Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale
Shopping on a budget for Father’s Day? Think estate sales.
Father’s day is only 12 days away, but there are still plenty of estate sales to shop at for the man or men in your life.
Having a limited budget, shopping at an estate sale can save you a lot of money over retail. Almost anything you may want to purchase for those special persons in your life can be found at estate sales.
Golf clubs, tennis racquets, skis, wrist watches, new or hardly used shirts or suits, or even kayaks and canoes can be purchased at estate liquidations. If your guy collects vinyl records, or ephemera an estate sale can be your answer. It also shows you went the extra mile to get that special gift.
Estate sales will stretch your budget. Buying at estate sales is a good way to go and will leave dollars in your wallet.
These photos show what can be purchased at estate sales before Father’s Day.
To find estate sales near you check out these links.
We were looking at what’s selling this weekend at estate sales and came across this sale Astonishing Estate Sale – Fine Jewelry Lots of Mid Century Modern Very Unique, Exceptionally Cool. We agree and think you will too.
This estate sale is being conducted by Sharon L. Hardison and Associates Estate Liquidation Service. The sale will be in Cape Coral, Florida.
Every weekend thousands of estate sales take place across this country and most offer contents priced well below retailers.
Consider that the two day estate sale has now become in many cases a three or four day sale to facilitate selling off the entire contents of the property and allows for discounting at a certain point.
Each estate sale company has a different policy about discounts or price reductions. Most estate sale companies will not offer discounts on day one. The sale is just beginning. Usually by day two they will offer some discount either on all or a part of the contents they are charged with selling. By day three the discounts may become greater. If the estate sale goes into a fourth day the discounts are usually quite significant.
Considering this information, when you see an item you are interested in acquiring, make the purchase. You may be making a mistake if you choose to wait for it to be discounted. The prices of items estate sales are already below what you pay at a retailer. It becomes a gamble to wait on the possibility of a discount, return another day and find the piece you wanted to purchase sold on day one.
Today’s estate sale business has grown to the point where people may have forgotten what is expected of them so let’s review some estate sale basics.
Sellers – It is your responsibility to investigate, interview, and hire an estate sale company with a good reputation. There are multiple resources available to you including information right here on EstateSalesNews.com as to how to find a company, what to look for, what to ask, what to expect. If you do not do your due diligence you may not hire the best estate liquidator that is a “good fit” for you. Don’t forget, these people are not trash removers (unless you pay them additional) they are happy to be of service, however, you should let them do the professional job you hired them for and please don’t micromanage. Pay them fairly and if prices don’t quite meet your expectations remember this also effects the estate liquidator. The more money they make for you (especially on a commission basis) the more an estate sale company receives. They can’t control weather, market conditions, other sales in the area that are your competition. Your job after hiring them is to trust them and let them be the professional you hired. You should also write a review on the way they handled your sale. If you’re really pleased, speak out and if you are truly not pleased, speak to the estate company first, then decide about your review.
Buyer – Please use your estate sale etiquette. Don’t go into an estate sale expecting a bargain basement sale. These are personal items (that do not belong to the estate sale company) and they are priced where they are for a reason. If you don’t like the price, ask politely if they are doing any reductions or accepting bids. An estate sale company has a fiduciary relationship with the seller(s) not with you. Please and thank you, wipe your feet, do not shove or push, and please don’t use foul language when attending an estate liquidation. That is the fastest way to be asked to leave and they can do so. You wouldn’t curse in Macy’s or Nordstrom so please respect the professionals running the sale. Prices are set by the estate sale company (after researching) and sometimes by the seller. Unless you are a certified appraiser, the prices are what they are and hopefully you may get a better price if the item doesn’t sell in the first day or two. It is absolutely discourteous and disrespectful to write ranting reviews on any website about prices. You may even find yourself banned from attending any further sales by the company. Please use your MAT (manners and thank you).
Estate Sale Companies – This is a customer service industry. You are trying to make a living off this, but you should be a professional and provide good quality customer service to sellers and buyers. Take the time to become experienced and educated in this industry. Patience and professionalism will be virtues you need every day as an estate liquidator. Reliability, honesty, and integrity are paramount. Make sure your estate sale contract covers all contingencies (you can find info right here on Estate Sales News or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org) Research your items thoroughly and have a listening ear for your seller(s). This doesn’t mean you need to be a therapist, but hear their concerns and respond with what you feel and know is fair. Don’t be afraid to turn a sale down, work with buyers, but remember be professional and please don’t go negative about other estate sale companies. Let your reputation and record shine.
Estate sales are wonderful and should be fun and the estate liquidation business should be rewarding for sellers and estate sale companies. Not everyone will be a winner, but knowing whether you’re a seller, buyer or estate liquidator that you did your best is in itself a reward.
Time flys and once again it’s estate sales Friday and many sales this week started early. Some as early as Wednesday.
Click on the “link” to view some of these sales.
Incredible Aurora Homestead Sale, Aurora, OH. Barns & home filled by Alexanders Estates LINK
Packed sale lots of vintage and new Christmas in Hawthorne Woods IL by Platinum Estate Sales LINK
Lots of vintage from coins to stamps in Ft. Worth, TX by DFW Estate Liquidators LINK
Following Easter weekend estate sales are blooming like spring flowers everywhere. Now is a great time to save dollars, before tax day.
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If you have been retail shopping you realize that what’s old has become new again. A few months ago we wrote about the return of stereo turntables, vinyl records, and cassette tapes.
We have been looking at estate sales across the United States and have found several interesting vintage items from a wringer washing machine to a 1967 vintage camping trailer.
Vintage has become a generic term for anything that has been used in years past, but does not qualify as an antique. Most items date from the 1930’s to 1980. Mostly in the mid 20th century.
Antiques are items approximately 100 years old.
Let’s look at some vintage items that are for sale at estate sales now or in the near future. Many people have appliances restored or repurpose them.
Estate sales start today in many places across the country. EstateSalesNews.com hopes you find your “pot of gold” inside the estate sales you visit. Saving $$$ and keeping green.
Attending estate sales we often pass by items that have quite a history. There are many websites that provide interesting reading, but we wanted to provide you with two today to visit.
Looking back at the past is fascinating and teaches us about the future as well. Here is one on vintage radios.
Another great website that features collectibles from A-Z is Collectors Weekly.
Please check out these websites. You may look at estate sales in a whole new way.
With an early Easter this year and also an early time change estate sale companies are prepared.
Turn your clocks ahead before going to bed on Saturday night. For most of the United States daylight savings time begins.
Many estate liquidators are displaying items for Easter both religious and for Easter baskets for children.
This is also an opportunity to purchase additional dinnerware, flatware, glassware, and kitchen items to prepare your Easter dinner.
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In the 1920s my husbands’ mother received two gifts from a friend of the family that traveled out west. She treasured them so much she never played with them and kept them in their box.
Here for today’s remember when are these fabulous Native American dolls.