Guitar Wars

Samantha Gill Blog

Maybe it’s because I am a Gen Xer, or a guitar player, or just a dork, but my two favorite things to see at auction are Guitars and Star Wars figures. Heck, toys and musical instruments in general always draw me in and I am not alone in this Universe. The dork is strong in this one.   As you …

5 Things to Sell in 2018

Samantha Gill Blog

I’m often asked about current trends in the industry and after a year to reflect, I want to share with you what the market is telling us is hot. Our office recap of 2017 revealed a few things we already knew and a few pleasant surprises.  If you are downsizing, decluttering your life or just need some cash, I hope …

Fool Me Once….

Samantha Gill Blog

Thank you, auction gods.  Thank you for not making me look bad.  Why did I recently thank my lucky stars?  Because the fair market taught me, yet again, that just when you think you know “everything,” you can always learn something new.   Speaking of,  I was recently introduced to the artist Tony Da.  Da isn’t a household name, but …

Tourist or Treasure

Dean Batson Blog

In the Estate Auction business we are often contacted by people downsizing or liquidating a loved one’s estate. Many of these contain collections from travels abroad. And should these former curators of collections from their world travels have been lucky enough to have stumbled upon, or carefully selected their treasure from the right places, at the right time, they might …

10 Necessities for Your Man Cave

Dean Batson Blog

All of my friends ask me to keep an eye out for this and for that at auction, mainly because we see some of the coolest stuff on the planet and sometimes for a heck of a deal. It’s a dangerous business if you are collector, especially with borderline hoarder tendencies. But, I do love when I find that thing …

What’s Up With All the Americana?

Dean Batson Blog, Uncategorized

In the business of antiques and collectibles, we often see strange trends, and I’m not talking about what’s hot and what’s not. I am talking about the trend of similar things I’ve never, or have rarely seen before, all coming out of the woodwork at the same time. It’s like people from the same region, of the same age and …

Get Over it, They Don’t Want it…

Dean Batson Blog

What? Your stuff. Why? It’s not theirs. It’s kind of a broken record around the auction and estate liquidation business: “my kids don’t want my stuff.” Auctioneers and the like often find themselves having to explain that the perceived value customers have of their furniture, collectibles and other antiques is inflated. We call this “managing expectations” and it’s one of …

What will happen to your guns under President Trump?

Dean Batson Blog

Now that we’re more than a month into the Trump era, I’m eager to see how the new administration, controversial legislation, and even heated Twitter exchanges about gun control affects firearm sales in the secondary market. Logic would tell me that sales will slow down. After all, gun sales soared during President Obama’s eight years in office. A recent USA …

Collecting Treasures: Stylish vintage watches doing well at auction

Dean Batson Blog

Smartwatches are pretty cool, but not as distinctive or stylish as a vintage watch Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about smartwatches. Many of these come with accelerometers, heart rate monitors, GPS, and some even have the capacity to make phone calls. Pretty cool, yes, but not as distinctive and stylish as a vintage watch, in my opinion. Some …

Collecting Treasures: Will our Western romance survive?

Dean Batson Blog

When meeting with families and seeing this generational shift in tastes and collection, my fear is that the Millennial is not going to be collecting this genre I often look for trends and try to forecast what we see coming in the auction world. Being here in the desert Southwest, one of the most common genres we sell is Western …