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Help! Family Inherited a gun collection, knives in Washington-what to do with them???

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Rebecca, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Rebecca

    Rebecca Grand Rapids, MI New Member

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    Hello,

    My family recently inherited quite a substantial gun and knife collection (25 or so guns, hundreds of knives) and we don't know the best route for selling them. No one in my family has experience with guns or knives. My father kept the few that have sentimental value for him and the rest we are going to try to sell. The knives-no clue. The hang-up here is that we need to sell them FAST in order to get money to support my elderly grandmother. We don't want to get screwed. I checked out gunbroker.com but we are hoping, perhaps idealistically, to take them to a reputable gun shop and have them buy them from us? A few are quite old (one was made in 1909) and we have no idea of their worth. My parents live in Southern Washington, but I live in Michigan. I am tech savvy, they are not.

    HELP!!!!
     
  2. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Hi Rebecca,
    If they would like, I can sell them for them on consignment. That way they can get a fair price.
    Here is my contact info if you would like to give me a call.
    Click on link below.

    Ortwein International
     
  3. Rebecca

    Rebecca Grand Rapids, MI New Member

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    Hey, that's an idea! I will pass it along to my parents. How quickly does consignment sell, can you help us determine a good price, and what is your cut if and when something sells?
     
  4. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I usually charge 10%.
    Consignments can sell fast or slow depending on how they are priced.

    I will give you parents options to sell them fast, and show them the difference in price if they chose go for a higher amount and have them possibly sell slower.

    You can call me, or they can anytime. I am located in Vancouver, WA, right above Portland, OR.

    My uncle actually founded "The Conical Tool Company" there in Grand Rapids.
    We have a cabin in Columbiaville just above Lapeer also. My whole family is there in the Lake Orion area.
    Small world.....
     
  5. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    Coctailer is a good guy and a well known quantity on our forums, you can be confident he will be straight with you and your family.
     
  6. batcat6

    batcat6 Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'd like to see what all is in the collection. Maybe I got an itch that needs scratching.
     
  7. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Hello! See if your local library has a copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values, an anual national survey of what firearms in all categories have sold for. This classic book is used by most gun dealers and pawn shops to get a rough idea of a gun's value, which may vary from region to region, and even change from year to year. Again, it's a ROUGH idea of value. The Blue Book of Gun Values also has a website with the same content, maybe updated more often than the anual book; it is a paid membership site, but may be worth your investment to get a general idea of common gun prices. Beware of neighborly scoundrels trying to "do you a favor!" Find a professional that you trust---and a ten-percent consignment fee is EXCELLENT (most want 25%)................................elsullo
     
  8. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Moved to General Firearms section.
     
  9. NWARMORY

    NWARMORY Milwaukie, Oregon Member

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    Hello,

    We would be happy to purchase the guns, or sell them for you. We have handled many gun collections from estates. We have found that we get the most for our customers when we sell them online at Auction Arms. We sell about 1000 guns a year on this site. You can find out more at our website---www.nwarmory.com, look under the "sell guns" button. Please feel free to call us at (503) 654-7974 if you have any questions.

    Thank you, Jeani & Karl
     
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    please. whoever sells the gun post the list here. I am in the market for certain guns,