Sunday, June 21, 2009

yardsales and values

my favorite place to buy is at auction!!! see above...
jon is going to the yardsales again....he used to all the time before he got married...im so glad....and kind of sick at all the neat things we are probably missing....things selling for way less than i would gladly pay.....i would love to buy from some of the folks going to all the yardsales.......YARDSALERS....BRING ME YOUR PILES!!!!
.. i just dont get it.... jon bought a Victorian locket for 50 cents..at an estate yardsale....... if that lady had brought it here i would have paid about 20$....some people are still giving away their things.....and not really considering selling antiques to us....even tho we have been here for 30 yrs......
....and then lots of others really overestimate what they have.....and what they bring me is just unsaleable ....or things that would go cheap in box lots at auction........ its kind of weird....
its hard to explain whats worth money....but it usually isnt much from the 1940s or 50s....and thats a long time ago....
heres some of the ikky stuff you can get cheap or free many places...
. most anything electrical ... lamps and appliances, sewing machines, etc etc
clear glass, vases, plates, bowls,
milk glass
most figurines and doo dads
huge amounts of bricabrac made after after the depression era.....
almost anything saying hong kong, Taiwan or even made in japan
most partial dish sets
most silverware
most pretty plates
franklin mint, beanies, cabbagepatch, ball cards, avon bottles, jim beam, etc etc....all those things made to be collected...

in all of this there are lots of exceptions...of course!!!
thats where ebay comes in...its a wealth of numbers and values.....IF you research under completed auctions......thats the key...lots and lots stuff on ebay doesnt even get a bid....
if you search under completed auctions you will get a good general view....and its shockingly cheap on most things.... i could buy tons of average suff there if i had the time...

WE ARE BUYING AND GLAD TO SEE WHATEVER ANYONE HAS TO SELL.....
and really if its family things from before 1940 it would be bad for the owner to even sort it.... how could you know what to save?
....the best thing is to have a trusted buyer...or some good recommendations .and educate yourself as well as possible...but nobody knows everything....if you have to be positive you might as well just keep whatever it is..... we have bought and bought and every month there is something we mess up on...or learn.
..and , sadly, lots and lots of antique values have fallen in the last 10 yrs...like quilts and primitives especially ...
money is FUNNY IN ANTIQUES..... for sure....
like a buddy who sells to me sometimes....he bragged that he got this big majolica pitcher for 5$ at a yardsale.... then just minutes later, griped when i only offered him 150$ , because its worth 400....maybe....lol...i shamed him into taking my offer....

1 comment:

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