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Thanksgiving Week And Estate Sales

Estate Sales NewsThis is family week for millions of Americans celebrating Thanksgiving and either cooking at home or traveling to family.

This week reminds us that families dealing with the estates of loved ones is often a difficult time and part of the job of the estate liquidator is to be understanding and help relieve some of the stress. The estate sale liquidator and many of their staff wear many hats.

For most this week is a day to rest, recoup, and enjoy their family. will be enjoying this Thanksgiving week with our family too.

Today is our last day to publish this week. We’ll be back on Monday, December 1st.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving with the joy and blessings of family and friends and our United States.

4 Days Until Black Friday – Estate Sales Are You Ready?

Slide1The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday.

The name Black Friday started in Philadelphia before 1961 mainly because of so many shoppers, pedestrian and vehicular trafffic, but the term started to be used more on a national basis around 1975. The reason given was that traditional retailers spent the majority of the year operating at a financial loss and the day after Thanksgiving signaled the day their accounting went from red to black. Hence Black Friday.

This has not been the case for estate sale companies. Due to the nature of the estate sale business most companies must operate in the black to stay in business, however, Thanksgiving and Black Friday present challenges to the estate liquidator.

Those that hold sales on this weekend know that they must be creative in their advertising and the way the sale is handled.

Many will offer some type of modest refreshments (cookies and perhaps cider), their sales are published not only on estate sale listing websites, but on all forms of social media, some in print, while many estate liquidators have started walking the surrounding neighborhoods leaving flyers about their upcoming estate sale and some may even offer modest gift wrapping.

Estate Sales News wishes you happy shopping. Remember to check out the estate sale ads and websites today to see if a good buy can be had without all the pushing and shoving that can take place at the big retailers. Save $$$$ and go green this Friday.

Estate Sales News Investigates – Watching Out For You – Buyers, Sellers, and Estate Sale Companies

MC900433850As we start another estate sales Friday and the last before Thanksgiving Estate Sales News wanted to let you know we are watching and listening to what’s happening at estate sales. From buyers that try to walk out with unpaid items, threaten estate sale staff, pass bad checks, to estate sale companies that don’t pay their sellers and fail to account.

Estate Sales News cannot take legal action, nor do most states have regulations, however, we will follow up on complaints and do our best to alert buyers, sellers, and estate liquidators to people that give a black eye to an industry providing such an wonderful opportunity and hopefully fun and enjoyable experience.

We will notify estate sale listing sites of companies that fail to pay and we will notify estate sale companies of buyers that create serious problems.

Do you have a provable concern about a buyer or estate sale company. EMAIL US at Be sure to leave us your name, phone number, and pertinent information.

We have provided a variety of companies with tips and information on estate liquidations, and we want to provide you with our printable list within a week.

Today as you attend and shop at estate sales across the country is your source for estate liquidation information, news and tips from an experienced former estate liquidator. Happy estate saling.

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Estate and Inheritance Tax Information State by State

esate sale moneyHere is a list compiled by Estate Sales News of the 50 states and the District of Columbia about estate and inheritance tax. We have tried to include telephone numbers for you where possible. This information is what we could find. We have tried to provide telephone numbers for you to call. We make no guarantees on the information provided here by Estate Sales News.

Alabama – No estate or inheritance tax 334-242-1572

Alaska – No inheritance or estate tax 907-465-2300

Arizona – No inheritance estate tax after 1/1/2006 602-255-3381

Arkansas – No inheritance tax, estate tax repealed 1/1/2005 501-682-7751

California – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 800-400-7115

Colorado – No inheritance tax, not estate tax after 1/1/05 303-866-2371

Connecticut – Estate tax 860-297-5962

Delaware – Estate Tax 7/1/2009-7/1/2013 302-577-8200

District of Columbia – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 800-352-3671

Florida – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 800-352-3671

Georgia – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 404-417-4477

Hawaii – Estate Tax 800-222-3229

Idaho – No estate or inheritance tax 208-334-7660

Illinois – Estate tax repealed 11/1/10 reinstated 2011 800-732-8866

Indiana – Inheritance tax 317-232-2240

Kansas – Estate tax repealed subject to “sunset” provisions 2017-2020 785-368-8222

Kentucky – Inheritance tax and possible estate tax 502-564-4581

Louisiana – Estate Tax, possible inheritance tax 225-219-7462

Maine – No inheritance tax, possible estate tax 207-626-8475

Maryland – Inheritance tax, 410-260-7980

Massachusetts – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 617-887-6367

Michigan – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 800-487-7000

Minnesota – Estate tax, no inheritance tax 651-556-3000

Mississippi – No inheritance tax, some estate tax 601-923-7000

Missouri – No estate tax 573-751-3505

Montana – No inheritance or estate tax 406-444-2511

Nebraska – Inheritance tax 800-742-7474

Nevada – No inheritance tax, limited estate tax 866-962-3707

New Hampshire – No inheritance or estate tax 603-271-2318

New Jersey – Inheritance and estate tax 609-292-5033

New Mexico – No inheritance tax, possible estate tax 505-827-0700

New York – No inheritance tax, possible estate tax 518-457-5181

North Carolina- Estate taxes 877-252-4052

North Dakota – No inheritance tax, some estate tax 701-328-3657

Ohio – No inheritance or estate tax 800-282-1780

Oklahoma – No inheritance tax, some estate tax 405-521-3160

Oregon – Does have a tax 503-378-4988

Pennsylvania – Check tax laws 717-787-8201

Rhode Island – No inheritance tax, other tax laws 401-222-1111

South Carolina – No inheritance or estate tax 800-762-1295

South Dakota – No inheritance, limited estate tax 800-829-9188

Tennessee – Inheritance tax 615-741-2837

Texas – No inheritance or estate tax 800-252-5555

Utah – No inheritance and limited estate tax 800-662-4335

Vermont – No inheritance tax, has estate tax 802-828-2865

Virginia – No inheritance tax, estate tax repealed for deaths after 7/1/2007 804-367-8031

Washington – Estate tax 800-647-7706

West Virginia – No inheritance or estate tax 304-558-3333

Wisconsin – No inheritance, has estate tax 608-266-2772

Wyoming – No inheritance or estate tax 307-777-5287

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Estate Sales Friday – Ready, Set, Go – Happy Halloween!

Estate Sale signOnce again the weekend begins for thousands of estate sale companies across the country. Let’s examine what most of them have done this week.

We will assume they have a sale starting today. If that is the case they have probably spent the week sorting, cleaning, and staging your personal property. They have priced (and when necessary researched) the bulk of your items for sale. Depending on the size of your estate sale they may have worked 6, 8, 10, 12 or even more hours per day. Along with sorting, cleaning, polishing, pricing, and staging your sale estate liquidators have been busy making sure that all advertising, internet, social media, and possibly print media are in place. Most estate sale company owners do this themselves so that work is done either before they come to your property or after they leave.

The estate sale liquidators’ day doesn’t end though when they leave your property. The may return buyer inquiries either by phone or email, respond to perspective sellers, and in some cases, may be checking on the clean out or final pay out of the sale the previous weekend.

They also have to oversee their staff and make sure that all necessary signage and security is in place for your sale. Permits (if required) may have to be posted in a visible position and their method of crowd control must be in place (sign in sheet, number system etc.)

The estate liquidator has probably also dealt with any emotional or stress issues of the seller. You could say they wear many hats.

As the time approaches they make sure everyone is in place, price tags are visible, show cases secure, any rooms not to be involved are secured, cash needed to start is in place along with working credit card internet access is available.

Signs advising buyers of any regulations pertaining to the sale or property must also be visibly posted.

If the sale starts at 9:00am the estate sale owner or manager will probably open the door at 8:59am to advise those waiting for entrance of any conditions property or sale wise that they need to be aware of.

9:00am IT BEGINS!

Happy Halloween from Estate Sales News your source to learn about estate sales, news, and a national resource for estate liquidations.

pumpkin & kitty

Throwback Thursday – Remember Charlie Brown & Snoopy – Needlepoint Pillows


Remember Charles Schultz Charlie Brown, Snoopy & pals?  Here are three needlepoint pillows made by your editor’s Mom for her granddaughter in 1979. Priceless mementos of people and time past. Estate Sales News throws it back to you. Send us your throwback photos for next week. Email



Estate Sale Find For Throw Back Thursday – Did You Use One Of These?

Did you use one and do you know what it is? “Hint” It use to pop your buttons!Vintage Wringer Washer

Estate Sale & Auction Working to Sell Houshold and Taxidermy in Portland, Michigan

Barbara Stevens Jersey, Wonder Women Estate Sales and Bob Howe, Epic Auctions & Estate Sales are teaming up to sell a home with much general household and approximately 150 taxidermy mounts. The estate belonged to a well known sportsman in Portland, Michigan the estate sale begins Friday. The auction will be simulcast as well as live and starts Saturday morning. The mounts that are being auctioned are legal to sell under law. Estate Sales News visited Barbara and Bog (a licensed auctioneer) at the property on Wednesday, September 24th. We are grateful to them for their time and inviting us to this unique event.

Barbara has been a speaker at both the 2013 and 2014 EstateSales.NET conference. Bob is also a contributor.

Here is a link to view the estate sale

Here is a link to view the auction

Guest Article From Lela Of Trash Find Redesigned – Why Buy At Estate Sales

10505188_661676120592763_2462403117424468603_oEstate Sales News is happy to have a guest article by Lela, Trash Find Redesigned, a New Jersey Mom and estate sale chaser who has found a way to bring her love of estate sales and what can be found and done with the items at estate liquidations.

Here is an introduction from Lela.

“Hello, my name is Lela. I am happy to admit… I am totally hooked on Estate Sales. I have a fabulous husband, 3 awesome kids, one beautiful daughter-in-law, and 2 adorable grand-pups. I am on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my own website all of which are called Trash Find Redesigned.

Estate Sales are fabulous places to find unique and interesting items. I really enjoy finding items with potential and creating something special with them. I don’t do this for profit. I really do it in hopes that my family, friends, and others will enjoy. Wait, who am I kidding… I do it so that I can enjoy!

Two summers ago, two of my bigger finds were featured on ABC’s Good Morning America! Lara Spencer (also host of Flea Market Flip) transformed my $10 Estate Sale vanity into a treasure along with a vintage Amish bench that I also found.

My husband and I had hosted an outdoor engagement party for my son and his fiance two years ago. Most of the items that I used were bought at estate sales which I had transformed into something special for the party. Many people had asked where I got all of the vintage pieces. When I told them estate sales, they were totally intrigued.

As I sit here on my couch, I count 44 items that were all finds from various Estate Sales. To name a few: a vintage iron, farmhouse windows, Mason jars, vintage glass door knobs, an antique chalkboard, a wrought iron parlor chair, a wooden toolbox, and so on and so forth.

I myself am a lover of vintage items, but Estate Sales can have everything from brand spankin’ new to barely used to modern, vintage, collectable, or antique.

If you’re new to shopping at Estate Sales, I would suggest spending a day trying to visit a few different ones. Map out your choices, leave early with coffee in hand, and head out for a fun day of shopping like you’ve never shopped before. Oh, don’t forget to pack a lunch, drinks, and snacks. You won’t want to stop once you get started. I also pack an ESS KIT. I never leave home without it… you’ll have to visit my website to see what an ESS KIT is.

So my son tells me he is moving to a larger apartment next month and desperately needs furniture. Hmm, wonder where I can get a great deal on some pieces of furniture. My mission for the next several weeks, if I choose to accept it – bedroom furniture, a kitchen table, coffee table, a couch and some knick knacks. What fun, wish me luck!