Category Archives: Estate Sales Help & Tips

Retirement Saving – Shopping At Estate Sales

Retirement When retirement time comes many people on fixed incomes look for ways to save.

One way of saving is to shop at estate sales. There they can find linens, good second hand clothing (sometimes even new clothes never worn), and at many sales things like partially used cleansers, laundry products, paint and paint supplies. You might even find your next car.

Gifts for special occasions and holidays can also be found at good savings. Even gift wrap, ribbons and bows. Supplies like pens, scotch tape, pads of paper, paper clips etc. can also be found at estate sales.

Many people retired or not also shop for books on a variety of topics. Even sun glasses and readers can be found. So can computers, tablets, televisions, radios, DVRs along with a host of other electronics like irons, toasters, blenders, mixers, etc.

It’s amazing how much can be saved by shopping at estate sales and for many individuals saving at an estate sale is a boost to their economic well being. Even if you aren’t retired it is still a great way to save $$$ and help our planet.

Is Your Estate Sale Staged, Organized And Marketed?

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching and the next season of estate sales is ready to begin.

A few considerations you to be concerned with after you have chosen your estate liquidator (using your due diligence to find a reputable and qualified estate sale company).

Is your estate sale company organizing and staging your sale? Organizing is different than staging. Getting organized is separating out the different items throughout the house such as towels, sheets, plates, glasses, stemware etc.

Staging is setting up the different groups to be appealing by creating depth, height, color, the way light is reflected etc.

Both of these require finesse and experience and many estate liquidators seek out specialized training for staging to maximize the appearance of items in your sale.

The other important consideration is marketing. Does your liquidator have their own website?Do they utilize social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.). Do they have an email list and you may want to ask them if it is theirs or an estate sale listing list. Do they use print media (not always necessary, it depends on the area)? Are they taking photos early to start generating interest? How many estate sale listing websites do they list your sale on and how soon will they list it?

With the autumn estate sale season about to burst forth, be sure you are prepared for hiring your estate liquidator. You can learn about estate sales and put your check list together right here at Please use our search for the information you need to be a well informed, knowledgeable consumer.


Who Is Shopping At Estate Sales?

shopping basketIt’s the Monday before the start of the Labor Day weekend and a good moment to talk about those buyers coming to estate sales.

If you have been looking on any social media websites or auction or sale sites there are a variety of shoppers.

The buyer who is looking for a particular item(s) to furnish their home or apartment (funiture, dishes, stemware, flatware, linens., etc.). Collectors are ever present at estate sales. Those that come looking for items for resale, and what a variety of markets there are. eBay, and Auctionzip  ar just a sampling of the multitude of auctions sites for some. New websites like Lofty for items valued at over $500.00 (see their March 14th, 2014 article here on, Etsy a market place for not only crafters, but for those that sell vintage (Etsy considers anything 20 years or older to be vintage). Others are antique dealers and show dealers that sell in antique malls and participate in a variety of antique shows. There are also those that have second hand shops and consignment shops as well. There are those that shop estate sales for gold or silver to sell for smelting (jewelry, flatware, holloware) etc.

You can look at to see many individuals who collect and like to share their collections through photos and also those that sell on Etsy.

The extreme growth that the estate sale industry has experienced in the last five years has opened the flood gates to a whole new audience and businesses.

As in any market place prices fluctuate with the economy, style demands, and location of the estate sale, but the following of buyers continues to grow.

Estate Sales – Some Friday Thoughts

This is the last weekend of estate sales before the Labor Day weekend and the “official” end of summer.

Estate sales represent a much needed answer for thousands of heirs, families, sellers, and attorneys.

When it is time to eliminate the contents of a home, estate sale companies answer the call. The majority of them are knowledgeable, hardworking individuals and staff.

They strive to make your sale as successful as possible while keeping the stress of the process to a minimum. Estate sale companies want your sale to be a success for several reasons including good financial results for you both, your recommendation of them to others, their reputation with the public and their peers.

Estate sales aren’t as easy as they appear, but when estate sale companies and seller(s) understand the process of working together, everyone can walk away in the end feeling satisfied and moving on to the next event in life.

Looking For Vintage Items To Use – Shop Estate Sales

We have been browsing estate sales and we found some very cool vintage items.

Many estate sales across the country start today. Here are some of the vintage items we found. When you buy a vintage appliance it may work, however, if you want them the item prepared, there are craftsmen out there today that specialize in repairing vintage mechanical items. The vintage wicker below is a great find, but some antique or vintage wicker and similar furnishings need some TLC and treated gently.

vintage wicker furniturevintage wicker chaisevintage TV





Vintage clothing of all types are also treasured finds. Even hats are back.

vintage hatsvintage clothesHead vase collection





Once again these wonderful vintage items will be for sale this weekend at an estate sale in Missouri and an estate sale in Michigan.

If you are planning to have an estate sale, “don’t throw those old items out”. There is someone out there who will find them a treasure, perhaps repurpose and continue their useful life.

Estate Sales News is currently looking at some more news worthy estate sales and has been contacted by several estate sale companies about their upcoming sales. We’ll keep you informed.

Shop estate sales. Special, unique, saving dollars, and fun.


Moving Or Downsizing – How To Cope And Have An Estate Sale

Moving truckYour editor here at Estate Sales News just completed another move. To say it isn’t easy would be an understatement, but here are a few tips acquired during the many moves I’ve made and seen others do.

When the time comes to move or downsize take a lined pad of paper with columns for keep, delete or maybe, and start room by room. Look at each item in the room and ask yourself “do I really need or want this?” You will be surprised as you walk around a room and look at different items. Are you keeping them because you “think” they have value, sentimental value, emotional attachment or genuine need. After losing two mothers ten years ago in nine days it wasn’t easy and has been a continuous work in progress, but we have learned what is necessary, what is sentimental attachment and what is emotional. A suggestion is to put the necessary under the keep, and then decide which is the delete. Keep the maybes separate. It isn’t easy to part with a loved one’s items, however, if you are moving to a smaller space or just need to lessen the burden of too many items, decisions must be made. Now is the time to let your mind work in tandem with your heart. Take a deep breath and ask yourself “why”. When you have the answer it will either be a keep or delete.

Once you have completed your list of each room use post it notes or something similar to denote what you are keeping. If you can’t move the items yourself, look for some strong arms to assist you (even if they charge by the hour) and choose a room or two to put the keep items in.

It is now time after this separation to start looking for your professional estate liquidator to come in and determine if they can sell the balance of your items for you. Some may not, but please don’t feel offended. Every estate sale company has different requirements to stay financially sound.

Check out our our categories how to choose a liquidator and our assortment of tips to help you with finding estate sale companies, interviews, what to expect, and the process of selling.

Remember, once you have made your keep it list, stick to it. Don’t second guess, and don’t let the price of an item you decided to sell make you want it. The object after all was to move and downsize.

It isn’t easy. We have been there and helped hundreds of others as well, but you can do it and succeed and feel better once you have moved on and continued your life’s journey.


Estate Sales In August – Good Time To Start Your Holiday Shopping

vintage dressMercedes Benz for sale





It’s only August 14th, but now is a terrific time to shop for the holidays. With so many estate sales out there, you’re sure to find some treasures and good buys.

Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, or Christmas decorations or now is the time. Especially with several months to go.

Clothing from high end to vintage is abundant at sales. From a Louis Vitton bag or wallet, to a 1950’s swirl skirt or ruffle top apron and don’t forget shoes, ties, shirts etc.  So much to choose from at a variety of prices.

Looking to change out your end tables, bedroom set, get an additional sofa for your living or family room, what a selection. Better than most furniture stores and everything from designer to the very inexpensive, leather or material.

How about a car, for the new teenage driver or to replace your old gas eater.

Looking for jewelry. Fine gold and silver, great vintage costume, Native American, so much can be seen at so many estate sales and the prices are right.

So now is the time to make your list, check it twice and go estate sale shopping.

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What’s Selling This Week At Estate Sales?

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating, unique, fun, or useful items that you will find at estate sales this week. We will include the estate sale company name. To find estate sale you can check out these websites as well as others not included here. EstateSales.NET,,, and You may find that many estate sale liquidators will have their sales listed on all of the above sites.

Simmerling EstateCrucifix GuatamalaThe Perfect Thing, Chicago, IL






Vintage Disneykitty tapestryDeal’s Estate Sales, Royce City, TX



Patio setDanish coffee setCalifornia Estate Sales, San Marcos, CA





China cabinet & glassrefrigeratorStepp Estate Sales LLC, Longwood, FL






mid-century moderneAsian figuresWorthwhile Estate Sales, Dayton, OH





A note for football fans Expert Estate Sales will be holding an estate sale for former NFL defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis starting August 15 in Rancho Cucamonga with designer furnishings.

This represents a cross section of the 1000’s of estate sales taking place this weekend across the country.

Estate Sale Signage

Estate Sale signMore and more municipalities are requiring professional signs for estate sales, however, this has brought about an unexpected issue, the theft of these signs.

Let’s discuss estate sale signage and what an professional liquidator needs to know and consider.

It is very important to contact the city or town you are going to conduct an estate liquidation in to find out if they will permit signs, what type of signs, and if they charge a permit fee. Yes a permit fee. Estate Sales News knows of an incident where the city didn’t use to charge a sign permit fee and then as hard times began decided to do so. An estate sale company did not check with the town about the signage requirements and the result was the signs were picked up and the estate sale company owner was notified that they had a date to be in court to pay the fine for the signs. This particular fine was just under $3,000.00. It was determined by the number of signs times the per sign fine. Fortunately when the estate liquidator went to court the judge lowered the fine, but it still cost the company almost $800 and the signs were not returned. An expensive lesson.

Whether you are new in the business or have been doing this for years, it is important to call the town clerk (or similar) and ascertain what if any permits and their fees may be required. It is also a good practice to have the seller do the same. That keeps everyone involved on the same page. In some cases the town may only issue the permit to the seller. It should also be included in your estate sale contract who is responsible for obtaining and paying for the permits.

That’s a reminder too, that estate sale contracts should have places for the seller(s) initials in important areas such as permits, any fees, commission, removal of items after signing of the contract etc. We will visit this topic more at another time.

As the estate sale professional be sure to know the requirements of the city or town to eliminate one more possible stressful events for you and the seller(s).


Estate Sale Video Part 2 with Judy Martin – Chicago Historic Home

Here is part two of our interview from last week with Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP at the Simmerling estate in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. The sale beings Thursday, August 14 and concludes on the 16th.

In this video Judy will describe many of the collections for sale and what has happened to values of many items. When we visited Judy the staging of the estate sale was a work in progress.

Here is a link to Judy Martin’s website for more information on her, her company’s services and The Perfect Thing Shop in Wheaton, IL.