Everyday, I am asked to buy treasures. I do have a list of what we buy but I thought an article like this is needed. I want to cover what I personally will not buy for our antique shop and options for selling those items.
Basically I do not buy what I call shelf sitters or collectible items. Here is my short list:
- China sets, crystal and cookie jars
- Figurines: Hummel figurines, Lladro statues, Precious Moments figurines
- Thomas Kinkade paintings
- Norman Rockwell plates or any collector plates and Franklin Mint collectibles
- Beanie Babies, Happy Meal toys, Barbie dolls
- Hot Wheels
- Trading Cards
- Cabbage Patch kids or other old dolls
You get the idea. The market is saturated with these items. But Jackie, how do I sell these items?
- Do your research. Use eBay as a starting point. Determine what you item sold for (not what it is listed for). There is a difference. But always keep in mind, something is actually worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
- Collectibles should be sold online for the best audience – eBay, Craigslist, or something new Facebook Marketplace. Pick one and start selling.
- Tip: Collectibles must be in excellent condition. If it came with a box, you should have the box. It’s hard to sell anything with chips or cracks or if it is missing the original packaging.
In our shop, we see buyers who are not interested in accumulating things. Our young buyers cringe at the the thought of having Mom’s or Grandma’s collections of treasures or brown furniture. There is a new generation of antiques buyers who watch HGTV and the DIY network. They like to use antiques to accessorize their modern homes and they like to re-purpose (Pinterest).
Let me say this before all of you tell me I’m crazy. There are exceptions for all things. I’ve been doing this for a very long time and this information is based on my day to day experiences and trends.
I hope this short article is informative. If you have questions, please ask. I’m always happy to help.