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The 5 Weirdest and Strangest Items to ever go up for auction

Published: 18/04/2018

The world has seen strange and unusual things being put on auction in the past. A shirt worn by a famous singer, a rough and unfinished draft of a poem written by a well-known writer in the 18th century, a spaceship model, etc. And all these weird things were sold! How about you? I'm dying to know - how much would you be willing to fork out to own such items?Talking about strange and weird things on auction, I've listed 5 of the strangest and weirdest things that were ever auctioned below.

1. Doors of the Chelsea Hotel - New York

Actor Humphrey Bogart once resided at the Chelsea Hotel in a room with this door-- now on sale in an unusual auction --Here seen at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York
What do Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Bette Davis have in Common? All of them, at one time, stayed at the fabled Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Early this month, discarded items from the hotel are on display in an art gallery and are being sold by an auction house. The items are worn-out doors from the hotel rooms where dramatic or news-worthy events happened. Events such as Sid Vicious supposedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in 1978 in room 100 (but he died of a drug overdose before he could stand in court,) Mark Twain and Tom Wolfe making the hotel their home, Andy Warhol filming his first commercially successful movie "Chelsea Girls," and Jack Kerouac penning his beatnik novel, "On the road," which eventually became a Beat Generation bible.   The doors to these famous and infamous rooms are now being auctioned, thanks to an enterprising former homeless man who lived in the hotel from 2002 to 2011. (He was evicted from the hotel when renovations started.) The massive renovations started in the summer of 2011 to give the hotel a facelift which, until now, is not yet completed. “I was shocked,” Jim Georgiou narrated when he saw the doors in 2012 as they were chucked to the curb while the hotel’s renovation was going on. According to him, if the doors could talk, they would tell eye-popping history.Above: Jimi Hendrixhotel room door. He often stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1960s. Photo: Guernsey'sGeorgiou, a few years after salvaging the doors and then transferring them to a friend's place gave Guernsey’s a call. He chose the auction house to take advantage of its reputation of having outside-the-box sales.   Auction fans are expecting the doors to fetch anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 each. Half the net of the proceeds will go to City Harvest (well known to provide food for homeless and hungry New Yorkers) and the rest to Georgiou himself. 2.          Winston Churchill's denturesThe dentures were auctioned by Keys in AylshamIt’s common knowledge that Winston Churchill had a speech impediment, but not everybody knows that he did not try to cover it up or overcome it. Actually, he maximized it after realizing that it was invaluable during World War II. To him, his impediment was a vital weapon for Britain in the war effort. During the war, when broadcasting outfits put his wartime radio messages on air, Churchill's voice was distinctive and was recognized by the listeners instantly.  Due to this, he didn't want to cover up his speech impairment. In fact, he wanted his speech disorder to stay that way. That's the reason why he asked a dental technician to design his dentures in such a way that his lisp would be preserved. Quite odd, but I think it’s a wise move as proven by its results. They were designed and made by a young dental technician named Derek Cudlipp. A set of the dentures has been kept by his family since Churchill's demise. However, it has been sold at auction for £15,200.During an interview, the dental technician’s son Nigel Cudlipp mentioned that his father's work was so important to the World War II prime minister that Churchill would not let him join the army and fight."When my father's call-up papers came, Churchill personally tore them up," Cudlipp said.According to the video interview of the dental technician's son, his father made 3 sets for Churchill because the British leader would often break them. "Churchill used to flick out his dentures when he was angry and throw them across the room," Mr. Cudlipp said."My father used to say he could tell how the war was going by how far they flew," he added. So... a former world leader's dentures, anyone?  3.          A Violin played as the Titanic sankA bandmaster's violin being played as the Titanic sank was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at an auction in 2013. That was a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ship.Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the vessel, played the musical instrument together with his band aiming to calm the passengers as the Titanic slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in 1912. The ship started sinking after hitting an iceberg. As the vessel sank, the band played the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” This soothing music played on while passengers hurried and climbed into lifeboats. Hartley and his 7 bandmates perished after choosing to play on. More than 1,500 people died in the accident.According to the folklore that developed around the accident, more than 10 days after the disaster, Hartley's body was recovered. When found, the violin was inside a leather case and was strapped to him.  It only took more than 10 days to recover the violin, but, it took more than 100 years to confirm that the instrument they found was actually the one owned by the band leader.Some people thought that the violin was lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster. However, in 2006 the son of an amateur musician discovered it in an attic together with a silver plate displaying its provenance. After seven long years of testing, with tens of thousands of pounds poured out for the testing sessions, the water-stained violin has finally been proven to be the one played by the bandmaster.4.          Scarlett Johansson's used tissuePhoto: GettyWould you believe? Scarlett Johansson tried to sell a used tissue online. Do you think she was successful doing it?Let's see. The particular tissue, strangely an insanely famous one, was used to blow her nose on the Tonight's Show back when American comedian Jay Leno was the host. Didn't believe it at first, but this notorious tissue has gathered more than 64 bids on eBay. Bids for a tissue with mucus? Fans could turn really weird concerning their screen idols, don’t you think? For all you know, the owner could be keeping Johansson’s used tissue in an air-conditioned closet just to preserve it!    The latest report regarding the tissue says an anonymous bidder kicked out the rest of the competitors by dishing out a whopping $5,300 to get the honour of owning Scarlett’s dirty tissue.Johansson jokingly told the show's audience that her snot had value for the simple reason that she got the cold from another actor-celebrity, Samuel L. Jackson, the Associated Press reported.All the proceeds from the sale will be sent to a hunger relief charity supported by the actress.The famous tissue comes in a bag with the actress' autograph.5.          A guinea pig suit of armorPhoto credit: Sean McCoyWould you like to treat your pet guinea pig like royalty? By that, I mean secure and protect it with an armor.Back in 2013, the blogosphere went insane! All because somebody put an elaborately designed guinea pig suit of armor on auction. During the time Huffington Post Weird News first heard about the sale, a measly $305 was the highest bid. However, when the bidding session closed, the highest bid was $24,300. It's hard to believe, but, in 10 days, forty-seven bidders made 156 bids. For an armor designed for a guinea pig—that's amazing. No one could really predict what people will buy on auctions.Based on the product’s description, 100 percent of those profits will go to Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, a non-profit organization based in Virginia that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for unwanted guinea pigs.Praises to seller mightys0x. We absolutely did not expect this!UPDATE: According to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue’s Facebook page, the winning bidder in the guinea pig suit of armor auction has backed out. The item has been relisted on eBay.

ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

Published: 13/04/2018

 The Plus500 Brumbies are pleased to continue their strong association with ALLBIDS as part of the Brumbies Family with the online auction site continuing their partnership with the Australian Conference Champions. ALLBIDS have been a long-term supporter of the club and have extended their partnership for a further two seasons taking in the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby campaigns as the Plus500 Brumbies preferred supplier of auction facilities for our premier business luncheon, The State of the Union. ALLBIDS is Australia's trusted home of unique online auctions with the company receiving over 100,000+ items every year from the Australian Federal Police, Government departments, estate executors, car dealers, insolvency firms, private households, collectors and leading retailers. They have the greatest range of unique auction items listed daily across key categories such as cars, antiques, art, electronics, computers, homewares, wine, tools, sporting goods, jewellery, collectables and many more. “We are very happy that ALLBIDS have decided to continue our long-term partnership at the Plus500 Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson said of the agreement. “AllBids are a well-respected locally based online auction house and their support of the Brumbies, particularly around our annual State of the Union Lunch, is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them.” ALLBIDS CEO Rob Evans reiterated the company’s desire to support a community-focused local sporting club through this partnership. “ALLBIDS have been a long-term sponsor of the Brumbies with over ten seasons of support,” Mr. Evans commented. “We are proud to once again be committing to the Brumbies in 2018 and beyond. “The ALLBIDS brand has grown nationally over the past few years and, with strong growth projected for the next few years, we want to continue our association with another of Canberra’s great success stories. “We are proud to be a supporter of Canberra’s sporting institutions and look forward to the joint benefits this arrangement will bring.” Tickets for a table of ten for the State of the Union Lunch, to be held on Friday 27 April, can be purchased at the cost of $275 plus GST per person or individual tickets can be purchased for $295 plus GST. If you would like further information, or would like to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Michael Coulton on m.coulton@brumbies.com.au or call him on 0407 027 405

Club Lime Gym Equipment

Published: 5/02/2018

Club Lime are currently upgrading their facilities. They have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment with no reserve. Everything starts at $1and is online now here, closing on Wednesday 7 February.This is a great opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at a ridiculous price. Coming from such a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned. Up for grabs there is various plate and pin equipment, rowing machines, racks and more.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, have over 100,000 registered Canberra bidders and are handling the entire process. To bid, simply:

  1. Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  2. Click the banner on the home page to view the gym equipment sale.
  3. Items are available for inspection at the ALLBIDS showroom in Fyshwick.
  4. If you are the highest bidder when the auction closes on Wednesday night, simply pay online or head into the showroom to pay and collect your purchase.
From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get set yourself up at home before Winter kicks in.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

Adrenalin Boardstore in liquidation – $500,000 in stock must be sold this week!

Published: 12/01/2018

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

It’s the end of an era for a much-loved Canberra retail store – Adrenalin Boardstore.Adrenalin started in Lonsdale St Braddon and has been a very popular retail fixture in Canberra over the past 10 years, but the continued pressure of online retailing has meant that current Adrenalin store’s stock and fixtures in Fyshwick will be liquidated by online auction.Owners of the store are philosophical about the situation and thank their loyal customers from Canberra and around Australia for their support. Perhaps the popular Canberra store may re-invent itself as a website only presence in the future.In the mean-time Liquidators Deloitte Australia have tasked Canberra’s auction specialists
ALLBIDS with the job to sell over $500k in stock and fixtures over the next 7 days.Snowboards, skateboards, boots, jackets, sun glasses, goggles, helmets, clothes, shoes, accessories, fixtures, fittings and lots more, are all online at ALLBIDS with all auctions closing by next Thursday and Friday Jan 18th and 19th.If you are looking for somewhere to spend that cash you scored at Christmas from your mates and relatives and want to bag a bargain on some great sports gear, then log onto local auction site ALLBIDS and check out the bargains.All of Adrenalin Sports stock will be up for auction on ALLBIDS from today with absolutely no reserve prices.Many will remember Adrenalin Boardstore was initially in Braddon in the early 2010s and then moved to Fyshwick until recently going into administration. The online squeeze has become common place for many retailers with the “showrooming” and “webrooming” of retail stores whereby shoppers browse the store for the item and then buy it online from a wholesaler.Canberrans are well placed to take advantage of both the sun and snow – there is a great opportunity here to either update your snowboard or skateboard, boots or some other great new gear such as a jacket or goggles.This is a once in a decade opportunity to purchase this stock completely unreserved. Just visit Canberra’s most exciting online auction site www.allbids.com.au.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: BATALEON GLobal-Warmer Snowboard.

 

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: LOBSTER Jib-Board Snowboard.

Items for auction at ALLBIDS: Nomis, Krew, Oneill, Jones, Afends – Hoodies.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Spy soldier snow goggles.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Skateboard helmets.

This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Tim Bensonhttps://the-riotact.com/newsflash-adrenalin-boardstore-in-liquidation-500000-in-stock-must-be-sold-this-week/229664

An Arrangement of Christmas Presents wrapped in gift paper in natural shades

Looking for last minute gift ideas? We might have something for you!

Published: 18/12/2017

Don’t despair if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, ALLBIDS have got you covered.

Let me guess…last year you told yourself “next year I’m going to be super organised and get all of my Christmas shopping done early”. Sound familiar?While I’m sure you started out with the best of intentions, like most of us, you’ve probably once again left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and are now scrambling to come up with gift ideas that are both unique and affordable.Well, here’s the only tip you need to get your Christmas shopping sorted quickly and on a budget –
ALLBIDS. If you’re a little late to the show and haven’t heard of it yet,  ALLBIDS is Canberra’s premier online auction clearance house where you can find some really unique gifts at bargain basement prices.

A unique Antique Australian Rose Gold Bangle set to sell in the lead up to Christmas. Source: ALLBIDS.

Struggling to come up with good gift ideas will become a thing of the past when it’s so easy to find something for everyone you want to buy for from one location, including everything from vintage and modern jewellery and watches, to original artworks and statement pieces of antique furniture or collectables.You could pick up some cool tech gadgets like computers, projectors, headphones and other accessories, or you even find some great fashion and beauty steals at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. They even sell a great range of big brand name, local and boutique wines!

If you’re buying for a tech lover, picking up a refurbished Apple or Samsung product could make a great gift. Source: ALLBIDS.

If you want to give a gift with heart, maybe choosing something from one of their charity auctions where you can give someone special a gift they’ll love, while also helping make a difference in the local Canberra community.The items for sale largely come from private sellers, estate clearances or lot sales from a variety of businesses and agencies, so you never know what gem you may find.The site basically adopts an auction format where items can sell for as little as $1, guaranteeing you’ll pay the lowest price possible for your unique find, while also enjoying the convenience of having it shipped directly to your door.Because they have good relationships with various freight companies, if you bid and win an auction this week, they can even ship the item directly to you before Christmas. It doesn’t get much better than that!It’s easy to get started — simply register and start bidding on the items you want. I promise once you give it a go, navigating through over-crowded shopping centres to do your Christmas shopping will be a thing of the past!This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/looking-for-last-minute-gift-ideas-we-might-have-something-for-you/226676

Cashed Up Christmas - flipping for extra cash

Published: 9/12/2017

If your home is anything like mine, you have way too much stuff yet not enough money for when bills are due. As I head into the Christmas silly season, my challenge in this blog post is to convert some of my unwanted and unloved junk into cash.This is a slightly confronting issue for me to deal with. I know some people are really comfortable with selling things that they don’t need, but somehow, mentally, I feel like it is wrong. I worry that things that I have would not be perceived to be of value, that maybe people would laugh at me for listing them or for charging too much. I much prefer to gift to my favourite op shops or to give away via the Buy Nothing Project.This is, I realise, a limiting belief. I buy second hand goods all the time. I love a bargain. I also like looking for things that are slightly obscure (at the moment prasiolite aka green amethyst and vintage jewellery). So why wouldn’t someone just happen to want the odd thing that I have listed for sale? And if I thought something was valuable enough to buy it, why wouldn’t someone else want to own it?Some readers might remember that a few months ago I earned a few hundred dollars from selling some old Chinese provincial chairs that I no longer needed by listing them for auction with Allbids. They were lovely chairs, but didn’t fit into my apartment and were just cluttering up my car park in the basement. Now I have more room for my bicycles, and even room for my man’s motorbike.As an aside, if you are looking to attract a romantic partner into your life, one of the best things you can do is to signal to the universe that you are ready is to declutter. Start by clearing space in your garage for another car (or motorbike if that is your thing) and room in your closet for someone else’s clothes. Yep, I’ve done this and it works. It really works.Kylie from the Thrifty Issue is a big fan of ‘flipping’. Her blog is featuring a challenge of creating $20,000 in extra cash. Selling things you no longer need is one of the big ways that and she and others in her community make extra cash.Last month, during the Cashed Up Christmas month, I started on a challenge to list as many things for sale as I can between now and Christmas. Even if I only earn small amounts, I know they will add up. I am putting these small amounts into my new Acorns account. I am finding that watching how my savings adds up is quite addictive .What I have discovered through this is that it is now much easier than ever to list items for sale. There really are no excuses not to declutter and earn cash from your unwanted trash. These are some of the places that I am listing items that I no longer need or want:

  • Allbids. This is a Canberra-based online auction platform that is expanding throughout Australia. It is especially good for antiques and items that are a little bit quirky and might be of value because they have specialists who can appraise you of value and help you market it. (That kitsch knick nack that your dad or granddad bought in Asia on posting in the 70s might be worth more than all your household contents put together.) They are also really good for bulky furniture because they can pick up for you, and they are great for handling large lots such as deceased estates and items from people who are downsizing. Best part is that they do all the work – they take photos, list the items, liaise with the sellers and then just give you money when it is all finished. (Beware: this website is addictive and you might end up wanting to buy more than you sell.)
  • Gumtree. Gumtree has a large reach throughout Australia, and I find it works well for things that you want to be able to see in person such as furniture, handbags and clothes and bicycles. Listing is free, but there are inducements to encourage you to bump up your add. The only real problem is working out how much to list things for. I find that people tend to put on slightly higher prices to factor in it being negotiated down. Some of the jewellery on here, for example, I believe is over priced relative to Allbids.
  • Facebook marketplace. Facebook has been aggressively promoting its marketplace option, perhaps ahead of Amazon entering the Australian market. I have bought items off here, but I am yet to successfully sell something. I am slightly appalled by the amount of used make-up and perfume that is being offered, and the strong consumer culture (some people seem to have endless amounts of clothes). But it is soooo easy to just flick through and look at things.
  • Facebook groups such as buy, sell, swap and giveaway. There are several groups in Canberra and I am sure there are many groups in other places. If you list on Facebook marketplace it also gives you the option to list items into groups that you belong to so you can list in more than one place fairly easily. An added advantage is that your friends are notified when you have something to offer. I find this works well for household items such as baby items that you no longer need. The items can’t really be searched or curated as neatly as other platforms (there isn’t really a database as such), and I find that items tend to pop up for a day or two then disappear.
  • Work classifieds. If your work has an online classifieds forum, or even a cork board in the kitchenette, then use it. An advantage of selling through work is that it is easy to bring it in to sell (assuming the item is not too large). A disadvantage is that you might want a functional separation between your home and office lives.
  • Ebay. I am finding that increasingly sellers are commercial in nature with their own shops, but there is no reason you can’t list individual second-hand items on this platform. This can work well for the obscure. But as (unlike platforms such as Allbids) you don’t have someone to advise on value you risk underselling or overselling items that are potentially rare or valuable.
How have I gone? Well so far I have sold a wooden table that I no longer needed for $100, and an old kids bike for $20. There are three items that have no takers, and I am about to list some unneeded camping gear. (BTW, the featured image is of a item for sale – a Selangor pewter orchid necklace. The chain is, I think, silver and better quality than it looks. I don’t wear it. I don’t know why.) Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot – but it is $120 in my Acorns account growing interest that I wouldn’t have otherwise.Your challenge is to identify an item that you no longer need and list it for sale. Don’t delay and wait until you have ‘time’- pre-Christmas is the best time to do this. Just find something you don’t use and try to sell it – you will probably find heaps of stuff while digging around for the Christmas tree in any case. And connect with me and others on the Frugal Dare to Millionaire Facebook Group to tell us how much cash you managed to flip!This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/12/09/cashed-christmas-flipping-extra-cash/

How to get the best wine buy in time for the festive season

Published: 1/12/2017

Stock up on your favourite varieties in time for your holiday festivities thanks to ALLBIDS.There’s no question the festive season is quite possibly the busiest time of the year. While the holiday period should ideally offer the opportunity to relax, refresh and reset, it rarely does.Whether you’re trying to juggle parties with friends, end of year work functions or hosting the extended family at your place, most of us have little to no spare time left in between organising the decorations, getting through the gift shopping and sorting out the catering.With the holiday season creeping closer every day, most of us are looking for a few shortcuts to help get everything sorted quickly and easily so we can make the most of our well-deserved time off.Well here’s a convenient and affordable solution to help you stock up on all the wine you’ll need to get right through the festive season, without even having to leave the house – ALLBIDS, Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, conducts daily wine auctions where you can get your hands on a wide range of premium quality wines, at bargain basement prices.

An Australian red wine mix that will be sold and delivered to the highest bidder. Source: ALLBIDS.

You can purchase half or full cases of white, red, sparkling and mixed varieties at hard-to-beat prices, from a large range of well-known Australian brands like ‘Penfolds’, ‘Rosemount’, and ‘Hardy’, as well as some smaller boutique and local wine producers.Their wine auctions start from only $1, with most cases selling at a price that equates to somewhere between $5 and $10 a bottle – prices well below what you would typically pay if you were to purchase them from a retail store. Even more, you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting, with free delivery directly to your home, function, or event included in the purchase price if it’s in Canberra.They can even help if you have a function or event that is approaching fast and you’ve left it to the last minute to organise your wine order. With orders dispatched within 48 hours of purchase, your wine shipment should arrive in as little as 3 to 4 days so you can rest easy knowing everything’s going to be sorted in time.While the ALLBIDS auction process is very straightforward and will get you the best possible price, if you would prefer to place your order outright, many of their wine listings also offer a discounted ‘Buy now’ option, so you can make your purchase in the same way you would from any other retailer, while still saving time and money.Whether you want to get ready for an upcoming event or function, make a bulk order to use for corporate or other gifts, or simply stock-up the wine rack at home, ALLBIDS is all you need to tick it off your ever-growing to-do list.View their full range of wine sale auctions or register your details with ALLBIDS to get started.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/how-to-get-the-best-wine-buy-in-time-for-the-festive-season/225016

Decorative Chinese vase

Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra

Published: 15/11/2017

If you have an eye for Asian design, rare antiques or other collectibles, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to browse and purchase some unique wares from the estate of Cook resident and one of Canberra’s most prominent and passionate collectors, John Maxfield, an Audiologist who was also well renowned in the art scene in Melbourne in the late 1960s.In one of the largest and most exclusive estate auctions in Canberra’s history, the large collection of Chinese and other antiques, fine art, household and garden items will be auctioned and sold unreserved over two nights, online on Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, ALLBIDS with items remaining in situ at the Cook residence.It is a rarity that such an extensive and unique collection like this is made available to the public to bid on and it’s shaping up to be a highly-anticipated auction, with ALLBIDS appraiser Andrew Whitehead commenting on how “this is a genuine private collector hoard that was hidden from public view until now.”It’s hard not to be impressed with the vast collection of nearly 350 items which includes a wide range of decorative and household pieces, largely featuring various Chinese, Japanese and other Asian designs.Including a wide variety of unique artworks, vases, crystal and glassware, votives, candlestick holders and flatware, you never know what gem you may find.If you’re in the market for a vintage crockery set, choose between the collection of Royal Copenhagen Dinnerware, the Royal Doulton Yorktown China Dinner Service, or the collection of Japanese Fukagawa Fine Porcelain.

Pair of Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddhist Lions going to auction as part of the estate sale.

Maybe you are a fan of Asian ceramic pots and vases and would be more interested in a Japanese Kutani Vase and Fukagawa Bowl, a Chinese Peach Bloom Vase, or a pair of Chinese Coral Red Decorated Jars on Rosewood stands.Or if Italian style is more up your alley, maybe the Valentino lamp base will pique your interest. But why settle for one, when you could have a matching pair of Valentino lamp bases?

A pair of Chinese black lacquer stands which is set to sell on the 16th November.

The collection also encompasses a wide range of hard-to-find furniture pieces, including various chests, drawers, dressers, stools, and tables, but the real show stopper is the large selection of Chinese sideboards and cabinets which are sure to impress.If you’re keen to step your garden style up a notch, the collection also includes a huge range of stone and terracotta pots, planters, urns, stands, and pedestals, as well as various lanterns, water fountains, outdoor furniture, decorative sculptures, statues, figures and ornate garden features.However, don’t despair if garden items or decorative collector’s pieces aren’t really your thing, as the collection even includes some more practical household items you might be looking for like a Sony Bravia LED TV, Fisher and Paykel front load washing machine, Simpson dryer, Fisher and Paykel fridge and LG microwave.You need to act quickly as all the items in this rare and unique collection will be auctioned online on the ALLBIDS website over two nights with all items to be picked up from estate residence at Cook, with the garden statuary, pots and outdoor auctions closing on Wednesday 15th November and auctions for all antiques, art and household goods finishing up on Thursday 16th November.With items set to sell for as little as $1, you’d be crazy not to have a look. View the full collection on the ALLBIDS website to find your newest treasure now!This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business equipment/221380

Need more space? The easy way to sell your retired business equipment

Published: 8/11/2017

Successful business owners know better than anyone how important it is to have the latest and greatest equipment to help them stay at the forefront of their industry, but long gone are the days when you could invest in business equipment that would last a lifetime.Today, you would be lucky to get your hands on mobile phones that last longer than one year, computers that perform well for more than two years or a fleet of motor vehicles that you can get more than four or five years out of.While some equipment and tangible assets are worth holding on to for the lifetime of your business, most aren’t, which is exactly why so many businesses are looking for an easy, reliable and cost-effective way to dispose of their retired business equipment.ALLBIDS have the perfect solution.As Canberra’s premier home-grown online auction site, they can help you free up much-needed space in your office or workplace by turning your redundant, surplus or unwanted items into cash, with little to no effort required from you.Whatever your core business is, chances are you’ve got much better things to do with your time than worry about how to dispose of your old equipment. The smarter move is to outsource it to the experts.ALLBIDS can provide a customised, complete end-to-end solution where they’ll manage the collection, sale, and delivery of your unwanted items, so you don’t have to do a thing.So how does it work?Once you contact ALLBIDS, your personal vendor manager can arrange immediate collection of the items you no longer want from your workplace so you can get access to some much-needed extra space straight away. If you need it gone in less than 24 hours, they’ll make it happen!Having provided collection services for a wide range of businesses and Government departments throughout their more than 12 years in the industry, they can provide a solution no matter what challenges are involved, even if you’re operating in a highly secure environment or if your item/s are large or difficult to remove.Once they’ve collected the items, they’ll store them at their Fyshwick warehouse until they’re sold, absolutely free of charge.They’ll photograph and list the items for sale for their database of more than 100,000 users to see. With more than 50 percent of their users located in Canberra, they know your items will sell. In fact, they guarantee they’ll sell the first time, every time!They’ll even facilitate inspections from potential buyers who want to get a good look at the items before the auction. Even more, if you’d prefer to keep the item at your workplace until they’re sold, they can even facilitate on-site inspections with prospective buyers at your workplace so you don’t need to do anything.All items are advertised with a $1 starting price which helps raise awareness and interest from potential buyer before the bidding war begins and your items are sold to the highest bidder. It’s a tried-and-tested process which has proven to be a great way for businesses to achieve the best price for their items with vendors often surprised to achieve a higher price than expected.Selling through ALLBIDS even makes it easy for you come tax time. When you sell an item, they’ll provide you with a comprehensive record with a full breakdown of every item sold, the return you got on the items, the GST collected on your behalf and what you can claim back.Once your item is sold, the team will even take care of delivering it to the buyer, so you really don’t have to do anything.Surely there’s no easier way to sell your unwanted equipment quickly and without any of the hassle! Simply contact the team at ALLBIDS to get started.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business-equipment/221380

NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale

Published: 2/11/2017

The National Capital Authority appears to have added the historic Lobby Restaurant in Parkes to the menu of Commonwealth property sales in the Parliamentary Triangle.The Lobby and its sister the Pork Barrel Cafe closed in December last year and have been idle since. The NCA is believed to be readying the iconic property for sale including gathering photographs for the sales agent to use in a marketing campaign.The NCA was approached for comment but did not respond to a series of questions.The Lobby Restaurant was launched almost 50 years ago to serve MPs and staff from Parliament House across the road, and has been a witness to major political intrigues and events, as well as being a landmark dining destination.The iconic main restaurant first opened in 1968 and in recent times had transformed into a function centre, being a favourite choice for the capital’s weddings, with the nearby National Rose Gardens providing the perfect backdrop for photo shoots.The move comes soon after the sale of West Block opposite to local developer Geocon, which plans to convert the building into a luxury heritage hotel.It was one of six buildings, including East Block which houses the National Archives of Australia, identified by the Commonwealth for sale to the private sector.The NCA’s Heritage Plan for Parkes Place and the National Rose Gardens, says the NCA will promote the conservation of the Lobby Restaurant building consistent with its currently understood heritage values and any future revised understanding.“The conservation of the Lobby Restaurant should seek to be mutually consistent with the conservation of Parkes Place,” it says.The Lobby Restaurant is on the Register of the National Estate but not the Commonwealth Heritage List, and there is no separate conservation management plan.In January more than $300,000 worth of shop fit-out from the Lobby, including tables, chairs, glassware, crockery and catering equipment was auctioned unreserved on Allbids.At the time a former staff member said, “It’s very sad. The restaurant was just two years away from turning 50, and it’s seen many significant events in its time – including playing host to hundreds of weddings over the years.”Allbids CEO Rob Evans said then that it was the end of an era. “It was the only restaurant of its kind and has been around for longer than New Parliament House,” he said.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Ian Bushnell https://the-riotact.com/nca-readying-historic-lobby-restaurant-for-sale/221654

A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online

Published: 25/10/2017

On a recent trip to Sydney, my new boyfriend couldn’t help but notice that I liked to pause and look at jewellery shops. Doesn’t every woman love a bit of bling? I certainly do, and perhaps, just perhaps, I like to daydream about a present of bling from the man I love. But as a frugalista, I certainly do not like paying top dollar for it. Nor do I want my man to.A guy at work is thinking about buying something special for his girlfriend. Yes, he is ready to pop the question and he wants to do it properly. The convention wisdom is that he must invest two months’ worth of wages into the ring. In an era when wages are stagnant and many young people are struggling to get a foothold into the housing market, spending a small fortune on a rock seems criminal. But what options are there for a groom to be who wants to show the love he feels for the woman of his dreams? Well, he could forgo an engagement ring entirely. But many men are too scared that they would be viewed as cheap or uncaring. Then there is the story of a friend of a friend who broke up with her long-term boyfriend because the rock he gave her when he proposed wasn’t big enough. No man wants that to happen. Another alternative is to forego the expensive jewellery store in search of better value options online. Jewellery stores have a huge mark-up on the product. It is not their fault: they need to pay for rent (often in shopping centres or prestigious suburbs), hire staff, install expensive display cases and downlighting that helps diamonds sparkle. Further, they need to stand by and wait as people try on rings, and try on more rings, and try to decide if the ring would be the perfect fit. Or not. I walked into a jewellery store recently and I had three people waiting on me – oh the pressure! I almost bought something just to keep them happy.I was first made aware of why the best bargains are not in jewellery store by chatting with a taxi driver. I love chatting with taxi drivers – they are always so full of stories. This one admitted he used to be a jeweler. He described the industry as criminal; jewelers like himself struggled to find a creative outlet as most product was imported in bulk and sold at a high margin. Yep, most jewellery in stores in Australia are expensive relative to what you can get elsewhere. A more cost-effective way to purchase is to buy online. You can save up to 80% on costs this way (and yes, I have been browsing – as I said, I may be frugal but I LOVE a bit of bling). The advantage of shopping online is that it foregoes the middleman, so you are dealing directly with the shop – and in often cases with the designer him/herself. You would be surprised how few physical jewellery stores have a designer in the shop these days. Most jewellery is purchased from overseas, and very little is custom made. But isn’t it dangerous, you might ask? Not if you use a shop that has trusted reviews, on a platform you trust such as Ebay or Etsy. Using a credit card or Paypal also gives you added consumer protections. These provide you with more than if, say, go into a jewellery store and pay with cash. You should also insist on documentation that shows the providence of whatever you purchase. If purchasing a diamond, or other precious or semi-precious stones, make sure they have been ethically sourced. Why taint your love by buying a blood conflict diamond? Buying a diamond with Kimberly process accreditation is important and brings you peace of mind. One often overlooked source of quality and affordable jewellery is online auctions such as Allbids. Allbids has a range of premium, antique and vintage jewellery. If you are savvy shopper, you can pick up some real bargains. Apart from the significant cost saving, an advantage is that you can find pieces that are unique and that will really stand out. The craftmanship that goes into some vintage pieces is amazing – they don’t make jewellery like they used to. And yes, the vintage look is coming back, what’s old is new again, with rose gold pieces leading the way. It goes also with the whole Boho bride look that is very popular at the moment. Last time I looked (okay, I admit it, I look at online jewellery more than I should) there was an old-fashioned gold shield pendant necklace, Mikimoto pearl earrings, several solitaire diamond rings and sapphire jewellery for auction at tempting bargain prices. Did I mention that I like bling?  A further advantage of buying from Allbids at auction is that you know what you are getting. Allbids has a professional valuer on staff, who examines pieces and determine their true worth before they are placed online. Allbids also offers a free appraisal service for people who are thinking of selling pieces. Which is handy for people like me who have jewellery from earlier relationships, or who have inherited pieces that don’t really suit (or fit). I have been stalking Allbids’ online jewellery selection for a while now, and I must say that I like what I see. I also like how easy it is to register to bid online, and the thrill of seeing if I have been successful or not. This is definitely an option for someone who is looking for an affordable alternative to the traditional.This is a sponsored blog post. All views are Ms Frugal Ears own. And yes, I really do like bling, I like many of the pieces I have seen on Allbids, and I really do like getting a bargain by buying at auction.

Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale

Published: 10/10/2017

When you’re spring cleaning your cupboards and garage this year, please don’t go throwing things out! Your unwanted items are more valuable than you could imagine.Today, Hands Across Canberra is launching Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale, an initiative designed to help Canberrans give a little differently to the less fortunate this spring.All Canberrans are encouraged to donate pre-loved items by uploading them to ALLBIDS, Canberra’s leading online auction and disposal service, who will then auction them off on behalf of Hands Across Canberra. Proceeds go directly to the most vulnerable people in our community.Rob Evans, CEO of ALLBIDS, says “Sometimes it’s difficult for people to donate cash. This way, anyone who has something they could sell can donate it instead. Simply take a picture of your item, upload it to our site and write your description (or use the microphone feature to talk it in).“We’ll list the item(s) so people can bid, with money going directly to Hands Across Canberra. We put the winning bidder in touch with the seller to arrange pick up, and everyone can feel proud knowing that they’ve done something to really help someone in need.”Hands Across Canberra is a foundation that helps Canberrans donate funds to charities that make a significant positive impact in the Canberra community. Some of the 150 associated charities include Canberra City Care, C3CARES, Karinya House, Beryl Women Inc., Safe Shelter, and Menslink.“When you upload your item(s), you can select the charity you want to support, or you can simply choose Hands Across Canberra and be confident they know which charity needs it most right now,” says Rob.“And it’s not just limited to individuals. Any organisation can find unwanted assets and donate them too. Make room in the warehouse, move stock, and make a difference in someone’s life. We can accept anything from cars to computers and everything in between, so what you choose to donate is really only limited by your imagination.”Hands Across Canberra CEO, Peter Gordon, said they are delighted to launch the initiative; “Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale is an easy, fun and practical way to give locally. It allows people to help their community directly whilst de-cluttering their home – it a big win-win for everyone. Proceeds from Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale auction will directly support our local charities and their programs.“Donated items can be big or small ranging from cars, antiques, household appliances, tools, clothes, books, boats and everything in between.“It’s so easy, simply visit www.giving.handsacrosscanberra.org.au to donate today.” Mr Gordon explained.Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale launches today, October 10, on ALLBIDS. You can start uploading items now by following the process on Hands Across Canberra or Allbids’ websites, or by calling 6239 2262 for more information.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/canberras-biggest-garage-sale/218954

Original 3-digit Canberra number plates fetching a fair price

Published: 19/09/2017

Collectors of three-digit Canberra number plates are in luck, with recent auctions fetching up to $20,000 per plate.No longer available from the Road Transport Authority (RTA), one to three digit plates have become incredibly sought after. According to Access Canberra’s “Check Registration” portal, every conceivable variation of single, double and triple digit Canberra number plates do exist, and are privately owned.The ACT registered plate for a single “1” is currently owned by a private vehicle, and was reportedly purchased many years ago for over $65,000.Four digit plates, while still available for purchase from the RTA for just over $1,880, are also in demand – especially in patterns with one or two numbers (i.e.: 0000, 2244, 7777, etc).Allbids, who currently have a number of three and four digit plates for auction, have seen an increase in buyers and sellers for unique plates over the last few months.“The lower the numerical number of the plate, the older in circulation it is, and the more valuable it is,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “People are not really sure what their number plates are worth, so instead of guessing a price and selling it through Allclassifieds, they’re opting to sell via auction on Allbids.“The number plates that we have now are from a number of collectors and a deceased estate. Some have been on cars, others in storage. We’re giving bidders plenty of time (two weeks) to determine the best price, and every one of them is attracting significant interest.”Rob says that once the plate is sold, the buyer pays a small transfer fee to put it in their name, and then can keep the plate forever either as a collector’s item or as the official registration plate for their car.“We have a real community of car lovers here in Canberra, and extraordinary cars demand extra-ordinary number plates.“We’ve been contacted about selling many more number plates, which will go up in the coming weeks. Even quirky name plates and original-numbered raider plates can fetch a good price.”To check out the 3-digit and 4-digit number plates for auction on Allbids, visit Allbids.com.au.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/original-3-digit-canberra-number-plates-fetching-a-fair-price/216791

Are you in need of a Man Cave?

Published: 12/09/2017

The definition of a man cave is a place of privacy for a man, including his decorations and the things needed for his hobbies and interests. A Man Cave might be the garage, a spare room, a media room or a purpose-built space within the home.In the 70’s a ‘Man Cave’ was cracking a beer out of an esky down the back in your shed with a mate or two. There was, and still is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but have a look around, man caves have come a very long way.Today we have access to the internet and with it a plethora of inspiration. We thought we would draw attention to the idea of creating the perfect man cave, whilst utilising items that are recycled, re purposed and reused, ALLBIDS primary focus. We have visited Pinterest, You Tube and read numerous Top 20 tips. There is no right or wrong but there are a few things you should consider when planning your space.

  • A big screen TV, we all want the biggest screen possible, but remember to keep it in proportion to the space you have.
  • A comfy lounge, again keep it in proportion to the space you are in. If you will comfortably fit a two seater, don’t try to squeeze in a large modular. A lounge doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item. We regularly have lounges come in, both new and used. You could pick one up for as little as $40.
  • What kind of a man cave doesn’t have a bar? It isn’t necessary to have one in order to feel awesome in your man cave but it is a great feature. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be there. If you are handy, make your own with pallets. There are great pallet furniture ideas here
  • We always have a range of sporting memorabilia online, most of which is auctioned for community and charity groups. Spoil yourself, grab a piece for your man cave and feel great about it by supporting others.
  • Art doesn’t have to come in a frame. Dust your caps of and hang them on the wall.
This list could go on, what is most important is to make a space that is comfortable for you. Surround yourself with art, sporting memorabilia, create the ultimate gaming space, to each their own. Set a budget and stick to it. Shop at ALLBIDS.com.au or sell your unused items via auction to fund the man cave. Recycle, repurpose, reuse, always remember ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

Online Traffic Growth

Published: 12/09/2017

According to a study by Roy Morgan, Australians spent $41.3 billion on online shopping last year. 4 people out of 10 buy products from ecommerce stores at least once a month. Currently, there are about 19.4 million mobile phone users in Australia, which accounts for a large proportion of the total population. In 2015, about 35% of ecommerce transactions were made on smartphones and 27% consumers buy products from mobile devices on a weekly basis.ALLBIDS had a record month in August 2017. Over the past 15 years as an onlineauction house we have certainly experienced growth and now have well over 100,000 verified users nationally. What we really find interesting is monitoring the change in device preference when it comes to online shopping, what people are really interested in and pinpointing traffic increases to our website. As an online business, it is not an analysis we undertake quarterly or monthly, it is key information that we review daily.In August, there was a strong increase in general traffic to our website. In part, this is due to the public supporting many charity and community events and fundraisers, where ALLBIDS was the primary fundraising platform. Some new registrations, viewed the charity auction, placed their bid and became aware during their of what a dynamic marketplace the ALLBIDS website is and the variety of items that are on offer. Sales on their account verify this is the case.Buyers and sellers who visit the ALLBIDS website see what a great place it is to not only pick up a bargain but also sell any unwanted and surplus assets. Our arts antiques and collectibles section is receiving unprecedented interest from all over the eastern States of Australia and we put this down to the unique offering that ALLBIDS website has and the expertise that we have in house with our antiques and collectibles valuer and curators.We are constantly developing and using new website technology to test the user experience of visitors to our website. It has been interesting to heat map our site and try to keep up with what the visitors to our website are looking for.It’s certainly a fun business to be part of as we never know what will come in the door next. Our ALLBIDS car auctions section continues to be a strong performer for us and we consistently sell about 100 cars every month for our vendors. Anyone looking for a first car or a second car for the family, vehicles at ALLBIDS generally sell under the $10,000 mark. This is our niche in the car auction market.In 2017 we have sold over 32,500 lots for our vendors. Each month we average 51,000 visits to our site where people spend an average of 6 minutes viewing, well above the industry average. We are proud to give back, this year alone our platform has helped Charity and Community groups raise more than $300,000. So, if you are in the mood to shop or you have items you want to part with, keep ALLBIDS.com.au front of mind.

Gym equipment on auction from $1

Published: 20/08/2017

Club Lime Kaleen is closing down, and they have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment. There is no reserve. Everything starts at $1.Up for grabs are treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, cross trainers and more. It’s an opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at ridiculous prices, and coming from a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned.

The auction began yesterday, and the hammer goes down 7pm next Wednesday.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, who have over 95,000 registered Canberra bidders, are handling the entire process. So if you’re keen to start bidding, you can do it without even leaving the house.To bid, simply:

  • Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  • Find the banner on the home page for the gym equipment sale.
  • If you want to inspect the equipment, there are details on inspection times. Inspections are at Club Lime Kaleen.
  • Start bidding. If you are out-bid, you will receive an email notification so you can go back and bid again.
  • If you are the highest bidder when the hammer goes down on Wednesday night, simply pay online and pick up from Club Lime Kaleen by Saturday afternoon.
  • From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get a quality piece of gym equipment in your home before summer.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/gym-equipment-on-auction-from-1/182839

    Federal government surplus assets: where do they all go?

    Published: 20/08/2017

    Essentially a big business in its own right, the Federal Government acquires thousands of assets every year to support the operations of its various departments. From office furniture and IT equipment to forklifts and cars; there’s a constant stream of moving parts required to enable the APS to do their work.But where do all these assets go when they’re not needed, or ready to be replaced?Government surplus auctions facilitated by third party providers have grown increasingly popular over the past decade, driven by the government’s own need to ensure complete transparency and equal opportunity for buyers to purchase. With most items in great working condition, and some with a little sentimental value for those who have worked in the department, online auctioning creates a fair and private process for those wanting to buy.Local auction website Allbids has been running government surplus auctions for over 15 years, selling everything from high court chairs to general office furniture, laptops, tablets, and more.“We’re very proud to be a Canberra business who has worked with every Federal Government department to help them sell unwanted assets,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “From Prime Minister and Cabinet to the National Museum, War Memorial, High Court of Australia – because we’re on the ground here they appreciate being able to use a local digital platform.”Rob says that Canberrans are truly lucky to be so close to the action when it comes to buying surplus assets from government departments.“It’s a great opportunity to find quality items with minimal wear and tear. Some also have sentimental value, such as the high court leather chairs which sold for between $200 and $600 each.”Of choosing online auctioning as a platform, Rob says that it allows the government to check off their three key requirements: inexpensive, efficient and transparent.“Government departments need to work efficiently in removing unwanted assets and replacing them with minimal disruption to staff. They can’t sell the assets themselves as it’s not very transparent and they don’t have the platform to reach buyers. So that’s what we bring to the table. We’re essentially a one-stop-shop: we collect the goods, upload and market them to our database of 150,000 bidders, and give everyone equal opportunity to acquire them. Every department is different, so we tailor the service and reporting to suit their needs, but the outcome is the same.”In his address to the APS last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that the way forward for departments was with key focus on using technology as a platform to work more efficiently.In a direct quote from his speech, Mr Turnbull said, “Of course, innovation and technology go hand-in-hand. An unwillingness to embrace technology is, to put it bluntly, simply not acceptable.“We are already of course seeing instances of government transforming the way we do business. It’s a ‘learn fast, keep moving’ approach, modelled on good private sector practice.”Having won an innovation excellence award as an ACT Smart Business, Rob says Allbids is looking to streamline government surplus auctions by listing goods immediately after they’ve been tagged as surplus, and encouraging pickup directly from the government department to save time and money on logistics.“At the end of the day, it’s about getting more money into the public coffers, so they can recoup costs and use the money to benefit the public. And given the care in which the APS treat the assets, it’s a great opportunity for Canberrans to get a bargain.”To check out Allbids’ latest government assets up, visit Allbids.com.au. They currently have a wide range of Computers and IT and Office and Business equipment up for auction.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/federal-government-surplus-assets-where-do-they-all-go/213336

    A pair of antique Chinese chairs

    Decluttering and profiting – selling at auction

    Published: 18/08/2017

    A pair of old Chinese wooden carved chairs. That was pretty much the last remnant of joint furniture purchased with my ex-husband during our marriage that I didn’t want. “You sell it,” he said when I offered him the chairs that he had once lovingly selected. Fine. But how on earth was I going to do this?The chairs were good quality, attractive and made with good craftsmanship. Many years ago they stood by the front door to our home, one of the first things guests saw when we welcomed them into our home. When we returned from posting to Taiwan, I didn’t know what to do with them. I no longer wanted them there because, being old, they were a bit rickety and unsafe for children to sit on (or climb on). For a while I hid then in corners and there they got covered with kid’s toys and clutter.When I moved into my new apartment in January the chairs then sat untidily in my spare parking space, making it look like I was decamping to the basement.I thought of selling on gumtree or Ebay – but I had no idea how much they were worth, or even what they were or how to describe them. Were they truly antique? Or a knock-off? I could recognise they were Chinese, but from what province and what style? And would people even want to buy them? What if they were made by a really famous carver, or they had come from the Forbidden City and I sold up my kids inheritance for a pittance?In the end I decided to sell at auction with Allbids, Canberra’s top auction site.I had planned to blog at length about the steps in this process, about following the items online on a daily process, but all I can say is that it was so quick and incredibly easy.So easy. I wish I had known about this service earlier because I would have sold more junk (aka treasures) this way, especially when I was selling the house and moving.All I did was make a short drive to Fyshwick to drop off my chairs at the Allbids warehouse in Fyshwick. (They can also collect, which is useful if you have a whole home full of stuff.) Andrew Whitehead, a Certified Fine Art and Antiques Valuer and one of the foremost experts in valuing Asian art in Australia, looked at the chairs and assessed they were nice provincial pieces worth between $100 to $200 each. It turned out that Allbids had another pair of a similar design in their warehouse already, so knew what the chairs were truly worth. Perhaps I was indeed hoping they were worth a fortune, but it was a huge relief to have a definitive answer about what range I should look at.Allbids took professional photos, which it put on their website. I didn’t have to do anything – I didn’t have to write an advertisement, take photos, answer inquiries from people about what the chairs actually were (which I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know), or guess a price. All I had to was wait.The starting bid on the first day was $20. $20! “Don’t worry,” said Rod Evans, Allbids owner. “This is normal. There is always a low starting bid but it will trend upwards right at the end.”$70. Then a bit more. Finally the pair sold for $231 to one of Allbids regular clients. The commission cost $42.74. Allbids handled delivery to the new purchasers, paperwork and communication. All I had to do was to wait for the money to come into my bank account, which happened quickly and easily. Before I knew it I had $172.99 in my account, which I could use to pay off my mortgage (or to go skiing again). That was $172.99 more than I had had when these lovely chairs were just clutter in my life.This whole experience has opened up my eyes to more possibilities at home. What other things do I have at home that I like, but don’t need? What else could become a treasure for someone else, and help increase the gold in my bank account?This is a sponsored post, written after I approached Allbids because I really wanted to sell my chairs, then realised I liked their business and wanted to work with them. I believe selling stuff you don’t need in your life at auction a great way for frugaleers to declutter and reach their financial goals. Stay tuned for more posts about Allbids.Have you sold on gumtree? Or Ebay? Or auction? What was the experience like?This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/08/18/decluttering-and-profiting-selling-at-auction/

    Garage sales in Canberra: Pain or profit?

    Published: 21/07/2017

     Canberrans love a good garage sale, and every weekend our back streets are adorned with signs directing us to go this way or that in the hope of snagging a great bargain, or finding something we know has been seriously undervalued.But from the owner’s point of view, is all the trouble really worth it? Getting everything together, setting it all up in the early hours of the morning, pricing, manning the stands all day, haggling with bargain hunters…and all the while wondering if you’ve accidentally missed something that’s surprisingly worth a fortune.DIY second-hand selling has become very popular, facilitated by online marketplaces that have made it easier than ever to advertise. But Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids, says that recent sales on the site suggest people are keen to explore “Garage Sales 2.0” where technology is leveraged to conduct the garage sale via an online auction, omitting the need for haggling and allowing the goods to be sold anytime.“It’s become very popular,” says Rob. “Because we not only get the 100 or so bargain hunters who follow the Canberra garage sale trail every week, but the prices are driven up by our 150,000 general registered bidders from Allbids and Allclassifieds, some of whom are interstate and happy to travel if they find something they like.”Rob says that the main attraction though is getting a prior appraisal so people understand what their items are really worth. He recounts a recent experience where a client was about to have a garage sale, but decided to get an appraisal first.“The valuer went out to see them, to give a rough idea of what everything was worth. The owners were reasonably accurate with most things, until he got to a big mahogany chest. The chest itself was only worth a few hundred dollars, but inside he found a little antique. The owners were going to throw it out or give it away for free, but it was actually worth over $2,500!“At a traditional garage sale, anyone who knew that would never tell you. And if you price it at what it’s worth, you’ll often find that no one wants to buy it. It takes a collection of buyers, who all understand the worth, bidding against each other to net you the best profit. And you never really know what you’ve got until you get a professional to look at it for you.”Allbids also recently had a client from Florey drop in a few cardboard boxes, packed with old knick knacks from around his house. He thought it was all junk and was about to throw it out, but wanted a professional to take a look.“It was all pretty rudimentary,” says Rob. “Until we got to an old Omega Seamaster watch. It wasn’t in great condition, but still fetched $1,500 at auction.”For more information about conducting your garage sale via online auction, or getting a free in-home appraisal on your second-hand goods, visit Allbids or call 6239 2262.What’s your experience with garage sales? Have they been painful or profitable?This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/garage-sales-in-canberra-pain-or-profit/210011

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    ALLBIDS Featured On Today Tonight

    8/04/2013

    You can get goods at 40 to 80 per cent off the retail price. The only catch is they come with a bit of history.Rob Evans is the founder of www.ALLBIDS.com.au an online auction house that amongst other things, sells goods on behalf of the Australian Federal Police. That’s items seized in raids, impounded or found to be the proceeds of crime.“People just come in and get a bargain,” Evans said.“This is Aladdin’s cave, even Ali Baba would be impressed! We’ve got everything, camera lenses, cameras, blackberry phones.”“The police have got to send these items to public auction so we’re just a vehicle for that.”“You see the odd crow bar come through as well and it’s obviously been used in crime, it’s probably a cheap way for people to pick up cheap tools isn’t it!”You can score yourself a mobile phone for $13 or a camera for $20. Some items are near new, others are still in the box.“Apart from the billiard table we’ve sold almost everything from army tanks down to jewellery and everything in between. You just never know what you’re gonna get,” Evans said.“When you’ve got high end items worth $50,000 to 60,000 some people walk away with $20,000 to 30,000,” Evans said.The same goes at Ross’ auction house in Perth. There are so many seized items to clear out they hold a police auction every six weeks.“We get everything from brand new motorcycles, high-end sports cars, Hi-Fi equipment, Playstations, anything you can think of that can be stolen recovered, forfeited and seized,” Matt from Ross’ said.A Honda motorbike will go under the hammer with just three kilometres on the clock – apparently the owner was arrested as he drove out of the dealership.And it’s not only stolen property that people are wanting to get their hands on. Another market is lost property. Ever wondered where your jacket or watch ends up if you lose it on a train or bus, and forgot to claim it? Just ask Michelle House from www.secretbudget.net.“Sometimes companies do lost property auctions, like Australia Post, some of the airlines some of the train lines,” House said. “A really good buy from a lost property auction would be picking up a phone for $10 that might be in the shop for $750.”She says while you can save, beware, you’re also taking a risk. Many goods don’t come with a warranty and delivery cost is another consideration.“You need to add up all of those and make sure you’re still getting that bargain.”Around the country, some transport companies hold their own lost property auctions advertised in the local paper. But not every company is alike.Forget to claim your lost property on a Qantas flight, and it doesn’t go to charity. After a period of time staff get a chance to bid for it. Lost property in taxis, if unclaimed after 24 hours, can be scooped up by the driver if the owner isn’t tracked down. Then there are auctions for repossessed items.“A repossessed item is where somebody has had a judgement enforced and the item has been repossessed and can go up for sale to the public,” House said.Bailiff Sheriff Australia is an online directory for these auctions held in every state. Camper vans, furniture and even whole apartments can go for a third of the price.“You can jump on and be a subscriber and find out when auctions are. You could also do that through the other websites like the public trustee in your state and jump on there be a subscriber,” House said.

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    Pegasus saved by Canberran kindness

    27/03/2013

    Pegasus (formerly Pegasus Riding School for the Disabled) hit troubled times recently and looked like it might have to close its doors. However thanks to the formidable generousity of the Canberran community Pegasus shall ride on. They even got a giant cheque, which has always been a dream of mine.A large portion of those funds was raised in an online auction hosted by local company Allbids.com.au of a kitchen supplied by Knebel Kitchens and donated by a MIX 106.3 listener. The auction raised $13,050.00 and added to the donations already made by the Tom Efkarpidis Foundation, Thoroughbred Park, Granite Transformations and Blackett Homes plus funds raised at the Black Opal Canberra Cup meeting and Rod & Biggzy’s Ride for Pegasus.These funds have guaranteed that Pegasus will remain operating until at least December and allow in the meantime the organisation to develop further revenue streams and long term partnerships which will ensure its long-term future.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Barcham https://the-riotact.com/pegasus-saved-by-canberran-kindness/99100

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    Tomane forced to the bench by the embarrassment of Brumbies talent

    7/03/2013

    The Brumbies have named their side for Saturday’s epic clash with the hated NSW Waratahs.The University of Canberra Brumbies have named their side to face the Waratahs this Saturday night, with Henry Speight making a return from rib bruising to take his place on the wing.Headlining selection talk along with Speight will be George Smith, who makes his first appearance for the University of Canberra Brumbies since 2010 from the bench.Speight and Smith are the only changes to the team which beat the Rebels two weeks ago in Melbourne.And with Pat McCabe and Josh Mann-Rea named to face the Tongan A side later on Thursday, Head Coach Jake White has 35 fit players to chose from for the first time since he joined the club at the end of 2011.In Speight’s place Joe Tomane moves to the bench, with Tevita Kuridrani dropping out of the game-day 22. As the Australian Conference’s top try-scorer in 2012, Speight will be looking to add to his total against the Waratahs after scoring two five-pointers from as many games last year.Since 2001, Smith has lost just one game against the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium. That was way back in 2005 and while he hasn’t been involved in this fixture since 2010, Head Coach Jake White was confident his newest player would want to keep that record intact.“To have a player of George’s quality wanting to come to the Brumbies says a lot about our organisation and where we are heading,” White said.“George is a player who aligns himself with quality brands and winning teams. George is a proven winner. He’s won big games here in Australia and overseas so we are looking to use that experience and attitude here at the Brumbies.“In the context of the season this is a big game for us. It’s great to have Henry back in the starting side after he missed the game against the Rebels. Henry scores a lot of tries and we will need him to be at his best on Saturday night.”University of Canberra Brumbies players will wear a once off Centenary Strip on Saturday, with all 22 match-day jerseys available for auction on allbids.com.au as of Thursday afternoon.University of Canberra Brumbies1. Ben Alexander2. Stephen Moore3. Dan Palmer4. Scott Fardy5. Sam Carter6. Peter Kimlin7. David Pocock8. Ben Mowen9. Nic White10. Matt Toomua11. Clyde Rathbone12. Christian Lealiifano13. Andrew Smith14. Henry Speight15. Jesse MoggReplacements16. Siliva Siliva17. Scott Sio18. Fotu Auelua19. George Smith20. Ian Prior21. Robbie Coleman22. Joe TomaneAlso apparently UC students get a deal of four free drinks and an I AM CLYDE t-shirt for $20.Here in the bunker we would very much like one of those shirts.You know what to do.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/tomane-forced-to-the-bench-by-the-embarrassment-of-brumbies-talent/97005

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    Abandoned storage units yours to gawk at and bid on

    11/02/2013

    Allbids have announced they’re going to be auctioning off whole abandoned storage units:Similar to the concept behind the popular U.S television series Storage Wars, Storage Showdown sees the entire contents of abandoned storage units going up for unreserved online auction on www.allbids.com.au. Whilst major items within these units can be identified (e.g. whitegoods or furniture), it’s the hidden items – for example, those stored in boxes or behind major objects – where the mystery begins.“Potential buyers can inspect the units at the storage facility, but they can’t sift through the boxes,” said Richard Hume, Chief Operations Officer of ALLBIDS. “What treasures might be hidden away there is anyone’s guess.”“It could be electronics, antiques, jewellery or books. It could be art supplies, old university essays, camping equipment or CDs. It could be junk, or goods of incredible value. Either way, you’ll never know unless you have a go,” he explained.The first Storage Showdown saw three abandoned units from Capital Self Storage sold on www.allbids.com.au. These contained items such as a flat-screen TV, an esky, fans, skis, a ladder, a set of weights, furniture, as well as mysterious boxes of miscellaneous goods.“We will have around 8-12 storage units up for grabs each month, and with each of these unreserved auctions, bidders are in the running to grab a bargain, make some cash on re-sales, or at least have a great story to tell,” said Richard.Each auction goes for one week on www.allbids.com.au. Prospective buyers are encouraged to inspect the unit, which they can do up until two days before the auction closes. Once the auction is closed, everything must be removed by the successful bidder. ALLBIDS is offering special terms to re-market saleable goods that are not wanted by the successful buyer.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/abandoned-storage-units-yours-to-gawk-at-and-bid-on/94574

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    10 Tips For Safe Online Shopping

    19/07/2012

    Unfortunately online shopping can sometimes be fraught with pitfalls, but follow our top 10 tips to keep you safe.1. Know the business. Buy only from websites you know and trust. Check that the company has a physical address and phone number. If the company operates from overseas, you might have trouble getting a refund or repair if required.2. Know the product. Ensure the product is legal and will work in Australia. Check that any warranties or guarantees offered are valid in Australia and that an authorised repairer is close by.3. Check the contract. Carefully read the terms and conditions, refund policy, delivery details and policies on costs associated with returns and repairs.4. Check the full cost. Be aware of the full cost of your purchase, including currency conversion, taxes, delivery fees, packaging and postage. After adding these costs, it may be cheaper to buy locally.5. Protect your privacy. Only buy online from a company if you are satisfied with their privacy policy. Do not provide additional information that the company does not need for the sale.6. Confirm the order. The business should enable you to confirm or reject your order before paying.7. Keep records. Print your order before and after you confirm. Write down any reference numbers, and print any receipts that display on screen or are emailed to you. Depending on the type of payment used, check your credit card statement, merchant account (such as PayPal) or bank account to ensure you have been charged correctly.8. Pay securely. Use only websites that your browser recognises as secure. A secure address begins with https:// or an image of a padlock will appear in the bottom right corner of your browser window.9. Resolve problems. When problems occur, immediately contact the business and try to resolve them. Most online shopping and auction sites provide a dispute resolution process to facilitate communication between the buyer and seller. If you are unhappy with the response, you can make a complaint to us.10. Look out for scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.In short, do not provide your bank account, credit card number or other personal details unless you are positive the trader is reputable.

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    And our best business recyclers are…

    14/06/2012

    Simon Corbell has let it be known that he has awarded the best recyclers in Canberra’s business community:Biggest reduction of Waste to Landfill – Canberra AudiologyBiggest Recycler – Tuggeranong HyperdomeInnovation Excellence – Elvin GroupMotivation Excellence – Community Services Directorate, Therapy ACT – Swanson PlazaCorporate Award – Tuggeranong Hyperdome (Highly Commended: Shepherd Electrical)Small Business/Office award – Easycare Landscapes (Highly Commended: Allbids Pty Ltd)Ministers award for Leadership – Phil Wells, Calvary John James Hospital (Highly Commended: Laura Skillen, Meyer Vandenberg)This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/and-our-best-business-recyclers-are/75260

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    The pink machine

    21/06/2011

    The Raiders have shown off the pink strip they’re going to play in this week to support “Women in League” week.The Raiders are turning pink this weekend for the Harvey Norman Women in League round and will wear a pink playing strip against the Eels on Saturday night at Canberra Stadium.The jerseys worn by the players in the match will be laundered and then personally signed by each player who played in the match, which includes any players who may come into the game at late notice or players named on an extended bench.All Raiders fans have to do is head to www.allbids.com.au and start to bid for their favourite players jerseys, with the bidding open until next Tuesday evening (June 28) until 7.30pm.Canberra Raiders halves Josh McCrone and Sam Williams modelled the jersey’s today at Raiders HQ, to kick start a week-long celebration by the Raiders for the Harvey Norman Women in League Round.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/the-pink-machine/48612

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    Firesale in Brumbies corporate boxes?

    27/05/2011

    Our spies note that that Allbids has a cutprice catered Brumbies box going for just $800 including food and drinks, VIP parking, and 8 tickets to the game.One wonders how many more of these will appear as the weather gets colder with the incessant night games.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/firesale-in-brumbies-corporate-boxes/46354

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    ALLBIDS as featured on Today Tonight

    5/09/2010

    You can get goods at 40 to 80 per cent off the retail price. The only catch is they come with a bit of history.Rob Evans is the founder of www.allbids.com.au, an online auction house that amongst other things, sells goods on behalf of the Australian Federal Police. That's items seized in raids, impounded or found to be the proceeds of crime."People just come in and get a bargain," Evans said."This is Aladdin's cave, even Ali Baba would be impressed! We've got everything, camera lenses, cameras, blackberry phones.""The police have got to send these items to public auction so we're just a vehicle for that.""You see the odd crow bar come through as well and it’s obviously been used in crime, it's probably a cheap way for people to pick up cheap tools isn't it!"You can score yourself a mobile phone for $13 or a camera for $20. Some items are near new, others are still in the box."Apart from the billiard table we've sold almost everything from army tanks down to jewellery and everything in between. You just never know what you're gonna get," Evans said."When you've got high end items worth $50,000 to 60,000 some people walk away with $20,000 to 30,000," Evans said.The same goes at Ross' auction house in Perth. There are so many seized items to clear out they hold a police auction every six weeks."We get everything from brand new motorcycles, high-end sports cars, Hi-Fi equipment, Playstations, anything you can think of that can be stolen recovered, forfeited and seized," Matt from Ross' said.A Honda motorbike will go under the hammer with just three kilometres on the clock - apparently the owner was arrested as he drove out of the dealership.And it's not only stolen property that people are wanting to get their hands on. Another market is lost property. Ever wondered where your jacket or watch ends up if you lose it on a train or bus, and forgot to claim it? Just ask Michelle House from www.secretbudget.net."Sometimes companies do lost property auctions, like Australia Post, some of the airlines some of the train lines," House said. "A really good buy from a lost property auction would be picking up a phone for $10 that might be in the shop for $750."She says while you can save, beware, you're also taking a risk. Many goods don't come with a warranty and delivery cost is another consideration."You need to add up all of those and make sure you're still getting that bargain."Around the country, some transport companies hold their own lost property auctions advertised in the local paper. But not every company is alike.Forget to claim your lost property on a Qantas flight, and it doesn't go to charity. After a period of time staff get a chance to bid for it. Lost property in taxis, if unclaimed after 24 hours, can be scooped up by the driver if the owner isn't tracked down. Then there are auctions for repossessed items."A repossessed item is where somebody has had a judgement enforced and the item has been repossessed and can go up for sale to the public," House said.Bailiff Sheriff Australia is an online directory for these auctions held in every state. Camper vans, furniture and even whole apartments can go for a third of the price."You can jump on and be a subscriber and find out when auctions are. You could also do that through the other websites like the public trustee in your state and jump on there be a subscriber," House said.       

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    Green Machine turns blue

    21/07/2010

    Personally I’m not a mad keen fan of playing silly buggers with jerseys.But the Raiders have announced they’re going to wear blue kit this Saturday when they take on Tricky Ricky’s Sharks:From this Wednesday afternoon the jerseys worn in the match will be made available for auction online for seven days at allbids.com.au with each player in the match individually signing his jersey for the auction, with some of the proceeds going directly to Brain Injury Australia.There will also be a bucket collection on the day at the game, with the money going to Brain Injury Australia.Canberra Raiders Captain Terry Campese said the Raiders were happy to give the green away for one week to help support a great cause and urged everyone to go online and bid on one of the jerseys.So that’s one weekend mystery explained in advance.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/green-machine-turns-blue/24835

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