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how to sell a Santa collection

If there's one question I get asked more than any other, it's how or where to sell a Santa collection. Sometimes the question comes from the owners - they no longer are interested in collecting, or they have no space left, or they're moving to a smaller place. Often, though, the question comes from loved ones who either due to death or illness are charged with finding a new home for a collection of Santas.

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The truth is, I'm not sure. While I'm still quite young, I do think about what would happen to my collection and what instructions to put about it in my will. But I did a little preliminary scouting around and found these resources that might help:

11 Ways to Sell Your Collection
How Collectors Can Market and Sell Their Collections Online
What Happens to Your Collection if You Drop Dead. . . . unexpectedly?
How to sell a prized collection
How to sell your doll collection

I'm going to read through these myself, and see if I can't come up with a better set of answers. I'd love to hear from you on this topic - if you're a buyer/appraiser/dealer, how best to get your attention or help? If you're a collector, or a family member... would you be interested in a Santa collectors auction/trade/classifieds area of this site, where you could go to look either for new collectibles or to sell your existing pieces?

Let me know what you think. :)

Posted: September 8, 2008 at 10:36 AM