FAQs

Sell On The Open Market

What items sell well online?

Consumer Electronics:  This covers a wide variety of items such as smartphones, tablets, laptops televisions, headphones,  hi-tech specialist equipment and stereo systems. Vintage hi-fi equipment from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s can also be quite valuable. Childrens games consoles and handheld games in particular vintage/retro gaming from the 1970s & 1980s such as Nintendo, Game & Watch, Sega & Sony and the associated games and accessories that go with them. Vintage cameras & lenses , DAB radios & laptops.

For laptops and any devices that hold any personal information please ensure any memory of confidential information is cleared prior to selling.

Designer Fashion:  New or like new designer clothing, shoes and bags for both men and women sell well. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Prada, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Hermes to name just a few.  High street brands such as Topshop, Topman, Carvela, Levis, Schuch and items from department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and M&S also sell well as does clothing made from a high percentage of wool or down; coats, jumpers and cardigans.

Vintage clothing, shoes, handbags, purses & accessories as well as vintage leather suitcases & trunks can also do well, depending on condition, period, designer and style.

Please note these must be authentic we do not sell fake/replica designer goods.

Antiques, Ceramics, Books & Collectables:

Antique furniture, mirrors, sewing machines, vintage typewriters, porcelain , household items and quirky items.

Antiquarian books and 1st editions including some vintage paperbacks. Collectable and rare editions from authors such as Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming are always in demand.

Retro and kitsch items are very on trend and covers almost anything from the 1920’s through to the 1980’s.

Branded china such as Lladro, Royal Albert, Denby, Royal Worcester, Swarovski crystal, art studio pottery & Sterling silver.

Superhero action figures, car models, LEGO and dolls.

High-end Kitchen Appliances:  Blenders, mixers, juicers – especially brands like KitchenAid, Vitamix and Breville

Sporting Goods & Equipment: Mens, womens and girls bicycles including vintage models. Who can forget the 1970’s Chopper! Equestrian gear, ski gear & equipment, golf clubs, camping gear and hone gym equipment.

Vintage sporting goods such as table tennis bats, presentation cricket balls, wooden tennis and squash rackets or sports memorabilia.

Anything Musical:  From Grand Pianos to starter keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, clarinets, trumpets, violins, drum kits – a whole orchestra even if you so wish and that includes original sheet music –  as musical items are very popular.

Jewellery:  Vintage pocket watches and wrist watches are particularly popular and of course gold and other precious metals such as Platinum and Silver are very desirable especially, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Anything from Patek Phillipe, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Dior, Rolex, Garrard, Chanel, Raymond Weil, Gucci and Tiffany to name just a few. And if you have the original box and packaging. Proof of Age and any authentication documentation will help maximise the price achieved .

All items must be authentic we do not sell fake goods.

Vintage Household Items: Rare 1930’s household items such as light shades, lamps, clocks and mirrors. Please don’t dismiss vintage or retro items which show significant signs of age or defects as these have prven to be very popular.

Furniture: Furniture from anywhere around your home can be sold . Dining tables and chairs, clocks, lamps, sofas, mirrors, desks, shelving units, chest of drawers and wardrobes to name just a few. Brands such as John Lewis, Ikea, Ercol, Parker Knoll, Habitat & Heals sell well.

Also retro and modernist furniture – especially 1950s/60s /70s – including G-Plan, Scandinavian and Danish furniture is particulary in vogue at the moment.

Garden furniture, greenhouses, sheds and ornaments can also do well.

Vintage Toys, Dolls, Bears & Lego

Vintage toys can be highly collectable and can achieve great prices. Vintage Barbie, Sindy, Pippa dolls, old teddy bears, Meccano, Action Man, Star Wars toys the list goes on.  Even modern collections of Lego can be great sellers. especially discontinued sets in mint boxed condition such as Harry Potter and Star Wars.  But don’t worry if you have incomplete sets of Lego we can still sell this on your behalf.

Architectural Salvage:  This can include a vast aray of items from old fireplaces, old light fittings, garden sculptures, ornaments and stone edging boarders. What you may consider putting on a skip may in fact have a value as there are so many people looking for those unique pieces to fill their homes and gardens with, especially if they are looking to restore some true features of an old victorian house. This is one area where condition is not everything, what people are looking for is character,  charm, true pieces from a set era.  In some cases, such items which are in a poorer condition would also be perfect for an upcycling or restoration project.

Kitchens: If you are looking to replace your kitchen you may be surprised to learn that we can help you sell your old kitchen including worktops and appliances. If you are having any renovation work done on your house do bare in mind that some of those old fixtures and fittings can sometimes be resold.

Anything Else!: Yes and anything else! The list of different items we sell is huge so it’s hard to cover everything. We have a keen eye on selecting items to sell and from 15 years Ebay selling experience it can be those unique and unusal pieces that people are looking to buy.

Maybe you are a business that has unwanted stock to sell, or a business closing down we can help.

If in doubt just ask and we will be more than happy to advise on how best to sell your unwanted items.

 

What items don’t we accept?

  • Counterfeit goods
  • Firearms, weapons and knives
  • Food and healthcare items
  • Government documents, IDs and licenses
  • Hazardous, restricted or regulated materials such as batteries, fireworks and refrigerants
  • Medical drugs, devices and healthcare such as prescription drugs, contact lenses, pacemakers, and surgical instruments
  • Recalled items
  • Tabacco
  • Used cosmetics

 

What condition should my item be in?

Your items should be in saleable condition which means anything from vintage, to excellent or as new condition, to broken or damaged.  We may be in a position to list certain items as spares and repairs, in particular electrical and battery operated items.  You will be surprised at what sells!

What classes an item as new?

An item is classed as new if it has not been used for it’s intended purpose. It may or may not have its original tags attached or come complete with the original box.

What helps your items sell? 

If your items still have price tags and labels in place, all the better. Shoes with dustbags,  boxes or any original packaging will also help achieve higher prices. Designer bags, if you have receipts or any original paperwork associated this can also be very helpful. Providing as much information will also help give the best description possible and give a personal touch to the listings.

Any Brochures, instructions, guarantees, receipts, certificates of authentication and original boxes are also helpful. Books with dustjackets and or signed by the author come highly reccomended.  And lastly, history and stories behind the items will help with listings and give a personal touch.

Who advertises their unwanted item with Casa Clearance?

Businesses, Private Sellers, Schools & Charities of all shapes and sizes advertise with Casa Clearance, whether you have hundreds of items to sell or just one.

What are the costs if I ask you to list my items for sale? 

We do not charge to come and appraise your items, for the research we do or listing your items, nor do we pass on any eBay or Paypal fees.  You simply get 50% of the final sale price which is how we earn our commission so it’s in our interests to get the best price possible. We take care of all eBay fees (10%), Paypal fees (3.4% plus 20p per transaction) and even take care of any required postage and packaging costs.

What other fees are involved?

If you wish to set a reserve price on an item you wish to sell there will usually be a one off administration fee of £5, which will be deducted at the end from the final sale price, if the reserve price is achieved.

Alternatively we can set the starting price higher in which case there is no charge.  In our experience setting the right starting price is key and usually a reserve price can put off potential bidders so we try and avoid using reserve prices as it doesn’t usually make a difference to the end selling price. In our experience it is something we try and avoid using. Another alternative is using a buy it now listing and invite offers, which would be our preferred and reccomended option.

If you decide to cancel an auction that has already started there will be an admininistration charge of £15 if there are no bids on your item or 15% of the acieved price prior to the auction ending.

 

How do we price your items?

We research items like yours on eBay, looking at similar items that sold within the last 90 days, and price items according to this research.

Can I set my price?

Yes of course you can! It’s always a good idea to let Casa Clearance know what your expectations are and what you would like to achieve for your items.  We will also give advise as to whether the sale price is realistic and will be achieve on the open market.

In our 10 years+ of selling we have a good idea of how much we will be able to get for your items as we have sold a huge variety of items.

Of course if you don’t wish to auction your items we can also offer a fixed buy it now price sale which can be listed for up to 30 days. This can be a good option for some people depending on the items you intend to sell and will hopefully get you the price you want for your item/s. We find this can be useful for business sellers with excess stock to sell as it works well with listing multiple items.

Should I Auction or set a Buy It Now Price?

Most auctions run for a 5, 7 or 10 day listing period whereas a ‘Buy It Now’ listing will usually run ‘untill cancelled’.  Our advice is to set a ‘Buy It Now’ price on all listings leaving the opportunity for buyer to submit a ‘best offer’.  With experience we generally find ‘Buy It Now’ listings are more successful especially in today’s society; when one wants something they want it there and then and aren’t always prepared to wait or if, they are they may end up missig the auction!.

Can I track the sale of my items?

If, your items are listed on eBay you will get a confirmation email with a link to the listing.  Alternatively if you already have an Ebay account you can find and follow us under the username “casa-clearance”.  It can be exciting and sometimes addictive watching your items being auctioned but please do not worry if you do not see any bids at first as most people tend to bid in the last hours or minutes of an auction ending.

What if I want to make a change to how one of my items is listed?

We can’t change a listing once it has been published.  If, you change your mind and choose to cancel the sale you may do so however, you will still incur the standard set up costs of £10.

What about shipping?

We add a shipping cost to all items which we list on www.casaclearance.co.uk and eBay, which covers all packaging and postage costs.  This fee is independant of the sale price.

Who takes care of the packaging?

Casa Clearance will arrange packaging and dispatch of your items.  We generally use My Hermes for items under 10kg in weight or for those larger, heavier items we use www.interparcel.com

What happens if my item is damaged or lost in transit?

Casa Clearance is responsible, afterall it is down to how we package your items!  In some cases we may be able to raise a claim with the courier, so not all is lost!

When do I get paid?

By law we are obliged to offer a 14 day returns policy on all online purchases.  Once the items have been paid for, dispatched and received by the buyer and we are confident they are satisfied with their purchase, we will then pay your 50% share direct into your bank account or by Paypal. Of course occasionally there are delays when payment is received or when large furniture items are being collected, but we aim to keep you updated throughout the process.  With this in mind, you will therefore,  be paid between 2-3 weeks after the auction has ended or in some cases sooner.  You will also be provided with a breakdown of all your sales with payment.

What happens if the item doesn’t sell?

We list all items “until sold” therefore, we will review the performance of each listing and reduce accordingly.  We will always ask what your minimum price is and advise in advance if we feel a reduction in price is required.  One thing to bear in mind is that selling on eBay can be unpredictable and some items can take longer to sell than others. Still, we will do our best and will also use social media to help promote your items thus improve traffic to your listings .  If you decide not to re-list you may wish to take the items back or donate your items to a charity or alternatively we can do this on your behalf.

 


 

Sell to Casa Clearance

How do I know if you want to purchase my unwanted items?

We will need to carry out an on-site inspection in order to determine if, your unwanted items are of interest.  A member of our staff will check over your items and advise there and then if, this is the case. If, you are happy with the prices we offer and wish to sell to us, we will transfer the money to your bank account and simply take the items away. It’s as simple as that!

What type of items do you buy?

We buy a vast range of designer and high quality branded clothing to vintage, modern home furnishings and garden accessories. Our shop is symbolic of the items we continue to buy and market weekly.

Example items:

  • High branded clothing, footwear and fashion accessories
  • High branded or vintage home accessories from mirrors, to clocks, to lamps, light / lamp shade, to curtains, to fire guards and fireside rugs
  • Man made wool products
  • White goods
  • Garden furniture
  • Vintage kitchenalia; glasses, serving trays, canisters, dinner plates and tea sets
  • Vintage suitcases and typewriters
  • Pushchairs
  • Electricals, even those which are untested and not in working order
 For futher details  please refer yourself back to the top of this page.

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