We've mentioned the value of transportation related items before but with this piece I just wanted to mention that it sold in less than 24 hours for $20 more than the highest comp I could find. With some items that are less common, you can almost name your own price and that experience is what we offer when handling your things on consignment.
I'm posting this not because of the sale price but rather as it was something that I previously had no idea what it was. According to our computer software, we've sold nearly 30,000 items - so I've seen a LOT of stuff. But I was clueless about this until my 73 year-old uncle pointed it out. I'm sure I could have poked around and figured it out but it just goes to show that no one knows about everything. So if you have something strange - I'd love to take a look at it and we can figure it out together!
We generally don't get good returns on contemporary art. This little sculpture was only about 10 years old and retailed for $750 - but fine art only commands those kinds of prices in a gallery setting. To recoup 50% of the investment was a pleasant surprise and we only got that as we were patient with our approach as opposed to just auctioning it to the highest bidder.
We rarely try to sell furniture on eBay as the shipping cost ruins the value, but in this case the item was small enough and the piece was unusual enough to give it a shot. Not really a huge sale when you consider the age and craftsmanship of this piece, but at least it found a good home in CA nearly 3000 miles away.
My client was a travel agent years ago and saved this promotional piece. Although somewhat obscure, we found a comp that showed it had some value right away. It took several attempts to find a buyer but in the end we got a fair price for it - and it's on it's way to Japan - they love the obscure I hear :)