Trader Chris does not exclusively auction rare currency. Although earlier this year they sold a three-cent silver piece from a key date in 1851 for over $700, their inventory of rare coins and bill notes from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill-areas is fractional compared to the consigned jewelry, vintage dolls, and other collectible items many individuals and families are interested in unloading or cashing in.
“I find interesting items every once in a while,” says Chris DiGiovanna, the owner and operator of Trader Chris Consignments. “Basically, I know a little about a lot of different things: Coins, art, sports collectibles, fine furnishings, toys, military items—just about anything. In the next few weeks I’ll have a Rolex to sell alongside some high-end Lego sets and about 40 large, toddler-sized porcelain dolls.”
The discovery of a rare item may occur after a loved one passes away and estate items are prepared to be sold. Other times an individual finds a unique piece at a garage sale, flea market, or even in their own attic. For those who do not have the knowledge of specialty memorabilia values and the time to market and sell the item themselves, they hire Trader Chris to manage the valuation and to connect with buyers interested in collectibles.
Trader Chris mainly facilitates consignments and auctions for clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area, however, almost all of the sales are the result of out-of-state buyers. Less than a fifth of transactions are from international buyers. For rare and valuable items, Trader Chris will travel out of the area to pick up an item and add it to the consignment inventory.
Individuals and families may have treasures in their homes right now and not realize it. Trader Chris provides valuations for curious prospects. “A graphic designer in Florida sent Swarovski Christmas ornaments. Despite having a small chip, one of the ornaments sold for $879 just because it was very collectible.”
Trader Chris Consignments coordinates the selling and trading of collectibles, vintage toys, jewelry and watches, coin collections, estate items, and more. Based in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, Trader Chris has managed consignments for over 3,500 unique buyers. Trader Chris also offers eBay classes that instruct basic listing setup steps to pricing techniques that maximize profits. www.traderchris.biz
Tara Lynne Groth
Tara Lynne Groth