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Ok, the time may finally be coming after 39 years to minimize our antiques business(for the same reason affecting all of us worldwide-the downturn in the trade). We have perhaps 8000-10000 item/lots and will keep a 3000-4000' selection of them in a personal warehouse to store and wholesale from v. our big retail operation. We already downsized once and moved 7 semis worth of inventory from one state to our new home in FL last year(whew).
Anyway, the question posed is: what/where would you advise is the best way fro a fast-ish (2-4 month) sell off of mainly French furniture, 100's of lighting fixtures and seemingly endless smalls these days? I find that most online venues are slow & tedious, yet public auction (which we had at the old shop) returns <10% on the retail(and very fairly priced)$. Now I understand why it's largest organisms (dinosaurs, sabre tooth tigers) that are the first to die off in bad times and the roaches are the survivors...!