It depends what you are selling and how upset you would be if it didnt make what you'd hoped. Id recommend going to an auction and sitting through it , seeing what goes for what . If you have something specialized , for instance an item of the Queen Mary , you would be better using a marine stuff type auction , and a fine arts auction house if you have really good picture or jewellery .
Once you see what things are going for, check out the costs involved if you need the article picked up to be taken to auction, the costs if you need an auctioneer to come out and evaluate your stuff , and then the % cut taken by the auction house when your article is sold.
My friend had the auctioneer round to see what was valuable and what wasnt , ie what to take to auction and what not, when she had to clear a relatives house of random ornaments and old oak furniture . They came and took what they had said was worthwhile , and by the end of the auction , her costs were about £20 more than her auction total. That was an auction place in Stanhope St L'pool not Wirral, but she was upset she hadnt been advised that going to auction with the random stuff, wasnt really financially worthwhile. There again , The newsagent isnt going to advise you that the ciggies he sells are not the best thing for your health.There are exceptions, but most businesses will guide you towards whats good for them.
I dont know what you've got, but if you get the chance to get it to London, you will probably make a lot more money there. Even the charity shops are triple the costs of around here.
Edited by venice (2nd Nov 2013 5:46pm)