Make Money from collecting Stuff

October 12, 2015 by  
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Make Money from collecting Stuff

If you want to make money from collecting stuff a great source of cashable items can be Estate Sales. These are also known as content sales. These refer to the liquidation of household contents. This is sometimes done to facilitate a faster ‘move’ by the residents. They simply might not find value in packing and shipping their old belongings.

To make money from collecting stuff means going to the source.

Other reasons for holding the sale may be the homeowner has gone into a senior care facility or passed away. In situations like this the property is usually prepared for resale. But it must be emptied of items first. The estate agents will catalogue and price each item to be included in the sale. This can sometimes take days even weeks.

To give you a frame of reference, I’ve been to small homes where a homeowner has passed away. They had only a few boxes of possessions, barely filling a single room. And only a 2 or 3 buyers inside. I’ve also been to a large two-story home vacated by a couple that went into a care facility together. The home was full of items, from decades of raising their family.

Those children, now living abroad, were not available to deal with the home and contents. This particular home took two weeks to catalogue. It had 7 or 8 rooms, absolutely full of items. And the items continued out into the yard, garage and the driveway.

To get an idea, first realize that this home was occupied by the same family for over fifty years. Besides the appliances and furnishings there were tools and sporting goods. There were bicycles, vintage board games, rock collections, model cars, electric train sets and Barbie doll collections.

On the higher end, they had Waterford crystal pieces, dozens of Lladro figurines, as well as other collectables.

More than two hundred people arrived the first morning to take part in the three day sale. Dozens of people arrived hourly for the next two days. These sales are planned and coordinated using the sales agent’s website and classified ads. Sometimes you may see an Estate Sale sign on the day of the sale.

The first in the door are usually the professional buyers. They may’ve been given email notice about the upcoming sale. Notification is as simple as signing on to an email list. And it’s not just the pros going to these things. Regular people looking for interesting items to collect make up the bulk of the sales traffic.

When it comes time to enter it’s usually done by number.You check-in upon arrival and you’re issued a number. Every sale can vary a little but usually they admit blocks of numbers. Ten or twenty people may be given access. When they leave another group is admitted.

This keeps some sense of order and doesn’t tax the hosts of the sale. You can also estimate how long your wait will be, giving you a chance to get a coffee. Be forewarned, do not bring young children. You may be denied access. Please remember you are a guest on the property.

“To make money from collecting stuff means being in the right place at the right time.”

If you are a collector of a specific niche you may want to get there early.As for deciding what time or day to go, it all depends on your goal. If you are a professional that searches out antiques then first day first hour is best. The prices will be at their highest but quality and availability of deals will be at their greatest.

I think for the average buyer just looking for interesting or practical items, you can afford to go after the first big push. The prices become more flexible with every passing hour. Remember the organizer wants maximum revenue. They could collect a final commission around 30% or higher. And they don’t want remaining items at the closing bell.

Anything left over has to be handled, carried or disposed of. You may want arrive during the last few hours, for the best deals of all. But only the most picked over items usually remain at that point. One exception might be that someone had not returned to pick up an item placed ‘on-hold’.

Overall there are great items to be found in estate sales. If it’s a quality address to begin with, chances are they have some collectible items. These sales can last for days, giving you time to decide on a purchase, assuming no one else buys it.

Prices are usually high to start but trend downward steadily.You can, and should, bargain. The hosts are experienced at pricing but it’s still in their best interest to collect as much as possible. It’s only on the last afternoon that they go into “just sell it” mode. This is all about the final numbers.

Estate sales are a lot of fun if nothing else. It can be a great way to spend a few hours. Another idea for you is to source out a big sale on your next business trip. Instead of being stuck in your hotel between meetings, why not explore a sale?

Do an online search for “estate sales”, followed by your destination. For example – Estate Sales Chicago. This can be a great way to see a city and learn about a community. You may even unwittingly make money from collecting stuff while your away. Or at the very least add some unique souvenirs and memorabilia. to your existing collections.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
SmokinMonkey.com

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What is OOP?

October 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Spotlight, Treasure

What is OOP

Have you ever wondered exactly what is OOP?
Almost everyone is aware that books go “out of print” and become desirable as collectors items. Few of us stop to consider that the same is also true for movies, in both VHS and DVD format.

For example, you may have come across an old re-release of a movie but notice the cover art looks strange. The original missing cover art is likely out-of-print. Also known OOP. The DVD is probably a genuine re-release but the cover art had to be redone, and usually not as well. A perfect example that may also be highly collectible.

New collectors sometimes ask what is OOP?

They frequently use this term to advertise their products. It’s used frequently in title bars where space is at a premium, or limited to 30-60 characters. Simply put, the abbreviation evolved from a need to optimize expensive advertising space.

The OOP expression is often used in conjunction with a date and the word “cover.” These terms mean the product and the package artwork are no longer being produced.

What is OOP and what isn’t, can make a difference on the final comparison value.

When distributors sell out their stock of a particular item they become difficult to find. Hard-core collectors and sellers usually know where to find items, but it’s more difficult for the average collector.

Brand new and factory sealed OOP movies can quickly become highly prized collectables, just as OOP books and music.

There has been a surge in auctions and e-stores offering OOP titles.
Items are usually listed in the seller’s inventory or are available through some indirect source.

A word of caution, most collectors have learned to pay close attention to an items catalog number. This important piece of information is the number listed on the items cover jacket or box. The catalog number is an easy way for collector’s to identify the studio’s authenticity.

This also proves that the item is genuine and in fact is out of print. This is especially important where foreign items are offered because some versions are not OOP at all. These could be intended to fool the average collector.

Some collectors who bid at auctions are not collecting for financial gain, but just want an item for the pure enjoyment of owning the item itself.

They can settle in with their favorite book or watch their favorite movie knowing the experience with their OOP item will be a truly unique experience.

What is OOP and what is not should only be considered if your endeavour is profit based. Whatever your motivation for deciding on an OOP purchase, be it as an investment or just for the pure enjoyment of watching one of your favorite movies, you are sure to find collecting of OOP movies both interesting and rewarding.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
SmokinMonkey.com

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