Category Archives: Estate Sales Help & Tips

What’s Selling This Week At Estate Sales?

Many estate sales are starting today or tomorrow. Here’s a peek at some and include click throught links for you to look at the entire sale. If you are considering an estate sale, this is an excellent opportunity to visit a sale and see how the estate sale company works.

Tomorrow in Burton, OH Fine America Antiques

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Packed Home in Inverness, IL. Starts April 24

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Chino, CA Sale Starts Today

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Southfield, MI Sale Starts Tomorrow Mid Century Art

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What To Expect Before The Estate Sale Begins

EstateSales_lgWhen you choose your estate sale company along with a complete and thorough review of the estate sale contract, ask to see proof of liability insurance and do not be surprised when the estate liquidator asks to see a copy of a homeowner policy. In todays’ world it is important that both the liquidator and the property be covered by insured.

If the estate sale company belongs to any associations ask to see some type of ID (appraisers, education, etc.)

More and more liquidators are bringing professionally prepared brochures, but they should contain pertinent information about the company, name, address, phone number, email address, how long they have been in business, (license number if required by state or municipality) educational information (if any i.e. appraisal or fine art courses, estate liquidation courses), where they list their sales and advertise, and a list of their services showing fees or commission charges. It should also include if they have insurance or are bonded.

Following all this information, the estate liquidator should take photographs (if possible) to start the listing of the sale.

Access to the property should be arranged for pricing and staging and the dates and times of the sale.

If either party has any concerns about the sale this is the time to express these concerns. If the home is overflowing (commonly referred to by many as a hoarder) and you have an issue with this term discuss it with the estate liquidator. Television shows have promoted the use of this term and many times this can help encourage buyers to attend the sale. The term is not intended to be disrespectful.

As a seller when the estate sale company is ready to leave the property you should have trust and confidence and if not this is the time to settle any further concerns. You have hired a professional to sell the personal property and they need to do their job. Keep in mind most estate liquidators conduct sale after sale and they want your estate sale to succeed too so eliminating concerns and reducing your stress is good for you, the seller and the estate sale company.

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Estate Sale Buyers Resource And Information – Get The Information To Succeed

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It’s Monday, April 20th, 2015 and estate sales are in full swing.

Estate sale buyers here are some buying tips for the thousands of estate sales taking place weekly. EstateSalesNews.com is the source to learn about estate sales, news, and be a resource for your treasure hunting. We are passionate about estate sales.

  • Decide which estate sale listing websites you want to subscribe to for weekly emails about liquidations in your area. You should consider signing up with at least two. Not all estate sale companies are listed on just one listing site.

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.Net

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EstateSales.org

  • Carefully read through the estate sale companys’ terms and conditions posted on their home page or on the estate sale listing website page. Make sure you understand what they require for entrance, payment, and if you need to bring your own packing materials. Don’t forget a magnifying glass or loop and a small flashlight. Remember many estate liquidators do not allow pocket books or purses any more so if in doubt call and ask them what is acceptable.
  • If you are avid estate saler decide which sales are most interesting for you and place them in order of importance. Many estate sale listing websites offer you routing or mapping capabilities. You could also use your smartphone if you are navigating between sales.
  • If you have an opportunity before the sale check out the parking availability in the general area of the property.
  • Remember to lock your vehicle, don’t bring animals, and if you have a child check with the estate sale company ahead of the day the sale opens to see if children are permitted. Many sales are so packed, estate sale companies want to provide a safe environment for all.

Have fun, drive defensively (people get excited when attending estate sales), bring your patience, and politeness does count. Estate sale companies want your business, but they also want to be respected and treated in a business manner. It’s not a “yard or garage sale”.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales? Patio Furniture For Summer

Spring flowers are blooming, the temperatures are rising and the thought of relaxing and eating outdoors is on a lot of peoples minds.

Here is a quick look at some of the patio furniture for sale across the country this weekend at estate sales.

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Here is where you can find estate sales for this weekend.

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EstateSales.Net

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It’s About Vintage Today On ThrowBack Thursday. Campers, Trailers, Trucks

Today we celebrate the way we use to camp and travel and the rebirth that is going on in vintage campers, trucks, and other vintage vehicles. If you are interested in becoming part of this growing group or just want to enjoy “the good old days” Click here for the link to their website to subscribe.

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Vintage boat camper.

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1961 vintage milk truck turned body and paint truck.

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Vintage truck and tear drop trailer.

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Vintage camper.

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Why Have An Estate Sale Contract? To Protect Sellers & Estate Sale Companies

Estate Sales NewsThousands of estate sales are taking place each week and now that winter is over and spring has arrived the number of sales will continue to increase.

When you are interviewing either as a perspective seller or as an estate sale company this is a business venture and as with all businesses a contract must be in place to set out in writing the terms, responsibilities, and consequences of the estate sale.

This is protection for both parties. It is not just about a date, address, or commission/fee. It is about who is responsible for utilities (seller), who prices and stages the contents being sold (the estate sale company), who advertises and pays for the ads (usually the estate sale company), which party will get the permit if needed, how will the sale be paid out (daily, at the end of the last day, within a precise time period after the sale), will the seller be paid by cash or cheque, and the list of what must be in the contract goes on. Please use our search feature to read other articles about the estate sale contract.

Each estate liquidator has their own contract that should delineate all terms including the consequences of removing items from a sale that were to be included (it is common practice for a seller to be charged the commission/fee for items removed once the contract is signed and was not excluded), but this is up to each liquidator. Sellers should make sure they know who is responsible for the clean out of the property after the sale, how it will be done, will there be additional costs or fees for that service and when it will be done.

It is the responsibility of the estate sale company to review the entire contract with the seller before signage. It is the obligation of the seller to ask the estate sale company any questions they may have and understand all the terms and responsibilities. If you aren’t sure, ask for a night to review it, seek legal advice, but once the decision is made and the contract is signed, remember this is business, especially for the estate sale company. They pay mortgages, utilities, staff, etc.

Estate sale companies work hard to achieve the best results possible. It is in the interest of both parties. The better the financial results, the better payout for seller and the better commission for the estate liquidator. They cannot guarantee results or control weather or economic conditions. Understanding what cannot be controlled is also key to a successful working business relationship.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales? Collections – Pipes, Wedding Gowns $10-$200, Fun Vintage

What’s selling this week at estate sales. Here are a some collections for sale starting today.

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Bridal shop liquidation, Long Grove, IL – One day only! 4/12/2015 only. Gowns from $10.00 to $200.00 Click here for info.

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3 day sale in Sherman Oaks, CA. Starts today – 4/10/2015 includes pipe collection. Click here for info

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Culver City, CA – Starts Today 4/10/2015 Decades of fun vintage house packed – Click here for info

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Sherman Oaks, CA – Sterling silver collection – starts today 4/10/2015. Click here for info

For more sales check out these sites. Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, EstateSales.org, Estatesale.company.

Baby Boomers Need Estate Sale Companies On ThrowBack Thursday

Slide1A friend posted an article on Facebook that appeared in the Washington Post on March 27th written by Jura Koncius in the Home and Garden section. The article was titled Stuff it: Millennials nix their parents’ treasures. Here is the link to the complete article

Today as ThrowBack Thursday it seemed appropriate to discuss what is taking place with baby boomers downsizing and moving across the country and this article and my friends’ comments about her own family and dilemna along with the 930 comments that were on the internet WAPO.ST  is a testament to what the baby boomer generation faces.

The boomer generation is the largest group of individuals to date. The amount of “stuff” that we have collected is larger than any other generation. Many of us inherited our parents and grandparents possessions and with the monetary success that many baby boomers have enjoyed they used their money to purchase and fill their homes with furniture, art, household items, collectibles and just about anything you could think of.  The job of downsizing has become a burden. Especially when the younger generations have purchased their own belongings, want different styles and are unaware of the value of many of your possessions in your home. The minimalist movement has also had an effect.

With millennials lack of interest in their parents possessions this is the time to find and hire an estate sale company or estate liquidator. They understand the plight of baby boomers and understand the task of preparing and selling their personal property. Estate sale companies are aware of the thousands of estate sales that are required and taking place weekly to assist this on the move generation.

What is important is finding an estate sale company that can accomplish the task in a professional manner with honesty and integrity. Knowing what to ask and expect from an estate liquidator is vital and no one source can guarantee you that the choice you make will be the right one.  Following on Judy Martin’s article about “Why Bother To Research” the same principle applies to making a knowledgeable decision that requires you to do your own due diligence (research) as well as using the resources of others to choose an estate sale company to place your trust and confidence in to sell your personal property.

Why Bother With Research By Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP – Guest Author For Estate Sales News

Judith Martin, ISA CAPPMy eyes are blurry from looking at china pattern after china pattern. I am in the midst of pricing items for sale. My clients have entrusted me with their treasures and my job is to price them correctly. However, first I have to identify each item and then give them a value. But, that is my job and that is why I was hired.

The days of guessing are over. With the vast amount of resources available there is no excuse for guessing. Some things I know off the top of my head because I have sold them a few hundred if not thousands of times. But the market moves very quickly and what was a valid selling price six months ago might not be relevant today. Especially when working with metals; Their market moves week by week.

I have a huge library of resource books. The most common books I use are pattern and mark identification books. I know there are great mark identification websites. There is also a wealth of pattern websites, be it porcelain, silver, ceramic, or glass. However, I find it easier to sit with my books while I am standing over the items. Going back and forth on the internet has a tendency to drive me to distraction which is quite easy on some days. So, I take each category that I am working with and diligently look up each item both for identification, age, and condition and then I set my price.

I charge a good amount of money to my client for the work I do, I won’t apologize for that because I know I am worth every penny and then some. What I do is a profession, not a part-time gig, but a profession . I study and work at what I do everyday. Actually I probably don’t charge enough for some jobs due to the amount of time it takes to research the items involved. But I do figure for every unusual item I am researching I am also learning something that I can put in my brain database for another day.

Not only am I researching the items for sale from the vantage point of receiving the most appropriate amount of money, I am researching the item for sale so that I can sell it to the public. I always say “you can’t sell what you don’t know”. Many times I have to educate the buyer as to what thy are buying. It is important that I speak from authority about the items I sell.

All of these issues go to the bottom line – I have sold the items correctly, my client is happy, my customer is happy, and I am compensated fairly. Happy Researching!

Estate Sale Franchises, The Keno Brothers, Judy Martin Article Research & Why

Estate Sales NewsMonday, April 6th and some of what is happening in the world of liquidation.

Franchises – Franchising is described by Wikipedia “as the practice of the right to use a firms successful business model and brand for a prescribed period of time”.

Estate sale franchises started with a firm called Caring Transitions in 2006 and now includes Grasons Co., California,  Blue Hill Estate Sales, North Carolina,  and Key Estate Sales, Inc. Illinois selling estate liquidation franchises. These companies each have their own brand and we will discuss more in the weeks to come about estate sale franchises.

The Keno Brothers through the Fox Network in 2011 started a program called Buried Treasure. Unlike American Pickers where they go to estates to buy and eventually resell, Leigh and Leslie Keno are twin brothers and became well known to the American public as appraisers on Antiques Road Show and they are brought into estates to determine value and decide what may be better sold through the auction process. Leslie is a Senior Vice President and director of American furniture and decorative art at Sotheby’s and Leigh Keno who was an appraiser at Christies and owned his own antique business owns Keno Auctions, a full service auction house. They have an older brother Mitchell Keno who is also an appraiser. A few years ago I was asked to look at the estate of an affluent and knowledgeable collector and after a brief walk through the property I recommended Leigh and Leslie Keno to the heirs of the estate. Appraisers and their services can be invaluable to the estate liquidator. Knowing when to seek out their assistance is very important.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th we will publish the first article from nationally known appraiser and speaker on antiques, estate liquidator, and owner of the shop The Perfect Thing, Judy Martin, ISA (International Society of Appraisers), CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property).  She is Certified in Antiques and Residential contents. She was on the national television series What The Sell and a guest appraiser on the PAX network Treasures in Your Home. Judy along with her daughter Kate are both ISA Appraisers as was her mother Gloria Moroni, three generations of appraisers with the ISA.  Her article is entitled “Why Bother With Research”.  An important read for sellers, estate sale companies, and buyers.