Your junk-filled garage could be a treasure trove of collectables


It may not be antique, but that "rubbish" you are storing could contain some valuable items, writes John Cradden
It may not be antique, but that "rubbish" you are storing could contain some valuable items, writes John Cradden
IT'S a job that many of us keep putting off but, if you need an extra incentive to clear out your attic or shed, collectors and antique dealers say taking a good poke around could make you hundreds of euros.
Simon Moynihan, of the price comparison website Bonkers.ie, has a garage so full of junk that there is barely space for him to get his bike in.
"The boxes in my garage were packed five years, one country and two house moves ago. I don't know what's in them. I've never needed anything from them in five years".
Recently, he started to takcle his clutter by starting small; pulling out a drawer or box, emptying the contents and going through it piece by piece. He says you should ask yourself: "Does this item bring joy, value or purpose to my life?" If the answer is yes, pt it back in the drawer.
"For the rest of the stuff, make some piles," said Moynihan. "Stuff to dump, recycle, sell and donate. And when everything is in its rightful place, do just that. Put it on Gumtree or Donedeal. Drop it off at the charity shop. Throw it in the bin. Just get it out of your house."
Decluttering is also a good opportunity to keep an eye out for vintage items or antiques that may be worth something or now be collectible.
Old racing bikes from the 1970s and 80s, gathering dust in garages all over the country, have seen a surge in value.
"you may have noticed a pretty sizable increase in the number of fixed-gear (or no-gear) bikes out there," said Moynihan. "Well, the hippest ones are generally home-made, using the frames of those old bikes.
"Dublin is a good city for fixed-gear bikes because it's pretty flat. And thouse bikes are very individual, especially when made from materials such as old Peugeot racing frames. So, if you've a few adult bikes that haven't seen the light of day for decades, you may now be able to sell them."
The above is an excerpt from a longer article written by John Cradden that appeared in the Sunday Times on 24th July 2011

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