You've changed your focus, run out of space, tired of dusting or just need the money. Whatever the reason, it's time to lose the collection. But how?
If you're not in a hurry, selling items individually will usually bring higher prices than selling the entire collection as a group. It's also harder to find someone to buy a huge lot.
Selling the collection individually can also pay off if you have rare pieces that are sought after by collectors.
The downside: it takes more time and effort than one realizes.
3. Online MallsGetting the best price depends on the venue chosen, e.g. don't sell autographs on a site that is heavy into antiques or vice-versa. Do some research and find out where your type of collectors are hanging out and where they are buying.
It can be a bit of work loading your descriptions, pictures and general set-up. But you get to set your own prices and although someone might ask for a better deal, you still decide the final price. Fees can vary widely. Bonanza
I'm not quite sure how to classify Bonanzle. It's not really an auction site -- but it could be, as some sellers will have a live auction. It's more like an online mall, but different. The listing fees are free, selling fees are 3% and there is lots of interaction between buyers and sellers.
4. LoftyIf you're wanting to sell higher-end collectibles, a little too valuable for eBay, but maybe not quite worthy of Christy's or Sotheby's, Lofty just might be your solution.
It's a way of selling those single items and only incurring a sellers premium of 10%.
Lofty evaluates your items, arranges for the shipping and authenticates the pieces. Doesn't get much easier than that.
5. Flea Markets Anyone?You've probably found lots of your treasures at flea markets, perhaps now you can reverse the process and sell your unwanted treasures there. The upside is -- you're probably familiar with the local flea markets and know which ones carry your type of stuff.
It isn't necessarily any easy project to undertake, but if you're a people person, you might get bitten by the bug and start looking for more stuff to sell.
TIP: Put a small classified ad on Craig's List or in the newspaper mentioning your collection and the flea market it will be sold at. More eyes means more sales!
Reach out in as many places as you can by posting sale listings on collector forum/bulletin boards around the Internet.
In either case, don't annoy folks by posting dozens of listings at one time.
One source that I've used in the past year or so has been Craigs List. It is an online option, but it's free and has an avid following, certainly worth a try. Unfortunately there have been also stories of people taking advantage of sellers, so be safe. Never let strangers in your home and never be alone when meeting them.
8. eBay Drop Off /Consignment StoresFind an auction drop-off business that specializes in selling your stuff for you online.
The downside: Not all stores will know about your items and you might need to do a little hand-holding to be sure descriptions are correct and categories are the best fit. Find out all fees before signing on the dotted line. Charges could include the commission, listing fee, transaction fee and Paypal fees.
9. Selling in One Swoop - Auction HousesThere is a lot to be said by getting rid of everything in one fell swoop, but that doesn't mean putting 300 cookie jars in one eBay auction and wondering why no one wants to buy them all as a group or instant collection.
If you don't want to mess with the stuff or just want to get it over with quickly, try consigning your stuff to an auction house, choices include online, local or a specialty house. Check their references, fees and the work required from you before deciding on the right auction.
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