Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Over the years Occupied Japan items have been alternating cheap and cheaper, todays markets are equal to cheapest. There just does not seem to be any demand for these items. If they sell at all it is for small change, figurines like these will bring a dollar or two each.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Internet selling is an art form. Quality and clarity of your photographs can mean all of the difference in the world in the final selling prices of your items. These three photos are from different Ebay sellers that are trying to sell the same item. Which one would you bid on?
When you are listing on Ebay or any other Internet selling service your photo's can make all of the difference in the world. In our house Stephanie rules in this area. She consistently takes good clear photo's, the result, higher final selling prices than our competitors who are selling similar items. Take the time to get good photo's. Keep your dirty fingernails, photo's of naked Grandma and family pets out of the photo's. Remember its a business, no one else really cares to see glimpses into your personal life.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
My sister is a professional piano teacher. I remember listening to her play every day when I was a kid. There was even a time when she tried to teach me how to play, that didn't work out so well, it seems that all of the family musical talent went to her. The family piano was a painted upright that sat in the dining room of our home in Austintown, Ohio.
So, today's question is, what is the families upright piano worth? In most cases, nothing. The biggest reason that the family upright has no value is the average family can purchase an electronic keyboard for around $100. They have virtually no weight, can be put into a closet and when Jr no longer wants to play it can be put out to the curb with very little effort. On the other hand an upright piano weighs around 800 lbs, takes up an enormous amount of room and they routinely need tuned.
What I also find to be one of the great ironies of the antiques business is the huge number of pianos that you find in peoples basements. I am not sure about why anyone would want to put that large of a piece into the basement, I can guarantee that one of the considerations was not about ever moving it back out.
They are usually bargain priced because no one wants them, not even for the scrap metal in them. Absolutely stay away from them, they just aren't worth the backache.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I am not sure that he was the first to see it, but he definitely was the first to react. Let this be a lesson to everyone, pay attention and look. My wife Stephanie definitely fits into this mode of thinking. She spends the time and digs through each and every box lot at the local auctions. Her patience with paying attention and looking at every single item usually results in handsome payoffs. I am fair at it. When I am by myself I am reasonably diligent. When I am with Stephanie she is the champion.
The ultimate moral of this storyline, pay attention to every single detail. Just like never knowing when a free item will show up at the local antique mall with a ten dollar bill attached to it, you will never know when a diamond ring will show up in a bottle of buttons. PS, always check out my booth at the Wizard of Odds 2, I might do this again!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Often when people hear the word Mettlach they immediately start thinking about steins. Although Mettlach steins are one of the most highly recognized collectibles in the business keep in mind that they were not the only items produced by Mettlach. This vase stands approximately 20" tall and is highly decorated from top to bottom. It is stamped Mettlach on the bottom. The vase unfortunately has a small chip on it. That chip in this case is worth around $1,000. That's right, that one small chip reduced the value of the vase from around $1,400 to $400. Hopefully yours is perfect, if not remember that damaged pieces will have dramatically lower prices than perfect.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Keep an eye out for old German or Japanese wind ups. The wind ups that were produced post war in Japan also have a great deal of interest from collectors. Wind ups with the original boxes will bring an additional premium on the pricing. The post war Japanese pieces usually come in brightly colored boxes and are inexpensively made.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Cari Cucksey! Cash and Cari! REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE, REPURPOSE!!!!
How I ever missed this one we will never know. The solution was right in front of me all of the time. I didn't need to make it free, I didn't need to place cash on the front of it, all I ever needed to do was to repurpose it. After all if Cari can take a dirty shelf and by doing silly things to it make it sell, why couldn't I do the same thing with an old TV??
So the process began. First, I had to choose a design. I thought about using a Disney theme, but I couldn't figure out where to put Mickey's nose. Then I thought what about an adult theme, but I couldn't figure out where to put the particulars. So I decided on the tried and true, white paint and buttons. To the Home Depot for paint, back to the antique mall for a bottle of old buttons and to mom's house for the hot glue gun.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
But guess what else you need to know about Stetsons. The fedora's (like great grandpa used to wear) are even better yet. Used fedora's can sell into the hundreds very easily and here the box isn't quite as important. So keep your eyes wide open and don't pass up what seems like silly opportunities.