Snyder's Sandwich: Are There Treasures In Your Attic?


Most households could use some extra cash in these days of a horrid economy and a dearth of full-time jobs. For some people, money can be found in your own home. Many times, we have boxes of stuff in our attics and we also fill our garages with items we no longer use or need. But, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this week, Snyder’s Sandwich points you in the right place for selling your stuff.

Duncan Gray, president and auctioneer at Sandwich Auction House, has worked in the antique and estate auction industry since graduating from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in 1991.

Since then, Sandwich Auction House has conducted almost 1,000 auctions and liquidated over $20 million worth of clients’ items. 

My wife and I watch “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS and are sometimes astounded at ugly items—that I wouldn’t have paid a dollar for at a flea market—that are worth a fortune. 

Gray is always willing to give a free estimate of the value of merchandise that residents are considering selling.  

Duncan’s auctions are held several times a month throughout the year and comprise strictly consigned merchandise—so you are never competing with items from the auction house.


Sandwich Auction House offers an honest, friendly and efficient way for converting your property into cash. They offer a complete service of knowledgeable identification and cataloging of items, packaging and transportation, warehousing, photography, advertising and research. In short, they do all the work, and you get the money. Commissions, which range according to the price of merchandise, are deducted from the final gaveled sale price.

Gray said that items that do well include 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century furniture and accessories, oriental rugs, sterling silver, paintings, prints, and sculpture, jewelry, watches, and clocks, fine crystal and porcelains, vintage collectibles, folk art, banks and doorstops, Mission/Arts and Crafts, Asian items, antique toys and dolls, and nautical, and maritime items.

Gray said that he’s had a number of unusual pieces brought in. 

“Probably the most unusual,” he told Snyder’s Sandwich, was “a number of Victorian hair weavings. During mourning periods people would take locks of their loved one’s hair and weave it into jewelry and other items. They can come in larger forms, too, like in shadow boxes or under Victorian glass domes.”

As for the old adage that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Gray takes this literally. 

He mentions that someone brought in an Oriental rug with a huge hole in the middle that someone had put into the Dartmouth town dump. It was sold for nearly $4,000. Gray said it has probably been lovingly restored and is sitting in someone’s fine Oriental rug collection. 

If you are not sure of the value of your items, you can bring items into their gallery at 15 Tupper Road during office hours.

The gallery hours change each season. For the latest hours the gallery is open, call 508-888-1926.  You can also submit photographs with descriptions, including any pertinent information, via e-mail to or by mail to the attention of the appraisal department.

Please be sure to include all your contact information. Their appraisers will review the material provided and you will receive a timely response. Estimates given based upon the examination of photographs alone are tentative and may be subject to change upon firsthand examination. If you have a larger lot of items, call to request a gallery appointment or an in-home consultation.

M.J. Rixon, the owner of Sandwich Antique Center, at the corner of Jarves and Route 6A, invites Sandwich residents to bring in antiques they might want to sell for a free appraisal. You can call her at 508-833-3600 to set up an appointment. You can also send a photo of your items via e-mail to Rixon said one customer came in with a beautiful piece of glass. Turns out that it sold for five figures at an auction house.

Some may prefer to put their items on eBay or Craigslist and sell the items themselves. The disadvantages are that you may not know what your items truly could bring in. Plus, you’ll have to deal with possible fraudulent transactions online, strange people visiting your home, postage costs, and the possibility of getting ripped off. Craigslist, in particular, since it costs nothing to post, has brought a lot of riff-raff, looking to get your stuff for nothing.

There’s also another avenue, particularly for clothing and furnishings—the consignment route.

There’s Robin’s Nest Consignments at 28 Route 6A. They specialize in upscale furniture from antique, shabby chic, and contemporary at affordable prices. They also carry beautiful artwork, jewelry, handmade quilts, runners, home décor, and more. Consignment is by appointment only. Call 774-413-5175 for details.

Penny Lane Consignment is inside Cranberry Plaza at 331 Cotuit Road. They carry quality clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, handbags, small furniture items, and home furnishings. Consignments are by appointment only. Call 508-888-1060 for details.

The kids outgrow all their toys and clothing? Go to Kidz Closet, at 77 Quaker Meetinghouse Road in the Stop & Shop Plaza. They carry new and gently worn clothing (preemie to size 14), toys, and equipment. Three-quarters of its inventory is priced under $10. Call 508-477-0555 for details on consignment.

Nearby in Marston Mills, Sweet Repeats Consignment Shop sells new and gently used furniture, collectables, home goods, and accessories from the finest homes on the Cape. They offer a changing stock of quality items at affordable prices. For consignment information, call 508-420-1850.

In South Yarmouth, The Picket Fence offers consignment goods that include antiques, women’s clothing and accessories, home décor, furniture, art and linens. For information on the store on Route 28, call 508-394-1200.

In West Yarmouth, there is Twice Is Nice Resale & Consignment Shop on Route 28. They take in clothing, furniture, electronics, collectables, household goods, and baby and kid items. Call 508-771-4600 for information on consignment.

No matter where you decide to go, whether it’s online or to a nearby re-seller, take the time to go through your house this spring and find some items you can live without. Why not clean up a bit, and have a little more money in your pocket!


4-H BABYSITTING COURSE — Learn to become a responsible babysitter-- child safety, first aid, child development, and more. This course will take place at the Sandwich Public Library on Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Participants must be at least 11 years old. The fee is $25—a reduced fee of $15 is offered to the first 18 registrants. No fee for military youth. Certificates and ID cards will be issued on the successful completion of the course. Preregistration is required. For more information on this or any other Barnstable County 4-H program, contact Kerry Bickford via e-mail or call 508-375-6695.

SANDWICH ARTISANS—They announced their 2014 fine arts & crafts show schedule. The shows are held on the lawn of the Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street in Sandwich, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The dates are May 10, May 24, June 7, July 5, August 9, August 30, September 6 and October 11. The shows feature fine art, jewelry, pottery, glasswork, photographs, handcrafted clothing, home accessories, wooden items, and more made by local artisans! All vendor fees are donated to benefit the Sandwich Public Library.

SCHOLARSHIP—Two opportunities came across my desk for scholarships for 2014 graduates of Sandwich High School. First, the Sandwich Women’s Club is offering a scholarship for a graduating high school senior who will be attending a college or university degree program in September, and is a legal resident of Sandwich. They can be grads of Sandwich High or the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, as well as private schools. For an electronic application, e-mail Or, students can send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to HS Scholarship Committee, Sandwich Women’s Club, PO Box 757, Sandwich, MA 02563. Deadline for applications is April 1. The other scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from the Town of Sandwich from the Sandwich Republican Town Committee. Application deadline is April 18. The application, rules concerning the application process, and eligibility requirements can be found on the website of the SRTC at The scholarship is nonpartisan.

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 1,890 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of, the Internet’s entertainment superstation. Have a story idea? He can be reached by e-mail at, on Facebook (Snyder’s Stoughton), and on Twitter (MediaMan2009). Write him via snail mail at Box 639, East Sandwich.   


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