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Old 02-06-2018, 08:24 AM
 
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When my dad passed and we had to clean out his apt., my sister arranged with a local (to her) auction company to come and get his furniture (nothing special). They sent 3 men and a truck from around Worcester MA to almost Boston MA, loaded up and drove back. When we finally got the auction proceeds, we each got about $100. Figuring the auction company kept about 10%, I would say that was a losing proposition for them.
Yeah, that's not how it works.

Their actual cut was around 50% of the GROSS sales.

From YOUR 50% was deducted all expenses, like advertising, cost of auction help, utilities, and the money they paid 3 men and a truck to bring the goods. That left your $100 each.

Auction companies are NEVER in the position of losing money.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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The jewelry at least would be wanted by someone. Why not put it up for sale after getting its worth, and know it went to someone who really wanted it.
That is the craziest part. People will offer their family gold, diamond, and precious gem jewelry of the recently deceased and most of them don't have the foresight to see anything of value. The executors end up selling for pennies on the dollar or just keeping it.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Yeah, that's not how it works.

Their actual cut was around 50% of the GROSS sales.

From YOUR 50% was deducted all expenses, like advertising, cost of auction help, utilities, and the money they paid 3 men and a truck to bring the goods. That left your $100 each.

Auction companies are NEVER in the position of losing money.

IDK, it seems to me they sent a list of what everything sold for, and it wasn't much. Sure, they could have cheated, but how did they know one of us was not at the sale, taking notes?

This was all a long time ago, so my memory may be faulty.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:36 AM
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Location: Texas
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I've had appraisers tell me my things are "worth nothing" and then say "I'll take it off your hands for you".


Um, no.
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:41 AM
 
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Here's the thing. I KNOW what's in my parents house. You don't. I KNOW how my parents live. You don't. They are hoarders with numerous ill cats. There's next to nothing of any type of value in that house. There's a handful of things, but the cats got to them. Between the scratches, urine, feces, and vomit, no one will want the items. There are no antiques. Just old dated crap from the 80's and 90's that's in terrible condition.
Like I said, throw away the actual garbage only.

Unfortunately in this case that means just about everything. Good luck and wear a mask and gloves.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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My mom has a Henredon sectional sofa from the 1950s that has been recovered at least five times and my sister have been fighting over it all our lives. Literally.

I use my crystal and china a lot.

My MIL has some ladder back chairs made by by the guy who literally made the Kennedy Rockers for P&P chairs and she has willed them to me.

I think it just depends on what is being given.

My mom has also passed down her jewelry through the years. Both my engagement and wedding rings were my mothers.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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You are looking at it all wrong!

Take what you want, throw away ONLY ACTUAL GARBAGE, not what YOU think has no value. Then turn it over to an estate seller and you are done.
I think you meant FIND an estate seller who will take the job.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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Small common lives that come and then go. I am glad my father got his one wish- to be buried in the V.A. Cemetery with a Jewish star, his name spelled right, and World War 2 on the stone. I have one picture, of him in dress uniform after basic training, on his way to Europe in 1944. So many lives turned around by this and other events. I love the picture and am glad to have it, have made sort of a memory altar with a meditating Buddha and a meditating sculpture, plus a Tibetan prayer bell. A spare memory, which suits me.
Awww I love that story. Bless your father.



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Old 02-06-2018, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I have found sterling silver spoons in thrift stores for as little as $.10. because no one bothered to clean it and see what it was.
Agony is being in St. Vincent de Paul, standing in line behind the guy who took 6 solid (not weighted) sterling silver goblets to the register and is paying $1 each.

I check the marks on all silvery items now. Have made some money that way.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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We have several boxes of photos from my husbandís family. No one knows who they are. Iím fine with giving them to an antique shop or artist to do something with. We will never know who the people are so why hold onto them until we die and keep passing them on? Thatís how we got stuck with them.
That is sad that you don't know who they are. Yeah I can't see you keeping them. At least today most photos are digital, they don't have to be discarded, just identified. I try and put up on ancestry family tree any pictures I find of family so at least their likeness is kept forever.
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