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Old 06-11-14, 01:42 PM
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Need help with some bikes that are to be sold this weekend.

Need some help from the experts! My girlfriend is running an estate sale this weekend and the owner has 3 old bikes that we are not sure of a price to put on them. I've included a photo, one is a Huffy Dragstar 3-speed, the girls bike is a Sears Spyder and a Huffy Pursuit 10-speed that I'd guess is from the 70's. All 3 are in great shape, the owner kept good care of all his things. We just don't know for sure the price range these bikes would sell for, or even if the 10 speed would sell? Thoughts? Thanks!
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Old 06-11-14, 02:16 PM
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Hard to say. An estate sale might not have buyers specifically interested in bikes unless you advertise them widely. I suppose you'd be lucky to get $50 apiece but if they were on display at an auction house like this or this they'd get more interest. I helped run a big estate sale once and I was amazed that some great items like a new ice cream maker or new computer drawing tablet were passed over just because the buyers weren't interested.
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I think the $50 a piece is reasonable. The Pursuit isn't sought after, but as an adult bike it has a wide market, and you might find someone who wants to turn it into a single speed.

The kids bikes are cute and very clean.
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I could see the girls bike being $50 but that seems very low for the boys bike, being a 3-speed (with a cool speedometer too...lol) it seems it would bring a lot better then $50. We'll see what happens, thanks for the input.
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That's the wildcard aspect of an estate or yard sale. Some parent says, "Meh, I guess my kid will like it" and think that $50 for a used kids bike is outrageous. While at an auction, a few nostalgia buffs could get into a bidding war over it, especially that cool gear shift bike. Even considering the auctioneer's portion of the sale price it might be a better deal. 80% of $100 is better than 100% of $50. Depends on the caretakers of the estate, too. Do they want maximum profit or do they just want to liquidate everything quickly.

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The boys muscle bike, list it at $75.
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My girlfriend runs estate auctions and she is selling the stuff so she wants the most for the seller obviously but she doesn't know much about these older bikes which is why I asked here for her. Someone has already told her (word of mouth) they will take the girls bike for $100 (it is mint) and we figure we should be able to get at least $100 for the boy bike. The sale is not a normal yard sale, there are many vintage/collectible things there so it will be attracting the right people to bump the price up above your average yard sale.

On a different topic, I have a Bianchi Special 12 speed I purchased in '83 that I last rode in 2004 (it is hanging in my garage). Is there any value in this bike? It is all pretty much stock but in used shape. Thanks.
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^Ah, in that case I think you can easily put that price on those bikes in that kind of collector-friendly environment. If I had kids that age I wouldn't hesitate to pick up that matched set. And mount them permanently on the wall. Because I'm a bad dad.
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You are getting bad advice, the boys muscle bike in that condition is a very good deal at 150 to 200.
The girls bike in that condition at least a hundred bucks.

I would never buy a huffy 10 speed road bike, so I will refrain from that one
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