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Your Item Didn’t Sell at Auction. Now What?

What happens if you’ve put items up for auction and they didn’t sell?

There can be several reasons that items you’ve put up for auction didn’t sell. It might be that the item was priced too high, the item was repaired, or in some situations, the item is a copy.

It’s important to remember that auction results are public and if, for any reason, your item didn’t sell it is marked as “burned.” When this happens, many antique buyers will immediately lose interest in the item, however, there are still some options to explore:

Many people shy away from selling their items at a tag or garage sale, however, this might be the most viable option if your item didn’t sell at auction. If you decide to give this a try, be sure to display the item so that it “shows” well and price it appropriately.

If you are willing to wait a few years, you can try going to auction again. Once time has elapsed, it may be of interest to an auction house.

Some buyers, including Syl-Lee, may be interested in purchasing the items at a discount, however, each situation is unique and must be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please reach out to Syl-Lee if we can be of assistance. We’ve helped people through this situation and may be able to do so for you as well.

Syl-Lee Antiques — NYC Antiques Buyer
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