|Thu Mar 22 2012 16:13:54|
What's the Strangest Thing You Ever Sold?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Last Friday's challenge of "What Item You've Sold Had the Best Story Behind It?" brought forth some truly wonderful tales. We're going to look at the highlights of some of those, but first, this week's challenge: "What's the Strangest Thing You Ever Sold?"
I have to really think about this one. I think it's either the WWII "bringback" Samurai sword, just because it was so unusual; or the really beat-up old pair of authentic Native American deerskin moccasins that I pulled from a trash bag and would up selling for over $200.
But, I'm sure your stories are better. Please share them below in a comment, or on whatever forum you happen to see this.
Now let's look at some of the great stories from last week:
- Harriet sold a wooden tennis racket to the daughter of its maker and designer of the racquet. "She wanted it for the family's collection. They had another one like it, but mine was in much better shape than the one they had. She was so happy," she said.
- A photograph signed by the four Romanov daughters (Anastasia, Olga, Tatiana and Maria), was listed on eBay by EssexEstateServices. It skyrocketed in the closing hour on and sold for $12,001 to a collector in Texas.
- "Another Coin" sold a vintage keyboard to the curator of a Russian museum to be put on display.
There were also a lot of comments on the "LinkedIn" eBay Sellers Group thread.
- Steve M. sold what turned out to be a very rare record that he bought for $.08 and sold for $1.326.01 to Italy. The artist was Buddy Cunningham on Sun Label; "he was the father of someone who played with Elvis and he only recorded one song on the Sun Label before changing to another. Hence, the rarity of the recording."
- Janice Peek shared what might qualify as this week's "strangest" story, the way it turned out: "We sell a lot of shark's teeth. Many people buy them for education, fun, scavenger hunts, to make Hawaiian War Clubs." But, she once had someone buy a bunch, and it turned out they were buying them to put them in dolls' mouths!
"Apparently, these folks converted little girls' dolls into vampire-like monsters and were adding shark teeth to complete the effect of vampire fangs. Sure enough, they were selling them on eBay. And, people were buying them. Creepy!" she said. I'll say!
- Linda Juergens had everyone laughing with this one: the story was in how funny the photos were! "The first item I sold on eBay was a pair of vintage brown leather boxing gloves. I think they sold for about $74 and I was glad to get any bids because back in the beginning, photo editing was a problem for me. I used a Polaroid camera and a flat bed scanner and I just couldn't get the scale of the photo right!" First the image turned out too large. But when she reduced the size, the gloves "looked more like mouse testicles! Thank goodness that the bidders didn't care about the photo size and bid anyway."
- Henry Neff had an amazing story that traced all the way back to Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. He sold a miniature Danbury Mint replica of Monticello that he got at an estate sale for $3. The man who bought it (for $110!) was a man who was the grandson from 8 generations back from a slave at Monticello. "His daughter was a maid for Sally Hemmings and went to France with her and Jefferson." Wow!
There are many other great stories that were shared, but one last one here:
- Wayne Gebhardt said "I found an old Boy Scout item in an estate box I acquired and listed it on eBay figuring someone would give me $5.00 for it. It was a very small Sterling Silver pin with a WWW added and not being an old Boy Scout I didn't know what the WWW meant (I knew it wasn't World Wide Web as he was a Boy Scout in the 1920s!)... It hadn't been listed for about 30 minutes when the first bid came in. A week later (and 60 bids later!) it closed for @$950.00! The auction wasn't over 10 seconds when an email came through from the winner asking if I had another one! (I didn't!),
And not only that, but some eBay sellers on the board helped figure out what the "WWW" meant: Christina Warren said it stands for "Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui" which in the Unami language of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians means brotherhood, cheerfulness, service."
Let's get some more great stories going: Share your "strangest thing ever sold" tale here!