Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Small Bells Is anything in this collection valuable?

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    • #10411

      I know nothing about bells so if I need to take closer shots of any of them please reply and I’ll get close ups. I’m active duty Air Force and my grandmother passed away and left me these in a box. Alot of them are states but there are a few that are interesting. Thanks in advance! Josh

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      Hi Josh,

      Boy what a loaded question! Depends on what you mean ‘valuable’ as you are not only looking at intrinsic value but memories etc. Collections are always harder to sell, because most collectors already have some of the more common ones and obviously prefer to pick out the ones they don’t have. Someone to buy them all is much harder. You really would need to post larger photos to be able to tell from your set though – a lot look like they are souvenir type bells. In any case, post them to the “bells for sale” forum rather than this one. That way you are in the area where people are looking to buy.

      Otherwise consider local paper ads to try and attract new bell collectors. Another choice is a collectables / vintage store – but remember that these folks are not generally collectors themselves. That means that; a) they may not recognize a more costly bell (don’t hold your breath, that would be unusual to have!) and b) they typically can only give you between 30-40% of the value of the collection. That is normal, as they have to pay rental, wages, utilities, have their money locked up until it sells, and then ‘hope’ to make a profit. Yes they are worth more, but you are giving up profit for convenience and a quick sale while they are taking the chance of maybe making a profit.

      I, and others, might be interested in a few of them, but we would need to see better photos to choose which ones. So consider posting it in the sales forum!

      Hope this helps!

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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Dear Josh,

      Please read our “Rules for Sellers” at https://www.americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13. We do not allow people to post collections for sale on our website. However, you may post up to two individual bells for sale on that forum. See the rules for what information should be included in a free ad. You will need to state the price you want for your bell(s). We do not accept ads that ask for an offer.


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