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Read This Before You Throw Out Your “Junk”

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You’ve probably heard the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, which is more true today than ever before. At least, that’s what we’ve noticed this past year based on the sales in our online auctions. So, before you throw out that “junk”, you may want to consider selling it first.

Who wants to buy my junk?

‘Does anyone even want my stuff?’ is a question that many people ask. The answer is: “Absolutely, yes.” You would be surprised what can sell. What price items will sell for is another topic altogether, though. We’ve seen items that sell for $100 that we thought would only sell for $10, and then we’ve seen items sell for $1 that we thought would get $50. It really all depends on the market for each item and the marketing of said items. Again, that’s where an auction house like us can help. Marketing auctions is our forte.

Not All Trash Is Treasure

Of course, there are certain items that are absolute trash and should not be sold at auction. Examples include used underwear, socks, etc. (It’s crazy that we even have to say this but you’d be surprised how many people attempt to sell these types of items.) Consult with your local auctioneer to see what items would be considered good to sell. You could also go through all of the items that you want to get rid of and do research online to see how much they’re worth. Some of you may remember the story of the person who owned the $20K+ art piece. If they had done their research, they may have thought twice about donating it!

Value Is Relative

Keep in mind that what might be good to sell in one area or market might be different in another area. For example, trying to sell a piece of farm equipment in a place like New York City might be more challenging than selling that same item in Omaha, Nebraska. Another thing to keep in mind that the value of items is all relative. Value is what someone is willing to pay for something no matter what you think it’s worth.

If you have a house full of “junk” you don’t want anymore, it can seem a little overwhelming to try and sell everything on your own. That’s where an auction house like us could step in and take over. We’ll handle everything and get rid of all your assets in one online event. If you’re in the Southern California area, contact us for a consultation.

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