There's a daytime TV programme in Britain called "Cash in the Attic". The TV people go round to someone's house, and go through their stuff, trying to find things that they can sell at an auction or a car boot sale. I'm not sure why, but I quite like the presenter, Lorne Spicer:
What always amazes me is that these people have so many antiques in their houses. Not usually Ming vases, or Picassos, but 50-100 year old ordinary stuff, like toys, or ornaments, or whatever. Perhaps I'm just not old enough to have accumulated such things, but - an art deco fruit machine??? The expert reckoned they'd get a few hundred for that, and in the end a middle-aged woman bought it for £500.
The other thing that amazes me is that other people will pay money for all this. They had an old Steiff teddy bear on the show this morning. It's old and threadbare (pun alert), but if it's a rare model it could go for thousands. (it was valued at £500-£800).
Unfortunately, I don't think Lorne would be very interested in searching through my things. The most ornamental objects I have are on my mantlepiece, pictured at the top of my blog. The busts of Bach and Beethoven were bought at TK Max, circa 2000, and the clock is a modern radio-controlled one in an old style.
The clock is a good example. You could get an antique one, but it wouldn't be in such good condition, and it wouldn't be so accurate. So, I'd rather have the newer one.
Anyway, they estimated around £1800 for this guy's tat, and he actually made £4100 (the threadbare bear went for £2200). Not bad for a day's tidying up round the house. Maybe I should have a closer look at my rubbish after all...