When you see an amazing collection online, you rarely see the shame that invariably accompanies it — the shame of every toy collector — the storage room. After collecting toys for so many years, I have managed to accumulate a massive amount of items that I no longer want, or never wanted in the first place. While I’m really good at acquiring, I have not been nearly diligent enough in the purging. I have sold off plenty of items, but the small, lower-value items tend to linger–and then pile up–until you can no longer reach the back of the room without performing some amazing acrobatic feats.
Honestly, by the looks of it, you might call me a hoarder, but that wouldn’t be accurate because I truly do want to get rid of all of this. I would be much happier with an empty basement than what I have now, but I’m not going to just donate vintage Star Wars toys to Goodwill. I spent the last couple of days organizing the basement storage area with the idea being that if the toys were organized, I would be able to find them, group them, and sell them easier. That’s the idea at least, now how to go about unloading it all. And yes, I want to unload ALL OF IT.
I have so many bins filled with countless randomness. Why???
Over the years, I have received many emails from people asking me “How do I sell this stuff? Would you like to buy it?” To which I would reply, “Well, no, I don’t really want to buy your mom’s Barbie collection, but here are some ideas…”
The easiest solution would be to call a local toy shop and have them come by and haul it all away for pennies on the dollar, but I don’t think I’m there yet. In the past, I have sold to resellers, and had good experiences, as they were pretty fair, but they always cherrypicked the best stuff — the items that would be easiest for me to sell on eBay.
I might go with Craigslist for some of the larger, or more expensive items. I’ve had good luck selling large lots on Craigslist, but I’m not sure how many people even use Craigslist anymore.
It used to be that I could sell things right here on the site, but that was when a lot of people hung around for the spirited discussion–back before they all filtered away to their social media outlets, leaving me here sweeping up their party cups and cigarette butts. Despite the smaller audience, I’m still considering this route, because I’d rather give a good deal to someone I know than someone I don’t.
If Facebook was more anonymous, I’d love to go that route, but I don’t want all my friends and family to see when I am selling a Fonzie doll without its clothes. I’ve been loving live auctions on Facebook lately, and might give that a shot if I find there is interest on the Cool & Collected Facebook page — at least that would keep my F&F from being subjected to seeing it.
Instagram seems to be a hot place to sell toys, but I don’t even know how to send someone a message on there, so that’s probably not going to work for me.
eBay is always a good solution, but they sure do like to eat into your profit. The listing, packing, and shipping might be a chore, but the items always sell.
It could be a full-time job selling off all the laserdiscs, magazines, and books that have managed to accumulate around here. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Lastly, I could rent a table at a local toy show, but honestly, there is only one annual show anywhere nearby that would be a good fit, and I’m not too comfortable yet with the idea of running my own table. Heck, I could stock five tables, but my mind isn’t there yet.
Have you ever successfully purged your collection in a way that actually felt good and left you happy with the amount of money it left in your wallet? How’d you do it? Sigh, there’s no way around the fact that I have some work to do. If you are local to the Northern Virginia/DC area and are looking for something to add to your collection, drop me an email and come on by. I’ve got a few things to sell.