We have recently come to the conclusion that we need to seriously liquidate our more 'fancy' things due to near poverty. We have a bunch of small things and household items listed on Craigslist and had some pleasantly surprisingly successes with that. I was wondering if any of you have experience selling things like diamonds, Rolex watches, other types of 'real' jewelry, etc... Back in our pre-child days when we were both working we had tons of disposable income and collected a lot of very nice things. I have been a SAHM for the last 2 years and DH has basically been out of work and we need money to live, so we are looking to get a fair price. I know we will never get what the true value is, but I wanted to see if there was a better way than just Craigslist or what-not.
I did talk to a (reputable, high-end) jeweler about the diamonds and he would buy them for about 1/2 of what they are worth (based on his appraisal a few months ago!). Should I try a private party sale or look around for another jeweler? I thought about ebay, but to he honest, I have never done that before and it kind of freaks me out. I really don't know why. Does anyone have any better ideas or success stories?
I am sad to let some of these things go, but happy to continue paying the mortgage. I think getting rid of my engagement ring will be the hardest but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!