Have you ever wanted to know what sells best? Or perhaps you wanted to know what the current market was like for your treasures, and how much you could redeem them for? That’s exactly the goal of this fabulous website whatsellsbest.com.
“WhatSellsBest.com was basically started as an educational tool that I designed to help myself become more familiar with the styles, names, and types of rare items that were fetching the highest prices in the antique and vintage collectibles marketplace,” says founder James Massey. “I’d been a part-time treasure hunter (flea market, garage sale, and thrift store shopper) for years, and always wondered if I might be missing-out on some profits due to my limited knowledge of the marketplace.”
By tracking the top auction items sold on eBay (by highest prices paid) it became easier to recognize potentially valuable treasures that might have otherwise been passed by. Then, over time the ‘tracking hobby’ was published into the website (WhatSellsBest.com). Today, the site sorts through millions of items on eBay to identify the Top 25 daily auctions (by highest prices paid or bid) on eBay. It also tracks top rare auction items sold worldwide by a variety of international auction houses, in a wide variety of categories.
Regarding garage and yard sale pricing, Massey says, “I’ve always recommend people research market values of their older (antique & vintage) items online first before selling them in their garage sale. This can help them set their sales prices and potentially discover any hidden treasures.” One of the easiest (free) ways to do this is by checking final sales (sold) prices of similar items sold (at auction) online on eBay or by contacting reputable consignment sellers willing to provide free estimates.
Information for using eBay to do this as well as finding out how to receive free valuation services from leading auction houses, can be found at:
“I know of one story where I’m certain a seller had wished they’d done some prior research before they sold an antique table to a woman attending their garage sale for $25. Years later ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraised that table for $250,000, and several months after that it was sold for $490,000.”
So the next time you’re wondering “what sells best” or what you might be able to get for your “clutter,” check out this site!