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Recently as I have traveled, so many people have chatted about how the holidays stressed them out shopping in a retail store with lines, coupons, and all the craziness that goes with it.
Every opportunity I have had I suggest shopping at an estate sale. Explaining that you not only save dollars. You avoid coupons, check out lines with often grumpy check out clerks exhausted by long hours and low pay.
Estate sale staff choose to work long and hard, enjoy serving customers and they want you to leave happy so you’ll keep shopping at their estate sales.
Estate sale companies are charged with selling the items in their locations. They can’t afford keeping stock. Their business is to sell and over a period of days sell off as much as possible. Some choose by discounting and others by looking at offers. Keep in mind this is not usually the practice on the first day, but on the days that follow.
From holiday decorations for Hannukah or Christmas to unique and special gifts estate sales have so much to offer buyers.
If you have put off your Christmas shopping check out the links below to find estate sales selling everything from A-Z. You’ll come out smiling.
20 days to Christmas and Hannukah if you have been shopping for those special people in your life while wait to receive the item by mail, or get a note that says it is back ordered.
Estate sales start every Thursday or Friday and offer and varied array of items, old, new, vintage and slightly used. They also offer a selection that can surpass what you will find in the store or online at a fraction of the cost.
NOW is the time to look at these websites and find the sales nearest you and get your holiday shopping done expeditiously. Just buy, save $$$ and wrap. Done!
Check out these sites and please when you visit estate sales let them know you read EstateSalesNews.com
An article by guest author Dan Jordan, Again L.A. Estate Sales
Having been an estate liquidator for more years than I can remember- I have learned a great deal from our always amazing buyers! Estate sales are a great resource for the holidays in so many ways… from the ever present collections of holiday and tree trimming ornaments and decor to the not always thought of entertaining supplies. Now is the time to start buying!
A formal dining room is a fixture in most traditional estates…we have all seen the ubiquitous china hutch and matching server and dining room table that seats 6-8 people. These sets are great for those who are furnishing their homes and want quality hardwood furnishings to a add a vintage flair and complete the formal dining room in their homes. But what about the contents of those drawers and hutches? Those items are what can take your holiday event from great to spectacular…and save you money aw well!
Older estates date from a time when entertaining at home was the norm – not just a special celebration a few times a year! In these estates you will find a treasure trove of fine cotton damask and lace tablecloths and serving linens at a fraction of the cost of new! Granted, they may be a bit yellowed from being stored for decades – but quick soaking and hot water wash with bleach and a good detergent will return them to the dazzling white of new! (you can do an old school rinse starching then steam press or spray starch if you prefer.)
What’s happening with estate sale attendance?
This past weekend several estate sale companies in the west posted photos of the lines at their estate sales.
Many estate sale companies had hundreds of people lined up. In many cases where the sales lasted three to four days with discounting on days two through four they sold to the walls.
Some east coast companies have discussed this hasn’t been the scenario for them.
Sellers, it is important to realize that your location and what you have for sale can make a huge difference.
There are southern estate sale companies as well as midwest estate sale companies that have also had high or low attendance and sales. Location and the economy in the area are very important.
When you sit down to discuss your sale with your estate liquidator talk about location and the economy.
Ask what they expect and will they be discounting and how. Talk about your goal. Is it to empty the property? Are you going to be upset if discounts are given and items don’t sell for what had been hoped for.
One estate sale company conducted a pop up sale without a lengthy detailed description. They have a large email list of regulars. They emailed them about the sale along with the ads that were placed. Having an email list of regular customers can be crucial to a sales success. The featured photo shows the line of hundreds of people for this sale. This is just a sample of what’s happening at many estate sales.
Whereever you are located talk to your estate sale company about realistic expectations. Question what will be necessary to achieve success.
Start shopping now for Christmas at estate sales.
Online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock and Wayfair are already advertising sales for Christmas.
What is more amazing is online shopping is becoming more popular by the day.
Thanksgiving weekend which use to kick off the Christmas shopping season is less than 5 weeks away.
Now is the time for estate sale companies to get their Christmas shopping advertising into gear. So much can be done by estate sale companies and gained by buyers.
This is the time to mention in each estate sale description what is available that would make great Christmas gifts or decorations.
Utilize social media to showcase your current and upcoming estate sales. Be sure to write in a way that the buying public can see the reason to buy their gifts at estate sales. Facebook is particularly beneficial to present sales to a broad based public audience.
Estate sale etiquette is important any time of the year.
Buyers are what makes an estate sale a financial success or bust, however, buyers should follow some basic etiquette for estate sales.
EstateSalesNews.com hears often from estate sales liquidators from across the country. All of them agree that during that over the last few years, the buyers showing up at estate sales have become increasingly demanding and on occasion difficult to work with or satisfy.
Buyers become argumentative in lining up for entrance into estate sales.
All most all estate sale companies post their terms and conditions on estate sale listing advertising websites. Please read. See what entrance system, if any they are using. Don’t create chaos.
Estate sale companies are using social media advertising more and more.
Reaching broader targeted audiences while controlling costs and not be in direct competition with other estate sales makes social media perfect for estate sale companies. Social media advertising is playing a key roll in advertising and expanding the reach of estate sale companies.
Facebook and Instagram are seeing the largest increases in use.
Estate sale companies can use Instagram for free, and boosting a post on Facebook can cost whatever an estate sale company wants to pay. An estate liquidator can also target their audience.
Estate sale companies still use estate sale advertising websites, however, as competition continues to grow they are looking to new outlets to reach audiences.
You will need to be a member of Facebook and Instagram, however, it is free. If you choose you can receive only notifications from estate sale companies in your area. You can put a “like” on the page for the estate sale company or companies you follow.
Facebook has the largest audience and targeting audiences can include people who like vintage, antiques, collectors, etc.
Instagram showcases photos without them competing with the photos of other estate sale companies.
Twitter also is a social media tool, but isn’t used as much as Facebook and Instagram.
Check out these social media websites today. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching. If you love estate sales and shop weekly don’t miss out. A great time to shop at estate sales.
It’s estate sales Friday. There are many estate sales across the country.
East coast to west coast, north to south estate sales are happening by the thousands.
High end estate sales, hoarder sales, estate sales with collections, privately listed estate sales.
If you are looking for an estate sale company this is a great weekend to go out and visit estate sales in your area.
Check out the way they handle entering the sale. How does the estate sale appear. Is it staged well? Are signs posted about all sales final, no returns, forms of payments accepted, security and more?
Look at the way items are priced and tagged. Did they use tags, adhesive tape, stickers and what type of items were they placed on. Ephemera especially should be carefully tagged (best in a plastic bag) and then a sticker on the bag so no damage to the item.
It is also time to think about what you might need for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Now is a great time to start shopping for dishes, glassware, flatware, decorations etc.
A reminder – PLEASE read the terms, conditions, and descriptions of each estate sale on the various advertising websites. Being empowered with knowledge before attending an estate sale is very important for many reasons.
Bring you estate sale kit with you, including flashlight, bags and boxes, wrapping, water and a loop or magnifying glass..
Be sure to check out each one of these estate sale advertising websites. Many estate liquidators only use one advertising website. Don’t forget to check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.
Happy shopping and here is where you can find estate sales this weekend.
Merritt Island, Florida which just experienced hurricane Matthew will be the site of an industrial estate sale antique medical mid century this week.
This will be conducted by Estate Sales By Southern Trading. The home was owned by a doctor who collected all kinds of industrial medical equipment.
The doctor had a large collection of camera equipment. One of his collections included WWII memorabilia in this sales too.
This estate sale will take place October 14, 15, and 16. Click this link for photos, terms and conditions and a list of major items in this unique estate sale. Below are a few photos of what to expect in this unique estate sale.
A film/TV costumer’s sale Halloween to Vintage. Again L.A. Estate Sales is conducting an estate sale in Arleta, CA for a woman who put together costumes for film, stage, promotional events and more. Overwhelming amount of vintage to contemporary womens clothing in a variety of sizes.
The sale includes fun hats, accessories, fabrics. You’ll even find mens glittery tuxedos to Road Warrior garb.
Again L.A. Estate Sales will be selling an RV at this sale.
This sale starts Thursday, October 6th for three days. Make sure to read the entire ad, terms and conditions of the sale. Be prepared for a fun packed day of shopping.
You can also find this sale on Facebook at www.facebook/againLA and on Instagram www.instagram.com/again_l.a
To view more information on this amazing sale Click Here For A Link.