heavily to what things are worth and something that is valuable today may be worthless tomorrow. If you have a collection of things that you suspect may be going stale, give us a call and see what we know!
After five years of serving the community, we at Curiosity Consignment wanted to have a celebration but we realized that we needed something to celebrate that was above and beyond simply being in business. This is why we have partnered with Nathan’s Ridge to support those on the road to recovery right in our very own neighborhood. Join us at the store (9870 Main St Damascus MD) for a night of networking with this worthy cause to bring us together! Live music by G.M. Trio (featuring cover songs from The Beatles) – Catering by Smokehill BBQ - Door Prizes - and more.
We know that old comic books and toys have value but pretty much anything vintage super-hero related is also in demand. Sometimes things that are less obvious and somewhat obscure can be the best sellers. These cards came from a storage unit we bought and had been sitting on our shelf for months as none of us really thought to take a closer look until last week. Do you have $800 lying around?
When I initially researched this piece, I learned that it could have been worth as much as $1700! After more than 6 months of 'fishing' for a high price, I finally realized that while one may have previously sold for that amount, mine just wasn't going to fetch that much and I had to cut bait and take what I could get at auction on eBay. Sometimes our customers bring us nice items which they are convinced are worth a certain amount but at the end of the day, we need to be realistic about selling something for whatever it will bring in a timely manner.
Not all old things have value. These oil lamps were probably made when Jesus walked the Earth but they are fairly common if you look for them. Plain ones like this have a fairly low value but some that have more detail can sell for big bucks. Things this old should really be in a museum and it's not often we find things that are really 2000 years old so it was fun to see them....
It wasn't until post war that retailers began to seiously market to children. Holiday comic / activity books like these sprinkled with toy ads were a great way to get mom and dad to do their shopping at one specific store so as not to dissapoint. Things like this just weren't meant to last and that is why they were worth $65 today.
Yes, a clothing hamper. When I found it digging around on a housecall last week the owner said in disbeliefe 'You really want that?' He gave it to me for free and in less than one week it sold on eBay for $40. The buyer also paid another $40 in shipping so the real value was $80 to him or her. People don't generally save stuff like this for 50 years so it's easier to sell than you might think as there are many folks trying to recreate the perfect mid century look.