Blog ArticlesWhen you host an estate sale every single week that includes somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 items - you encounter some pretty interesting things. These articles document our estate sale adventures. From the crazy things we find to some of the knowledge we've gleaned. We hope you enjoy.
Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen for Naestved Mobelfabrik Danish mid century teak dining table with butterfly leaves and six chairs with woven paper cord seats. Available at our Mission Hills estate sale May 1-2 Ingmar Relling, Poul Hundevad, Ejner Larsen, Aksel...
Charles-François Daubigny, oil on panel, "Le Labours Auvers" (1873, France), 7 3/8" x 13 7/8. We have several members on the Brown Button team with a strong interest and appreciation of art history. So when we come across a really exceptional piece of fine art in one...
First produced in the early 20th century, the teddy bear was a simultaneous, but independent, creation of Richard Steiff in Germany and Morris Michtom in the United States. The name, coined by Michtom, is a reference to a hunting trip in which president Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that his hunting party had tied to a tree.
Many older cameras such as the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye or Argus, have little value beyond looking aesthetically pleasing on a bookshelf. However, if you know what to look for, there are plenty of sought-after cameras that sell in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. Here are a few guidelines so that the next time you’re at a garage sale and spot a Minolta Hi-Matic next to a Hasselblad 500CM, you’ll know which one is worth picking up.
Not all typewriters are created equal. We’ll focus on the factors that will enable you to identify vintage writers worth at least $100: unique design, brand and models, colors, and condition, and how they all affect value. Understanding these differences can help you decide which writers to purchase and which to pass by.
With spring on the horizon we thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight a few of our favorite vintage outdoor chairs. Five chairs created by three designers: Clamshell, Orange Slice, Sculptra, Bertoia Side Chair, and the Bertoia Diamond Chair – all five fall into the “sculpture” category for us. And since this is in fact the “Buy Sell” article, all five are well worth purchasing for resale if acquired at the right price.
If you have been at the picking game very long it is just a matter of time before you strike treasure. Maybe not pieces of eight, but treasure in the form of sterling silver flatware & serving pieces. Your grandma’s attic, estate sales, and even the occasional garage sale can all hold valuable pieces if you know what to look for.
While working in the estate sale industry, our daily task is twofold: to organize the entire contents of a house, and to price every single item according to it’s value. With every estate sale we set up there is the inevitable encounter with the infamous “junk drawer”. This is a drawer (at times more than one) located in a cabinet in the office, underneath the craft table, or in a desk in the basement.
No matter whether you are a vintage shop owner, antique booth dealer, or online seller, your business only works when you reach your customers and they buy your wares. You can have the coolest shop in the world or the best selection of the rarest finds, but if you don’t connect with the customers and give them a reason to buy from you, then all you have is an expensive collecting hobby.
It is a pretty good assumption that if you buy and sell on a regular basis then you have had some type of interaction on Craigslist. Most re-sellers have a least a few stories of their triumphs and tragedies connected with this online marketplace. In our Fall 2012 article “The Art of the (Re)Sell” we touched on the pros and cons of selling on Craigslist. With the selling side covered we thought we should delve into the other half and focus on effective buying.