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Three quarters of our room size sceniced layout (32 x 22) will be removed and remaining will be a three track diorama approx 30 x 3.  Obviously a lot of buildings and rolling stock will not be needed. Buildings are all but impossible to ship because of the size of the boxes needed to hold the assembled buildings and required packing material.

To our members - What do you think of having a Saturday open house for anyone interested in the buildings(DownTown Deco, Ameri-Towne, Korber, Atlas, Walthers, scratch built, kit bashed, DPM modules and kits, Menards hotel) to come and when they buy an items, remove it from the layout and take it directly to their vehicle?  Prices would be on each building.  About five buildings will be retained for the diorama.  I would post the Open House information on this Forum and our one local hobby shop. If successful, I'd do a similar open house for the freight cars.

I'd appreciate your comments, suggestions  Or is this a hair-brained idea?

Thank you, John

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Suggest you find a way to vet the people who will be coming to your house.  Putting out a public notice (such as an online post or a sign/flyer at your local train store) will lead to anyone and everyone showing up.  Keeping an eye on everyone, keeping track of what has been sold, making sure that nothing walks away (including non-train stuff), and the possibility of people scoping out the contents of your house - no thanks, IMO.

Why not start by inviting the members of your train club?

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Suggest you find a way to vet the people who will be coming to your house.  Putting out a public notice (such as an online post or a sign/flyer at your local train store) will lead to anyone and everyone showing up.  Keeping an eye on everyone, keeping track of what has been sold, making sure that nothing walks away (including non-train stuff), and the possibility of people scoping out the contents of your house - no thanks, IMO.

Why not start by inviting the members of your train club?

I thank you for your concerns and appreciate you sharing them.  We have a backside entrance to our basement and the train layout is in its own room(much like a recreation room with doors leading to the wash area and tool bench/furnance/water heater.  The footprint of the layout takes up about 80% of that room Those doors will be closed and I will be in the room to answer their questions. I do not see a big rush as I am sure a prudent modeler will contact me ahead of time to see if the buildings he/she is interested in are still  available.  Again, thank you. John

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John,

I'd certainly be interested in purchasing some buildings, but really have no desire to drive up to Chicago on the chance of everything being a rush at the beginning. I think you might have better luck with posting everything here with prices with the understanding that it's pickup only and only on select days. My hunch is you have nice enough stuff to make listing it worth while vs the garage sale mentality.

Just my two cents.

OK, everybody, enough comments about not living close enough.  John knows he is limiting his market, and he doesn't want shipping hassles.

John, I applaud your belief in humanity, but I agree that your methodology assumes some real risk even if you only advertise at LHS and here.  My spouse and I have been "right" sizing our possessions for a couple of years now in anticipation of downsizing expected to take place next year.  We post pictures and prices of everything on Facebook Marketplace and limit the area to our locale (Chicago area).  Even with that, we've sold some stuff to people from Missouri and Wisconsin who were willing to do almost all of the driving to purchase the treasure we were selling because we refuse to ship and deal in cash only.

If you really don't want to do on-line sales, why not ask your LHS if you can post pictures with prices and your phone number (even if just for a few items at a time), perhaps offering the LHS remuneration for the permission.  Then, take all the pictures, remove and store the structures, and start your teardown.  At the prices you suggest, I'll bet everything will move quickly and safely for you.

Chuck (we've met at DuPage Train Show several times)

Update:  Yesterday five men came to look at the For Sale items and while here we had an operating session.  One broght a European style green steam engine with two European style coaches.  While running one of our freight trains on the outer loop(Z4000) his train was on the same track  controlled remotely.  Two others brought battery powered highway vehicles and if you don't smile when you see them, there is something wrong.  Some rolling stock went home with them.  All in all, a good time was had by all.  One man took what must have been two hundred pictures and will return in November to shoot a thirty minute video so all buildings will stay in place until then.  John

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