Category Archives: Buying At Estate Sales
Estate sales have so many topics to cover and information to be discussed.
This Sunday in Chicago I will be speaking at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Conference about estate sales. So many topics to cover in a short time, but I hope this will be informative and lead to an educational exchange of ideas and information. Appraisers are important to estate sales and estate liquidators, but the same can be said for the importance of estate sale companies and appraisers.
The estate sale business has grown into such a large small business industry, that the number of topics and information needed to be successful requires continuous reading and education.
Since I retired from the estate liquidation business in 2011 much has changed.
Todays’ estate liquidator has to be concerned with the sale of ivory, liability insurance, disposal of hazardous materials, permits, mold, better security, greater use of social media advertising, where best to research items of value or the unknown, and how to do time management and the list continues and grows.
There are many sources for information on estate sales available on the internet. We feel you should not, however, pay for that information. Buyers and sellers should be able to obtain reliable, knowledgeable and useful information for free. If you are obtaining it from any source that also collects fees from estate sale companies question what you are learning if you too pay for this information.
EstateSalesNews.com celebrated our 4th anniversary this month. Although we have a small variety of diverse companies paying for advertising, this is to help defray our cost for our website out to enable a free resource for buyers, sellers, estate sale companies and the estate sale information and the topics we cover.
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Estate sales that advertise items without showing pictures certainly is disturbing to buyers and sellers.
Looking at estate sales and searching for items is a regular practice. What is disturbing is the written advertising includes items (many larger), but no photos are on the estate sale advertising listing website.
We were looking today for vintage appliances and found one estate sale advertising a galvanized tub, but no photos were included. Advertising vintage items with no photos of a vintage tub, yet a photo of a walke. This is not good advertising.
It is vital to a seller and to attract buyers that items of serious interest have photos on websites that advertise estate sales.
Many estate sale advertising listing websites limit the number of photos or an additional charge is incurred. This should be taken into account by the estate sale company when deciding on their costs.
Advertising items of interest in an estate sale, however, should have photos on advertising websites unless it is a security situation.
Sellers, if you are looking for an estate sale company ask to see their online advertising. Ask how they decide what is and isn’t important. Discuss what items of interest to buyers are in your sale and would they feature photos of them.
Searching for items of serious interest that are included in the listing section of the sale without a photo on the website page is not good marketing and that is not beneficial to your bottom line.
Advertising is a knowledge of marketing and requires experience. Anyone can post a list, but knowing what is of interest to buyers is the trademark of an experienced estate sale company.
Estate sale companies need an email list. Preferably their own. Why?
Most estate sale companies set out a estate sale email list for their sales, however, not all buyers may be appropriate to invite back.
An estate sale company that has it’s own culled list of buyers know who they are dealing with, what they buy and when necessary for a private liquidation who to invite.
Estate sale listing websites have email blast lists, however, this is an anyone can sign up list.
Estate liquidators want to attract as many buyers as possible, but most companies have their own list for sales where the client doesn’t want the general public or the buyers must be in controlled numbers.
It is in the best interest of sellers and estate sale companies to keep separate lists.
As a buyer ask the estate liquidator if they have a list and do they keep track of buyers that buy or look for specific items.
This is a good time to remind buyers, that estate sale etiquette is important to be maintained on a private list. To review what estate sale etiquette is click here on this link.
Another Monday starts with estate sales beginning on Thursday, just four days away.
Valentine’s Day is three days away. There is still time to visit 1000’s of estate sales taking place across the country to find that special gift.
Jewelry, art, clothing, designer accessories, antiques, collectibles are just some of the items available this weekend.
Please visit these estate sale listing websites to find the estate sales nearest you. Many companies only list on one website so be sure to check them all out.
It’s only 6:40am ET so get ready and go!
We asked a network of 486 estate sale companies “what’s hot this winter at estate sales. Please let us know your area”. EstateSaleNews.com received a great response.
The answers show a real diversity of estate sales and estate sale buyers from coast to coast.
In the Buffalo, New York area Pyrex, any kind of small furniture (end tables etc.) vintage Christmas ornaments and “snow blowers”.
In Tallahassee, Florida Roseville pottery, primitives, high end glassware, and ephemera.
In Essex Junction Vermont, Danish Modern furniture.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Pyrex, most anything vintage including jewelry, linens and funky rugs etc.
Toledo, Ohio is selling Pyrex, vintage toys and some antique accent pieces.
Northwest Arkansas is selling vintage pocket knives, name brand furniture, smalls from Japan, Germany and Italy. Vintage and mid-century items and high end items to name some.
North Carolina, mid-century items and furniture, primitives and crates with advertisements.
Meridian, Mississippi, Pyrex, Tupperware, anything industrial and ephemera.
Eastern Washington state, guns, coins, militaria, mid-century modern, wooden fishing lures, and primitives.
South of Houston, Texas, Pyrex and Fire King, primitives, most do over pinterestable furniture, good butcher block work tables.
St. Louis, Missouri, good brand electronics, painted furniture, early Chinese pottery,
Virginia, jewelry, mid-century, guns, military.
Houston, Texas vintage electronics, mid-century modern, tools, garden decor, vintage rattan, primitives, farmhouse chic.
These are just the responses received in the last ten hours. We wish to thank all the estate liquidators that took time to respond and we will update again in the Spring.
We did not hear from anyone in the northeast and southeast or California, but this is the start of another estate sale weekend.
One item that does stand out is Pyrex. What was once old and put in rummage sales is now prized and collected.
Estate sales offer renewal, an opportunity to bring the past into the present and present us with happy memories.
Shopping at estate sales saves $$$, recycles keeping our planet green and keeps our past in the present.
Check out these estate sale listing websites for estate sales near you.
Buying a Valentine gift at an estate sale is special.
Instead of overpriced flowers or candy and better than a crowded dinner out.
A Valentine gift purchased at an estate sale tells your Valentine you took time to be thoughtful.
Estate sales have so much to offer right now and you still have three weeks to find that special gift.
You may even find vintage Valentine cards to give. Romance, art and love were in the air then.
Here are some of the great Valentine gift ideas at estate sales. From jewelry to vintage, art to games you can find it at an estate sale.
EstateSalesNews.com for 2017 has offered estate sales help for almost four years now.
We have covered almost any topic you could think of.
As we enter the winter season for much of the country let’s do a general review.
Sellers – How to choose a estate liquidator, do your own due diligence, what to expect and what not to expect, estate sale contracts. Over 100 topics to think about and consider as a seller.
Buyers- Buyers etiquette, where to find estate sales, how to enter an estate sale. Having an estate sale kit and what to bring to an estate sale, and how to negotiate to with estate liquidators in an unoffensive and successful way.
Estate sale companies – What to include in an estate sale contract, how to work with sellers that don’t understand the liquidation process. Where to advertise your estate sales. Using social media to be found and get your message out. Working and networking with other liquidators and appraisers. Where to list your estate sales. Working with a website.
We have also covered estate sales of the rich and famous.
All this information is in our archives along with videos and is free to assist you.
Our goal is and has been to educate and inform you without cost and provide answers and solutions. Liquidating personal property is a stressful experience whether you are downsizing or selling off a loved ones belongings.
Estate sale companies wear many hats and the experienced companies that have great reputations understand what is required for success for all parties.
We hope that as the number one internet source for estate sale information we provide you with the estate sale help you need. We no longer liquidate estates, but we use our twenty plus years of experience to hopefully guide you in the liquidation process.
We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please email us at email@example.com. We will respond as soon as possible.
Mid Century Modern is very popular. You may not see it on many of the reality TV shows now on HGTV, but buyers do. They even seek out mid century modern homes.
Crown City Estate Sales that serves Los Angeles and Orange County California has some wonderful Mid Century Modern pieces at an estate sale in Northridge, CA starting on January 14th. Here are a few photos and we have a link below to the sale.
2017 has arrived and with it more estate sales.
The weather is the concern for most estate liquidators in winter. The southern states rarely have concerns, but states like Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and winter weather states plan accordingly.
These plans usually include alternate dates, who’s in charge of plowing the driveway and salting the sidewalks and parking restrictions.
Northern estate sale companies have a lot to consider when scheduling winter estate sales.
Our southern states and southwest estate liquidators are more fortunate.
Wherever you live please check with the estate sale listing websites to learn what contingency plans are available.
This year will see changes and additions to the estate liquidation business.
Many estate sale companies took time off over the holidays to rest their staff and themselves.
EstateSalesNews.com will be reporting on what’s new, important, affects buyers, sellers and estate sale companies.
From EstateSalesNews.com we welcome you all to the new estate sale season. Hello 2017.
Hanukkah and Christmas are now less than a week away. Estate Sales News will be enjoying the holidays with family too.
We would like to wish our audience a happy holiday season. Thank you for choosing us as your estate sale information resource.
To our advertisers and contributors our gratitude for making another year possible.
Our contributors add so much, we deeply appreciate you.
Some of the many topics we have covered are estate sale contracts, advertising, estate sale etiquette, how to buy at an estate sale and more.
Since we started EstateSalesNews.com we have published approximately 900 articles as a free service to help estate sale buyers, sellers, and estate sale companies.
As we wrap up 2016 we hope you have found many of the answers to your questions and continue to use our archives. Every article we have published is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
From our house to yours we wish you happiness, health, friendship and love. Be good to one another.
Happy Hanukkah starting December 24th and a Merry Christmas December 25th.