Category Archives: Estate Sales Help & Tips

Estate Sales Saturday, First Day, Second Day, Or Last Day

Today, Saturday, February 6, 2016 is another day of estate sales. Some are beginning, some are in the second or third day, and others are on the last day.

What does that mean for you buyers?

Well if it isn’t the first day it is an excellent time to return to those estate sales you visited earlier this week or perhaps haven’t visited. In many cases if the estate sale company is past the first day they may be reducing prices on some items, perhaps all. Each estate liquidator determines their own reduction policy.

Several liquidators even post their reduction policies so you are aware that no reductions will be made on day one, or that there maybe some items that will have a minimal reduction during the sale. Much of this is determined prior to the estate sale and is a decision that was reached between the liquidator and the seller(s)

If you upcycle or repurpose this is an excellent opportunity to find those items that may be reinvented.

You still have time to find that special or unique gift for next Sunday, February 14th for Valentines Day.

Happy saling this weekend and please let the estate sale companies know you read EstateSalesNews.com. Your source for estate sale information and news.

What Estate Sale Questions Do You Have? EstateSalesNews.com Wants To Know

EstateSalesNews.com has written hundreds of articles about estate sale information, estate sales, and a variety of topics related to the liquidation business. We have featured a selection of guest authors too.

We have been receiving emails from our audience and with our free subscription rate growing at a rapid pace EstateSalesNews.com wants to hear or read any questions you may have concerning estate sales and the estate sale business, everything from A-Z.

To submit your questions please email carol@estatesalesnews.com.

Understanding estate sales and the process of liquidation, from where to find a company, how to buy a car, to final payout, and clean out are all valid important questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Estate Sale Information Today

Estate sale information is increasing the knowledge for all parties. The estate sale industry is surging. The questions that accompany this growth are increasing.

One of the many benefits occurring from this expansion of the cottage industry of years ago is the communication between estate liquidators. Before the internet and social media like Facebook, liquidators rarely communicated with each other or shared ideas and information.

The ability for estate sale companies to liaise with each other has brought so much to this industry. Such as discussions about carrying liability insurance, using professional signs for directions, the use of websites, keeping current about the laws that affect the industry (such as the sale of ivory), how to remove stains and spots, determining the age of some items, sharing advertising tips, the use of social media, working conditions, to name just a few. These groups share and discuss a variety of topics to assist and improve the estate sale business as a whole and make it better for everyone.

In todays’ world of estate liquidations, estate sale information and providing it is key to furnishing knowledge to all parties, prospective estate sale sellers and buyers.

Downsizing or Decluttering And The Many Choices To Be Made

Downsizing or decluttering can make your life simpler. For most of us, this is something we will want or need to do at some point during our life.

It can appear a daunting task. If you know where you are going to move to, or simply want to lighten the amount of items packed away from your basement to your attic, or in closets or cupboards this will help in your decision making process. Making a list of what you want to accomplish is a good place to start.

If there are broken or damaged items they should be the easiest to dispose of.

Search Engines For Estate Sales – Google, Bing, What They Do For You

 

Searching for help with estate sales and the estate liquidation process is challenging.

Google is the main search engine used along with Bing, AOL.com, Yahoo, and dogpile.com to name some of the better known ones.

Deciding what specifically you want to search for is best when requesting the information. Are you looking for estate sales, estate sale companies, what is an estate sale, learning about the estate sale process, and estate sale contracts are some of the most popular searches. We use Google Analytics to keep us informed on what searches are being conducted.

Google along with the other search engines mentioned, decides your website placement on their front page by the number of clicks or searches requested. The top of a search engine page is reserved for companies paying to advertise their company. You can usually tell by the small “Ad” next to the top of the result, or sometimes you will notice the top company appears on a light, slightly colored background. Google uses both.

What Estate Sale Companies Consider When Choosing Sales

There are many companies that handle estate sales from high dollar value to lower values while others may have a specific amount they look for in determining whether to accept an estate sale. Every company is different and what they look for and how they arrive at their decisions to accept or reject is based on a variety of factors. Today we look at some basics. Understanding how an estate sale company determines what sales they can or cannot accept is important for both prospective sellers and estate liquidators.

Staffing estate sales is different from what it use to be. So many liquidators now need to keep full time staff employed. Many must be at the constant ready to continually stage, price, and work their sales. Thousands of estate sale companies run a sale almost every weekend with limited time off. The once cottage industry of estate sales are now full time small businesses.

Check Out Estate Sales For Fun Winter Items

Today we remember when the thought of heavy snow would bring big smiles to the faces of children thinking of all the sledding that awaited them on their Flexible Flyers and many adults could hardly wait to put on their wooden skis to head to the slopes or cross country ski.

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If you are looking for vintage winter equipment please check out EstateSale.com, EstateSales.org or EstateSales.net.

You will find a link to us and all our articles on EstateSale.com.

** The mid-Atlantic and northeast are getting ready for blizzard conditions. Please be attentive to state regulations. Stay safe and let us know how your shopping experience was. carol@estatesalesnews.com.

The Evolving World Of Estate Sales And The Liquidation Industry

We continue to watch the estate liquidation business evolve on many levels as 2016 begins with the continuing expansive growth across the United States. With over 15,000 estate liquidation companies and counting, there does not appear to be any slow down in sight.

There are estate sale listing websites and other sites now encouraging people to become estate liquidators and some even providing them with their recommendation for education. They are branching out to become a portal for the estate sale business and any other types of liquidation services; i.e. auctions, online sales, private sales, or business liquidations. The platform for some of these websites has grown exponentially to even include offering estate sale companies that they have vetted based on their criteria. Each organization, association, or society has their own vetting criteria.

This growth has seen several off shoots including educational sites, sites that teach the use of social media, and also companies that offer to provide social media services for estate sale company owners that do not have time to produce their own social media marketing with the increasing number of sales their company is handling.

A few years back the terms “bonded and insured” was what many sellers sought out in an estate sale company, however, today bonding is not important compared to having liability insurance.

More estate sale companies are also choosing to have an on staff appraiser, (ISA, ASA, or CAGA) and many have some or all of their staff professionally trained in working with seniors transitioning. The baby boomer generation is on the move and is responsible for a lot of the growth in the estate liquidation business.

Estate sale owners are more engaged with photography, videography, and staging with the importance they play in a competitive market. Many have attended schools, seminars, or taken online courses to become proficient.

Even books, guides, and magazines such as EstateSalesNews.com have emerged from the growth in the liquidation industry.

Take a look at the number of estate sales on starting tomorrow in many places and you can appreciate how times have changed in just a few years.

With all of this you can save $$$ and have a variety of choices of merchandise and places to shop so look for these estate sales and get shopping and saving.

Keeping Your Audience “Glued” To Your Estate Sale Description

EstateSalesNews.com is excited about 2016 and the world of estate sales.

During the holiday season we had the opportunity to read several articles about the estate sale industry, liquidation companies, and how they appear. We start the new year off with some tips for estate sale companies and how they write about their estate sales.

For an estate sale company it is important to demonstrate your expertise in describing your sale and what will be sold. Keep it simple and interesting. Ask yourself what you would want to know about the sale. Converse with your audience in writing. Having a buyer reading your description about your estate sale is a key to selling success. Start selling the contents even before the sale starts through your description.

Being able to communicate effectively in writing demonstrates to your readers not only your knowledge and expertise about what your are selling, but it shows them you’re fervid about your profession and the sales you conduct.

Effective communication does not come naturally to everyone, however, there are many sources on the internet to assist you including YouTube videos, articles from writing coaches, educational associations, and marketing companies.

Writing an interesting, informative description without being too wordy will help your liquidation company and estate sale to glisten as you compete for buyers attention.

Our first 2016 remembering the good old days is our illustration from DoYouRemember.com. Keep them “glued” to your upcoming sales.

2015 EstateSalesNews.com Year In Review – Help, Tips, Information

What a year it has been here at EstateSalesNews.com Here is a partial look at the nearly 200 articles that have been published on our front page this year.

In January we reported about advertising including the use of Facebook and SEO (search engine optimization). We also covered winter sports and finding skis, skates, snowboards, and snow shoes at estate sales. We also talked about holding estate sales in the cold, snow, and ice. This December many areas of the country are still waiting for snow while others are almost snow bound.

February we covered several memorable estate sales including one selling a Ford Model A with video, and our article about How To Find Your Estate Sale Company. We featured a liquidation sale with antique and vintage pinball machines and we wrote about several websites where you can advertise your estate sale company with out cost for basic information plus some great throwbacks.

In march we announced through a video a new advertiser, EstateSale.com. We discussed estate sales over Passover and Easter, what was selling at estate sales, having wardrobes before the age of closets, along with the difference between antique, vintage, and retro. We also wrote about what’s driving shoppers to estate sales.