Do you have things laying around your home that you could sell and bring in some extra cash? Did you inherit stuff you don’t want? The average American has between $3,000 to $7,000 worth of cash they can earn by cleaning out unused and unloved items in their home.
Why Craigslist and Garage Sales Don’t Work
You could decide to sell your items on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. However, Craigslist can be somewhat dangerous when allowing strangers into your home and we all know how much time and effort a garage sale can be with minimal returns.
The easiest and quickest way to sell an entire collection or other valuables is on consignment where experts advertise and sell your items to collectors worldwide.
Graeme Stevenson Original Leopard Painting – Sold for $6,000
Consignment Is The Way to Go
A 2017 article in the New York Times boasts how consignment is the new trend. And a recent survey finds that three of five Americans plan to refresh or reorganize their living space. The resale and consignment industry is booming right now, which means there are buyers who are interested in what you have to sell. If you don’t love it and it doesn’t spark joy, let it go.
If you have an upcoming move, are downsizing or just want to clear out some items to create more space, consider selling them on consignment. It’s a convenient way to sell your stuff without leaving your home.
A professional consignment company will pick up your items or provide you a pre-paid label to ship your items to them. Then you just wait for the payments to come in as your items sell.
First Editions Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Sold for $2,000
At the end of 2017, eBay reported they have 170 million active users and over 250 million daily searches. That’s good news for sellers as their items are likely to be purchased by one of those domestic or international users. And it’s fun to watch a live auction get bid up to an amount you never expected.
Hot items For 2018
Fine art and jewelry
High-end designer handbags and accessories
First edition vintage and antique books
Asian antiques – Chinese art, statues and vases
Vintage train sets, hand tools, cameras and antique toys
Vintage and antique dolls – Barbie, Madam Alexander, German dolls
Vintage costume jewelry – crafters repurpose them into modern pieces
Vintage signs made of wood, porcelain, tin and neon
Military items from WWI, WWII and the Civil War
Steampunk Gadgets – things with gears, clocks, watches dials, goggles
What Do You Have Laying Around That Could Bring in Extra Cash
Tiffany Chelsea Mantel Clock – Sold for $700
Those Lladro figurines or Waterford crystal glasses you never use could bring you hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you happen to have a multi-volume set of Nancy Drew books laying around, one sold recently for $700 on eBay.
You know that vintage guitar you never learned how to play or Grandma’s china you never use? Time to go! An 83 piece set of Wedgwood English fine china recently sold for $2500.
Anything nostalgia sells, plain and simple. People lust for the ‘40s, go crazy over the ‘50s and they idealize the ‘60s.
Other Items that bring in good money include 14K jewelry, 10K high school rings and sterling silver pieces and flatware, especially by well-known makers.
Provenance and History
I love to learn the provenance behind the items we consign. We sold a WWI military uniform worn by a client’s family member, vintage photos and postcards from great-grandparents who traveled across the globe, and an entire pen collection by a client’s mother who wrote for the New Yorker Magazine, The Atlantic Magazine and served as an editor of the San Francisco Review.
A hand-painted fountain pen from that collection was bid up to $4,330 on our eBay store. Buyers enjoy any history or provenance about the items they buy and in some cases help to authenticate the item.
Dunhill Namiki Hand Painted Fountain Pen – Sold for $4,330
The Consignment Process is Easy
1. We pick up your items or you ship them to us with a pre-paid label that we email to you
2. We photograph, research, create a listing and ship
3. You receive monthly payments as your items sell
Let us help you give your unwanted items a second life. To learn more about Kelly’s Collectibles eBay consignment process, call (406) 885-6728 or click here.