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I have quite a bit of hardwood lumber that I have been trying to sell. I have not had any luck moving it. Does anybody have some suggestions. I have tried advertising on the internet but have had no luck with that. Are there lumber brokers that buy lumber in quantities? Any info would be appreciated.
If you could give some details on your situation it may help. Where are you located? Is the lumber kiln dried? What species and how many bf?
Hi Dave The lumber I have is walnut cherry curly maple quater sawn white and red oak. If I understand you right people are looking for wood with character? Knots and wavy grain? I live about 50 miles south west of Albany NY. Any more info would be appreciated
You'll have to sell it to a hobbist. A cabinet shop will want to buy a specific grade, sometimes color sorted, sap requirement, planed 2 sides and SLR1E. He will also want a specific amount of board feet. So, unless you want to "bargin" it out, seek a hobbist/retired woodworker. Just MHO.
I know people that would buy large quantities right now but.............You are in a bad location. I would suggest you try selling to hobbiest. It doesnt seem like there would be any big buyers in your area and it would cost too much to ship. Do you have whole truckloads of the different species you named? What is your price on the cherry?
how much do you have and how much do you want for it?
I tried and "auction/sale" this summer which cost me a lot but did not sell my stacks and stacks of lumber. On the other hand, it did begin a process - building up small-quantity-purchase repeat customers. Now there is hardly a Saturday morning that I don't have someone planning to come by and buy.
You can be patient, advertise on Craig's list on the internet and people will find you. Print-up cards and give em out. Find those wood workers in the metropolitan areas near you. Use the cheapest bargain shopper papers' classified ads, too. Direct mail is still cheap and the internet let's you build your own mailing lists very easily.
Another suggestion, try marketing to woodturning club members. They are always looking for character wood. Search the clubs on the internet. You might consider a minimum purchase amount so that your time is not wasted.
I have a portable sawmill business here in west central GA and sell to the woodturners here and occaisonally on Ebay.
But a person's time and the value of it usually defines how we market. Good Luck, Fred