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Estate Sales On Black Friday And Thanksgiving Weekend – Advertising Is Key

ShoppingEstate Sales News is publishing today, Sunday, because with Thanksgiving Thursday this week it is very important if you are running an estate sale on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) and the weekend that you have good marketing in place to compete with the big stores, Macy’s, Target, Nordstrom, Walmart, JC Penny, etc. It would appear that there will be 1000 plus estate sales starting on Friday, November 29th.

The big retailers have been sending out flyers in the mail and advertising on television and radio for weeks. Most estate sale companies cannot compete with that, however, there are ways to attract buyers.

If you are on Pinterest, have you created a board about your sale this week? Featured some items that will be better buys than what the retailers will offer. Have you been posting and updating your Facebook business page (and if you don’t have one you should). Today social media is the place where estate sale liquidators can get ahead of their competition. Sending out tweets on Twitter on a regular basis about some of the good buys and great items you have that would make wonderful gifts. This is a great time to encourage people attending your sales to follow you on Twitter and Like you on Facebook as well.

It’s also a great time to be advertising that if you are not required to collect sales tax that buying gifts at your sale is “tax free”.

If you happen to do videos and have YouTube on your website a short video might also be a good way to get the word out.

Any way you look at it although you have competition on Thanksgiving weekend, by using your marketing skills and knowledge you can make it a win win for you and your seller.

Estate Sales News -The Source For Estate Sale Information, News And National Blog

Carol Madden, Editor, ESNEstate Sales News has had a very busy November. Two trips to California in 12 days, Florida, Maryland along with a telephone interview for an upcoming estate sale in Tehachapi CA starting Dec. 6th.

We have many topics to cover in the upcoming weeks, but today we want to address next week, Thanksgiving. If you are on or follow social media you’ll no doubt have seen many posts and comments about stores open and having workers working on Thanksgiving pros and mostly cons. Having been an estate sale liquidator for 25 plus years your editor never worked the Thanksgiving holiday. It was important time for my staff and I to spend with our families and recharge our batteries so to speak.  This was a personal decision. Each estate sale company decides their own policy. Sellers, however, should have input about whether they want a sale conducted during this time period.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our audience who follows us, comments to us, and inspires us to continue to provide the most up to date estate liquidation information possible on estate sales, business and estate sale trends. “You are why this website exists”.

This year I will again join my family to celebrate Thanksgiving so no article next Thursday, November 28th. I give thanks this year to you, the EstateSalesNews.com audience. You have made this journey since March 6th, 2013, our launch date the best possible experience and we will continue. This truly is a labor of love for the profession. 

It’s been a fascinating week in Los Angeles. Meeting Eric from TMZ was a wonderful experience and as always we keep learning too.

Have an idea or question for us email me at carol@estatesalesnews.com.

TODAY IS ESTATE SALE FRIDAY – Where are you going? 

TGIF Everyone.

Video – Estate Sales News At The Dr. Arnold Klein Sale – Los Angeles, CA Today.

This video of Estate Sales News at the Dr. Klein sale was shot by Chris David. Here is a link to his website.

Estate Sales News At 553 S. Windsor Blvd., Los Angeles. CA Dr. Arnold Klein Sale

photo(18)Estate Sales News is in Hancock Park at the sale for Dr. Arnold Klein today conducted by Munyon and Sons Estate Sales at 553 S. Windsor Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. The home Tudor style home was built in 1914. Please visit our Pinterest Board for a view of the front exterior. HERE IS THE LINK for the sale on EstateSales.Net

You can follow us on Twitter and later in the morning (we’re on Pacific Time) please check out YouTube. We will also post an update on Facebook.

Estate Sales News at Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA Dr. Arnold Klein Sale

MarilynEstate Sales News will cover the opening of the Dr. Klein sale today at Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA. Our videographer and I will be posting the video shot this morning on YouTube (look for Estate Sales News Dr. Arnold Klein Sale). We will be in the sale tomorrow morning after the opening. We’ll report on “Twitter” so please follow us there.

This sales is spread out over the 2/3 acre estate in multiple buildings.

If you would like to say hello, please ask to say hello to Estate Sales News. Hope we see you at this unique sale for the doctor to the stars.

The Hollywood Reporter Elizabeth Snead should be on site as well.

 

 

 

Auction To Be Held For Estate Of President Gerald Ford And Wife Betty in CA.

Estate Sales News wanted to share this Reuters video with our audience about the auction of 1000 items that the Ford estate is selling in California to benefit three local organizations in Coachella Valley where the Fords lived until their passing. They are interred at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, MI.

Estate Sale Companies are your looking for staff? Contact Estate Sale News

Estate Sales News is heading to Los Angeles today to cover the Dr. Arnold Klein sale.  As we packed we recalled that Will Munyon informed us that including he and his wife his the Hancock Park sale would be staffed by 30 people. It will also have security on the premises.

Knowledgeable, honest, competent staff are important for every estate sale.

Estate Sales News would like to hear from Estate Sale Companies that are looking for staff to work for them. We will be happy to put together a page of estate liquidators and phone numbers and post it here on the Front Page in approximately 3 weeks. Please email us at contact@estatesalesnews.com to let us know if you are looking for staff, your phone number and your city and state.

We will be in Los Angeles tomorrow and Wednesday at the Hancock Park sale. The Hollywood Reporter  will also be at the sale sometime on Wednesday. Updates on Facebook and tweets to come from LA.

 

It’s Estate Sale Friday – How to find you’re looking for at an estate sale

fri0102Estate Sales News has been asked how do I find what I’m looking for at a heavily attended estate sale where you can’t get a clear visual on the item.

First decide how much you want what you have seen advertised or read about. If possible contact the estate sale company in advance, either by email or phone (which ever they prefer) and ask them if they are utilizing a number or list system for entrance to the sale. Then you’ll have to make the ultimate decision how strong is your desire or passion for the object or items of interest. It may require you to sleep over if you want to be among the first in the door (providing the municipality where the sale is being held will allow cars or vans on the street overnight) particularly if what you want is popular and will have others with the same interest. If possible when you contact the estate liquidator ask what room or floor the object is in or on. It is always easier to know at least what room to look in. They may even give you more specifics, but the decision to give you any information is theirs and should be respected.

Once you have made your decision stick to your game plan and remember to stay courteous and patient. Estate Sales can become hostile places if tempers flare and that spoils it for all parties. Please refer back to to our April 2013 Buyers etiquette article.

2014 Estate Sales Conference in Memphis TN – sponsored by EstateSales.net

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The second annual Estate Sale Conference sponsored by EstateSales.net will be held in Memphis, TN February 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2014 at the Peabody Hotel.

This conference is to educate and provide a broad spectrum of information to improve the estate sale industry.

It is not open to the public, only to estate sale companies, but it will benefit the public in so many ways.

Estate Sales News will be participating and covering this conference. We will be speaking in a session on the afternoon of the first day of the conference and the topic is estate sale contracts.

Estate Sales News will be posting live tweets and facebook updates from Dr. Arnold Klein’s Sale in LA

MarilynEstate Sales News will be in Los Angeles at the Hancock Park home of Dr. Arnold Klein, Dermatologist to the stars next week with live Tweets and Facebook updates on Wed. November 20th, the opening day of the sale being conducted by Munyon and Sons Estate Sales.

Dr. Klein a Dermatologist worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Michael Jackson, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and many others.

The US Court ordered bankruptcy sale contains a large volume of star signed memorabilia and art given to Dr. Klein including a large Star Wars collection with original light sabers, a Jaba the Hutt prototype, African Art, Disney collection, hats worn owned by Michael Jackson, masks worn by his children, Baccarat, Steuben, Lalique, and Daum glass, art by David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Hilo Chen, Charles Arnoldi, Peter Alexander, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Michael Duke Pavoni, James Gucwa, et al.

Will and Michelle Munyon, the owners of Munyon and Sons Estate Sales allowed EstateSalesNews.com unfettered access to video many of the items included in this sale and the video will be posted tomorrow.

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