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Where do I sell my Gig?

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  • Where do I sell my Gig?

    Ok, So I live in SE PA and I have auctions and carriage makers very close. So when I bought a beautiful Carriage Machine pony sized gig a few years ago at auction I thought if it didn't fit or work out I could always sell it. And I have been trying to sell it since I brought it home and found my opinionated hackney will not pull it. It's his light weight road cart or nothing for him. I finally placed it with Shady Lane on consignment and have lowed the price twice down to $2200. This gig is loaded with all the extras, it's in show ready shape and still no one wants a gig. Is my gig out of fashion? I was told by Mr. Martin that it might sell better in the mid-west. Anyone know of how to get this into the midwest market? Anyone have any suggestions on a route to take to sell this vehicle? I really want to have my road cart restored and need the money for this one. (please don't suggest Martin's in October....prices were insultingly low last spring. I'm afraid to take it there)

    I'm about ready to try CraigsList! Christmas is coming... maybe it will sell then.

  • #2
    If you're on Facebook join Carriage Driving Classifieds. It goes worldwide, but mostly US and Canada.


    • #3
      Might be too late or far away for you, but the Topeka (IN) auction on 10/31 could work.
      I went in March & prices were on the low side, but Fall may be different {shrugs}

      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


      • Original Poster

        H'mmm Facebook. I'm not on it but my daughter is. I'm trying it! Thanks


        • #5
          I don't think I'd take a gig to the Topeka sale. It's the wrong audience. It's like taking a nice hitch wagon to Martin's to sell.

          In general it's a good sale, but it's draft horses & Amish horses. Drat, the buggy horse sale is today. I know a pony that should be going there.
          Visit my Spoonflower shop


          • #6
            In March Topeka actually had some decent carriages - a horse-sized Drs Buggy in good shape brought $1500.
            Not all the inventory was farm-type.
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


            • #7
              I stand corrected. That's a pretty good price. Last fall a good shape Drs Buggies at Martin's bought about $500.

              Knowing the draft horse sale is the same weekend, I wouldn't have expected too many light horse vehicles, other than road buggies.
              Visit my Spoonflower shop


              • #8
                Ebay...really, lots of driving stuff on Ebay.

                Please realize, you'll probably get $1,300 or so for your gig...Carriage Machine Shop isn't a high dollar maker. Good luck
                "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"


                • #9
                  Mt Hope Auction is early Oct in Ohio. Amish, but I hear us English folks attend too. Never been there before, so it will be fun. Saw the ad in Driving Digest, with carriages selling on Wed. We are taking two carriages to sell, hoping for the best. We will put reserves on them, can always bring them home again. I would not do Topeka, not many big spenders attending. $1500 is a good price for a Dr buggy, must have been in great shape. Just about the same as you pay to fix and paint one.

                  Price of vehicles has mostly been low, even on name brands in great shape. Antiques are quite low compared to past prices. Not sure if things are really selling on the FB pages, you see them over and over. I only got one bite to my ad, with no reply after I answered the question. I thought they were priced pretty low.


                  • #10
                    I am from the Midwest and am curious what it looks like. Can you post a pic? I would think there is a bigger market East.


                    • Original Poster

                      Gig has sold! Thanks to Christa P's suggestion to advertise it on Facebook. I sold it to someone out of state who would have never seen it otherwise. What a good suggestion. Thanks everyone for their suggestions too.


                      • #12
                        Congrats on the sale. Guess I will renew my ad on FB, see if I can get it oved.