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Old 03-13-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Kauai
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I need some help in figuring out how to get rid of a whole lot of stuff. We're moving to Hawaii in July and we have a house FULL of 20 years' worth of accumulated junk, treasures, antiques, etc. We need to get rid of most of it, but many of the items are valuable, so I hate to just give them away or dumpster them. Yet, selling everything on eBay or Craigs List seems like it will take too much time, and often things don't sell.

I live in a small town, and I don't think there is any business around here that could help with this sort of thing. I plan to have three yard sales, at the end of April, May and June, and get rid of what I can that way. I can "freecycle" some stuff, give some to the Salvation Army. But, what is the best way to sell stuff like antique sewing machines, a rollaway bed, a large (8') snake, an antique organ (heavy!) that is in the middle of being restored, etc.??

Any ideas?
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: In a house
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You could try Ebay but you'd probably have to request local pick-up. But there are so many people on ebay that you'd be suprised at how many people would drive to your place, if they lived within a fairly close distance, to find an item they just have to have!! Also try to free ads in your local newspaper. There are other sites for selling antiques online that could also be of some help.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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Can you have someone store them and divide half of the proceeds when sold?
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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you might look to see if there is a local auction house. they often take items on consignment for auctions. you usually just get whatever the item goes for after they take a percentage. At least you would get some cash, and have it all done quickly. you might also check at a local antique shop and see if they take items on consignment.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Ithica cant be that small if I have heard of it!!
You might try Craigs list or definitely some sort of Auction house or even have an estate sale if you have that much.

People will travel for estate sales and antiques.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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ads in the paper can pay off too, do you have some sort of free 'advertiser' I know they have them in Pa at gasstations... Or put a note in grocery stores maybe? It's gonna take a while to sell everything and some things you may have to give away or leave with friends or family. After those yardsales you'll have a better idea of what you're stuck with.
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Old 03-13-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Donate what you can to a non profit group, we have big brothers/big sisters. Write off your donation on your taxes at least you will make something off of it. I have a non profit group come to my house every other month to pick up goods. It's worked for me, should work for you. I also listed items of craigslist (free you haul off) that was very successful, plus it helped out college kids trying to funrish their apartment
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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I found people that I thought could use what I was giving away and told them to come get it and for the stuff they didn't want, Hospice came to pick it up.
You'll be really lucky if you can find someone that wants an old sewing machine and organ. If you have any antique stores in your area, call someone to see if they can come out and pick them up.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Maui
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I can't say enough good things about Craigs List. My father in law passed away a few months ago and we sold ALL his furniture just from that one free ad. Let me tell you he had some old nasty things but I guess there is someone out there who will buy anything. I plan on putting several more things on there including a antique bedroom set. Go for it!!
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Absolutely do Craig's. Take a few hours to take pics of everything and post them up. Refresh your ad every few days as well. You won't sell anything there if there aren't pics. And tell people to make you a reasonable offer. If you still have a lot a month before the move, stick the posting on the "free" section. And when its getting too close for comfort, donate it all. At the very least you'll have a tax write off. I wouldn't do ebay as THAT is way too time intensive.
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