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When 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.

Brown Button Awarded 25 Under 25 and Ranks on Ingram’s Top 100

In 2017, Brown Button was honored to receive two significant local business awards. Early this year, we were thrilled to be among the recipients of Thinking Bigger Business Media’s 25 Under 25® Awards, an annual event recognizing outstanding small businesses in Kansas...

An Unusual Collection of Peter Obsvik for Stokke Furniture

In the luxury estate sale industry, the Brown Button team is most often working in very beautiful homes with fairly traditional decor schemes. Our current sale in Briarcliff (September 14-16, 2017) does not follow this traditional line. The estate is full of original...

Danish Modern Furniture

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

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...

Steiff Teddy Bears

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.

Vintage Cameras

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.

Vintage Typewriter Guide

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.

Outdoor Seating with Style

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.

Silverplate & Sterling: How To Tell Them Apart      

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.

Junk Drawer Treasure

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.

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