Getting The Most For Your Online Sales

shop-1298480_960_720When trying to sell your used items online, you can face a lot of competition. There are typically dozens (if not more) of people selling similar items. This will often lead to some charging way less that then would like in order to stick out among the rest. While this can be a valid tactic, it is not the only one. So to assist you in your online sales endeavors, here are a few tips to help make you an online sales success.

  1. First you need to have good pictures of the item. Clean the item (if applicable) well and then take the photo of it against a solid color background (white is best). Ensure there is lots of lighting. If there are any imperfections, photograph them too and add that to the listing (you will be more trustworthy and also have a better chance at getting a good rating.
  2. See what others are charging and if there is a lot of competition, try charging only a few cents less. Many people list their items at the exact same price they see others selling for, and if a potential buyer sorts by lowest price, those few cents will put you on top.
  3. If the item has additional pieces that come with it, add that as part of the listing. Things like “with power cable” or “carrying case included” add to the value and should be mentioned.

These three tips (though basic) can really go a long way to helping you see your items online. This will also help you if you are trying to get a good price for them at a local pawn shop (like this one: http://uspawnjewelry.com/#!locations/cfvg) too. Even garage sales revenue can be boosted by applying the above simple rules.

Getting More For Your Items

flea-market-467729_960_720When you’ve got stuff to sell, you, of course, want to get as much money for it as possible (unless you’re purely in a hurry, in which case just take the stuff and go!). So it helps to know how to go about selling if you plan on raking in the cash. To help you out, here’s a few tips to keep in mind when trying to sell your stuff.

  1. If selling online, post lots of photos. This will increase the chances that people will look at your ad or listing. Lots of high-quality photos that show the honest condition of the item.
  2. Get an idea of the price range by searching for the same item yourself. Pretend you want to buy another and see what others are charging. This will give you a feel for the water. Also check how long the item was available at that price. If the listing is very old and the item still for sale, you know the person was charging too much.
  3. Clean up the item as much as possible. This is especially applicable to tools and things that tend to get dirty. A clean looking item can be sold for more (definitely do this before taking photos!).
  4. If you’re trying to sell gift cards and your immediate friends/family don’t want them, take them to a pawn shop. Many pawn shops will buy unused gift cards like these guys: http://uspawnjewelry.com/#!gift-cards/cnwsb.
  5. Slightly list the item for more than you’re willing to part with it for so that you have a little wiggle room when the potential buyer inevitably tries to haggle with you.
  6. You can bundle items together and potentially get more than you could individually (like a TV and a DVD player or a set of power tools).

Hope the above tips help you out!

When To Be Haggled

price-tag-374404_960_720When trying to sell your stuff, you have a clear objective which is to get as much money for each item as possible. Now, when one is buying items, theirs is the exact opposite: to pay as little as possible. So this is why when you’re holding a yard or garage sale, or listing items online for sale, you are going to encounter people who will try to haggle your price down. Sometimes, you should hold fast, and other times, it’s good to yield a bit.

But when to do what? Well, here’s a few pointers to help you out with this depending on the circumstance.

If you’re having a garage/yard sale, then you should start off by marking up your items by a few dollars. Nothing outrageous, but a few bucks higher than what you really want. Then when people try to haggle you, you’ll have a little bit of room to play with without going below your desired figure. If someone is trying to really knock a lot off of the price (to the degree that it seems unfair to you) then don’t budge. Never be so desperate to get a sale that you get screwed.

If you are selling online and the person has called to inquire about the item, they may ask for a reduction in price right then and there. Again, use your judgement and see how much you really want for the item and stick to your ground. However, if the person called, and then arrived to pick up the item and are NOW asking for a reduction, then don’t budge. They came out there knowing the price and were willing to pay it. Now they are trying to save a few dollars, but they probably won’t want to leave empty handed. Simply tell them that you’re sorry, but they will need to pay the agreed price.

Remember, if you fail to get the sale because of your refusal to lower the price, you could always pawn your items later on if need be.

Guide To Selling Antiques

One of the most valuable things that a person may own would be an antique item. From furniture to adornments to old electronics, antique items can be worth a small fortune. But there’s a lot involved in determining how much they are worth. For instance, just because something is old doesn’t mean that it is worth a lot. It depends on the demand for that item, the age, who made it, who owned it, etc. This is why you would typically pay a professional to give you an appraisal as you may be clueless to the real value of the item.

But before you go and hit up antiques roadshow, there are a few things that you need to know before hiring a pro to do your appraisal. This guide from money.cnn.com is pretty handy:

Hire an appraiser to appraise — nothing more
Never, ever sell your antiques to the person who’s appraising them. You’re creating an automatic conflict of interest. There’s too much of a temptation for them rip you off by giving you an artificially low value, and there’s little reason for them not to do that.

If an appraiser tries to buy your property “drop kick them out the door. Don’t be polite about it,” said Rosson.

Also, steer clear of appraisers who charge a percentage of your property’s value. That just creates a different type of conflict. “There’s too much temptation for appraisals to be through the roof if someone wants a big fee,” explained Rosson.

Reputable appraisers generally charge by the hour, with rates varying from $100 in rural communities up to $300 or more in big cities.

Skip Internet appraisals
Many of us are so used to doing research on the Internet, so it may be tempting to obtain a free online quote to find out how much Dad’s Popeye watch is really worth.

But appraisers agree that the Internet is generally not a good place to obtain accurate valuations. A good appraiser will need to see and handle a piece to determine its true value. Online auctions don’t provide a good gauge of value, either. eBay sale prices usually reflect gut reactions to merchandise rather than informed bids.

Get references
 

Professionals who deal with appraisers on a regular basis can be a valuable resource. Trust managers at a bank or estate attorneys are a good source for finding a professional, reliable appraiser. Auction houses and dealers, on the other hand, may not be a good sources as their motivation is to acquire property as inexpensively as possible.

Professional organizations also are a good source of referrals because they work to ensure their good name by making sure members are qualified.

To become a member of Appraisers Association of America Inc., individuals must have five years of professional experience. More senior certified members need five years of appraising experience, plus they have to pass a two-part exam on appraising theory and methodology. The Association also has an online search tool for consumers to help you find appraisers in your area.

Another option is the American Society of Appraisers, where members must pass an exam on valuing property and on ethical standards. Senior members must have at least five years of experience and take four classes covering various aspects of appraising.

Interview several candidates
Once you get some names, search for appraisers who fits your needs.

“If you have a collection of early Flemish paintings you’re not necessarily going to choose someone who specializes in cutting-edge contemporary art,” said Frances Zeman, a Brooklyn, NY appraiser and chairperson of the American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Committee.

Look closely at an appraiser’s resume to see how long they’ve been working and what kind of property they usually work with. Since you’re not an expert, yourself, it may be difficult ascertaining the extent of an appraiser’s skills. But you can get a “gut read” on how thorough someone is if they can tell you about one article you own in great detail.

You’ll also want a written estimate of what an appraisal will cost and how long it will take to complete. In most cases, an appraiser may need a month to prepare your report, but someone who’s good — and busy — may need more time.

Know when to use a specialist
As much as we’d like to believe we own unique and precious artifacts, we’re most likely to have fairly common objects- – furniture, silver, perhaps a vase or two. That’s why in most cases, a good generalist will suffice for most appraising jobs. Like a good family physician, that person should tell you when he or she needs to call in a specialist.

Still, there are some times when you should skip the generalist and go straight to well-honed expertise. For example, jewelry appraisal is very specialized, as is the appraisal of ancient artifacts such as pre-Columbian or Greek art. Coin collections and certain styles of paintings (for example, Old Masters) also need a specialist’s eye. When you call appraisers ask them if you should go to a specialist.

Decide how you’ll use the item
When it comes to appraising, the value of an antique or collectable will vary depending on its purpose. Are you planning to sell something? Insure it? Donate it to charity? A good appraiser will ask you about your plans so he or she can assess your property accurately.

If you want to sell something, an appraiser will look at its fair market value — that is, the price you can obtain from a willing buyer. This price will be less than what retailers would sell it for. After all, antiques dealers will mark up a price to make a living. But knowing an article’s market value will ensure you don’t get ripped off.

If you’re assessing a piece to insure it, however, an appraiser will look at its replacement value from a source where you’d likely find a similar article. That could be anywhere from an antiques store to auction to a flea market — or if you had a duplicate made. But because you’re going to be going to retailers, who will mark up prices, the appraised value for insurance purposes will be higher than if you were selling something.

Don’t fix, paint or “improve” unappraised items
See a scratch? Does the paint look faded? Whatever you do, resist the temptation to repair items that haven’t been appraised. The pros all have horror stories of clients’ who inadvertently slashed the value of their property by fiddling with it.

Rosson once had a client ask him to stop by and appraise an antique bed she just purchased. He sped over, but he was too late. She had stripped the original red paint from the piece just as he pulled into her driveway. That move, he said, cut the value of the bed in half.

Of course, once an appraiser has seen your property you can decide if you want to fix it. In fact, many appraisers can give you references for craftsmen and others who can do high-quality repairs on antiques of other valuables. Local museums and auction houses may also have references so when you do decide to fix up your collection, you can rest assured it’s in the best hands possible.

Get it in writing.
You’ll want to get your appraisal in writing, and you should know what an appraisal will include before you hire someone.

At a minimum, a report should state the reason the appraisal was requested, a description of the methods that were used to determine the object’s value, and detailed descriptions of your property. If more than one individual appraised your work, it should be clear who handled various pieces. Finally, the appraiser should give you a clear statement of the object’s worth — not an estimate.

For more details on what to look for in an appraisal, read “Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal” from the Appraisers Association of America web site.

Renew old appraisals.
If you’re relying on appraisals that are decades old, they’re probably way off the mark. That’s because the value of an object can rise or fall dramatically over time. When Andy Warhol died, for example, fans clamored to buy his art or other possessions. In fact, the sale of his estate generated a staggering $25.3 million, twice the amount auction house Sotheby’s expected. Fans even paid $250,000 for one of Warhol’s cookie jars, an object he collected but didn’t make. But by 1993, when the auction house put more of Warhol’s estate up for sale, only two of 16 original works sold. The market, experts said, was glutted with his works, pushing prices disastrously low.

In most cases, you should have appraisals done every three to five years, said Victor Wiener, executive director of Appraisers Association of America. He adds: “Every appraisal should have some kind of indication of what kind of marketplace you’re dealing with,” said Wiener. This will help you determine when you’ll next need to check in with your appraiser.

Educate yourself.
If you’re a budding collector, don’t just rely on appraisers. Educate yourself. It will make you a better consumer — and seller should you eventually decide to do that.

Start with general references books to get your feet wet, such as Rosson’s “Treasures In Your Attic” or “Know Your Antiques,” by Ralph and Terry Kovel, who also have a subscription-based online newsletter. If you can find an art history class or other course related to your collection, take it.

If you’re serious about building a collection over a time, you should be able to find reputable dealers who are willing to cultivate a relationship with you and take the time to answer your questions. And go to auction previews and sales to slowly learn what pieces sell for.

 

If you do find that your item isn’t worth a whole lot, then you could always just take it to a pawn shop.

Selling Old Electronics

Nowhere do items and products get changed and upgraded as fast as they do in the realm of electronics. It seems that constantly, the latest thing is not outdated, and we find ourselves having to change out devices. From phones to television sets, the world of consumer electronics is an ever-changing scene.

This is why many people will try to sell their older models when upgrading to new stuff. This can be a great way to offset the price (high price often) of the newest gadgets. The only problem is that it takes a bit of time and some effort to get these things sold to other people (which is what you have to do if you want to get the most money.

But what if you don’t have the time for all that? What if you don’t want to have to go through the trouble of listing your stuff, waiting for and handling responses, answering questions, and then possibly meeting someone to exchange the cash? Well, there are a few avenues of options that you could take.

The first of these is to take your items to a local pawn shop. You can probably find a Ft. Lauderdale pawn shop that would pay a decent price for your offerings. This is much better than going to a regular retailer (mostly for older video game consoles).

You could also look for people who actively buy old electronics (with the purpose of reselling them). You won’t get as much as you would by selling to an individual consumer directly, but you’ll definitely get a faster return and be spared the hassle.

Hopefully this will help you to get a good idea of how you can make a little bit of extra cash for your old electronic items. Happy selling!

Getting The Most For Your Junk Car

classic-car-362176_960_720Nobody wants to waste an opportunity to make a little extra cash. So when there’s an old car lying around, there also lies a chance to make a little extra dough. But where to sell it and for how much will depend on the state the car is in. It will also depend on how fast you want to get rid of it. So let’s look at some options for selling a car in various states of upkeep.

If the car doesn’t work, and you know it’s more than a quick fix, your only option may be a junkyard. They will usually shell out a couple hundred for an old junky car. But, if the car has any kind of a following, you may be able to sell the parts individually to those willing to buy them. Check online first to see if there is any demand at all for the still-working parts in your car.

If the car works but isn’t in the best of condition, you may try a pawn shop. Many pawn shops (like theses guys here) will deal in cars, and if you’re not going to be able to sell it to an individual (as it may not be a real looker) sometimes it can be pawned or just sold.

If the car is still one you would drive yourself, and works fine, then you have more options. You could trade it in if you are looking to get a new one. If it looks good and doesn’t have too many miles on it, then listing it yourself and trying to find a buyer may be the ticket. Some lots will actually buy used cars even if you’re not buying one of theirs. So this one will obviously present you with the most freedom and options and you stand to make the most money.

 

Selling Old Video Games

playing-video-gamesIn recent times, more and more adults were born during times when video games were always a part of their lives. I know this was true for me, being born in the mid 80’s, I had my NES controller almost always in my hands for many years of my childhood. This then became an N64 controller, Playstation, GameCube, Xbox, and so on. So needless to say, I had quite a collection of video games lying around the house. And while the nostalgia factor was really high, truth was that I didn’t play all those old games and consoles anymore. They were just in boxes gathering dust. So I decided to finally part ways with some of them (I’m keeping the NES) and sell them.

Now, if you’ve ever sold games to a games store, you know that this is the worst idea ever. You get VERY little for your stuff and sometimes only store credit. So this is not a good option. Instead, let’s look at some other ways to offload your old games for a somewhat decent amount.

The best way would be to list the items individually and hit up eBay and sites like that. You can see what others are selling similar items for (some games are a rarity and are actually worth a lot of money) and get an idea of what to charge. This will net you the most, but the downside is that it will take a while and you have to keep track of all those listings.

Alternatively, you could list the items in a bundle and only make individual listings for the choice items.

If you don’t really have anything of great value and want to get rid of it all, quickly, pawn shops in Miami would be a good choice. They will usually take the whole bundle and pay a decent amount.

How To Sell It All

Sometimes it’s time for a really big change. Maybe you’ve had it with the city you live in an desperately need a change of scenery. Or perhaps that acting career is calling to you and you want to give it all up to follow your dreams in Hollywood. Or maybe you’re moving to a new home and want a completely fresh start. In either case, you’re probably going to be selling a vast majority of your items. Now, depending on the circumstances, you’ll want to use a different approach, as some ways pay more, and some are rapid.

If you don’t have a whole lot of time on your hands, you may want to just sell everything lock, stock and barrel, try an estate sale at an auction house. Here, your entire home and all your belongings with it will be sold to the highest bidder. You may not get the most money, but it does the job fast.

If you’ve got some time on your hands, getting the most money for your fresh start will require that you sell to individuals. So get out your camera and hit up sites like ebay and craigslist. This is how you can make the most as there is no middleman involved. Just you and the buyer. This can take time (as certain items don’t have a huge amount of potential buyers) but will give the best payoff.

You could of course, use a combination of the both. Select the choice items for private sale and auction off the rest as a whole lot. This gives you a good balance of time spent and money earned. You won’t be terribly delayed for your fresh start, buy you’ll also have some decent funds to hit the ground running.

 

What To Do With “Worthless” Items

yard-sale-signDuring a bout of spring cleaning, we will often encounter many items that we no longer use, but which have some potential resale value. These things may end up in a garage sale, a pawn shop in Hollywood, or even with a friend. But what about the tons of other stuff? The things which aren’t exactly trash, but are kind of worthless? Well, let’s see.

Clothes

Clothes were either very expensive from the get go and thus have some resale value, or they aren’t. So if you have a load of average clothes that you don’t use anymore, don’t expect to make any money reselling them. A better idea is to go the old and tried route: donate them. Sometimes, these donations are tax-deductible so there is still some monetary return, aside from the return of knowing your donation helped someone out.

Electronics

What about old electronics? Some can be donated like clothes, but many old electronics don’t work anymore or are so antiquated that they are not compatible with anything else. After checking to see if the antiquated ones have any value or not, you could recycle them. There are many recycling plants that recycle old electronic components. Much better than throwing them into the trash.

Furniture

Again, sometimes there is some resale value, but if it’s an old and beat-up couch, you’re not going to get very much for it. Throwing these things away is a big pain in the butt. If it’s not in too bad of condition, then try to donate it. Usually, the company will come and pick it up for you. But if it’s too old and nasty, then the local dump may be your only option. Some places will recycle the wood in old furniture and turn it into mulch. It’s worth checking out as adding to already overflowing landfills isn’t a great idea.

Are Old Clothes Worth Much?

closet-jamWhile going through your home, in search of things to get rid of or sell, you will often find that your closet is chock full of clothes that haven’t been worn in ages. Whether it’s that winter coat that you never really liked or a dress that you wore once and never again, it seems such a shame to let these virtually perfect items go to waste.

Now, most people simply throw out, or donate their used duds. There’s nothing wrong with being charitable, but you could have a couple of items that could make you a little bit of extra cash. But not everything has value. Here’s how to tell:

  1. Is it a brand name? This is the biggest factor. When reselling an item, be it a coat or a purse, if it is a brand name (and expensive brand) then there is some potential resale value. People will be looking for vintage clothes by brands they otherwise couldn’t afford. That doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sell it for next to nothing, just that there is a potential market for it.
  2. Is it in good condition? Another huge factor. Clothes with stains or tears will not sell for any real amount. The only exception is if the item was originally thousands of dollars and a small repair would make it like new. But otherwise, damage means no-sale.
  3. Is it the right season/place? No matter what you’re trying to sell, it helps if the item is in season. For example, you could often sell valuable clothes to a pawn shop. But a pawn shop Miami probably will not have much use for a thick coat, even if it is expensive (it doesn’t really get cold down there). So keep in mind the realistic demand for the item. Try selling that coat in Milwaukee instead.

Anything you can’t sell should just be donated. There’s always a tax refund there.

Jewelry: Keep or Sell?

jewelryIt’s not too uncommon to find people that have requested large jewelry collections in their homes. This isn’t restricted to the wealthy either. Since jewelry is often given as a gift, handed down as an heirloom, etc and rarely parted with, a rather impressive collection of it can amass in a few short years. So one day, usually while doing some spring cleaning, this collection will be viewed and if it is not often worn, the idea of selling it will come up. But is selling it the right move? There are a few things you’ll want to check before making the decision.

First is the sentimental value the item may have. How did you get the piece? Was it a gift? Family heirloom? Did it belong to someone special who has passed away? Chances are that if you can’t remember then it isn’t that important.

Next is whether you wear it or not. Even if only for special occasions. Sometimes that one little piece can bring the whole outfit or look together.

Lastly is the value. This one is tricky. It can be hard to determine if the piece has any real value. You can search online or take it to a Miami pawn shop (or whatever city you live in) or an appraiser.

Now you’ll want to weigh those three factors together to make your final decision. If the piece has only small sentimental value by high monetary, then you may want to sell it. Any piece that isn’t really worth very much (even if just sold for the value of the gold or stones themselves) merry be better to keep. You may try actually wearing it once in awhile to at least give it some value to yourself personally.

Whatever you decide to do, if you run each item through the above, you’ll know you made the right choice in the end.

The Material Side Of Losing A Loved One

a-seat-in-the-cemeteryWhen a loved one passes away, it is usually a time of great stress and sadness for everyone. Added to this are all the arrangements that need to be made. I’m not just talking about the funeral either. There is also the master off what to do with the deceased person’s belongings.

It can often happen that the person was elderly and lived alone meaning that their effects must be taken care of by other family members.

Sometimes these things will be divided up and kept by the surviving members of the family. Other times it will simply be thrown out. But another idea would be to sell the items. This can be a really useful thing, especially if funeral arrangements came out of the pockets of those who couldn’t really afford it.

If you decide to sell these items, there’s a couple of things to keep in mind. First is that sentimental value isn’t worth anything. So despite any connection you have with the items, you may end up getting less than you initially hoped for. If an item has that much personal value then just keep it. Secondly, it is best to sell if the items as quickly as possible. It helps to move on. The best way to do this are to take any items of real value out and either pawn them in a pawn shop (search to find a close one, like pawn shop Hollywood) or sell them privately, and then take the bulk and sell it to bulk buyers. There are actually a lot of companies that purchase used furniture or clothes “by the pound”.

With that, you can get a bit of extra money to help cover the final expenses of the departed. This can go a long way in helping the rest of the family to move on.

Pawning Items For Needed Cash

cashSometimes, you’re faced with a financial emergency that comes up with no warning. Confronted with the need to come up with a sum of money, quickly, most people reach for the credit cards. And while this may be a workable solution, not everyone has that option, and some would do better to not ruin their credit score. So what alternatives are there? Well, there’s a tried and true method of getting cash that’s been around forever that most people never think of…

That would be the local pawn shop. While some may think of a pawn shop as a seedy place with unethical business practices, recent media has shed some light on this industry. It works like one would expect: you bring in an item of value, and based on how much it’s worth, and how much it can potentially be sold for, you are given a cash advance for it. This gives you the option of buying your item back (as it is really the collateral for the loan) or you could just sell it outright. That means that you’ll have money, quickly.

You can pawn all sorts of items. Jewelry is what most people think of, but it’s really not limited to that. Power tools, vehicles, electronics, there’s a lot of things that are applicable.

Obviously you could get more for your items if you were to simply sell them yourself to a private buyer. But that takes time and you may not be able to wait. So this solution could potentially get you out of a real jam. I know I’ve visited my fair share of Hollywood pawn shops in times of need, and it really did work out for me in the end.

Placing A Price Tag On Your Old Items

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Therein lies the only problem (well, the only real problem). It can take a lot of effort (and sometimes money) to determine what is worth selling, or should head for the landfill. This is why it’s good to know a thing or two about doing your own appraisals. Now, keep in mind that this will not necessarily be as accurate as going to an actual professional, but it can give you some good guidance.

First, the best place to look is online. What you’re going to try to do is to find the same item that you have in your possession and see how much other people are selling it for. This will give you a good idea of the expected value. Sites like ebay and amazon are great for this sort of thing. Finding any defining markings or labels on the item is a must here, as there is a sea of other, similar stuff to be found.

Another thing you can do is to visit a local pawn shop. My local Hollywood pawn shop had items similar to what I was trying to sell, and they gave me a good idea of the value. You may even decide to sell it right then and there to avoid the future hassle of finding a buyer later on.

Finally, there is professional appraisal. This can cost you, so only do it if you really suspect that you have a really valuable item on your hands.

 

Selling Antique Furniture

dressing-tableSo, you’re getting kind of a late start towards spring cleaning (it’s nearly summer now, but hey, better late than never) and you have some old furniture sitting away in your attic or basement. You have 3 basic options here:

  1. Throw it away.
  2. Give it to a friend.
  3. Sell it.

If you’re trying to get rid of it quick because you have another use for the space it’s taking up (like putting more junk in there) then #1 may be your best option. #2 only works if you have a friend who wants it, and if not, you may end up back at #1. But #3 offers the best potential payback, but will require the most effort. Most people just list their stuff online with merely a guess at the price. This may be fine, but if your furniture is in good condition and is old enough, you may want to reconsider.

Antique furniture can sometimes go for a pretty penny. The only trouble is identifying if you have a gem on your hands or not. Here’s where a little research comes into play.

  1. Go online and try your best to find the exact piece. Looking for any markings as to brand or where it was produced may help. So will knowing the relative age of the item.
  2. Take photos of it to a pawn shop and see what they are interested in paying for it. You may sell it right there, or just get an idea of what you could get for it.
  3. If you think you have a treasure sitting in front of you, get it professionally appraised. You’ll have to pay for the service, but it could be worth it.

Don’t let the opportunity to make some extra money slip through your hands. Just do the little work required and see it pay off.

Getting A Gun On The Cheap

walther-gun-2Whether it’s for sport, hunting or home protection, a gun is something that can prove to be very useful provided it is used and stored safely. These machines have been a part of human culture for hundreds of years and make an excellent addition to most any household. The only problem is that guns can get pretty expensive.

While you don’t want to cheap out completely and get something that is likely to backfire or jam, you don’t want to have to get something that will cost you an arm and a leg. You also want to ensure that you are buying something completely legal. So where can you get something priced low, yet will legit?

Well, you have a couple of options. The most obvious being a gun show. You’ll have a large selection of various types of firearms at a range of prices. Best to go in and do a full look around to see what’s there and compare prices before you buy. These shows will carry a huge selection of everything from handguns to rifles so you’ll more than likely find an ideal one for you.

But what if there’s no gun show? A Hollywood pawn shop is a great alternative. Guns are frequently pawned and pawn shops are governed by law to ethically and legally buy and sell firearms. That means that you are getting something legit and usually for a good price.

You could try a private owner, but this can get tricky if someone is trying to sell an illegal firearm, so I would advise that you stick to the above to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law.

 

Finding Vintage Watches

watchesIf you’re a watch collector, then you know just how expensive it can be to add to your collection. Watches are one of the most subtle and yet also obvious ways to flaunt style and taste, and many watches will have you paying quite the pretty penny for them. So while some prefer to add to their collection of Rolex watches or Breitling watches, others like to look for something a bit different: vintage watches.

One of the lovely things about collecting vintage watches is that no two collections are quite the same. And you’re not necessarily looking for certain brands or models, but rather you are trying to find something unique and interesting. Only in a vintage watch collection could you find a Tag Heuer sitting proudly next to a Casio. So a high price is not a requisite.

Only trouble is finding such watches. Usually, what you can find online will be a bit on the expensive side. After all, most people won’t bother to list their watches unless they believe them to be of some substantial value. This is where thrift stores and pawn shops come into play.

These are two great places where you can find the unexpected. If you’re just looking for interesting watches, not necessarily expensive ones, then this is a treasure trove. Especially in larger cities. A pawn shop in Miami will yield more finds than one in a small town. You’ll be able to browse through many different ones till you find something you like. Usually, you can haggle the price a bit and get something that won’t break your bank. Pawn shops can also hold onto items for you if you’re willing to put down a deposit, which is an added benefit.

Common Things Of Value

moneyWe often have loads of stuff lying around, gathering dust. Some of these things are literally junk. But others can be worth a pretty penny. The trouble is that it’s not always easy to tell if something is valuable or not. So we often hoard our old things on the basis of potential value, rather than sort out the trash from the treasure. It all depends on our ability to sift through it all and pull the gems out.

Fortunately there are a couple of ways to tell if you have something of value on your hands. It all boils down to a bit of research. Sure, you could try to find someone to appraise your items (or go to a pawn shop like http://www.uspawnjewelry.com/#!pawn-it—sell-it/cee5 or something like that) or, you could try a different approach. The best way to find the value of your items would be to  try to buy them online. Say you have an old, porcelain lamp. Go online and try to buy one as similar as possible and you’ll have a good idea of the price.

Sometimes the item itself isn’t all that valuable, but there is a niche market. Old video game systems and computers sometimes can turn up a fortune to the right buyer. Again, looking up the item as if you personally wanted to buy one will give you the idea of what you can expect to make off of it.

Don’t be surprised if you stumble across something that’s worth quite a bit. Everything from books to old spirits could be worth something. You just have to find the right market.

Don’t make it a big undertaking, trying to go through all of your stuff to find treasure all at once. Pick a few items at a time, and if you have something worthless, then you can get rid of it or put it up in a garage sale or donate it.

Finding The Value Of Your Jewelry

diamondsMany of us are sitting on top of valuable treasures and not know it. Old jewelry that has been passed down for years can sometimes be worth more than one would at first assume. The only problem is that you need to be able to find out what it’s really worth from someone who will give you an accurate and honest figure. This means that you need someone trustworthy and knowledgeable. This can sometimes (who am I kidding, often) be hard to find. That’s why the best approach is to try to get the data from several sources and then you’ll have plenty of opinions to go through.

First, there’s the internet. Very often you can write down a description of the type of jewelry that you have, and what year it came from (if you know) to get some general idea about the piece. Try to look for any identifying marks on the item, like numbers indicating the purity of the metals, or perhaps even a mark from whoever made it.

You can also try a pawn shop. Sometimes they have people who are knowledgeable about jewelry working there so they can give good appraisals. Just keep in mind that pawn shops are trying to make money off of your items, so whatever they tell you they will pay for it, consider that it is worth more. The good thing is that in the USA pawn shops are everywhere, so you can get many different appraisals in a single afternoon.

There’s always hiring a professional to do the appraisal, but they cost money. If the item you have really isn’t worth much, then that would be a waste. Better to get an idea of the value of the item by doing the above first, and if it seems like it could be a real treasure, only then hiring a pro.