Auction of unwanted possessions makes €10,000

WANT to know what to do with unwanted Christmas presents? Put them under the hammer.

The first of a series of auctions helping people shed unwanted possessions, and, perhaps, get a few extra quid in the bank account for the next bill, went off a treat in Kinsale last weekend.

Lots sold under the hammer ranged from an old-fashioned meat mincer, sold for €3, to a 660cc Raptor Quad motorbike, for more than €2,000. A 1996 Mercedes 230E, with NCT, made a little more than €1,000, while a Wrangler Jeep — running but needing work — sold without reserve for just €260.

“There were bargains there for people, and sellers also got rid of what they didn’t need. Given the weather was so awful on Saturday last, I was surprised anyone turned up, and many of the lots were delivered late, so there was little advance notice of them, but we still sold 122 out of 176 lots put up,” says auctioneer, Kevin Kelleher, of Keane Mahony Smith.

The estate agent, with more prior experience of the property market and house sales than auction lots, turned this month to selling just about anything, as he reckons a lot of people now need to get rid of surplus items, and even some of the luxury goods acquired during the Celtic Tiger years. Cash in hand is better than money in the bank, says the Keane Mahony Smith agent, who reckons €10,000 changed hands as he paired buyers and sellers last week.

Furniture, especially smaller and older stuff, sold well, as did collectibles, such as Calibri and Ronson cigarette lighters, and some mid-1900s cameras also proved positive sellers on the day.

Art and paintings were slow to move, but that’s because a lot came in late, Kelleher says, and reckons, from phone calls afterwards, that art will go well next time around, on December 20, at Kinsale’s old Customs House — when he also hopes to get a few boats and jet-skis into the mix.

“The unique thing is the mix, we’ll offer anything and everything, as long as it is sellable,” he says. Even Santa sweaters?


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