Going, going, gone to snap up some of the Celtic Tiger toys up for sale

IF you can’t sell your house, or are just stuck for cash in any case, how about selling some of the toys of the Celtic Tiger era?

A Kinsale, Co Cork estate agent is starting up a series of regular auctions so that people can dispose do unwanted or unused “stuff”, get a few quid in the piggybank, and buyers can go a-roving and bargain hunting at the same time .

“Thrift is the new cool,” says auctioneer Kevin Kelleher of Keane Mahony Smith (KMS), as he prepares to match buyers with sellers, albeit on a smaller scale than some of his previous property transactions.

So, expect things like jeeps and jet-skis, RIBs, bikes and motorbikes, ride-on mowers, swanky furniture, electrical equipment and flat-screen tellies, art and sculpture, sundry garden equipment and seating, jewellery – in fact anything with a value and a chance of a sale.

Unlike buying on e-Bay, or from classified ads, intending buyers get a chance to see and touch the goods prior to purchase, the location is specific, in this case Kinsale, and, for sellers, it means not having possible buyers turing up at their doorstep (and then turning up their noses). “And, an auction is always a bit of fun and buzz,” adds Gill Black of KMS.

KMS’s Kevin Kelleher says “the current economic climate, coupled with our increasing social conscience around green issues and recycling has highlighted a demand within the community for a re-sale facility so that individuals can see some cash for things that not so long ago they might have thrown out or otherwise left un-used and forgotten”.

“Likewise, consumers have made a departure from the ‘throw-away’ psychology of recent years and are taking much more interest in how they spend their money – and the value they get for it. So, since thrift is the new cool, we will be holding public auctions, starting in early December, in Kinsale town, and will be auctioning everything from magnets to Mustangs!”

He is compiling lists of goods for sale, and if you are interested send on pictures, information and price hopes to him at the Kinsale office or email kmsauction1@gmail.com, see also www.k-m-s.com/kinsale

The first pre-Christmas auction will have items without any selling reserve – such as Kevin’s own 1993 Wrangler Jeep (a bit rusty, needing upholstery work, but essentially bullet-proof, he says) – which could prove to be a bargain, while other high-end items may have a reserve there’s a RIB boat (the Celtic Tiger toy par-excellence) as well as new jewellery, bundles of cherrywood skirting boards from a hotel, framed prints in quality frames, an old pine dresser, etc – aaah, the thrill of the auction chase. Christmas is coming early, for someone.

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