澳洲Australia property Old furniture left in house - valuable or


在澳大利亚 I need some advice regarding a property purchase. Property - semi-detached house Bedrooms - 2 Condition - average needs internal reno to modernise Street - one of the best in suburb Location - excellent Close to schools - yes Transport - 50m The pool at of an IP needs to be resurfaced (or so the pool doctor says), the cost was estimated to be $10K ($10,000), after recoverying from my impresssion of a cat coughing up a fur ball, it just seems far too much. Its just a standard poo


Bought an old house and the previous owner left quite a lot of old furniture in there. I believe that sold in the right way, it could have reasonable value as 'retro' or 'vintage' furniture.

Anyone got suggestions on the best way to get the right value for it? If I ask a second-hand furniture seller to come in and price it, I wouldn't know if they were offering a fair price or not.  

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I have a friend who has just opened a "shop" in one of the antique centres at the Gabba. If you want her to come to make an offer, send me a PM.

We have always been told that an antique dealer will offer enough to you to add 100% mark up. I understand they have overheads and staff and have to make a profit, so don't get offended by what they offer.

When we were faced with selling a house full of furniture (some antique), we were offered a pittance from antique dealers, and ended up selling it on ebay where people could set the value. We got about double that offered by the dealer.

Why not check ebay, completed listings, to see what sort of money you will get, but I would think you will not do better with a dealer. However, one dealer taking it all away is a lot less hassle.

Don't forget, you can list on ebay for free now, but with a higher final value fee, so you can ask what you like, and allow buyers to offer less and you make the decision. This is good for things that are not in hot demand and will not be bid up by a number of buyers.  

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we recently sold alot of my mum's furniture/ belongings on ebay.

Most was antique and probably reasonably valuable......... but she just had so much of it!! Even after the estate distribution to my 5 siblings and I, there was still a houseful of stuff.

I would approach it from the point of view of saving you money for removalists, rather than making alot of money on the furniture.

For us, items sold for btw $30 and $150. I dont think any of the desks sold (old fashioned style, not suitable for computers). dining tables were also difficult to get rid of.

Wardrobes and beds all sold. But its surprising what people wanted. Mum had a whole bunch of wire storage baskets, ( 50 or so!!) and I broke them down into smaller matching sets, and they went like hotcakes. People were paying more than they would for a new set. it was crazy.

If you do sell on ebay, set 2 or 3 specific times for item collection clearly marked in your item description AND let people know that there wont be anyone available to help them move the items AND let them know its pick up only..... you wont be organising any couriers. People have very high expectations and its better to be clear up front. Otherwise it can be alot of work.

Good luck  

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