If this post is somehow not allowed in this forum I sincerely apologize. I did read the rules carefully, and I know no sales posts until you have a 100 posts (and I don't), but what I'm actually asking about in this post is for some advice on how to go about selling a vintage watch and watchmaking tool collection. So I hope that's allowed, because I badly need some advice (I think), but if it's not or if this is not the correct forum please let me know and I'll take down this post.
Here's the situation: around 2009 my great uncle passed, and it looks like he was quite the watchmaking hobbyist / enthusiast / collector. Because we didn't see a whole store full of material, we doubt he was actually a professional watchmaker... it looks more like he was a very committed and talented hobbyist, with a definite 'thing' for old Bulova wristwatches. So basically, I have around 100 or more old Bulovas, some Elgins, Hamiltons, Zeniths, 1 IWC - mostly all wristwatches, with not many pocket watches. Also he had watchmaking tools. I don't think he has anything too amazing, but there are nice quality staking sets, jeweling tools, truing calipers, a Bergeon Platax tool, etc.
When I inherited all this, I became completely engrossed with it, and became a bit of a hobbyist myself. I was a retired biochemist and un-retired geek, so really complex, demanding and difficult stuff was something I enjoyed... but now I have to be honest with myself. I just don't have the eyesight, the steady hands, the patience or even the room in my apartment to do this kind of thing.
So, I really just want to sell this stuff. I'm not even wildly interested in getting absolute top dollar. I'm wildly interested in things going to a good home, honest transactions, avoiding giant hassles, but not getting completely ripped off either. I DO have an eBay account, I do have very good feedback on it, but lately eBay has been scaring me. It seems it's become quite popular for people to buy something, claim that is was somehow 'damaged' or not as described, then refuse to return it (and supposedly eBay is kind of just automatically siding with the buyer 99% of the time). And we all know that vintage wristwatches are tough, they need cleanings and overhauls and all manner of stuff the casual eBay buyer may not be familiar with.
I wouldn't mind selling through this forum, but I don't have 100 posts, and I'm not going to try to fake it by posting a bunch. So does anyone have any other ideas? Etsy? Craigslist? Local antiques dealers? Consignment? I also don't have the patience to sell each watch individually, there are too many, and I can't spend all of my time doing this, so they have to go in lots... I'm in Florida now, I could, I suppose, pay for a booth at an antiques market for a few weekends and hope there are vintage watch buyers in the crowd???
What would you all do in this circumstance? Just go ahead and do eBay auctions and hope you don't get people trying to scam you? Perhaps find a local watch repair shop and see if they want any of this (though I doubt they'd offer top dollar, but that may not be so bad).
Anyone have any advice for me?
Thanks for any help. Again, if this is somehow against the rules, please let me know or take it down, and I'll try and find a more appropriate forum for these questions.