This week I listed several things on eBay (or Ebay, if you prefer) that are Halloween-related. I haven't been selling my wares on eBay as frequently as I used to, mainly because of the uncertainty of the whole auction process. Typically, I will sell certain items that I think are unusual and may appeal to a specialized group of collectors, such as vintage Halloween decorations, rather than something common, such as a milk glass vase. You'd be better off giving the milk glass vase to charity rather than spend time on the numerous steps it takes to list an item on eBay. It's quite time-consuming.
To give you an example of the unpredictability of auctions, let's take a look at these fabulous medical classroom charts from the 1920's that I listed on eBay several weeks ago. I thought these were beyond wonderful, with the deep rich colors and black background. They would also be difficult to display and sell in the antique mall because of their fragility and large size. So I photographed them and listed them on eBay.....
These were made by Denoyer-Geppert, a big manufacturer of scientific teaching materials. Check out the great detail and lush coloration...
Does that eye make you wince? Although these posters may not appeal to shabby chic fans, this type of collectible is quite popular right now. Haven't you noticed anatomy charts and other schoolroom or scientific supplies incorporated into home interiors?
These posters were large, and my dad spent quite some time constructing two elongated mailing tubes that they would fit inside for safe transportation. They finally sold to the same bidder, for $75 each. I think that was quite a bargain. The high bidder was an antique dealer who was selling similar charts on his website for $350 to $500 each! Although disappointed, that's the way the cookie crumbles, and I had to accept it and move on.
Right now I want to give eBay another whack with three old Halloween collectibles, including two hard plastic candy containers and a rare two-faced jack-o-lantern. Paper pulp, or paper mache, lanterns are pretty common, but mine has a face on both sides, which is unusual. The paper liner insert that covered the eyes and mouth on the inside is long gone, but I think this piece has a lot of potential.
These two hard plastic crazy cats on wheels can be surprisingly valuable...the example on the right sold on eBay for $86.01 a couple weeks ago. I'm not kiddiing! There was also an example of the same cat with white coloration. Very unusual. The bidding got up to $177.50, which didn't meet the seller's reserve. I wish my example was white, that's all I can say!
So I got these three items listed in the nick of time, before Halloween. I thought the timing was right. The starting bid was only $5.00. I'll let you know how they end up, so stay tuned!
10/31/09 This just in: The item pictured above on the left sold for $68, the cat pushing the JOL sold for $58, and my rare two-faced JOL sold for $61. All in all, I'm happy. Now I have some Christmas collectibles I need to get listed.......