7 - Selling or disposing of a large collection.


I have a lot of old radio; TV; hi-fi; electrical Instruments; and electronic test equipment, tubes, or other components from an estate to dispose of.

Perhaps you had a relative or friend who was a fellow collector or who was a radio or television repairman "back in the day". Maybe that describes yourself and you are looking to down-size your holdings. MAARC is honored to assist in such efforts. We recognize that as collectors we are merely stewards of items of historic value and want to help pass them along to those who will continue to preserve them.

If you have just a few items, we will sell them at one of our regular auctions as described under the question on selling a radio above. If you have a large number of items we may set up a special auction or try to feature the estate items as a special emphasis at one of our big event auctions. These two events, RadioActivity and RadioFallFest, are normally in June and October respectively. By arrangement with you, we can handle pick-up, hauling, and advertising for such events. For this effort we typically ask a 15% sellers commission on the auction sales, which we feel is very reasonable for our time and trouble which can be considerable. Below are MAARC's auction policies (in .pdf format, requires Adobe® reader software). Please contact one of the volunteers listed in the second question above for more information.

Another option is to donate such items. MAARC will take donations, which gets them off your hands easily. While donations to MAARC are always welcomed, greatly appreciated, and help the club succeed, donors should recognize that MAARC is not an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore donations to MAARC cannot be claimed as a tax deduction for those who itemize deductions. The National Capital Radio & Television Museum - NCRTV (formerly the Radio and Television Museum, which was started by MAARC), is a 501(c)(3) organization, but can generally only accept rare items that it will include in its collection, or radio parts and vacuum tubes. You can contact the NCRTV Museum through their website at http://www.ncrtv.org/