Category Archives: Estate Sales Help & Tips

Mid Century Modern Estate Sale In CA By Crown City Estate Sales

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a link to this Mid Century Modern estate sale.

 

A New Challenge For Estate Sale Companies In 2017

2017 is ushering in new challenges for estate sale companies.

New liquidation firms (auction houses) in particular are expanding to meet the constantly changing requirements of liquidating personal property.

Many auction companies have been servicing the public selling their personal property, however, bigger auction houses are now becoming engaged with liquidating personal property that they otherwise would not auction off.

Once again the term vetted is being used, but the question is who sets the vetting requirements and standards? With no national requirements it is important that sellers ask in depth how a company determines what vetting requirements they have and how they arrived at them.

Many associations require specific requirements from their members, however, this is not a national or state regulation. USPAP – used in appraisal (mainly real estate, but also for appraisers of personal property) is one of the few regulated requirements.  Please see the USPAP article in our archives by Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP. Just type in USPAP in the search area on the left side of the front page.

Estate sale companies are challenged by these new firms entering the market place. Established estate liquidators have a working knowledge of personal property and the many needs for a successful sale. Auction companies that also sell personal property on a regular basis also understand what is required for them to succeed.

Sellers as recommended several times here on EstateSalesNews.com be sure you do your own due diligence. Take responsibility before you sign a contract with a company that you are satisfied you have asked all the appropriate questions and feel trust and confidence in the liquidator you are hiring. It’s your financial bottom line.

2017 Welcomes New Estate Sales

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.

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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.

 

Avoid The Hassle Of Retail Shopping With Estate Sales

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.

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Estate Sales Make Holiday Events Unique On A Budget

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.)

3 Weeks ToThanksgiving Estate Sales Black Friday Is Now

Estate sales are Black Friday opportunities every weekend.

Yesterday on the news they were talking about Black Friday shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year for most retailers.  Many stores and online retailers are already offering significant discounts. This may reduce the number of people shopping retail on Black Friday.

People wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to buy for themselves and Christmas.

Another weekend of estate sales starts today. Opportunities for buyers are at estate sales every weekend.

Why pay retail when you can pay estate sale prices which are significantly below retail prices?

Now is the time to shop for your Thanksgiving needs and Christmas gifts. From flat screen TVs to brand new clothes with the price tags still on.

Great sales can be found in most every state.

Check out these estate sale advertising websites.

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Find the estate sales to buy from at the advertising website links above.

EstateSalesNews.com is your resource for accurate estate sale information and news from a former estate liquidator.

Happy Shopping.

Estate Sale Experience Counts For Educational Information

Estate sale experience counts for education information.

Whether you are writing a blog or a newspaper article, providing information on estate sales from sources with estate sale experience is essential.

This also applies to estate sale advertising websites that offer tips or help and those that hire bloggers to write for them. Actual life experience as an estate sale liquidator is invaluable.

The more popular estate sales become, the more bloggers, reporters and other websites try to provide informative estate sale information to help them financially and increase their website ranking.

What is required to make the information useful and assist perspective sellers. Have you conducted an estate sale or been part of the estate liquidation business for some time?

Nothing can replace experience in the estate sale industry. Understanding the contents and requirements that should be included in estate sale contracts, what to look for and expect from an estate sale company are important to your financial bottom line.

Sellers need to understand how estate sales work. Knowledge about estate sale company advertising, security, entrance control and pricing. They also need to understand what to expect at the end of the sale including receiving their net proceeds. That will depend on what forms of payments estate sale companies accept.

There are a lot of articles that have been written about estate sales, but before you make any decisions based on these articles, ask yourself if there is any authentic estate sale experience by the author or company providing them.

Become a knowledgeable consumer and choose the information you use wisely. Your results will depend on what you know and understand.

Start Shopping Now For Christmas At Estate Sales

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

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 Advertising More On Social Media

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.