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Kevin
 #1 
Hello everyone,

                  Well for many years I traveled with the military which allowed me to find some great specimens. Unfortunately I no longer get to travel and my rock collection is wearing me out. Right now I  am looking at moving hundreds of pounds of rocks out of my "office" to get ready for some new floors and it is not filling me with glee, lol. I have already promised a good part of my collection to my old High School but that still leaves me with a ton of rocks. Not literally but feels like it right now. So I am looking at starting to sell some. Problem is, I am not sure the best way to go about it. Ideas?
Bob Harman
 #2 
As an individual, selling a rock collection is not so easy. Collections of quality specimens (even middling quality specimens) which are well labeled are much easier to sell than a collection or "accumulation" of lower end or unlabeled examples.  Most dealers, except those who frequent flea markets, will not be interested in unlabeled or lower end examples. So your first step is to be honest with yourself about the overall quality of your collection and if the specimens are each properly labeled and from well recognized localities. Remember, dealers are in business to quickly sell what they buy and at a profit.

Next step is how to go about it.   Firstly, I would bring several examples to your local rock club's next meeting. See if any of the members express any interest and go from there.
Another option is to call any nearby dealers and describe a bit about what you have; is it a general collection or a focused one, what is the overall quality and are the examples adequately labeled. Then take several examples to the dealer(s) and show them off in person. As I noted, you probably won't get much dealer interest in unlabeled examples unless they happen to be of recognized hi quality and easily recognized as to the minerals present.

If your collection or accumulation shows no dealer or collector interest or is generally of lower quality, your best bet might be to donate the whole collection to a school (like you mention) or to a museum and take a tax deduction for a reasonable amount.     

Hope this helps,   BOB
lapidaryrough
 #3 

Listings in your area maybe found on this link. search rock shops / rock clubs.

 

  http://www.mapmuse.com

  Bobs right, all hobby's  start with the elders of life.

  though i was born on a rock pile in Lebanon,Oregon.

 i owe my rock hunting to father and the on site dazzling teachings of the elders.

 Northwest federation web-site. has very good advise and  want ads!

 

 During  WW ll in 42-44 my dad was a RK-19 radar tech / ( lifer ) rock hound.

 free postage for rock. really. And jade carvings from great Britain.

Just depends  on where the wheels stop. of the type of materials you'll find.

 

 Kevin can't tell what you have with out photos. the forum would enjoy seeing your collection from around the world, or local material. 

 

 to pack a rock out is  fine though the real  truth  is rock is a commonalty. to trade or sell. gift to wife to filter the are in the house.  ( DUST  COLLECTORS )

Jack in Oregon

 

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