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

Real Tech Spy Net Video Camera Watch

Submitted by Mike on November 29, 2017
Sale Price
$24.00

As part of our employee 'picker' training program, we sent Kyle to the local thrift store with the intent to buy something and resell it for a profit. He paid $5 for this item and after about a month, it sold. After the eBay fees his profit was around $15 - he quadrupled his investment! Imagine if you could get returns like that in volume, selling hundreds of items a month. All it takes is a little knowledge and effort. Right here on this blog explains to you 80% of what I know - the rest is just instinct and experience which comes in time.

Antique Coal Miners Cap Belt Lantern Oil Lamp Lot Mather Mine PA

Submitted by Mike on November 29, 2017
Sale Price
$206.00

Sometimes, having a 'story' behind a given item not only makes it more salable but also increases it's value. Some pieces from this lot were used by a man who worked at the Mather mine in PA which exploded in 1928. He purportedly didn't feel well that day and stayed home from work while his father went in and was killed in the blast along with 194 other casulties. The person who bought this lot also had a family member who didn't go to work that fateful day either and was preserving the history through artifacts.

76pc Hallmark Disney Character Ornament Lot

Submitted by Mike on November 29, 2017
Sale Price
$630.00

These Hallmark decorations typically retail between $10 and $20 each new at the store. As a second-hand dealer, we can't afford to take the time to sell things on the Internet for under $20. In many cases, we have to create 'group lots' like this knowing it will lower the per piece price and the weight and cost of the shipping will cut into the sale as well. These things considered, our timing was apparently good and this lot sold for a respectable price.