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

Antique Herbert Shivers Cigar Bronze Mermaid Figural Advertising Ashtray

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$100.00

One of my associates had this tagged to be sold on-line for $60 but when I saw it, I knew it was a good piece that was worth a little more. Sure enough, someone quickly agreed with my price. My team member didn't do anything wrong, but some items are uncommon enough to demand a little more than what our research tells us. It pays to have more than one pair of eyes inspect things and this is how we handle your consignment items as well - we get as much as we can - keeping in mind the need to sell a given item in a timely manner.  

Antique Rakestraw Dairy Milk Can Jug From Mechanicsburg PA

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$100.00

We find pieces like this all the time - they aren't worth what they used to be and we had to sit on this one for over a month to find that perfect buyer who would pay a fair price.  When we meet customers who have entire homes full of hard-to-sell items, consignment isn't always the best option and sometimes we just offer to outright purchase things in a 'bundle' at a 'wholesale' offer. 

Pair Antique Heavy Cast Iron Garden Planter Urns Pots Art Deco Neoclassical

Submitted by Mike on June 11, 2018
Sale Price
$134.00

We've talked about old metalware having value before. Garden and patio pieces can do particularly well but the cost of shipping heavy items to someone who wants them can really cut into the value of what an item is worth. These actually sat in our loading dock for several weeks before I processed them - most people have spare money like this lying around, how about you?!