27. Duck Decoys
In case you are unaware, wood decoy ducks are quite valuable. The wooden kind are always handmade, and it takes years of work to make ones that look realistic. At my local seaport, they even keep the tradition of making duck decoys with small classes of local artisans. Even then, they only admit “advanced” duck makers, not beginners. So it’s something that these artists feel passionate about.
Looking on eBay, I can see that they sell for as little as $10. But the most expensive sale in 2021 was an Antique Merganser Duck Decoy that sold for $8,100. Many of you might be thinking- Why? What makes one only worth $10 and the other worth over $8,000? I would say it has a lot to do with artistic talent and detail. It’s very clear that one was created by a master craftsman, while the other was created by a newbie.