Steven I’ve been watching your videos lately with particular interest, having bought a Pioneer turntable with wobbly motor speed a couple weeks ago that I will probably part out rather than attempt cleaning and repairs. I was recently very excited to find a vintage retail record needle display cabinet that was completely full in the back of a cabinet at a low-rent antique mall that did not have a price tag on it. The clerk called the dealer to get the price and on my end I heard the clerk repeat “$10” on the phone and as I was fumbling to get my wallet out the clerk hung up and told me each individual pack of needles was $10 and the cabinet was not for sale. Nevermind.
More late fall sales:
Here’s a vintage leather Triple K Shoulder Holster sized for Smith & Wesson N Frame revolvers. I paid $22 for it at a flea market and it sold within a couple weeks of listing for $77 plus shipping.
As I think Ryanne mentioned not long ago the bottom seems to have completely fallen out of the distressed Oriental rug market. I had several that I paid $35 each for years ago and I’ve felt lucky to get rid of them lately at any price. This entrance mat sized 19″ x 28″ Royal Bokhara sold for the $35 I paid for it on a best offer, with free shipping.
I’ve had good luck with letter openers. I can find them cheap but I will pay up for nice ones like this interesting sterling opener with a medieval tower turret kind of design and a V S logo. I was never able to identify the logo, unfortunately, but it sold in about 6 weeks for full price of $45 plus shipping. I paid $10 for it.
This M1895 Austrian Mannlicher rifle bayonet with scabbard was well-worn and had seen hard use, most likely by Austria-Hungary in WWI. It had only a single military acceptance stamp on the blade and it lacked any maker’s marks, serial numbers, or unit identification markings that are often found on this model of bayonet and that are prized by collectors. It was an eBay auction snipe for $46 a while back and sold for $150 plus shipping within a week of listing. (I like to snipe on eBay as I’ve mentioned before but eBay has been so hot that it hasn’t worked well for a while.)
There are a number of Holy Grail categories in challenge coins and this consignment was in one of them. It is a coin that was given out by the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Mike Stevens, when he was MCPON from 2012 – 2016. His coins are currently being reproduced but fortunately with identifiable differences in manufacturing. I was able to guarantee that this was an original. It sold for $365 plus shipping at auction. My deal with the consignor is 50% of net no matter the selling price, so sales like this make up for the ones that only sell for $15 – 20 (lower value ones are always on BIN).
This was an interesting packet of 1966 – 1967 Porsche 911 car dealer brochures that contained mostly some relatively common dealer brochures but also some rare pieces such as the color chart, accessory booklet, and outer folder. I did the math, adding up the best price for each individual item, but with its cover letter from when the entire packet was originally mailed in 1967 to a prospective buyer in Tehran, Iran, I felt I would do better keeping it together. I ran it first as an auction with a very high starting price to gauge interest; then switched to a BIN at $799 plus shipping. After receiving many low-ball offers and much “helpful” advice about the much lower actual value of the packet, I eventually engaged in some negotiations with a serious Porsche enthusiast in Belgium and sold it to him for $575 plus shipping. I also made a video for the listing where I paged through all the pieces and pointed out any condition issues, of which there were just a few.