Category Archives: Learn About Estate Sales

Shirley Temple and Steiff – ThrowBack Thursday On Estate Sales News

photo-64Slide1

Phoenix Estate Sales starts a sale today in Richmond, VA (we aren’t sure about the fact it is snowing and if they will be delayed) that features among this eclectic sale Shirley Temple dolls and Steiff animals among many antique dolls and doll accessories.

Shirley Temple, child star in Hollywood was a symbol of better things to hopefully come during the great depression of the 1930’s. The original Shirley Temple doll was composite starting in 1934-1935.

The Steiff company was started in Germany in the late 1880’s and created the teddy bear in 1902. Since then, Steiff animals (particularly early ones in good to excellent condition) have become highly collectible.

Here are two photos from the sale featuring Shirley Temple and some Steiff bears. The Owl at the top of this article is Steiff and belongs to your Estate Sales News editor.

Shirley Temple DollSteiff Bears

Great Websites To Include Your Website On And Generate A Bigger Internet Presence Part 1

Thousands of estate sale companies are listed on websites that are primarily for listing estate sale companies and their estate sales, however, there are more sites where you can showcase your company.

Merchant Circle is a local directory where you can list your company and general information. You can use it to offer coupons, testimonials, blog, and more. Your Estate Sales News editor used this website for many years prior to selling her estate liquidation business.

Manta is another website that my estate sale company was listed on. It offers companies the opportunity to list their company, logo, and even include photos.

LinkedIn is an important website for estate sale company owners to publish your information, background, and connect with others in the estate liquidation industry and related industries.

Hotfrog was a website we discovered years ago and had a link to on our front page until we sold our business. It is a business search engine and another way to create a link for your company on the internet.

You can also use websites like YellowPages  (known as YP) and Kudzu (our estate liquidation business also use to be included on these website as well).

There are many more websites to connect to. Using these websites and others we haven’t even mentioned along with estate sale listing websites is just another way to improve your internet visibility and in turn reach a broader audience.

This is important to acquire buyers for your estate sales, sellers, and for sellers to find estate sale companies.

hotfrog-logoKudzuLogo_RGB-300x200merchant circle jpg

ThrowBack Thursday On Estate Sales News – Sound, Radio & Tape Recorder

Today we take a “listen”  back in time when sound wasn’t through an iPod, but with a reel to reel tape recorder or vintage radio.

Find these vintage items and more at estate sales.

Vintage Reel To Reel Tape Recorder Vintage RadioWhen looking for estate sales to attend this weekend check out these websites EstateSale.org , EstateSales.NET , Estatesale.com and Estatesale.company

When A Loved One Dies Unexpectedly What To Do?

Your editor recently lost a close friend at an early age to cancer. Reading the news on MSN we have seen this happen with a New York Times Reporter, singer Lesley Gore, and many more.

At this very vulnerable time for you emotionally the decision of what to do is paramount?

It is very important that you have a relative(s) or friend(s) that you have confidence and trust in to be there not just for much needed emotional support, but to keep you from acting to quickly on the disposition of personal affects. Often times we want to “wrap” things up thinking this may ease the pain, but in most cases this will not help and you could be disposing of items of value emotionally and financially. That old saying “two heads are better than one” is most appropriate at this time.

After allowing yourself some time to mourn it is a good time to start looking for an estate liquidator. When you start (you can learn about the estate liquidation process and how to choose an estate sale company right here on EstateSalesNews.com) do not throw anything away and be sure to have a family member or friend with you as you begin the process.

It is vital for your well being to proceed step by step and when you have chosen your estate sale company feel confident and comfortable with your choice. Honesty and integrity are important for your emotional needs and the success of your estate liquidation.

Showcasing Estate Sales With Videos – For Buyers, Sellers, & Estate Sale Companies

We are already starting week three of February 2015 and estate sale companies are busier than ever.

With the competition for buyers and sellers increasing daily hundreds of estate sale companies are now using videos to attract the attention of buyers and sellers. This is truly a great form of advertising. It is important, however, to keep them within two to five minutes, showcase interesting items at the sale, and include either commentary or music that complements what will be available for purchase.

Let’s take a look at some recent videos from estate sale companies using this form of advertising. Here we show three videos from various estate sale companies showcasing their sales, a video testimonial from a seller, and a video from an estate sale company explaining to buyers how to attend their estate sales.

This video was from an estate sale conducted Four Sales Ltd., Daniel Sanders, Alexandria, VA.

Here is another video from McNeil Liquidations for a sale in early February in Mustang, OK

From Xcntric Estate Sales in Chicago here is another video for a late January, 2015 estate sale.

Here is a good way to showcase the work you do for sellers. A video from Crown City Estate Sales in southern California.

From Blue Moon Estate Sales in the Triad of North Carolina a video for buyers (less than 2 minutes) how to attend one of their estate sales.

Happy Valentines Day From Estate Sales News – Be Our Valentine

Slide1

Estate Sale ThrowBack Thursday – Vintage Pin Ball Machines

Vintage pin ball machines are being sold this Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14 at San Antonio, TX by A Reliquarium. Pin ball machines have been popular all during the 20th century. A ThrowBack to the last century.

1pin ball machines

Estate Sales, Spring Is Coming and Now Is The Time To Find Your Estate Sale Company

how-to-chooseAlthough parts of the northeast are buried under feet of snow, spring is coming and estate sale companies are booking estate liquidations quickly.

If you are planning on having an estate sale, right now is the time to start looking for the estate liquidator to work for you.

Lets review some basics and then you can use our printable list to assist you helping you with all the steps in the process. Look for the link on the top of our Front Page How to Choose an Estate Sale Company for more details and also a host of information including estate sale contracts.

  • Ask your family, friends, neighbors, Realtor or attorney if they know a liquidator they would recommend and be sure to ask why.
  • Look at the estate sale listing websites, EstateSales.Net EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com and Estatesale.company. These four companies feature the most estate sale companies that are listed on the internet across the country. They also feature their current or upcoming estate sales (you may want to attend some estate sales).
  • After reviewing estate liquidators on these websites and looking at their sales listed take time to look for internet reviews.
  • Call at least three companies to conduct an initial phone interview. Decide if you would be interested in pursuing these liquidators and inviting them to your property where the estate sale would take place. Once you have at least two or three companies, set up appointments well spaced apart to walk them through the property and discuss their services afterwards.
  • When you sit down with the estate sale company to discuss work, fees or commissions, availability dates for a sale, length of sale, set-up etc., be sure they completely review their contract with you. Ask questions, and do not hesitate to seek legal advice if you are unsure of the contract.
  • Once you have decided on a liquidator and have done your due diligence remember you have based your choice on the best information possible, that they are professional in what they do and ask them what if anything you can do to assist.
  • Now it is time to let them get to work and do their job. Don’t micromanage and only step in with a genuine concern.

These are the very basics for your search for an estate sale company. Never a 100% guarantee, but with so many thousands of reputable, experienced, knowledgeable estate sale companies out there you have done your best. Now let your estate sale company do their best for you.

Estate Sales Throw Back Thursday – A 1931 Model A Coupe With Video

A great video and antique auto for sale at Blue Hill Estate Sales in Florida.

Blue Hill Estate Sales will be selling this 1931 Ford Model A Coupe in West Melbourne, Florida on February 13 and 14, 2015. To view more click here for a link to Blue Hill Estate Sales website.

Spring Time Is Only Weeks Away – Estate Sale, Moving Sale, Consignment or Auction

clean out truckNow that Ground Hog Day is past spring is approaching and with it come decisions about moving, downsizing, relocating, or just a clean out.

For those in our audience that are doing more than just a clean out it is time now to start deciding what you want to keep and what you don’t. Then comes the big decision, how to eliminate all the unwanted or unnecessary items.

Now is the time to start looking for estate sale companies if you have more to eliminate than keep. You might even consider finding an estate sale company that would conduct what they call a partial sale, where it is limited to just a few rooms. Not all estate sale companies perform this particular liquidation, but it is wise to ask.

Start asking your friends, relatives, Realtor or attorney if they can recommend an estate sale company. Also start looking at estate sale listing websites like EstateSales.Net, EstateSales.org and Estatesale.com to see who is working in your area. There are other listing sites as well to check out.

When speaking with liquidators ask them if you don’t have enough for a sale if they would consider buying out what you have, take on consignment or recommend a local auctioneer that may do consignment auctions for small lots.

You may also want to inquire with an estate sale company if they assist in a clean out. Many now perform this function for a fee as well. The estate liquidation business has many facets today.

With the last 6 or so weeks of winter left (hopefully less) now is the perfect time if you are going to relocate to get the chore of sorting through and making your key decisions, but remember – if you have a lot “don’t throw anything out” until you have interviewed some estate sale companies. You may be giving away money unknowingly.