Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Banksy

How to Sell Stuff and Make Money

How to Sell Stuff and Make Money

Did you inherit things 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. Let us help you sell stuff and make money.

Craigslist and Garage Sales 

Selling your items on Craigslist or hold a garage sale is an option. However, you may be underselling your items at a garage sale, which takes a lot of time and effort.  Further, Craigslist can be dangerous when allowing strangers into your home, which can’t always be avoided when selling large items like furniture and appliances.

Consignment Is The Way to Go

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

Graeme Stevenson Original Leopard Painting – Sold for $6,000

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 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.

Why eBay?

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.


First Editions Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Sold for $2,000

First Editions Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Sold for $2,000

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?

Tiffany Chelsea Mantle Clock
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.

Do 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. For instance, we sold a WWI military uniform worn by a client’s family member and vintage postcards from his great-grandparents who traveled across the globe.

An entire pen collection sold from a client’s mother who wrote for the New Yorker Magazine and The Atlantic Magazine. She also 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. 


Dunhill Namiki Maki-E Hand Painted Fountain Pen
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

How To Get Started

Let us help you give your unwanted items a second life. Learn more about Kelly’s Collectibles eBay consignment process or call (406) 885-6728.

Visit our Ebay store, Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery, for current listings

Kelly Shaeffer

Kelly Shaeffer

Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery connects emerging, national and international artists with art collectors. Whether you are an artist or a consignor looking to sell your art or collectibles, we can get your items sold using the Ebay platform that is visible to millions of global collectors.
Kelly Shaeffer
Kelly’s Collectibles and Online Art Gallery connects emerging, national and international artists with art collectors. Whether you are an artist or a consignor looking to sell your art or collectibles, we can get your items sold using the Ebay platform that is visible to millions of global collectors.

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