So, in the never-ending fight to balance available space and future modelling, it seems you inevitably wind up with more stuff than you need or can use. I see this from many out there. In the past year or so, as my parents readied to downsize their house and move, I donated, sold, recycled and sadly garbaged a lot of stuff that no longer had a place in my life. Old clothes, VHS tapes, DVD’s, books and magazines, furniture, and toys all made their way out. We also have a regular rolling “Goodwill” or charity donation box in our apartment where my wife and I put things that we’ve determined we no longer need or want. Something I firmly believe in is that the things i bought or acquired brought me happiness, and that I’d rather pay it forward by giving the things a chance to bring someone else happiness rather than send them to the dump, but there are inevitably limits to everything. Everything Model Railroad related however, survived the purge.
For the stuff from my parent’s basement, some of it got turned into money (made a few hundred dollars on old movie, star wars and similar action figures selling to comic stores; CD’s/Movies to used stores; books to used book stores; Transformers toys at a recent convention with a friend who was liquidating his collection), but it’s nothing life altering. For instance, the money I made at the Transformers Convention, after costs lets me buy a new Weller Soldering Station and have about the cost of that again left over. Better than a kick in the teeth, but not world altering for a 13 hour day from leaving for the show, setup, the show, packing up and getting home. At the end of the day, there is still some stuff in tubs in our locker, but it’s been downsized to a manageable collection that i can deal with in our annual storage locker clean-out at the apartment where we go through and try to be ruthless with things to give away or sell.
Selling Transformers Robot Toys at TFCon 2016 in Mississauga, I tagged on my stuff being downsized with a friend clearing out their collection to turn them into money for model railroading!
So where am i going with this? I’m curious if any of those who read my blog have ever braved buying a table at one of the various shows in southern Ontario to sell? I’m considering getting a table at the Lakeshore Model Railroaders Flea Market in September or the next one in early 2017. Another option is the TH&B Flea Markets in Ancaster in November and January, but I haven’t found any source for table costs, and the Lakeshore seems to be $40 for a table, which is probably manageable to at least ensure that in the worst case, i cover the cost of the table (and its much closer to home).
Part of my dilemma, is that I have eight tubs plus a full A-line tote of locomotives, freight cars, structures, scenery and all manner of model railroad stuff to sort through. Some of it is “core” that I have no interest in getting rid of because it’s what i think i want to model, or has sentimental value. Some of it is things I’d like to keep, but are realistically only display pieces (a lot of British models). Some of it, are things that I’m unlikely to ever model and could potentially create value from (why did i buy 2 Rapido coaches in VIA Blue and an FP9A in Via Blue? I have no interest in modelling the early 1980’s when i was between 2&6 years old!!).
The trains from Georgetown packed up, there are two more (i think) of the same tubs that were already at the apartment, and another cardboard tray for the A-line tote full of equipment without boxes.
I don’t really “want” to sell anything, but there is a part of me that realizes that selling some stuff is the responsible decision to ease some pressure on our storage locker. I don’t expect to get back what I paid, but deep inside there is a part of me going if I take a day, and sell stuff that may have cost $2,000, but wind up with $1,000 in cash in hand instead of having a pile of models I can’t display, run, or do anything with, am I better off? But it’s tough to figure out what to part with, and how to fairly price it. I have great visions of winding up selling the two Rapido Via Blue Coaches at say $50 each, and then not selling the FP9A which originally sold for around $225 for the non DCC version I have, and being stuck with a loco I’m trying to sell for $150 but no coaches for it anymore. I’m torn as to whether doing a table at a show or making a list and circulating it to friends/online forums is a better approach. I don’t really want to deal with having to mail stuff to people far afield, but I’m not sure a show would be effective, or if it would leave me with a parted out collection that is more of a pain in the long run.
Hopefully someone reading this has some insight/experience to help me point myself in the right direction with more knowledge than I have at present!