I was working with an agent who was selling a house that was full of antiques. The client was down-sizing so the obvious question was, "What do we do with all of them?" The homeowner's daughter wanted to take pictures of the items and post them on eBay but I figured this might be a topic worth investigating. I searched my yellow pages and was luck enough to get a gentleman who has been in the antique business for 30+ years. He said that given the current economy, they have become very particular about what they purchase. Bottom line, you can reach out to local antique dealers and if you know what you have, you give them a list. If it's interesting enough, they'll come out to you and see what you have. He also said that you can email all of the antique dealers with pictures of what you have and again, if they're interested, you'll get a response. Now I was also in touch with a larger antique dealer who is also a certified appraiser and he offers more options. He said that they can come in and inventory all of your pieces and have a tag or estate sale. He said that these are very popular and can attract a broader and larger population. In addition, they could purchase the entire collection of antiques as they do auctions every couple of months and also post items on eBay. He was not a proponent of the homeowner doing this on their own since he said it's a very involved process. This particular dealer said he has three staff members that handle eBay auctions. In addition, if you're an agent who has a referral for this larger dealer, he offers a referral fee. So I just thought I'd share this information in hopes you would find it useful. If you're in the Rockland County, NY area and are interested in the names of my contacts, I'd be happy to share!
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