The idea of living a more simple, decluttered life has become very popular. Most people embrace the idea but don’t know how or where to begin. This journey starts with deciding what items you have that other people may be interested in.
In Marie Kondo’s 2014 mega-best seller book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, she says we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of. This encourages you to examine your possessions in a different light and determine if they are useful and beneficial.
Here are 12 hot items to consign in 2018
1. Fine Art
More and more art is being sold online than ever before and every style remains popular with some subset of collectors. From high priced fine art, sculptures and photography to artists who use different mediums to create their art, a worldwide audience of 170 million users on Ebay awaits.
2. Stamps and Coins
Stamp collecting is still alive and well with about 2.5 million collectors worldwide. Mint stamps with the original gum on the back appeal the most to collectors, while used US postage stamps printed in the last 70 years are worth almost nothing, with a few exceptions. Coins that are no longer in production like Morgan Dollars and Quarter Eagles, as well as denominations from specific periods and remote territories, are still desirable.
3. Fine Jewelry
Are you ready to part with grandma’s antique jewelry, grandpa’s watch collection or that Tiffany diamond necklace you never wear? We’ve sold many pieces of jewelry that were received by an ‘ex’ and the consigner just wants it and its bad karma out of their home.
Before venturing down the road to sell it, you may consider getting it appraised by a certified appraiser so you don’t let it go for less than its value. Many jewelers offer this service for $125 to $250 or you can visit the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org to find a certified Gems and Jewelry appraiser near you.
4. High-End Designer Handbags and Accessories
Authentic designer handbags and accessories in great condition always sell well on eBay. Did you know that selling fake handbags is illegal under the federal trademark law, also known as the Lanham Act. That means you can’t even list it as a replica or knock-off. A pre-owned Chanel black leather caviar skin handbag recently sold for $1,700 on eBay. Other popular brands that sell well are Prada, Gucci, Coach, Fendi, Celine, Christian Dior, Hermes, Chloe, Dooney & Bourke and Yves St Laurent. Not only does second-hand shopping help reduce waste, it also allows buyers to keep up with the latest fashions at a significantly lower cost.
5. Antiquarian & Collectible Books
Antique books remain very popular among consumers. If you have a first-edition, out-of-print or a book with special features like unusual illustrations, original dust jacket or an autograph, you have something special. According to Fox Business, collectible books gain value at 9 percent per year. You can check the value of most antiquarian books at Abe Books or Biblio websites.
6. Asian Antiques
Asian cultures are among the oldest in the world and are associated with some of the finest and most interesting antiques and collectible items. China has very high net worth individuals who are hungry to reclaim their past and will pay extremely high prices.
One lucky person purchased a Chinese “Ding” bowl for $3 at a yard sale and subsequently sold it for $2.2 million at a New York auction house. If you own any Chinese antiques or like to thrift shop, be on the lookout for Chinese vases, snuff bottles, Cloisonné objects, lacquered boxes, and Buddha or jade figurines.
7. Vintage Items
Check your attic and garage for some vintage items that may be worth money. An American Flyer model train engine with four cars just sold on eBay for $3,550. A vintage Staley wood planer was bid up to $821 in December 2017 and a pink Western Electric rotary dial telephone (remember those?) sold for $499.99. If you happen to have a collectible train set, vintage lego set, 19th Century camera, or a collection of unique diecast or tin cars, you have something special.
8. Vintage Antique Dolls
On February 1, 2018, an original 1959 Barbie doll with the original swimsuit was bid up to $4,550 on eBay with 69 bids. An antique French doll pulling a rickshaw sold for $1,850 and a 1950’s Madam Alexander ‘Cissy’ 20” doll with original outfits fetched 26 bids and a selling price of $627. It might be time to raid your parent’s basement! Disney characters and Action figures, such as Star Wars characters and superheroes, especially in their original boxes, always sell on eBay.
9. Vintage Costume Jewelry
Vintage jewelry is considered to be over 100 years old and originated during the early 1900’s. They represent styles such as Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Retro.
Costume jewelry ranges from the 1950’s to the 1900’s and are still popular today due to their quality craftsmanship. Crafters like to repurpose them into modern pieces, design them into art pieces and embellish them onto shoes, belts, magnets or even drawer handles. One of our client’s inherited thousands of pieces of costume jewelry from her mother’s antique store. We grouped them into lots and watched the bidders go crazy.
10. Vintage Signage
Automotive and railroad tin and porcelain signs appeal to the nostalgic metal sign collector and can fetch hundreds to thousands of dollar. Even rusted, dented or peeling signs from soft drinks to fruit stands continue to draw buyers. Vintage neon clocks and beer signs are just as popular for collectors wanting to achieve a retro style in garage décor, man caves or automotive shops.
If you have any militaria items stuffed away you may want to know that the winner of an oval belt buckle from the Civil War paid $3,900 on eBay and a pair of WWII Army military jump trousers was bid up to $1,969. Uniforms, buttons, medals and patches from the Civil War, WWI and WWI are highly sought after by collectors.
What is Steampunk? Wikipedia explains it as “a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. They include gears, clocks, watches, top hats, dials, keys, buttons and goggles.
I’d say this Vladimir Vitovsky giclee print (see photos) we sold in February 2018 resembles a Steampunk style. Vitkovsky says he creates a unique world of emotional surrealism where the past, present and future are transformed into a heightened sense of “right now.”
The best way to research your item on eBay is to search ‘Completed Listings,” which will tell you what things are actually selling for. To do this, click the word ‘Advanced’ next to the blue search button at the top of eBay’s home page then type the description of your item into the search box. Scroll down and check the ‘Sold Listings’ box. You can narrow your search by using the drop-down box under ‘Sort’ where you can search completed listings from highest to lowest or newest to oldest.
Consigning Your Items
A professional consignment company researches your items and obtains the best prices. Just turn them over and start collecting payments as your items sell. To find out more about Kelly’s Collectibles Consignment Services, click here.
Note: Items pictured above were sold on Kelly’s Collectibles eBay store on behalf of our Consigner Clients.
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