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Interview With Crown City Estate Sales In Los Angeles, CA

We flew out last week to sit down with Jackie Wise of Crown City Estate Sales. Estate Sales News first visited Crown City last June for an extraordinary lighting sale in Reseda, CA. Jackie has many years of experience in the estate liquidation business. Our thanks to Jackie and her husband Frank for taking time out of an estate sale set-up to do this interview.

Hearing in person about the estate sale industry in different states across the country can benefit all perspective estate sale sellers, buyers, and estate sale companies.

 

Estate Sales News Is On It’s Way to Los Angeles

crown-city-ad-260x260We are flying today to meet with Crown City Estate Sales today. They have many years of experience in the estate liquidation business and we are going to interview them about their success over the years.

 

It’s hump day for many people so happy Wednesday, we will be flying back east tomorrow.

** If are an estate sale company and would like to have your estate sale featured here on the Front Page of EstateSalesNews.com we are looking for two that have sales between June 15 and July 31. Email us particulars at contact@estatesalesnews.com and we’ll get in touch with you.

 

Estate Sales Near Memorial Day Weekend – Estate Sales News Is Looking For You

Many estate sale companies have clients that need to have their personal property sold before the end of May and that only leaves this three day weekend of Memorial Day. Three day holiday weekends always present challenges for estate liquidators, however, many innovative progressive thinking companies have taken the challenge on with gusto.

Instead of holding the estate sale on Friday, Saturday, and if need be Sunday they are using Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

They have their social media outlets active, ads in place and their websites optimized.

There are others who are still following traditional weekend days.

Estate Sales News is interested in finding two unique outstanding sales between June 15 and July 31. If you are an estate sale company located within the 48 lower states, please contact us. We would like to see some photos and receive some information about the sale.  If it’s news worthy, Estate Sales News will come see you ahead of the sale to showcase you and your sale right here on the Front Page. Please contact carol@estatesalesnews.com.

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Estate Sale Friday – Here’s Some Of The Estate Sales This Weekend

Estate Sale signFriday is usually the first day for estate sales. Estate Sales News presents a sampling of some of the estate sales across the United States. There are thousands.

 

 

Arizona

Valley Estate Sale Company – Paradise Valley AZ Starts – Paradise Valley Estate Sale

California

Crown City Estate Sales – Long Beach, CA – Time Capsule Estate Sale, Antiques

South Hills Estate Sales – Hacienda Heights – 100 Years of Antiques 800 Pieces of Blue Willow

Florida

Full House Liquidation – Oldsmar, Fl – The Elegant and Extremely Packed Extate of Evelyn Becker

Sharon L. Hardiosn & Assoc. Estate Liquidations – Estate of 40 Year Collector Tons of Sterling

Illinois

Chicgao metro area – so many sales here is a link to the page with them all

New Jersey

Magnusson Estate Sales – Upper Saddle River, NJ – Busting with artwork, porcelain and sterling

Mary Wood Estate Sales – Montclair, NJ – Mary Wood House and Estate Sales

Virginia

Prestige Estate Services – Colonial Heights, VA – Vintage Goodies, Albums and a new car

 

Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL – Why Search Engines Are Important For Estate Sales

Logo_Google_2013_Official.svgMost of the world knows about the biggest search engine on the Internet, Google. Other large search engines include Bing, Yahoo, and AOL. Why are they important to estate sale liquidators and estate sale sellers?

Whatever topic a seller or buyer wants to look for they are typing it into one of those search engines.

Each of these search engines can list 100’s or 1000’s of pages for the researched topic. The problem is that very few people go past page one of any of these search engine results which is why your estate sale or estate sale company needs to be found on page one.

Without getting to technical unless you have paid any of these search engines to be at the top of the page or listed along the right side your estate sale company needs someone with SEO (search engine optimization) experience. They will know what key words (search terms) and meta tags or headspace (words and descriptions used in searching depending on the website platform being used) to use, however, as an estate liquidator you should know how your competition is found and inform your internet tech so they can make sure you are competitive. A suggestion would be to type into Google your competition’s name or names and see what shows up.

Sellers, you’re asking why is this important to me? Well for a several reasons, not the least is that if your estate sale company is not found you are relying on the estate sale listing site to promote your sale, however, buyers are also finding any other sales in your area (your competition). If your estate sale company shows up on the front page of a search engine that represents an opportunity for your sale to stand apart from all the others. Your estate sale should be on both an estate listing site and an estate sale liquidator website along with all the social media we have previously mentioned.

When you find an estate sale company who relies solely on an estate sale listing site your not only among the multitude of sales listed, but utilizing any social media connections they have without any direct connections to your estate sale company’s website and that sends buyers and sellers back to the listing site rather than to an estate liquidator company’s website.

Google is the largest search engine. EstateSalesNews.com utilizes Google to advertise us, but so do all the top estate sale listing websites, EstateSales.NET, EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com to mention a few. Bing, Yahoo, and AOL also have paid advertising available.

If your company can’t afford to pay for these search engine ads, then having a knowledgeable internet tech to provide your website with social media links and space for your sale to stand alone is a key to your success.

Estate Sales News is here to provide needed information and resources for perspective estate sale sellers, buyers, and estate sale companies.

Any questions you can email us at contact@estatesalesnews.com.

 

News Worthy Estate Sale In Port Charlotte Fl. This Weekend

Sharon L. Hardison and Associates Estate Liquidations is holding an estate sale in Port Charlotte, Fl on May 15, 16, & 17, 2014 from 9am-3pm.

I interviewed Sharon about this estate sale. She told me this belonged to a collector of 40 years. A plethora of sterling, including 2 solid fine silver troy ounce bullion bars. There is a large coin collection she said along with antiques, airline collectibles, a signed Peter Max and a signed Andy Warhol, much artwork, author signed books and so much it would be hard to list it all here.

Estate Sales News has put together this slide show to provide a preview of what’s going to be available at this news worthy estate sale.

Here is a link to Sharon’s website for more on this extraordinary sale.

Estate Sales In May Face Many Obstacles That Can Be Overcome

Clearing hurdlesMay is one of the busiest months of the year socially. Estate sale liquidators need to be on the top of their game in order to cross over the hurdles and navigate the various events that take place. Let’s take a quick review of the events of May.

The first weekend of the month is First Communion for thousands and the beginning of an entire month of college graduations. Mother’s Day comes along the second Sunday of the month and families tend to gather together for a celebratory weekend about Moms and Grandmas. As May progresses high school graduations begin in many parts of the United States along with colleges and then finally as we head into the last of May, Memorial Day celebrated on the last Monday of the month to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces has also become the unofficial first weekend of summer holidays. May truly has social events happening every weekend for someone somewhere, more so than many other months.

What can be done to overcome all of this while the estate sale season is in full swing?

Estate sale companies should start with getting estate sales or events out in the public forum early. List them as soon as possible on estate sale listing sites. Try to include at least a few staged photographs to attract the attention of those looking. (Whenever you post your initial sale photos declutter if necessary and stage the photos to show case what it is you want the public to see first).

Estate liquidators should also get them up on their website immediately and hopefully with a slideshow or short video. (An estate liquidators website is very important to maintain an internet presence and to keep their name in the public.)  Again the items shown should be staged. Every care needs to be taken to provide potential buyers with a reason why their sale should be first on the list.

Social media is next. Make sure you have a business Facebook page, a Twitter account, google+, reddit, YouTube and a business Linkedin account. All of these pages should connect to the estate sale company’s website. The estate sale business requires not just the physical labor of the staging and conducting of the sale, but the media skills to keep the buying public informed and excited about their sales.

The last concern for advertising is newspapers and that usually takes place a few days before the sale.

It is now time to consider how you advertise. For Mother’s day suggest items in your estate sales at least two to three weeks a head that would make special or unique gifts (many sales offer jewelry, collectible glass and china and other items that the special women in your life may enjoy). Gifts for college or high school graduates can include items they will need to take to college (a TV, linens, etc) and for those joining the job market what they may need to set-up their own apartment or room, i.e. furniture, kitchenware, lighting etc.

Planning ahead and preparing for months where social functions will conflict with estate sales distinguishes the experienced liquidator from others. A seasoned professional estate liquidator is like an athlete that has trained and learned what enables them to win even in a tough race.

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Estate Sale Companies – High End, Middle Of The Road, A-Z 1 day to 3

chandelierDSCN0606As the estate sale industry continues to enlarge by leaps and bounds estate liquidators are choosing to what types of sales they want to handle. This applies from the east coast to the west coast and from the north to the south.

Some estate liquidators prefer to handle only high value estates (designer furniture, gold and silver jewelry, listed art and glass etc.). It means they handle fewer sales, but they expect greater financial returns for the seller and their commissions. Many other estate sale companies work with the average house contents (furniture, kitchenware, lawn and garden, clothing etc.) They may hold more sales, but they too provide a much needed service. Then there are companies that will work from a 1 day sale (usually a partial contents) to a 3 or 4 day sale including a hoarders house.

Whatever company you choose, ask how they obtained their experience and knowledge.

Remember that retail prices do not apply to estate sales. It’s like buying a car, once it leaves the lot the price declines. Unless it is a one of a kind, extremely unique or a rare antique, it will not bring the price you purchased it for.

How your items are priced will determine how successful your sale is (that is not to suggest anything be given away in price), but it is important to price right. That also does not mean that eBay is the only source for prices. There is a host of available data on the internet to assist with pricing not the least of which are professionally trained certified personal property appraisers.

If you have just a general contents home or property find the estate sale company that will be competent, knowledgeable, and excited to bring you financial success.

Remember it isn’t what a company sells, it is how well they succeed at what they are selling.

Estate Sale Friday – Buyers Obligations On Purchases

Estate Sale signJust as estate sale companies and sellers have a contract, a buyer does as well – your receipt for any purchases you make at an estate sale.

When you arrive at the sale see if they have a number or list system in place. You want to assure your entry place if they have some type of crowd control/entry system in place.

Next, take a look around for any signs posted – No Purses, No Large Purses, All Sale Final, All Sales As Is, No Returns, No Checks, etc.

When the sale begins and you enter again take a brief look around for any additional information posted. If you have any questions find the estate sale company owner, manager, or staff member and ask any questions quickly so you and they can return to business.

If you make a purchase of anything you are concerned about ask the owner/manager what the company policy is. Most times all sales are as is and final. Remember you are buying at an estate sale, not a retailer. 90% have a no return policy. Hopefully it will be printed on the receipt you receive for your purchase, however, many may not, but if the signs are posted in public sight that mean “as is” and “no returns”.

It is your obligation as a buyer to determine whether you will take the chance on the purchase you make or not. The exception is if an electronic item is said to be in working order. If the estate sale company says it has tested and works make sure they include that on your receipt. That protects you, however, that does not mean that several weeks later you can return the item. When you get it home try it out. If it still works – ” you bought it “.

Estate Sales offer great opportunities.

Next week we are visiting Port Charlotte, Fl. for a fabulous upcoming sale of jewelry.

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What’s Selling This Week At Nationally Featured Estate Sales?

Many nationally featured estate sale this week. Here is a sampling of what you can buy this week at an estate sale.

  • In Edina, MN they will be selling 1000+ pieces of costume jewelry, chandelier and lamp products, hunting and sporting goods, antique purses, designers men casual clothing, women’s fashion and more.
  • In Sacramento, CA a men’s sale that includes 1935 Ford V8, 1928 Ford Coupe, tools, trains, copper piping and canoes.
  • Wesley Heights, Northwest Washington DC, contents of a 18,000 sq.ft home including a Biedermeier chest, J. Robert Scott upholstered pieces, Baccarat and Steuben glass.

Currently in the Chicago metro area there are 258 local sales posted from April 30 – July 18. In northern New Jersey there are 136 local sales posted April 30- July 26. In the Dallas, Ft. Worth area there are also 136 local sales listed April 30 – July 26. The Detroit MI metro area has 176 sales from April 30 – June 29 and finally in metro Orlando, FL 49 sales are listed May 1 – June 14.

As you can see by the sampling above you’re more than likely to find estate sales or events happening in your area.

You still have an opportunity to buy for Mother’s day this weekend so if you want to give her something different shop at an estate sale. She’ll appreciate it.