Patricia Penke, the CEO of an estate sales company, decided it was time to find a way to educate the public on how certain vintage items can be mistaken for being trash and sent off to the landfill. In reality, these unknown valuables can bring in some much-needed cash. She decided to write a book believing it would be the solution to this issue. After three years of extensive research and writing, she self-published her book, ‘Stop Throwing Cash in the Trash: Your Guidebook to Finding Hidden Treasures and Transforming Them into Huge Profits.’
Patricia stated how most frequently before an estate sale company even has a chance to access a home’s items to conduct a future estate sale; the owners have already placed dumpsters on the property to start the process of liquidating a home beforehand. She said, “This is simply- a terrible idea!” Items they considered ‘junk’ have already been removed from the home, either by tossing them into the garbage, or by sending them off to the local thrift stores. Unfortunately, some of the items they might consider worthless, may be collectible and valuable items to others.”
She goes on to mention, “The significant historical value that these cast-off, items may hold. Once these treasures are brought to the landfill; they are gone forever. If our estate sales company receives a call to do a clean-out on a home with over 50 or more years of collecting-an avid hoarder-We get excited!”
Its her estate sales company goal to search for, and preserve remnants of the past-True Treasure. Her ultimate goal to educate everyone on current collecting trends, and to help preserve America’s nostalgic memories.
Patricia has been involved in selling antiques and collectibles, for over 20 years. She loves discovering, researching, selling, and writing about the pieces she finds, as everything has an interesting story behind it. She wrote the book to share her wealth of knowledge, treasure hunt secrets, and information with her readers. For more than two decades, she has searched for- and discovered- thousands of hidden gems to resell on Internet auction sites, and in antique malls. As owner of Assisting Hands Estate Sales and Cleaning in Omaha, NE, she has spent countless hours helping her clients with estate evaluations and the liquidation process of a home’s belongings.
Her new book features over 450 photos and 350 pages of information.
Here is a couple of excerpts from her book:
‘Frisbie’s Tin Pie pans from the early 1900s, can sell for over $100. Here is a mini history lesson on Frisbies: In 1871, William Russell Frisbie managed a branch of the Olds Baking Company located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Soon after, he bought it outright and named it the Frisbie Pie Company. W. R died in 1903, but with the company being under the directions of his son- Joseph, Joseph’s wife, and a long –time manager; the pie company grew to making over 80,000 pies a day by 1956. These are the tins that held the pies, the company had made.’
The Gillette Razor Phenomenon:
From 1904 to 1974 the Gillette Safety Razor Company of Boston, Massachusetts created a razor empire when introducing the disposable blade, double edge, safety razor. This revolution in shaving technology brought the barbershop into people’s homes for the first time, and helped to create one of the world’s most prominent consumer product companies of all time.
In the United States, Gillette, is the most familiar manufacturer of safety razors and blades. King C. Gillette wanted to create a razor that was thin and disposable, and didn’t need to be constantly sharpened. The Gillette Safety Razor Company would make safety razors for the government and issued them to the armed forces during World War I. By the end of the war some 3.5 million razors and 32 million blades were put into military hands, thereby converting an entire nation to the Gillette safety razor.
One of the most collectible of the Gillette razors is the 1952-53, “British Gillette”. The #66 is one of several razors manufactured and sold by Gillette in Britain (the #16 and the #58 are two other popular razors of that line). The #66 should be considered one of the best Gillette safety razors manufactured. It was plated in rhodium, which lasts over 50 years. The weight and balance meet in a razor that provides a superb shave. It is a razor that is the epitome of form and function in a device. Pay attention to the razor’s handle and end-cap design. In addition to the heavier version of the Gillette #66 razor (approx. 82 grams), they also made a lightweight- aluminum version of the #66 (weight-approx. 37 grams).
Key tip: British razors at this time did not use date codes, the only way to estimate the date is by their case.
Here are some examples of less obvious, collectible/valuable treasures Patricia has found in her treasure hunts,
and sold on eBay in the last couple of years:
Vintage 1950s sheer chiffon negligees sold for over $300
1940s-’50s Polka-dot, Bakelite bangle bracelets, sold for over $3,000
A PYREX casserole dish from the mid-century- sold for over $1,000
Insane, but true. These are not commonly known collectibles, such as vintage fine jewelry, Native American handmade pottery and rugs, or Chippendale furniture. They’re secret treasures just waiting to be discovered by you.
Additionally, her book has lots of fun nostalgic information and stories, several informational tips, and guidelines on how to resell these vintage items for profit. This means more cash in your pockets.’
Patricia is dedicated to the cause, and will continue to promote the good things in life to people, and at the same time; generate smiles, laughter, and create interaction with her readers.
In 2014-2015, Patricia also wrote a weekly column in Omaha’s Fuse Weekly Digital Magazine titled “Creating Cash from Trash.”
She commented, “This is when I realized how people love to reminisce about the past, and how I love writing about nostalgia collectibles. I want to educate my readers, create some smiles, and talk about the “Good Old Days” when I write.
Currently, Patricia is a writing contributor for Vintage Life Magazine-which is a nostalgia-themed magazine based the U.K., and you will find her writing articles for Facebook nostalgia news/media sites.