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Junk or treasure?

Antique expert Jim Daniel Antique expert Jim Daniel
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August 6, 2003

Albany -- So what's in your attic? You know the saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure". That's true,and you might be surprised to find out just how much some of your junk is worth. "these are unusual."

Jim Daniel of Sylvester is hunting. "1940's or 50's kitchen gadgets still in the original boxes. Those are kinda interesting." Daniel knows antiques. He is looking through the estate of an man who recently died, picking out treasures that people will buy from the junk. "That's a great McCoy planter. McCoy art pottery very collectable. Probably a  thirty or forty dollar planter, one you don't see everyday. That's a nice find."

Daniel travels the country, finding items that collectors or antique stores want, then auctioning it to them. He calls himself a junker. "This is what you live for. To dig around and find neat things like this. That are fresh to the market. Box of china still in the original packing. From the 30's or 40's, neat stuff. It might surprise you what is valuable to some.

 "Original price 89 cents. It blinks, a battery operated Christmas Tree. Things like this are really collectable now a days. With your instructions. Probably a twenty-five dollar little Christmas Tree."

Toys are very hot collectibles. Every little boy had train sets like these in the 50's or 60's. And many grown men are buying them again. "Condition, condition, condition. An engine and  four or five cars and a caboose in the Marks, about 150 dollars. To a good pre-war Lionel can be a couple of thousand."

 

'Take a look at this pitcher? Would you throw it out with the trash? Well this is a Lanier Meaders piece of Southern Pottery, and collectors are fighting for them. "Lanier signed most everything he made in the late 1970's. He potted from the Mid-50's until his death a few years ago. His things have a certain look." Expect to pay at least a thousand dollars if you can find one.

Daniel said "Demand, supply and demand. It's fashionable now, a lot of people like pottery now and the demand is very high. And that's what drives the prices up. Fifteen years ago that was a seventy-five dollar jug. If you had the forethought to buy twenty five  or thirty of them, you would be sitting on thirty or forty thousand dollars worth of pottery."

Most hot collectibles remind people of their youth. They want something that reminds them of their childhood, family,and home. "This is a great sign. 1909, painted on mill glass. Original frame. This is a three thousand dollar sign."

This 1930 bus station sign is very rare, and will sell for about seven- thousand dollars. "This sign was bought at a yard sale in Griffin, Georgia. Painted over with white with no parking on it, for ten dollars. He knew by the shape that it was something unusual. Gambled ten dollars, and came out a big winner."

Coke signs from the 1930's or 1940's, gasoline pump globes, quilts, are all big sellers. And selling for big bucks. "With the downturn of the stock market, interest rates bad, antiques are something you can invest in and you can enjoy." People dig in old trash heaps looking for rare glass bottles, because collectors want to buy them.

Jim Daniel says what is hot and valuable changes all the time, and the search so exciting for junkers. "this is what it's all about. It's like looking for undiscovered land, you just never know what you'll find."

Daniel says junking is a disease, and more people are catching it.

 Jim Daniel's Auction Company will host a sale of his treasures in November. Collectors from twenty-four states have made reservations to be on hand.

posted at 3:21PM by jimw@walb.com