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Estate Sale Bloopers: What Did You Sell That You Wish You Had Held Onto And Why?


Often when we are liquidating an estate or holding a tag sale we rush to sell off the contents of a home or  attic or basement  without always  reflecting on what we are doing. Sometimes we goof.... we sell things without knowing the market value or we sell items that we wish we had kept for sentimental reasons. Or we make other mistakes.


Share your stories and experiences......



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Only one thing keeps me awake nights. Plastic Christmas Ornaments... who could have guessed 10 years ago that they would be selling for what they are now?! not me, i practically gave them away.

Valerie thanks for adding your post.


Well, a few things come to mind. We once had an awful "digger" sale that we held - it was so dirty, full and messy we failed to check over everything. And in one of our $1 box lots a lady found a small mechanical type of bakelite toy - I still wonder what the true value of that was? But of course, I had to honor our price, it was our fault, not her's. So I hope she did well on it.

The other two items that have always bugged me were when we liquidated an old Antique dealers estate. A FULL warehouse, Plus a condo filled from top to bottom of anitques and collectibles. We found two Tiffany pottery vases in ornate metal stands. ( one was damamged) I think we only got $3,000. for the pair, and I still think that was too cheap. At the same sale we had two Chippendale chairs - I still think they were real, original's from the early 1800's. Those only brought $1200.00 for the pair. I wish I had bought them instead! LOL But live and learn I suppose. I am always much more careful these days, though I don't object to folks finding good deals at our sales. It keeps them coming back for more! :)


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