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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.

Recent Brown Button Sale Featured on KCTV5

We had a great time filming this excerpt with Gina Bullard of KCTV5's News In The Morning.  The video below features a luxury downsizing estate sale that we ran in Parkville on Oct 19th through 21st.  Click to watch Gina try her hand at evaluating estate sale items...

Brown Button Featured in the Kansas City Star

Recently, one of Brown Button's luxury sale events was photographed as part of a Kansas City Star feature on the changing face of estate sales.   It's always a fun day when we get to interact with the press and having The Star out to photograph this stunning sale and...

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.

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