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When I was in my early teen years, I would look at jumble sales and swap shops for old radio's or clocks, my bedroom looked like a tat shop at the time.

These days and for many years it has been china and tools.

What were your hobbies or collections?

 

Regards

Alan

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I've restored many a chiming mantle clock in the past Alan.

Renewing the bushes and broken chime rods, you could pick them up for a fiver and sell them for thirty or forty.

I've only got two left now, a Wittington/Westminster mantle clock and a long-case electric master clock.

I can still get it accurate to a few seconds a month, with tiny copper discs on the pendulum platform, just like the pennies on Big Ben. :)

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I've given up this collecting lark, used to collect antiques. Have had a decidedly major declutter and now wonder why we ever collected it in the first place! Not saying that it got out of hand but it took us hours of cleaning & polishing and the pleasure went of of it. Still enjoy renovating furniture but it now ends there.

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I can make an educated guess where that came from, Strow!!!!;)

Wrong I'm afraid... :)

I admired the exchange master clocks over many years, fascinated by the way the mechanism tripped the pulses.

That one was much simpler though, and it came from a junk shop, in the 1980's, for £20.

The dealer had no idea how rare or valuable it was, he thought it was a conventional clock where someone had removed the clockwork mechanism.

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My main collections are beer mugs and tankards.I must have between 60 to 70.When we did the house up to sell 10 years ago, most were packed away, some are on show, when we move next hopefully to our house in Norfolk, hope to display them.They are in all sizes wood glass silver China etc.Strange but started when I was young.

 

Ian

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I collect everything... I rarely throw things out... doh...

Lots of stuff from the  60's, inc Grundig reel to reel tape recorder, several vacuum cleaners, an old senior, one, a round constellation one, that hovers over carpets. Airfix slot car racing set, 15+ cars, old coins, loads of stamps inc.. first day covers from the 60's, 70's loads of old coinage florins, pennies, half crowns threepenny bits, halfpennies, silver threepences, the list goes on, a few pelham puppets. Two stainless steel framed aquariums that when I look on the intermet are collector's items lol

Well it is now clear out time, most of this has to go after we discuss it with the kids. 

So looking for good places to sell on the stamps and coins to start with.

Where are the best places? 

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.......So looking for good places to sell on the stamps and coins to start with.

Where are the best places? 

Ebay, without a shadow of a doubt.

Over the past ten years I've sold thousands of pounds worth of my excess "toys".

It's really a sellers market there now, once you learn the best way to advertise, with clear pictures and the right prices, bin, etc..

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Ebay, without a shadow of a doubt.

Over the past ten years I've sold thousands of pounds worth of my excess "toys".

It's really a sellers market there now, once you learn the best way to advertise, with clear pictures and the right prices, bin, etc..

Thanks  for that, I would have sold the other stuff on ebay, but stamps and coins I would have thought were more specialist. You are right regarding what you say about them... so I'll leak them slowly onto the market lol... too many at a time often reduces the price. Timing is also critical...I'll watch a few similar items. Thanks.

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Thanks  for that, I would have sold the other stuff on ebay, but stamps and coins I would have thought were more specialist. You are right regarding what you say about them... so I'll leak them slowly onto the market lol... too many at a time often reduces the price. Timing is also critical...I'll watch a few similar items. Thanks.

That's exactly the right approach Viking.

Collections never make as much as single items or very small groups.

Large, clear photos are now free to add, and most items look really appealing to the bidders when shown to best advantage.

Ebay is now full of bidders anxious to "win" an auction, especially when there's stiff competition. Any fool can win an auction, they simply need to pay over the true value, which so many do in the heat of the moment.

It's therefore become much harder to get Ebay bargains now as a buyer. You need to look for items placed in the wrong category, or mis-spelt in the title.

Another wrinkle is to search for "buy it now" items as soon as they are listed, rather than the default of auctions ending soonest.

Private sellers often list them for far less than they go for in auction when buyers get excited towards the end of the listing.

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Everything that Strow has said about E.Bay is spot on, in my opinion. I would add that ending on a Sunday is not a good tactic, lots of people are away from their computer at the weekend. I also find that 5 day auctions seem to work best, can only guess that it introduces a bit of urgency into the auction. Like Strow I have offloaded loads of excess 'toys', I even have a clear space in my workroom! 

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With a tool box and four musical daughters it was inevitable that one of them would come up with something for me to repair, this time it's a Paraguayan harp that needs a new back. Lovely looking thing, even with a badly split back it has a sumptuous tone. I've repaired several student grade violins over the years so I'm not entirely in the dark on stringed instruments but a harp is a new one for me. At least I can hand it back when I have finished it, I hope!

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