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

Franz Witter Dresden Lace Porcelain Figurine

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$306.00

I spent about two hours trying to decipher the makers mark on this "Franz Witter Dresden Lace Porcelain Figurine". I discovered it was actually a genuine Dresden piece that was rebranded for international sale by a third party in the 1950s. A collector in Russia of all places bought it for $306! Had I not done my research, we wouldn't have gotten twenty bucks for it. Old figurines are very collectable, but brand and condition are everything.

 

Antique Native American Indian Folk Art Dolls

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$265.00

Most old hand-made arts and crafts pieces aren't worth very much unless you can identify them with a culture or give them historical significance. When we learned that these "Antique Native American Indian Folk Art Dolls" were authentic primitives from the Umatilla Tribe, we knew we had something to work with. Not only did the person who bought them thank us profusely, but we grossed $265 making the connection!

 

Antique Max Handwerck German Bisque Head Doll

Submitted by Mike on September 10, 2012
Sale Price
$332.00

Usually dolls are a dime a dozen, but if you find a really nice old piece like this "Antique Max Handwerck German Bisque Head Doll", you've got $332 on your hands. Sadly, this doll was so old and fragile it broke during shipping despite my best packing efforts. Since the insurance rarely pays out on anything, I had to eat this one. We are experts at packing, but still the barbarians at UPS manage to break about 1/200 items we ship.