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It's not always the "usual suspects" at your home that are worth money

When people are leaving their home of many years, one of the many challenges is whether anything is worth money?  These days it is rarely the “usual suspects” that are worth money, e.g. the antique dining table, lounge suite or dressing tables – it is often the least likely items that may be hidden in the back of cupboards:

  • I helped a power of attorney a few weeks ago sort out all the stuff in a property in Yarrambat.  We sent a massive truckload of items, including a clock collection, to an auction house.  They’ve had a great result at auction earning around $6000.  More than a $1000 of this was for old VFL football records.
  • We assisted with sorting another home in June in Ashburton that on first viewing had little that was sellable.  But we found in cupboards old vintage car manuals and body building magazines.  Our client will receive a cheque for several hundred dollars for these.

Old postcards can also be worth checking out with an auction house. 

Items can go in and out of fashion and thus demand.  What sold 6 months ago may now not be in demand and something that went out of demand can become desirable again.  Remember a few years ago when everyone was after old suitcases and now no one wants them!! 

If you’re not sure, contact your local auction house, take a photo of the item and text them.   You never know …

 

Mary

Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist | Aging Specialist, ICD  |  CD Specialist, ICD  |  Hoarding Specialist, ICD  | Expert Member AAPO 

Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of senior adults & their families.   I regularly speak about 3a decluttering and smart downsizing.

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