To sell most of my vintage and antique Christmas decorations?

(40 Posts)
ICameOnTheJitney Sun 22-Sep-13 16:55:11

I wonder...we need money badly and over the years I have collected lots and lots of vintage and antique christmas decs. Some of them are so fragile that I can't use them because the children will poke them...they're like paper...others are very fragile due to being made of paper and fabric.

Will I regret it? I won't sell the DCs favourites of course...but the ones they love are the ones they've chosen...mostly quite tacky but gorgeous things.

I can probably raise about 300 pounds on Ebay with the things...we need it...shall I or shan't I? Feelling torn!

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 14:09:14

No and I knew the moment I began unwrapping them that it was impossible! I want to pass them on! When my DDS are my age, these things will no doubt be very rare.

ShowOfHands Mon 23-Sep-13 13:41:53

I collect antique and vintage Christmas decorations and books and even in our most cash-strapped moments, I've never sold them.

They're quite special.

Vintageclock Mon 23-Sep-13 13:33:32

I'm glad you're keeping them. It sounds like a beautiful collection to have.

WaitMonkey Mon 23-Sep-13 13:14:11

Glad you have decided to keep them, they sound wonderful. Would love it if you could put a picture on your profile. Would love to see them.

StupidFlanders Mon 23-Sep-13 12:39:21

I think you've made the right decision- good luck with your move!

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 11:01:54

right decision, OP, especially as you already have memories attached to them!
Maybe sell something else (equipment of any kind!), or borrow for the move?

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 10:37:48

Glad you've decided to keep them smile

Wossname Mon 23-Sep-13 09:42:06

Think keeping them is definitely the right thing to do, what a lovely thing to collect- any chance of any pics? <nosey>

trixymalixy Mon 23-Sep-13 09:02:43

Oh they sound lovely! Don't sell them unless it's to me!!

ancientbuchanan Mon 23-Sep-13 08:05:39

I think you are quite right. You would regret it.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 23-Sep-13 07:26:05

Thank you all for the advice and interest! I got them all out last night, laid them out...and can't bear to let the buggers go. sad I just can't....I know they're only things but as someone said, they'll increase in value...and I love them. They're full of memories...not only mine either!

When I bought them they were old but now ten years later they're even older and I used to think that I was carrying on what the previous owners had done in caring for them so well...given that they're so fragile.

I also don't want to risk them not fetching what I think they're worth and once the money's gone it's gone! As we're moving I think that the familiar things should come to help with the change.

StupidFlanders Mon 23-Sep-13 02:11:45

Well the bitch in me says please pm me as I collect vintage decorations, if there's any chance you'll pull through without selling them I wouldn't, there's something so beautiful about christmas memories that I would personally kick myself if I did that and as your dcs get older they will live looking through them!
But seriously: pm me if you sell!!!!

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 01:34:49

And agree, do keep the very best. A number of years ago now I sold a collection of books, with some first editions within it (some signed too). At that point I really needed the money but if I had just held onto 2 or 3 of the collection it would have been extremely wise.

VestaCurry Mon 23-Sep-13 01:31:48

Oooooooh, wish I could take all of them but would definitely be interested in some. Me and dh have bought Christmas decorations for each other as a long standing tradition and we have some v unusual ones. Our tree is always a talking point to visitors anyway grin! Pm me too if you have some left after earlier posters have swooped in smile.

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 01:16:47

..or if you are determined to sell, pm me too about the older ones grin

beaglesaresweet Mon 23-Sep-13 01:15:22

OP, do keep the very best ones, you'll be very glad that you did. They WILL go up in price, and you can stlil enjoy later if you don't need to sell. Sell the majority though, ebay is a bit of a rip off now charging 10% on the sale plus now on postage (why??), plus paypal charges - more for trasfers from abroad, esp non europe. You could sell the lot at a real auction pre-christmas, big lots sell really well.

But I'd def still keep the best, rare ones!

If you're taking pics to sell them can you post them on your profile as well? I am dying for a nosey/very intrigued/stroking my bank card grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 22-Sep-13 22:10:10

How about selling one of your children instead - also reduces ongoing costs?? wink

It seems a shame to sell them and worrying given their delicate nature. It would be good if an MNer could buy them all from you and collect them!

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 22-Sep-13 22:04:31

I am planning on waiting for the next free listings day.

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 22-Sep-13 22:03:58

I doubt that to be honest look I'd need a lot more stock to fill a stall.

lookoveryourshouldernow Sun 22-Sep-13 21:56:41

I know that you are in a hurry for quick cash - but you would probably get more money for them if you wait a while and perhaps take a stall at a Christmas Fair or Vintage Stall event in your local town/village..

You would probably need to "dress them up" with tissue paper etc etc - but maybe make more money and have less hassle than selling on E-Bay

Bear in mind that on E-Bay your end listing fees are based on end price + postage - so if you sell to the USA etc your costings would be higher..

sarahtigh Sun 22-Sep-13 21:24:17

there are only 3 price brackets for all goods abroad by royal mail

1. europe includes all russia turkey
2 rest of the world except australasia
3, australia, new zealand papua new guinea etc

australians and japanese buy loads of my stuff cute european christmas stuff very popular in far east

a 16cm cube box with space inside filled with polystryene beads bubble wrap adds 150-200g to weight of article

poly packing peanuts are much better filling spaces than shredded paper box must be at least 5cm bigger than item all round so in reality a 6" box is for packing 4" items

even if you don't send everywhere the postal services in Canada, USA (slow) Australia new zealand japan germany, holland Scandinavia are as good if not better than here

I would send everywhere else signed for even if only £5

sapphirestar Sun 22-Sep-13 20:19:50

just wanted to add small packets are a cube of 16x16x16cm, or 45x35x8cm.
I work in a post office and people often get very annoyed when they're slightly out on the dimensions!

dementedma Sun 22-Sep-13 20:09:53

No, I don't collect at all. Just like vintage and fancy one or two pieces for my tree that have a history, not just modern mass produced plastic crap.

ancientbuchanan Sun 22-Sep-13 19:35:12

Do you have a st Nicholas that you really really don't want? Desperate to find one.

Pm me too with what you have.

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