Finding Gems in the Junk: What to Look For

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Is your attic or basement full of clutter? Or is it a spare bedroom, overflowing closet, a packed garage? Many households acquire a plethora of items over time. Eventually you may find yourself saturated in clutter. Without a place for each item to go, clutter can creep up and quickly take over a space.

Before you purchase a dumpster and toss it all in frustration, consider working through what you own to find gems in what may be perceived as junk. More than likely some of the items cluttering your home could be of moderate to great value and waiting for a new home.


There are a few items you may want to look for that could sell well in an online auction or estate sale.

  • Brand-Name Clothing or accessories
  • Vintage Pyrex and collectible glassware
  • Items still in the box or with a tag (especially brand name)
  • Sports Equipment
  • Electronics (especially tablets)
  • Collectible figurines
  • Furniture made of real wood
  • Older furniture by coveted designers
  • Vintage Lamps
  • Vintage picture frames
  • Vintage atlas, globes, or maps
  • Old cameras and lenses
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Vintage music players and boxes
  • Antique or well-made fine and costume jewelry
  • Paintings, sculptures, pottery by celebrated artists

You can spot items that are quality made and may retain greater value by looking at the materials used to make the item. Some things to look for include:

  • Hardwood
  • Item’s made of natural materials or natural fibers
  • Woven tags in clothing
  • 100%-leather shoes or shoes marked “leather upper”
  • Steel or solid wood furniture frames

If you are unsure of an item’s value, here are a few ways to tell if it may be worth a look from an expert, like our Caring Transitions Estate Sale and Online Auction specialists:

  • Check for distinctive markings
  • Research items similarly made online
  • Research the artist or designer who created the item

Some of the most recent top selling items on our platform include cars, classic cars, vintage and costume jewelry, farm equipment, rare furnishings, rare art, rugs sculptures. Learn more about hosting an online auction with Caring Transitions by filling out the free consultation form on this page.

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