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TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE ITEMS SOLD IN 2012
TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE ITEMS SOLD IN 2012 - ITS ALL BOUT THE WOW FACTOR

"It's all about the WOW FACTOR" - Darryl Sheets (2010)

Say it ain't so, I just found out today on December 13th,
that the ultimate Storage Wars villan (or as he calls himself "the mogul")
is now sueing the show for "firing" him and stating that the whole show is a FRAUD.
My hearts breaks on hearing that news, since I am a very huge fan and although I do
NOT buy storage lockers myself, am I an avid Garage Sale
and Flea Market Picker who has been doing it since
1995 and I officially started selling on ebay in 1998, and launched boutiqueretro.com in 2004.
Anybody who watches any form of reality TV including the Amazing Race,
Survivor and Celebrity apprentice knows that some of the show is staged,
and that many of the "participants" are just as good as many hollywood divas.
They are paid to sell the show, so if you want people to watch, the reality characters
need to spice it up a bit.
I have been a diehard fan of Storage Wars, and come on, of course "Barry's Antics"
are purely throw in for selling the show.
This is what makes the show so funny and keep it from getting stale.
Jarod and Brandy, Darrryl and Brandon arguing with each other
are surely just "bits" where they play to the camera to get their moment of fame.
(Although I think Darryl's, misfires of screwing up sayings like "Fish in a Barrel" is legit LOL).
Sport Broadcasters like Dick Vaital, Howard Cosell, and Canada's Don Cherry payed "bits"
to millions of viewers for decades even though sports is reality entertainment.
But is STORAGE WARS "entire production" completely staged and rigged???
I am sure there are seeds of truth in there where maybe one or 2 lockers are padded with gems in case
a whole filming episode at one storage location was a complete dud.
But we have seen Barry get hung (lose out) on too many loser lockers to think that is it is ALL staged.
And in articles written about the show before, It is commonly said
that most of the Lockers are duds, and they simply clip these out of the show.
(go see http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/11/03/the-truth-about-storage-auctions-more-trash-less-treasure/).
I really really really hope storage wars survives this debacle.
Some of the show has been hugely educational for me, and since watching the show
many of the "Experts" Like Dennis Boses from 'Off the Wall Antiques' in California
(go to Off the Wall Antiques Website here to see that he is at least real)
have clearly assisted me in honing eyes and my skill in spotting rare
Antiques and rare fine Collectibles.
At least a dozen times this year, I have sold items on eBay well above the expected
eBay average and overall I have a great year with some true gems with many going into the triple digits.
Maybe I am not a "Mogul" or "Gambler", but as a standard eBay picker, I can pic with the best now.
So as my personal Blog to show that I am a true BELIEVER of the WOW FACTOR,
I am putting up Photos and descriptions of my Top 10 Scores of this past Decade (2010-2015)
Which I will updated from time to time when I find a new awesome item with the WOW Factor.
Just to keep the diveristy up, I may put items in the Top-10 that are not the highest revenue maker,
but will also factor in ROI (Return On Investment ratio), uniqueness and rarity of the item.
I HOPE BARRY WEISS, DARRYL, BRANDO, JARROD & BRANDY, and DENNIS (from off the wall) enjoy my top 10 Scores of the decade.
and DAVE HESTER, you can kiss my ass you grumpy miserable two faced hyporcrite!!!!
PS (2014): I love Barry's new show, Barry'd treasure!!!!

VINTAGE 1960's CCM PRO-GARD CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BOBBY HULL Leather Hockey Gloves

VINTAGE 1960's CCM PRO-GARD CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BOBBY HULL Leather Hockey Gloves
The Stats: Purchased at an garage sale on the South Shore
Purchase Cost: $0.90 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $967.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $970.00

This one I actually purchased on the exact same day and in the same PLACE as
a pair of the rare LaCrosse Gloves, a pair of Gordie Howe Elbow Pads,
a rare Expos Baseball glove, 2 Vintage Rare RED McGill university Football helmets, and 5 other items for $10.00.
I thought this would be the biggest selling item of the lot.
I have since sold the Lacrosse gloves above & I sold the Gordie Howe Elbow pads,
and now I have finally put them on the Auction Block, RIGHT WHEN THE BLACKHAWKS Started the season
22-0-5 and went on to win their second Stanley Cup in 4 years.
With their rareness and condition I knew It would go well north of $300.00
But even I was truly awestruck when i watched the eBay auction got from $160.00 to above $900.00 in the last 30 minutes.
Too bad nobody never emailed me to buy them off my site, I would have parted with them for $250.00.

Vintage 1972 IDEAL CRISSY Velvet's Little Sister CINNAMON with growing hair and dress

Vintage 1972 IDEAL CRISSY Velvet's Little Sister CINNAMON with growing hair and dress
The Stats: Purchased at Village Values (used clothing store)
Purchase Cost: $4.45 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $244.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $219.55 USD.

This was my biggest lick of 2012, and truly my WOW Factor item of the year.
CINNAMON was from the line of CRISSY dolls made by ideal starting in 1968
and were still into production into the early 1980's.
When I found her, I knew being made by Ideal and the copyright
gave me a hint that this would sell well.
The exact same doll on eBay usually goes for $50.00 to 90.00
depending on condition, clothes and box.
More than 3 Bidders went aove $100.00 for this one, and 2 bidders
had a frantic battle in the last 5 minutes.
Se was a near perfect specimen, and he clothes were super clean,
and I took the time to iron them as well.
The best feature was her hair, it was like new, and when extended it was longer than the doll.
Too this day I am not sure if she was a rare variation,
or just the doll that 2 people just "had to have".
What I do know is the money came in handy on my first trip to Las Vegas.

1960's FURGA ITALY ALTA MODA FASHION MOD SIMONA DOLL w. Mauve Dress FAB 4 S GIRLS

1960's FURGA ITALY ALTA MODA FASHION MOD SIMONA DOLL w. Mauve Dress FAB 4 S GIRLS
The Stats: Purchased at antique store
Purchase Cost: $5.00, Sold on eBay
Sold for $188.50 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $170.00 USD.

One of my favourite Collector Buddies Joe Vine who is the owner of Quinn Antiques in Greenfield Park
had this in his store back in 2013 when I had brought him in a nice Techniques Turntable,
(he sells lots of classic vinyl and record players), along with an old metal doll stroller and I little Suzie Oven.
We did some trade where I traded my my 3 items above for some toys, a Rare HALO Video game Mask collectors stand for my son,
and I got him to add in this doll as an after thought at the end.
I knew she was a Furga and Italian, I have sold a Furga before, and I knew this was NICE
I thought she was worth, 40 to 50 dollars, Joey thought she was useless, and we were BOTH Wrong!!!
Yes, she was Furga, and one of the Fab 4. I thought she was sexy Simona, but many eBayers emailed me and some said she was Sylvie (or Silvia).
What I did find out, WAS that she was a Platinum Blonde SYLVIE, which were NEVER sole in Italy
and were imported and sold in Canada and USA to be sold at SEARS only back in the later 1960's so they are considered RARE and usually Europeans
buy them to bring them back home to Local Italian Die-hard collectors.
Sorry JOEY, I owe you a 12 pack of beer dude!.

Vintage 1960's Cooper 100% Leather SLG Senior LACROSSE Gloves

Vintage 1960's Cooper 100% Leather SLG Senior LACROSSE Gloves
The Stats: Purchased at a Garage Sale, South Shore Quebec
Purchase Cost: $0.90 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $165.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $150.00 USD.

This one scored an 11 on 10 on the WOW Factor scale since
I simply did not expect this one to be that valuable,
and I paid less than a dollar for it!
One of my expertise is Hockey gloves and I know old leather
gloves like this is in the $40.00 - $60.00 Range.
But Lacrosse gloves being MORE valuable than Hockey gloves was a new surprise to me.
The email demand via eBay mail for purchase requests "on the side" I got was unbelievable.
In the future I can see items like this going to higher values.
Word to the wise, Never say no to Lacrosse Gloves.

INDIANA CARNIVAL GLASS HARVEST GRAPE GREEN IRRIDESCENT PUNCH BOWL SET 12 CUPS

1970's INDIANA CARNIVAL GLASS HARVEST GRAPE GREEN IRRIDESCENT PUNCH BOWL SET complete with 12 CUPS
The Stats: Purchased at Marche Aux Puces Carignan (back woods Flea Market)
Purchase Cost: $30.00 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $102.50 USD; net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $90.00 USD.

This is a piece with a nice Story.
I had recently moved in with my "new" GF and her 2 kids along with my son in very late autumn
and decided to inspire everybody on our "modern family" to do a family bonding outing, by heading to the local flea market for treasure hunting.
After 10 minutes of being there, I started to dread my suggestion because I want unprepared for 2 issues:
1- My New Family were TERRIBLE PRICE negotiators, and usually paid asking price!!!!
2- My GF and Kids wanted to KEEP what they bought!!!!
ARRRRGH!!! I thought after 3 -4 marathons of storage wars that the kids they would get it!!!
We go to make money! not to keep the stuff!!!!
Anyhow, I kept on digging for some deals, while the 2 boys spent money like Boston Hockey fans drinking beer.
I found a few pieces, and we were passing through one really nice Kiosk that had terrific quality yet expensive stuff.
My ever NEWFIE GF saw this punch bowl, and it being late November thought it would be perfect for the Christmas holidays.
I liked it, it had this weird gleam and it was complete (I did NOT know what carnival glass was yet), but the $40.00 price tag made me shudder.
So after we passed through and found almost NOTHING, my step daughter begged me to get the bowl, she was the ONLY person who did not spend a dime,
and she had $20.00, so I suggested she go offer $20.00 and maybe get lucky.
The old Dealer at the Kiosk was nice and explained that it was "carnival glass" and he could not
go under 40 dollars since the price was already slashed for end of year.
So then I got involved, and used the old "come on buddy, its for my kid" bit and wiggled away with it at $30.00 CAD after I chipped in $10.00.
and when it went home the next 2 Birthday parties in December has party punch out of it.
After a Christmas was over, and few months later it ended up being a dust collector,
so I then went on-line to figure out its actual value, and checked and rechecked that it was a real carnival glass and a Indiana
With the plastic ladle, I thought it was recent and at most a $20.00 set.
Plastic means that it is recent no???
But in spite of it being recent, Indiana Carnical Glass punch Bowls had a real great demand.
So right before the next summer vacation, I convinced my step daughter "we" should put it on my website,
and then eventually on eBay and use the money for Vacation Summer fun cash.
And yes, it did sell on eBay June 2013.
Everybody lived happily ever after once this large baby was shipped away. THE END.

Vintage 1984 LJN LARGE 24 Inch VOLTRON Golion Plastic Robot Remote control Toy

Vintage 1984 LJN LARGE 24 Inch VOLTRON Golion Plastic Robot Remote control Toy
The Stats: Purchased at Village Values (used clothing store)
Purchase Cost: $2.29 CAD, Sold on boutiqueretro.com
Sold for $100.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $96.00 USD.

This one I actually purchased 5 years ago for $1.99 plus tax,
and when I did the eBay research
I could not find anything like it and since it was missing its thumbs
and very large and bulky to ship,
I placed it in the "PLAN B" pile of junk for 3-4 years
(which I only try to sell when I run good of quality stuff).
But then something magical happened, I found on on eBay,
with the seller asking a BUY IT NOW price of $98.00!!!
And, this in spite his figure was missing both wings and one whole arm.
BUT the version that seller was selling had a cable strung remote control (and I did NOT).
So I carefully took some photos and placed it on my website
calling it a VOLTRON GOLION RC Robot....missing the RC component.
I Found a happy Buyer down in the USA 7 days later and VOLTRON flew the coop!!!

Vintage MARX SINDY Dollhouse MUSIC CENTRE + Dining Room set, all BOXED

Vintage MARX SINDY Dollhouse MUSIC CENTRE + Dining Room set, all BOXED
The Stats: Purchased at a garage sale on the South Shore
Purchase Cost: $6.00 CAD, Sold on eBay (and privately)
Sold for $$98.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $89.50 USD.

This one I actually purchased on the exact
same day I found the Lacrosse Gloves above,
a RAQUEL WELCH Ridgid pinup calendar,
and in the same single garage sale I found a old Barbie Vinyl Case,
a Hasbro JEM Rock doll in its box,
and these 3 SINDY doll house furniture set all almost brand new in the box,
and all with LOUIS MARX and CO logos!!!
I consider myself ato be a big MARX expert and worked back in the 1990's
in an antique toy store sorting out bits and tackle
from hundreds of MARX Best of the West figures so I always love it
when I see that wonderful "X" logo.
and SINDY here is no exception because compared to barbie dolls of
the same era the attention to detail is so much finer with her.
I found the beautful Home stereo in the picture 100% complete,
which is ALSO a fully operation AM transister radio.
The toy inside the box was still covered in its plastic cellophane,
and had all its casettes and little real vinyl records.
After careful examnination, the toy was in NEAR MINT condition.... nice!
But that was not all, I also found the Breakfront Hutch with all its parts, and
the original dining room set with a FULL set of flatwear
and candle sticks, all panited metallic Chrome.
Juts to lay out the table and do the photo shoot, took over an hour.
I sold the STEREO in the picture above for $38.00 on ebay, and offered the winning bidder
the other 2 pieces (afte emailing photos) for $30.00 a piece, and she took all 3 with the boxes.
Even after the positive feedback, she still took
the time to email me an thank me on selling her such nice
sets that were all in perfect conndition with nothing damaged in the shipping process.
It is always a great please to sell Items to the lovely peeps in Vancouver.

Vintage MARX US ARMY JEEP in BOX - for Sgt Stoney Smith  Figure

Vintage MARX US ARMY JEEP in BOX - for Sgt Stoney Smith Figure
The Stats: Purchased at Quinn Antiques (186 Churchill Blvd, Greenfield Park)
Purchase Cost: $20.00 CAD, Sold on boutiqueretro.com
Sold for $65.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $43.00 USD.

I purchased this one from Mr Joseph Vine of Quinn Antiques of Greenfield Park
who is a very reputable Antique dealer in the region and once owner
of one of the Biggest Vintage GI Collections in Eastern Canada.
I convinced him to give me this item for a attractive price,
because it was a major fix up project,
which has been damaged and needing a lot of fixing including multiple breaks.
on both bumpers and damaged to the steering columns and the hood as well.
I had to spend a few days scraping and filing of the last poor repair job which somebody
tried before me, and the steering was nearly impossible to fix so I compromised with a good tape job.
Then I carefully took some photos and placed it on my website
I Found a happy Buyer down in Nova Scotia 16 days
later and this Jeep made it over to the East Coast to its new home.

Black Authentic Eddy Mask hockey Goalie Mask CSA Approved

Black Authentic Eddy Mask hockey Goalie Mask CSA Approved
The Stats: Purchased at a Flea Market in St Eustache Quebec
Purchase Cost: $10.00 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $105.50 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $95.00 USD.

OK OK OK, so this in NOT vintage nor Retro or antique.
Nice Hockey Equipment is hard to come buy, and when I saw this, I knew it was nice and quality.
Add to that, I was with a few Pee Wee Kids and one was a goalie and told me I would get $100.00 no problem.
Sometime in this business, quality and speed to flip is what counts.
Did I tell you that I am also a big FLIPPING VEGAS Fan?

1959 PARKER BROTHERS NANCY DREW MYSTERY BOARD GAME 100% Complete

1959 PARKER BROTHERS NANCY DREW MYSTERY BOARD GAME 100% Complete
The Stats: Purchased at outdoor school garage sale on the South Shore
Purchase Cost: $0.50 CAD, Sold on eBay
Sold for $$59.00 USD, net profit after Fees, Commissions, Shipping Expenses, FX Rate: $55.25 USD.

This one I actually purchased on the exact same day
I found a wonderful MARX BLUE TOMMY MACHINE GUN
(which is for sale in my cap gun section)
and both of them I found in Boucherville, Quebec.
I had seen this one before and I knew I had a "GEM" right away.
It was in a big pile of games (10 of them),
and the seller wanted 5 dollars for all 10 games.
The other were standard tiddledy winks and snakes and ladders, but I knew this was the score.
I worked in an Antique Toy store in the 1990's
where we sold the same game for $125.00 in the TOY SHOPPE magazine.
This game was actually in MUCH nicer condition too and 100% complete.
I was truly amazed with the quality of the box.
So in fact I was Hugely dissapointed that I ONLY got $59.00 for this game
when I actually expected at least $100.00 or more.
Sometimes it is a lesson learned, you never know how the market will behave on eBay.
I should have been more patient and waited and not sold it in the summer.
I cannot be too upset though since I invested very little
in it and have sold the other games since which i also purnchased that day.

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