How to Sell a Bell Collection

By Jaime Swanson ; Updated April 12, 2017
A bell will sell better if it's clean and polished.

Are you a collector who has more items than you have room to store? Or did you acquire a bell collection of a grandparent or great aunt who recently died? Whatever your reason for wanting to sell your bell collection, the project will take a little time, patience and ingenuity. So, gather up your bells, get them clean and shiny, and get them ready to put on the market.

Gather your bells in one place. Take stock of the bells you have, and divide them into categories, such as porcelain, brass and silver.

Make a complete list of the items in your collection. Note all details about each piece: any unusual markings; whether there are nicks, dents or other damage; and anything else you think might be important to potential buyers.

Determine a price your items. Get more than one estimate by taking your bell collection to two or three professional antique dealers for appraisals. Find out if your bells will sell better individually or as a group.

Offer your bells for sale. Place listings on eBay and Craigslist and in your local newspaper's classifieds section. If you prefer a more direct sales approach, rent a booth at a flea market or antique mall.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.