What Do People Do With Keepsakes and Memorabelia

Keepsakes and memorabilia are two things that are quite popular. This is because there is money to be made when you have these things and also they give the collector great joy.
1 What is the difference between keepsakes and memorabilia? Well that’s easy but we can see where some are confused about the difference. A keepsake is something you may give someone. This is sometimes for instance a mother will give a daughter. There are some that will be bought from say a Hallmark store that have a year on it like an ornament. These are keepsakes because they are there for the “sake” of “keeping” hence the word keepsake. They are there to keep and look at and give to someone. Memorabilia is something like a baseball team Jersey that has been retired or an autograph that has been framed. It is an object for the “memory” of a person, place, thing or event—hence—the word memorabilia.
2. Why have a keepsake or memorabilia? Well, for a keepsake you give it away or you buy it because it’s a cute little thing and you will use it every year. Some keepsakes are valuable and can be handed down from generation to generation or can be sold at a great price if it’s old enough. Then, as far as memorabilia is concerned—this is the more expensive stuff. This is that autograph or concert poster of the Doors that someone has them autograph in the 60’s before you were born maybe and is now worth a bundle.  Don’t forget to keep these valuables secure. Many owners have no idea just how valuable their keepsakes could be. This is exactly what you make the money from or again pass it down so the next generation can make the money from it.
3. How do you sell memorabilia? The one thing you need to understand is that doing your homework is very important. You can’t just simply go out and sell this stuff. You need to make sure you are going to the right places so you don’t get ripped off. For instance I would check out an auction and not something like a pawn shop. People have done that especially with the advent of television programming such as Pawn Stars etc.. and have regretted it. Remember, when you are making a deal with a place that has to resell it they have to make sure they give you the lowest.

To Auction We Go!

th (5)So you’ve been scouring estate sales for months now, and you feel like it’s time to make a profit with your findings, but you don’t want to go through avenues like eBay. Perhaps after doing research online you’ve discovered you have a truly one-of-a-kind antique that could quite possibly mean a profitable income for you. Then, maybe it’s time you follow another route and go through a reputable auction house to sale your wares. Some of the most popular in the United States are:

Christies – New York
Sotheby’s – New York
Bonham and Butterfield’s – California
Susanina’s Auctions – Illinois
DuMouchelle Auction Galleries – Michigan
Kruse Auction – Indiana
Heritage – Dallas, Texas
Skinners – Massachusetts

(The above auction houses usually only deal in high-end consignments.)

Other up and coming auction houses include:
Stanton’s – Michigan
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Illinois
John Moran Auctioneers Inc. – California
LelandLittle Auction and Estate Sales – North Carolina
Forsythes’ Auctions, LLC – Ohio

(These auction houses are more all-around auction houses, handling a wide range of common to rare high-end items.)

Do you have a favorite auction house not listed here? Then leave a comment with the information so others can take advantage of the opportunity.

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

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My mother has been dragging me to estate sales and rummage sales for as far back as I can remember. Like a lot of people, she seems to have a knack for finding just the right (i.e. cheap) item and then turning it into a profit by selling it online through an auction site, like eBay, for twice (sometimes triple) what she paid for it.

Unfortunately, I’ve never possessed that talent, so I usually just sit back and watch the master as she wheels and deals her way through rummage sale heaven. Throughout the years though, I have learned a few things about what sells and what flops when it come to scouring sales for eBay hopefuls. Such as …

THE GOLD MINE:  Rare Hummel figurines can be worth anywhere from $500.00 to $10,000.00, and the going price for a Hummel figurine at an estate sale is usually less than $10.00.  Items like silverware can be expensive when purchased brand new, but you can often find complete sets for a fraction of the cost at a rummage sale, so be on the lookout for them. Glassware is one of the most common items you will find at any sale, and there are certain name brands that have great resale value, like Tiffany, Fenton, Royal Doulton, Royal Copenhagen, Spode, Dresden, Staffordshire, Wedgwood, Newcombe, and Waterford.

THE SHAFT: As with all good things, there are also some bad apples in the bunch that you should steer clear of while out rummaging, as they don’t tend to resale very well, such as big appliances. There’s no way to know for sure if they work properly or not, and unfortunately no warranty means no guarantee. Used furniture and mattresses should also be avoided since you pose the risk of bringing critters like bedbugs into your home, and once they’re living with you, they are almost impossible to get rid of.



Children around keepsakes and memorabilia

bounce memorabiliaYou know the drill – it’s birthday party time and you spend the whole afternoon feeling tense about your collection.


Last weekend it was my nephew’s birthday.  We rented a bounce house and bought a cake – sound simple?


Except that during the whole party I felt like I needed drugs to calm my nerves.


The little boys kept swooping past my collections!


They spilled drinks!  They dropped cake on the carpet….


What do you recommend for days like this?