Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Layout For Sale: Comes With House
Are you looking for a layout with a house attached?
In 1988, I tried to sell my first layout. I posted an advertisement in local hobby shops: “Layout for sale: $80,000. P.S. Comes with house.”
I was reminded of that experience when someone posted a note on Trainorders.com about a model railroader in Texas who is trying to sell his house, complete with an outdoor riding layout.
You can see it at http://raneyrealestate.net/FeaturedHomes/414RoseWaySaladoTX76571.aspx (Photo of layout above.)
My layout, with attached house, didn’t sell. I wasn’t surprised. I think it’s pretty rare for something like that to occur.
First off, there are a very small number of potential buyers.
Second, a layout is the personal expression of its creator—it’s hard someone else to take it over.
Third, very few people are searching for a complete layout. (They may want pieces of it, but not the whole thing.)
In the end, I dismantled my old layout. I wonder if the owner of this house will have to do that to his layout, too?