Best way to sell collectibles?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lizzie Borden, May 3, 2021.

  1. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this.

    It's starting to look like I'm going to have to start selling my collectible firearms - four rifles (all milsurp) and two handguns. I know about the Gun Broker auction site, but are there others I should know about?
     
  2. J-Bar

    J-Bar Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,806
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    Do you have friends who shoot? I would first let my shooter friends know what I want to sell. Have your prices in mind. You may not have to do anything else.
     
  3. armedwalleye

    armedwalleye Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Messages:
    842
    Location:
    Central MN
    The Rifle or Handgun sales section here on THR is a good option as well.
     
    dcloco, Elkins45, DoubleMag and 4 others like this.
  4. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    Sad to say, I don't have any local friends who would be interested in collectibles. The two I knew have passed away. I live in a rural area and I'm the weird lady who owns guns she won't shoot and shoots for sport but not for hunting.
     
  5. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    How are payment and delivery handled? My experience is all person-to-person or retail.
     
  6. Hooda Thunkit

    Hooda Thunkit Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2017
    Messages:
    1,320
    Location:
    Oklahoma, out in the red dirt.
    Roughly were is the sea of red, upon which your small blue dot floats ?

    Perhaps your items could be sold FTF, in your state.
     
    Lizzie Borden likes this.
  7. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    I'm in Idaho, north of Moscow.
     
    gobsauce likes this.
  8. J-Bar

    J-Bar Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,806
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    I would consider consignment sale through a nearby gun store that has a good reputation. The store will take a percentage but I think it would be a lot less hassle than an online auction site. If you have a cowboy action club close to you, let the club secretary put out an ad for you. Your guns may not be cowboy guns but the shooters have other tastes as well.
     
  9. George P

    George P Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2018
    Messages:
    7,552
    I would list them here and on similar forums. How it works, a buyer contacts you after your listing (with great descriptions and excellent photos. A price is agreed upon and the seller remits payment and a copy pf his dealer's FFL where the gun will be shipped. (If intrastate in Idaho, I believe the dealer can be skipped for the long guns). Once you get the funds (I prefer USPS MO which I cash first), the guns are sent on their merry way, well packaged. Since you are not a FFL, it will be cheaper to have your local one ship the handguns as he can use USPS for a lot less than UPS or Fedex overnight that you would be forced to use.
     
  10. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,645
    Location:
    Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
    I'm with J-Bar. Having sold hundreds of consignments online, I can assure you that a good listing on GunBroker will sell if priced right. Especially when you are talking about collectables. Find a licensed dealer who sells consignments online and let him handle it. He can post pictures, write descriptions, price, box and ship. All for a nominal fee of course.
     
  11. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    4,654
    Location:
    ohio's northcoast
    Gunrunner actions, they have an office in Cody I believe.
     
    Lizzie Borden likes this.
  12. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    There isn't a dedicated LGS here anymore - there's not enough business for a store to survive. There's a sporting goods store with a good reputation; I'll ask them about their consignment policy. One of the rifles would certainly sell, but I doubt it would sell for what it's worth. Still, a good option to consider. Thanks!
     
  13. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    I'll call around and see if I can find one. As far as I can tell, collectibles aren't big in this area; all the firearms activity seems to be focused on hunting and AR style rifles. Not much call for Enfields.
     
  14. ilbob

    ilbob Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    18,505
    Location:
    Illinois
    I would vote for letting someone else do most of the work for a few guns like this. Plenty of local gun stores that will take them on consignment.
     
  15. tark

    tark Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2013
    Messages:
    3,551
    Location:
    atkinson, ill
    What guns are we talking about and just how "collectable" are they? Are we talking, say, an M-1 in good overall condition, or one that is near new and was never issued? High conditioned milsurps can bring a lot of money these days. Do you have a good, realistic knowledge of what they are worth now? If not you need get educated. Knowing what your guns are actually worth in an all-important first step. The internet is your friend. See what similar guns have sold for online at gunbroker and others. The big auction houses sell a lot of milsurps, usually the higher conditioned guns. Their catalogs can usually be viewed online. Find examples similar to yours and see what they are estimated to sell for. Most auction houses will post "prices realized" on line and you can see what the gun actually sold for. This allows you can set a realistic "reserve" price on your guns.

    Some pics would really help
     
    DoubleMag and Lizzie Borden like this.
  16. milsurpguy

    milsurpguy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2021
    Messages:
    550
    Sell them one at a time, on gun broker during the plandemic.
     
  17. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    I don't have photos yet, but I'll try to get to them this evening.

    1942 US Lend/Lease No. 4 Mk. 1* Enfield, built by Savage. All metal parts are stamped with "S". Union of South Africa proofmark. Sling and bayonet with scabbard. Rough finish and bore, but shoots well. WWII combat .303 ammo had corrosive propellant and primers.

    1952 No. 4 Mk. 2(P) Enfield with bayonet. Numbers match, good condition.

    1952 Soviet SKS, manufactured at the Tula facility. Fewer than 100 rounds fired.

    1.9 Astra 400's. One complete; one with missing parts.

    1974 Smith & Wesson Model 10-6. 4" barrel, .357 Magnum, combat trigger. New York Highway Patrol. The 10-6 is the only Model 10 that was made in .357 and it was the prototype for the Model 13. Moderate holster wear and cylinder scratches from the indexing pawl. Hogue Monogrip. Shoots like a dream.

    I'll have to look for prices realized.
     
  18. J-Bar

    J-Bar Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Messages:
    3,806
    Location:
    Springfield, MO
    You have good taste in guns. Don’t be in a rush. You should be able to get a very fair price for those.

    I laughed at “a blue dot in a sea of red”! You are already my friend.
     
    DoubleMag and Lizzie Borden like this.
  19. AK Hunter

    AK Hunter Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2020
    Messages:
    379
    J-Bar likes this.
  20. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2010
    Messages:
    3,645
    Location:
    Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
    All the more reason to list them online. I sold a Longbranch Enfield last week for $580. Other military guns sold lately include a pair of SKS and a Saiga AK. Military collectables sell well online. More clients will see them there than at our local gun shows.
     
  21. Lizzie Borden
    • Contributing Member

    Lizzie Borden Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2021
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    A Small Blue Dot In A Sea Of Red
    I suppose it should actually be "a speck of red in a blue dot in a sea of red" but who's quibbling.
    Most of the firearms came from my idiot evil twin brother's gun store. He took off for parts unknown in March of 1996 and I ended up stuck with everything. It wasn't that bad a deal, since I love guns, reloading, shooting and detailed cleaning, but I had to clean up his 4473 mess as well. The store may have been a bad idea but I learned quite a lot about firearms. Col. Brower was particularly informative on milsurp weapons.
     
  22. DoubleMag

    DoubleMag Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Messages:
    1,236

    Mr. OP Sir,

    It would seem to me, this^ is the best option? And in effect by giving a somewhat detailed list^^ have you in fact, already started that process, perhaps?. My $.02 ? Gather some more info via HERE, GunBroker, etc. , and LIST THEM HERE:thumbup:. Put a price on them, if they do NOT sell U can still list on GB
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2021
  23. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    5,883
    Location:
    Northern KY
    It costs you nothing to list them in the classified section here, and if they are truly collectible than someone who wants them would be willing to drive to you. I’ve sold a couple of guns here and it’s gone very smoothly. Plus, I’ve met some nice people.

    Selling them here will get you a fair price. Selling them on GunBroker might get you a crazy price, but you’re almost always have to deal with shipping on GB.
     
    DoubleMag likes this.
  24. Robert

    Robert Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    13,101
    Location:
    Texan by birth, in Colorado cause I hate humidity
    Had I the money, I'd take the 1942 No4 off your hands. Best of luck, and from a quick check, you should be able to post the items for sale here if you so desire.
     
    Howland937 and J-Bar like this.
  25. wiscoaster

    wiscoaster Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2019
    Messages:
    2,294
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    A Tula SKS is on my wanna list!! :D
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice