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Not ebay,but real life auctions

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Mirage Mon 12-Nov-12 14:47:51

I'm going to an auction tomorrow,and went to the viewing this morning. took along some bits and pieces that I don't want to risk on ebay as I don't want to loose them to some scammer.They couldn't value them on the spot so I've made an appointment for next month.

.So I went for a wander around town and spotted an antiquarian bookshop,one of my items is a book that I can find no info on anywhere.It appears on none of the normal book websites,although other books by the same publisher do.No one has bought or sold one from what I can see,and although there are collectors,no one has one listed in their collections.So I showed it to the guy in the bookshop who said that he knew nothing about it,but offered me £30 on the spot.I declined and he told me that it was probably worth around £80+ in the open market.he said that it was in lovely condition and collectors would be very keen to get their hands on it,and has asked me to let him know if I find out anything else about it or sell it.

He asked me where I'd got it from and nearly fell over when I told him it was 10p from a car boot sale a few weeks back.grin It'll be interesting to see what the auctioneers say next month.

Mirage Sun 25-Nov-12 21:38:17

Well,the hat sold for £14 tonight.I'm pleased with that.The china spaniel £1.99,not too bad.I've not been able to go car booting this weekend as MIL is here,and not been able to list much either.

New pony arrives tomorrow,so need to make some money now!

Mirage Mon 19-Nov-12 08:26:31

Yes,I don't know why,possibly some people are buying it because of the same reason they buy 'used' shoes.You see a lot advertised with the words 'soft and slippery' or even better 'scratchy'.If you want to buy something that will sell and is easily recognised,try 70's textiles,anything in browns,oranges ect.They are cheap,fairly easily found [but getting harder] and go well on ebay.Those horrid orange flowered pillowcases you remember from childhood?Well people will pay good money for them.

Mrsc,you have my respect for trying to research Chinese marks.I avoid anything oriental because it is such a huge area with such a lot to know.But I know that a lot of experts avoid it too,so there should be plenty of gems for anyone in the know to pick up.Well done with the purse though,what a result.

I'm at work this morning and off to a viewing afterwards,see what I can find!

Ifancyanewname Mon 19-Nov-12 06:57:50

Practically everything you guys mention I have to google!! Its all building my knowledge of what to look for though so thanks! Any nylon sells really well......really?!?!?

mrscumberbatch Sun 18-Nov-12 22:57:57

Glad they're benefitting from your keen eye lol

Sounds like you were really in the zone today. The weather up here was atrocious so between parenting I have been trying to read up on chinese silver as I come across a lot of it but without knowing the cultural heritage, I don't know what it 'rare' and what isn't.

Had a surprise earlier in the year with a chinese silver purse clip, didn't think it would be worth much. I'd paid £80- expected about £150 but it went for £1200. Something to do with the characters that were engraved on it- completely oblivious!

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 22:26:51

I thought of what you said about being blinded by the piles of shite at car boots, today Mrscgrin There was indeed,miles of piles of shite. However I was proud of the dds.I showed them a 'Homemaker' plate and told them to look for anything with that sort of pattern on it .DD1,who,bless her is the dippyest,most absent minded child ever [unless it comes to ponies] spotted one within 15 minutes-shame it was way overpriced though.

I've investigated my boxes from the auction and found some 70's textiles,50's aprons,2 19th century christening gowns,a cane handled umbrella,loads of tablecloths,napkins,tea towels from the 30's onwards,and 3 absolutely amazing shalwar kameezes,covered in gold embroidery.Also a bag of cards containing silk thread for mending your stockings and other bits like spare suspender belts,a lot of leather bags and purses,including a manicure set/sewing set.There is so much stuff that it is going to take weeks for me to assess it all.

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 22:06:35

It doesn't look like Pucci at all.It is cream brushed nylon with coffee coloured lace,but it was so beautifully fitted that I had to check that it wasn't an evening dress.Well worth a £1.Now,do I keep it or sell it? There is a little bit of wear underneath one of the embroidered insets,so it isn't perfect,but you have to look closely to spot it.I'll post a photo tomorrow.

I only bought it as I know nylon stuff sells well.blush

mrscumberbatch Sun 18-Nov-12 21:56:13

NO WAAAAY! Id be wearing it to every night out, regardless of the fact that it's a nightdress. I love me a bit of pucci! lol

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 21:07:34

Oh oh! Checked the label as I hung the nightdress on the line,it says Emilio Pucci,Italy.shock

Mirage Sun 18-Nov-12 18:55:08

I don't know tbh.Have you checked them on one of the book websites? ABE Books are good,as are Addall.

I had a good morning,a Dunn & Co hat in perfect unused condition.50p
2 ladies hats,will sell in spring to the lead rein showing mothers,50p each
A Telstar jug 50p
A 60's nylon nightdress £1
A 50's sewing box & contents £2
A Bakelite tray with mens grooming accessories on £3
A whole bag of vintage 'pearl' necklaces and bracelets 50p
A china spaniel figure 50p

Ifancyanewname Sat 17-Nov-12 12:31:53

So today I had a go at buying some books, what do you think about these? Music course for teacher and student by E Markham Lee printed 1932 with an exam paper folded inside from 1949!
Verse for you book one, poetry text book from marlborough girls college dated 1964, has a library loan stamp on the inside with loads from 1966. 2 ordnance survery maps of London N.W one published 1958 and the other 1963.
What do you think about that little lot? Anything worth anything?

mrscumberbatch Sat 17-Nov-12 00:12:54

Only one thing to say "BLEURGH!" <sick emoticon>

Ifancyanewname Fri 16-Nov-12 23:55:05

I'm sure you could have ebayed "used dildos" I should think they would have fetched good money, have you ever searched "well worn shoes"??!?!?!?

Ifancyanewname Fri 16-Nov-12 23:54:21

Ha ha ha ha ha, brilliant....I hope I'm never in a position to have a load of dildos to get rid of....pleased to hear you tried to go about it in an eco friendly way smile

mrscumberbatch Fri 16-Nov-12 22:47:51

takes notes- Get into Hats Jeezo.

My computer history must have looked awful mirage as I googled about a billion pages of 'Dildo/vibrator recycling'.


Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 19:52:52

I'm snorting at you driving to the dump with a box of dildoes!

I saw hat madness on Tuesday.There was a lot with a reverse glass picture,which I'm always looking out for,in a box with all sorts of bits,including a Dents Bowler.The picture was damaged beyond repair,so I thought that if the whole box was a reasonable price,I'd buy it for the hat alone.Ha! I think it went for over £90.There was another one yesterday which went for silly money too.

mrscumberbatch Fri 16-Nov-12 19:42:07

Police auction is hit and miss, but so long as it's 'spare' money it's fine.

One month it was a box of dildos (not in boxes. Yikes. To the dump Pronto! The guys that worked there must have been thinking strange things about me.)

Another month it was umpteen DVD's and a broken string of pearls (that cost £30 for the refurb etc and then sold for £350. Original box cost me £40.)

I've seen the hat madness first hand. People going MENTAL bidding hundreds over a tatty old top hat. No idea what it's provenance was but I felt quite sane in that moment wink

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 19:30:31

Interesting.I can restring beads/pearls and replace or mend broken clasps,so might have to look into that.I've never been to a police auction,but it sounds fun,I like the idea of not knowing what you've got.

Yes,whips,especially driving whips and hunting whips are very popular and can cost upwards of £150 for a nice one.More and more people drive their ponies so it is an expanding market.Other things that have a market are bowler and top hats,anything at all to do with side saddles.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying being able to discuss this sort of thing with like minded

mrscumberbatch Fri 16-Nov-12 19:22:18

I keep an eye out on the police stations websites, they sometimes get announced in an advert in local press too.

Ifancyanewname Fri 16-Nov-12 19:11:59

How do you find out about police auctions mrscumberbatch? I've always wondered about those

mrscumberbatch Fri 16-Nov-12 19:08:30

Mirage, you wouldn't believe the costume jewellery gems that get lumped in with boxes of tat. French pastes, bakelite etc. Not to mention the lovely pearls that are assumed as synthetic, or broken strings of pearls (which are easily mended/salvaged for other things).

Auction houses tend not to miss much though as their overheads are ridiculous. Bidding for random boxes on police auctions is where it's at. It is so fun, and easy to get carried away--> and you have NO idea what you're buying. (Box of dildos. Wtf?)

I didn't think there's be value in whips. Who knew?!

Ifancyanewname Fri 16-Nov-12 18:27:41

I do a lot of ebaying of clothes and I love the thrill of it, things you are sure will sell well sometimes dont and then other things you almost dont list because you are sure they wont sell end up doing really well, there is no logic. You have inspired me to try and find some auctions!!! I'm off to a sale at a local private school tomorrow so hopefully I'll find some interesting stuff!!

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 17:32:42

He he! Yes,it is rather eclectic.grin I was thinking of bidding on a lot of 12 whips on Tuesday [they sell on for a very good price] and in the box was a bullwhip. Hmmm! Can imagine putting that on ebay.

By the law of averages,things must be missed/undervalued all the time.I've got a small picture that came in a box of misc over 20 years ago.Until last year,I thought it was a print,but one day I got curious and googled the name of the gallery on the backing paper,which turned out to be a very well regarded one,in the west country,a bit of the paper flaked away and I saw that it was backed by wood and was watercolour paper rather than thin print paper.I'm going to get it looked at because I can't see the signature properly without removing the frame,which I daren't do! I've never really liked it,only kept it because it looked nice on the bathroom wall in our old house [a watercolour in a steamy bathroomshock.In all likelihood it is nothing special,but is interesting to research all the same.

It is funny what will sell and what won't. I'm selling a lot of crochet table mats at the minute,but linen embroidered ones don't shift.Anything gothy sells very well too.

Ifancyanewname Fri 16-Nov-12 16:14:29

I've always wondered if anyone finds anything worth any vaule at auctions, I always think the people running then have a rummage through first so anything worth anything will be picked out! Wow, what a story sixlostmonkeys, lovely that you got to have a peek into that mans life.
Mirage, I really had to smile at the things you might be interested books, whips grin

Mirage Fri 16-Nov-12 14:08:19

What a lovely story Sixlostmonkeys A friend of mine said that she finds auctions really sad because someone's lifelong possessions are all jumbled up for people to poke through.I said that my point of view was that they'd make their way to a new home where they'd be loved and appreciated once again,so I didn't find them sad.

I've just had the catalogue through for a sale on Tuesday,that I hadn't planned to go to,but,oooh,there's some lovely looking stuff that I'd be interested in.[children's books,textiles,whips ect] I'm trying to work out how I can get there and back and also get time to go to the job I'm meant to be doing on Tuesday.Luckily they lots I've got my eye on are fairly early on so I might be able to swing it.I can't bid online because I've no internet access at work,plus half the fun is being there.

Mrscumberbatch do you ever find anything worthwhile in those boxes of costume jewellery that go under the hammer? I know that some costume jewellery is valuable in it's own right,but wonder if the valuers do miss things that are lumped in with the dross.

I've been at work all morning and still haven't been through my purchases from yesterday yet,I'm itching too,but have got to go and get the pony in and tacked up before the dds come home from school,otherwise it'll be too dark to ride.

mrscumberbatch Fri 16-Nov-12 13:44:26

Sixlostmonkeys, that is lovely. What a nice chap. I think it's nice to remember those who didn't think that they'd be remembered!

Are you joining the Goth Antiques Rd Show as well? There's no dress code so long as it's black wink

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