We asked our Facebook fans to share images of their most treasured pieces, to be examined by expert valuers, the Aussie Pickers, as part of the Gumtree Roadshow. Lorraine Mules was one of six lucky fans to have their items assessed and valued.
Lorraine’s husband first came into possession of an old solid oak ice-box (that’s a fridge without electricity, for those too young to know) in the 80s whilst living in Maroochydore, Queensland. Mr Mules owned and rented out property in the town. When one of his tenants was unable to cover rent, he offered the ice-box as payment for his accommodation.
At the time, Mr Mules had absolutely no idea of the ice-box’s value, but he admired the fine craftsmanship and carpentry finesse, so agreed to the exchange. Since then, Lorraine and her husband have been using the ice box as a side table and had little understating or knowledge of its history before it came into their possession.
Assessing the district markings and craftsmanship, the Aussie Pickers were able to confirm the ice box was created in the 1890s by Heinz Munschauer and valued the piece as just under $1,000. The Aussie Pickers said:
“This is a great item that can be repurposed into many things. Being airtight, it can be upcycled into humidors, which can sell for $4k.”
We’d say that’s a fair trade for rent! And it goes to show, you never know what’s lying around the home that could make you a small fortune. That being said, not everything needs a professional valuation – we recommend reviewing listings on Gumtree similar to items you’re looking to sell, to help set a fair price.
Have an item you’ve been holding onto and feel it may have some value? Why not check out Gumtree to assist in understanding its value: Gumtree.com.au