Trends in Estate Sales and Downsizing: February 2018

With nearly 30,000 Estate and Downsizing contents sold in the month of February 2018, we see what's trending and what's not.

It's probably not a surprise to you that there isn't much of a market for "Brown furniture" (dining tables and other large furniture). 

You might already know that mid-century modern (teak), sterling, well known china (such as Royal Crown Derby), barrister bookcases and rugs are trending.

What might come as a surprise to you is that antique tools, anything really "vintage", costume jewelry, early film cameras, musical instruments (with the exception of pianos) and anything unusual, unique and small are trending right now.

At MaxSold we don't cherry pick leaving you stranded with the "burden of stuff" - with us, it's how you sell, not what you sell, that matters.  We employ our proven process to sell everything simply - items that are trending does well, and everything else sells - as a bonus buyers take the items away! 

Chippendale Style Walnut Secretary Desk

Sold on MaxSold for $810  

3rd quarter 18th Century. Slant front opening to an interior fitted with a central recessed paneled prospect door flanked by document doors above arcaded cubby holes. The case is fitted with four cock beaded graduated drawers flanked by fluted corner columns raised on ogre bracket feet. Cast brass willow back plates with bail handles. 41X22X43. Front slant lid is detached. Due to the high value, it should be reattached by a professional furniture restorer. Front right corner molding missing. Has key. Heavy. Bring help to remove.   

Birks Sterling Silver
Sold on MaxSold for $920  

9 salad forks, 10 dinner forks, 9 soup spoons, 4 serving spoons, 10 teaspoons, 10 different soup spoons, 9 sugar spoons, 2 misc spoons, 9 shrimp forks, 9 butter knives, 10 steak knives, 10 regular knives.   

Distress Finished Chairs
Sold on MaxSold for $810  

A pair of chairs. Distressed finish. Cushion included.   

Studer's Birds Of North America Book
Sold on MaxSold for $400  

Highly collectible Studer's Popular Ornithology: The Birds Of North America, drawn and coloured from life by Theodore Jasper, A.M. M.D. Vintage oversized 3/4" leather bound. Published by Jacob H Studer & co, Columbus Ohio. 182 pages approx 11.75"w x 14.5"h. 119 coloured plates representing upwards of 700 different species and varieties of North American birds, incl a popular account of their habits and characteristics. Each of these illustrations is protected by tissue. Bring bag/paper to wrap.  

2009 Toyota Prius As Is
Sold on MaxSold for $4250  

2009 Toyota Prius. Hatchback 4 Door. 108,000 miles. Accidents reported involving front and rear fenders. Some rust. Service maintained since inception. Car runs. Sold AS IS.  

Vintage Denby Dishes
Sold on MaxSold for $910  

Denby. Plates, cups, bowls and more.  

Music Box 
Sold on MaxSold for $410  

Antique circa 1885 wind up music box, 21X11X15. In working order as per seller.   

2 Seeders & Wheelbarrow 
Sold on MaxSold for $313

1 Jang Seeder, Seeder & Wheelbarrow.

10K Diamond Ring
Sold on MaxSold for $2650

10K White Gold Diamond (1.03ct) with two Tapered Baguette Diamonds (0.12ct) Ring.

22kt Necklace With Pendant
Sold on MaxSold for $585  

22kt Necklace With Pendant. Marked 916kdm. Has a cabochon gemstone, possibly a garnet, and four clear stones.

Sold on MaxSold for $1000  

Vintage. Measures 36X44. Heavy. Use caution.  

Suede Mittens
Sold on MaxSold for $512  

6 boxes tan suede mittens size M-L. 72 pairs per box.

Vintage Movie Posters
Sold on MaxSold for $435  

A collection of eight vintage movie posters. Night of the Living Dead. Dawn of the Dead. The Living Daylights. License to Kill. Thunderball. And more. Some with yellowing, folds and tears.

Military Chest And Vintage Toys
Sold on MaxSold for $540  


Chest, 27X15X15, with straps and rope carry handles. Contains mix of toys from 50s and 60s, cars and trucks and more both plastic and metal. Includes Mad magazine books.  

Stair Lift 
Sold on MaxSold for $441  


Acorn Super glide 130 stair lift. Rail 8 foot and 6 foot pieces, with manual and booklets. Purchased Jan 2016. Working as per seller. Lot includes a fold away steel hand rail. Chair lift ready to transport, hand rail needs to be taken off wall. Bring Tools and help.


Cappuccino Machine
Sold on MaxSold for $860  

Anita Model by Quick Mill. Can make cappuccino and regular coffee. Note Untested.

Antique Wall Mount Telephone
Sold on MaxSold for $290  


Antique oak wall mount crank telephone. Prop. 20.5"h x 14"w x 13.5"d Note item located on second floor. Bring box/bag to pack.


Antique Cobbler & Vintage Elna Sewing Machine
Sold on MaxSold for $600  

Antique Singer 29K2 boot maker's treadle sewing machine with cast iron base, early 1900's 28"w x 19.5"d x 47"h. Mechanisms move. Elna sewing machine with table 24"w -33.5"w with side extension by 17"d and various accessories. Note items located on second floor. Bring 2 people to move.


Antique Sled
Sold on MaxSold for $305  

Antique wooden sled 28X66X32. Much wear to paint, but has been sealed. Located in basement. Bring help to move.


Sold on MaxSold for $861  

Antique/vintage (parts of the armoire). Measures 33X17X80. Key included. Seller states in excellent condition.


Arcade Classics Video Game 
Sold on MaxSold for $413  


Arcade classics video game, 24X25X68. CGA VGA JAMMA. In working condition. Located in basement. Heavy. Bring help to move.


Sold on MaxSold for $1452  


Armana 3 sauna in working order with stereo. Please bring help and tools to take apart. Sauna is in garage and easy to remove.


Traditional Bohemian Painting
Sold on MaxSold for $795  

Artist unknown. Czech folk art. Oil on canvas. Signed but not legible. Painted in the Czech republic in 1937. Guild frame. Dimensions: 25" tall by 22" wide.


Pocket Style Watches
Sold on MaxSold for $298  


Assortment of pocket style watches, untested. 6 in lot.


Balouchi Carpet
Sold on MaxSold for $1002  

Balouchi Carpet 42 x 80. Good strong colours. Appears to be in excellent shape. Very clean.


Barristers Bookcase
Sold on MaxSold for $801  


Barristers oak bookcase with leaded glass. Some wear and scratches. 34X12X55


Barristers Bookcase
Sold on MaxSold for $815  

Barristers oak Bookcase. With leaded glass. Contents not included. 34X12X55


Hohner 120 button accordion
Sold on MaxSold for $305  

Beautiful bright red accordion in case. Perfect working condition.


Big Tex Heavy Duty Hauling Trailer
Sold on MaxSold for $1450  


Big Tex heavy duty hauling trailer. All 6 tires have good tread. Minor rust and wear as expected. Hauls true. Some of the floor boards are need attention but still have many years left in them.18,000lb GVWR. Valid MA title. and registration. Sold as is.


BOSE Surround Sound
Sold on MaxSold for $361  

BOSE Acoustimass Home entertainment speaker system 5.1 surround sound with small BASS unit.


Pride Go-Go Travel Scooter
Sold on MaxSold for $1650  


Brand new Pride, never used travel scooter. Original purchase price was $3000. Works perfectly.


Antique Jewelry
Sold on MaxSold for $405  

Chain has come away from clasp at large triangle. Pieces measures 6 inches. There are no hallmarks.

American Girl Doll Clothes and Accessories
Sold on MaxSold for $290  

Clothes and chest for American Girl Dolls. Includes dishes and wicker furniture. In basement.

Asian Container
Sold on MaxSold for $541  

Container stamped silver. embossed. 4.5.


Copper Tub and More
Sold on MaxSold for $290  


Copper tub measures 33X33X19. Firewood not for sale. Antique stool measures 13X13X17. Small bucket and plant also included. Condition of plant not guaranteed. Note wear.

World War II Memorabilia
Sold on MaxSold for $330  

Distinguished Flying Cross medal, ribbons, WWII photos, Bomber Planes, Airforce Crew, scrapbook, USA Flags. Original photos of bomber pilot with his medal, helmet liner, and more. Bring box. Located on 2nd floor.


Early Moorcroft
Sold on MaxSold for $440  


Early Moorcroft signed handled dish.


Film Cameras 
Sold on MaxSold for $410  


FILM CAMERAS: 1 NIKON N2000 35mm SLR camera body & manual, 1 NIKON N6006 35mm SLR camera body & manual, 1 Vintage NIKOMAT 35mm SLR camera body, 1 Vintage NIKKORMAT 35mm SLR camera body, 1 NIKON One-Touch Zoom camera with 38-70mm lens & manual, 1 Mamiya NC1000 35mm SLR camera with 2.8/135mm lens and manual, 1 Vintage Eastman Kodak Hawkeye Flash camera, 1 Vintage ROLLEIFLEX TLR(twin lens reflex) camera with 2.8/80mm lens in leather case, Rolleikin kit & manual (medium format camera), 1 Vivitar 3350B camera with computer cable.. NOTE: All cameras in working condition-NIKONs open to show condition).


Fons Record Player, records
Sold on MaxSold for $560  

Fons record player, including supplies to clean it and remove static from the lens. Beethoven's entire collection LP's as well as other assorted big band (Glenn Miller) and Classical (Bach, Chopin) LP's. Not sure if the record player works.


Sold on MaxSold for $1010  


Four chairs. Measure 19X21X42. Cushions included. Bring help.


Framed Movie Posters
Sold on MaxSold for $461  


Four framed movie posters. Frankenstein Created Woman. Dirty Harry. Dr. No. For Your Eyes Only. 16X36.


Leon Polk Smith Art
Sold on MaxSold for $1450  

Framed Leon Polk Smith artwork. Smallest 10.5X8.5, frame measures 16X13.25. The bright red signed triangle piece is on matte paper.


Graflex Crown Graphic
Sold on MaxSold for $497  


Garfield 4x5 "Press" style Camera with Flash, Wear. Untested.


Antique Books And Hump Back Travel Trunk
Sold on MaxSold for $410  


Great assortment of antique books as seen in photos. Lot includes antique humpback travel trunk with original oak strapping and leather handles 28'w x 17'd x 20'h-note smell of moth balls. Antique wooden box 25"w x 16"d x 13"h. Home made 1 piece shelf unit 35"w x 72"h x 14"d. Note items located on second floor. Bring boxes/bags for books and 2 people to move items.


Sold on MaxSold for $271  


Great assortment of stamps. Note condition of most as seen in photos.


AKAI 4000ds Reel To Reel And More
Sold on MaxSold for $386  


Harmon Kardon 430 twin powered receiver vintage in pristine condition with tags, untested. Philips DVD CD player, headphones and a plastic bin included variety set of CD recording sets, many new in plastic but vintage. All untested.  

Grandfather Clock
Sold on MaxSold for $330  

Howard Miller grandfather clock measures 34X18.5X89 in light colored wood. Carry cases for weights and pendulum included for easy transport. Very heavy.


Sports Cards And Photos
Sold on MaxSold for $1085  

Huge collection of sports cards, many still boxed. Photos include John Offerdahl signed photo, Emmanuel Yarbrough signed photo, limited edition 1996 Jack Youngblood and Steve Young Reserve Card signed by Youngblood, number 398 of 5000. Cards include basketball, baseball, hockey, football. Bring boxes to remove from lower level at pickup.


Biedermeier Marble Top Chest Of Drawers 
Sold on MaxSold for $760  


Includes key. 6 drawer tall chest.42X19X60. Hidden seventh drawer immediately below marble top. Some corner chips. Minimal wear according to age. Bring help and located near front door.


Nintendo Wii U
Sold on MaxSold for $241  


Includes Super Mario 3D World console, controller and six games, one new. Seller states working just stylus is missing.


John Deere Riding Mower
Sold on MaxSold for $1250  


John Deere LT 150 riding mower with leaf attachment. Untested.


5 Foot Metal Knight Statue
Sold on MaxSold for $290  

Just over 5 feet tall metal knight, looks heavier than is, made in Mexico, very sturdy, will stand guard for years to come, see pictures for details.


Kawai Synthesizer 
Sold on MaxSold for $575  


Kawai Programmable Synthesizer, Model SX 240. With Manual. Untested - Worked the last time owner used it.


Pellet Stove
Sold on MaxSold for $1150  

Kozi KSH 120 was working when removed owners manual available online comes with chimney pieces


Model Ship
Sold on MaxSold for $520  

Large scale hand built model Muskoka Twin-Screw steam ship Segwun. Very good condition. Bring box/paper to wrap. Item located on second floor.


Leon Polk Smith Art
Sold on MaxSold for $765  


Leon Polk Smith abstract original, 46X32. Unframed.


Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture
Sold on MaxSold for $390  

Limited edition bronze sculpture, signed R Greeves, 1984. Numbered 21. 17" tall with base.


Sold on MaxSold for $710  

Marble. Stands 26" high. Very heavy.


Mid Century Modern Grundig Stereo Cabinet
Sold on MaxSold for $500  

Mid century modern Grundig stereo cabinet. Grundig record player and TM 45 reel to reel tape recorder, and Pioneer stereo receiver. Cabinet has some wear. Working condition unknown. Bring lifting help


T-14v Alumacraft Boat Merc 9.9 And Trailer
Sold on MaxSold for $2076  


Minn Kota power drive trolling motor, Mercury 9.9, eagle depth finer fish ark 240, 2 seats. Shoreland'r trailer with spare. Alumacraft T-14 14 ft boat.


Sold on MaxSold for $345  


Mondego 17 " English close contact leather saddle, with knee rolls and thigh blocks - model number: RIE 3879. Note: wear.


Morin Khuur
Sold on MaxSold for $310  

Mongolian Horsehead fiddle with bow. 40.25 long.


Original Antique Artwork
Sold on MaxSold for $660  


Oil on Canvass by Arthur J. Black R.O.I. Titled Among the Hills, Dated 1930. Measures 38 x 26 inches


Oil Painting By Henry Deacon Hillier
Sold on MaxSold for $2460  


Olio painting by Henry Deacon Hillier "A Shepherd's Cot in Glen Nevis Inverness-Shire. 17.25"w x 11.25"h. Note condition of frame as seen in photos. Bring paper/blankets to wrap.


Sold on MaxSold for $780  

Original art. Gallery of Mirrors II. Acrylic on canvas. Hanna Ruminski. Measures 20X30.


Astra Mill/Drill Machine
Sold on MaxSold for $1415  

Preview available for this lot ONLY on Feb 5, 11am-1pm. Astra milling/drill machine with Leland 1/4 HP electric motor. Includes stand and accessories as seen in photos. Working order. Note items in basement. Bring 2+people to move.


Antique Hand Tools
Sold on MaxSold for $306  


Preview available for this lot ONLY on Feb 5, 11am-1pm. Great assortment of hand tools. Note items located in basement. Bring bags/boxes to pack.


Honda Generator
Sold on MaxSold for $660  

Preview available for this lot ONLY on Feb 5, 11am-1pm. Honda EU 2000 Inverter generator with manual.


Precision Metal Lathe
Sold on MaxSold for $2000  


Preview available for this lot ONLY on Feb 5, 11am-1pm. Vintage South Bend Precision Metal Lathe- Model A. Bed length 3 1/2' Catalogue # C6442. Working order. Lot includes accessories as seen in photos. Note items located in basement. Bring 2+ people to move and boxes/bags for accessories.


Atlas Bench Milling Machine
Sold on MaxSold for $363  

Preview available for this lot ONLY on Feb. 5, 11am-1pm. Atlas bench milling machine model # 7B, serial # 009111. Includes table as seen in photos. Working order. Note item located in basement. Bring 2+ people to move.


Royal Crown Derby China
Sold on MaxSold for $320  

Royal Crown Derby china plates, 8 in total. 2 at 8.25" dia., 2 at 8.5" dia., and 4 at 7" dia. All in very good condition. Lot includes Royal Albert cup and saucer and Standard china cup and saucer, both in good condition. Bring paper and bags/boxes to wrap.


Royal Doulton Juliet China Set
Sold on MaxSold for $600  


Set of Royal Doulton Juliet China for eight including cups, saucers, side plates, dinner plates, bowls, serving platter, serving bowl, cream and sugar. In very good condition no obvious chips and cracks.


Inuit Soapstone Sculpture
Sold on MaxSold for $2150  

Signed bear sculpture underside reads Towatuga Sagouk. 18X8. Very heavy.


Sold on MaxSold for $281  

Sky Watcher reflector telescope, Model 1309EQ2. With manual and boxes.


Sterling Silver Candelabras
Sold on MaxSold for $960  

Stamped Sterling. 12 inches high.


Sterling Commemorative Tankard
Sold on MaxSold for $1620  


Sterling Silver commemorative footed and lidded tankard. Weighs 710 grams.


Spode Dishes Jewel Design Mint
Sold on MaxSold for $460  

Stunning mint grade lot of 27 pc


Tapestry Style Settee 
Sold on MaxSold for $650  


Tapestry Style settee on wheels from ABC Carpet, with original receipt.


Tapestry Style Tufted Sofa 
Sold on MaxSold for $840  

Tapestry style tufted sofa from ABC Carpet with original receipt. 89X48X37.


Teak Table Chairs And Umbrella
Sold on MaxSold for $378  

Teak table 35X70X28, 4 teak chairs 29X29X36, umbrella and base. Note wear.


Chinese assorted items 12 pieces
Sold on MaxSold for $2600  


Teapot duck cloisonn?Š crackle vase snuff bottles cinnabar arrive within the first hour of pickup


Vintage Gramophone
Sold on MaxSold for $320  

Thomas A. Edison Amberola stamped Mar. 11, 1913 SM20550. Includes box of blue cylinders. Seller states in working order.

Tom Thomson 
Sold on MaxSold for $490  

Tom Thomson framed print, certificate of authenticity on back of frame, very good condition, measuring 24w x 20h


Sold on MaxSold for $501  

Two 20" decorative urns, slight wear.


Chinese Collector Plates
Sold on MaxSold for $560  

Two boxed collector plates, by master artisan Zhao Hulmin. Both plates are still sealed and boxed.


Craftsman Tool Chests 
Sold on MaxSold for $600  

Two craftsman tool chests with hand tools including automotive tools. 26.5x18x39 is the largest size. Oil residue and dust. Untested.


2 Infinity Speaker System
Sold on MaxSold for $711  

Two Powered sub woofers SW 12, 26x12x9. 2 tower speakers BETA 50, 9.5x15x42. One horizontal speaker BETA C360. Includes manuals and cords. Note: untested.


Hoosier Cabinet 
Sold on MaxSold for $365  

Vintage Hoosier Cabinet 40x22x68. Heavy. Bring help to move.


Vintage Musical Instruments
Sold on MaxSold for $725  

Vintage Musical Instruments with cases, Rayburns of Boston Buescher 400 Saxophone, clarinet, W.T. Armstrong Elkhart flute, all in used condition


Metal Buttons
Sold on MaxSold for $311  


Vintage pin-on buttons for political and other advertising. Note wear on some.


Sold on MaxSold for $711  

Vintage screen with mirror. Bevelled glass. Material panels. Measures 72X4X73. Seller states in excellent condition.


Silver Tea Service
Sold on MaxSold for $570  

Vintage style real silver tea pot, sugar bowl, milk container and tray.


Sold on MaxSold for $690  

Vintage. A pair of chairs. Distressed finish. Measure 22X21X36. Cushions included.


Sold on MaxSold for $1600  

Vintage. Cane back. Distressed finish. Measures 72X32X43. Seller states in excellent condition. Heavy. Bring help.


Chair & Footstool
Sold on MaxSold for $685  

Vintage. Distressed finish. Measures 24X22X36. Foot stool measures 18X14X10.

Metal Detector
Sold on MaxSold for $466  

White's Eagle Spectrum XLT metal detector in carrier case was not tested.


Yamaha EF3000ise Inverter
Sold on MaxSold for $795  

Yamaha inverter in working condition. Heavy, bring help to lift.


Yamaha Saxophone
Sold on MaxSold for $1504  

Yamaha saxophone new in Case. Never played. The saxaphone is Model YAS-875. The serial # is 002986 .Case 25X10.5X6. 

A recent MaxSold seller in a video did a fantastic job speaking to MaxSold and the sale of goods alternatives: