Category Archives: Where to Find Estate Sales Companies
Father’s Day is this Sunday and many estate sales are selling great gifts for Dads that will save you dollars. You can have a day of shopping fun and find a terrific gift for the man in your life.
This weekend you’ll find sales with tools, cameras, golf equipment, gym equipment, mens clothing, sports memorabilia and more. To help you find these sales in your state click on the links below to these estate sale listing websites and find your city and state.
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Here are some interesting estate sales taking place this weekend. What are you shopping for?
It seems that every week we receive press releases or Google Alerts about new businesses being formed around “estate sales”.
From franchises for liquidators, to new estate sale listing websites, to associations and societies for estate liquidators, and other businesses such as clean out companies, relocation services, there is an endless generation of businesses, not to mention the daily growth of more and more estate sale companies. These services and many others are being created for the growing number of baby boomers retiring and the desire to become an entrepreneur.
What started in the early 2000’s with one estate sale listing company and one small association created by a veteran liquidator that had written a code of ethics and online courses for becoming an estate liquidator, we now have explosive growth in the estate sale company business.
So many websites offer you the opportunity to locate an estate sale company through their website having researched these liquidators and signed a code of ethics or agreed to a list of good business practices.
All of this brings to the forefront the absolute need for you – the perspective seller, to do your due diligence. We are unaware of any company or group that has any authority other than to chastise and remove a company from their website and list. We encourage sellers to read and research through these various companies for estate liquidators, but the final choice and what you need should be based on conversations with prior clients of the individual estate sale company.
For those that are avid fans or shoppers at estate sales the extraordinary numbers of estate liquidations has created a utopia.
This demand has been created by the millions of baby boomers moving, downsizing, and going into retirement. Estate sale companies have formed across the country, encouraged by the concept of being their own boss and what they perceive as the money to be made. This encouragement comes from a variety of sources, many of which profit from the creation of estate sale companies and liquidators. Where there were once four or five estate sale companies now there may be 100 to 200 in metropolitan areas.
Many shoppers at estate sales are looking for items to resell on such websites as eBay or Etsy. They may repurpose or redesign them (a good example would be what happens on the HGTV program Flea Market Flip).
The rare, unique, and highly collectible still sell, but then there is “the rest of the stuff”, general household, furnishings, lawn equipment, used cars etc. Selling these items isn’t as easy as it once was. Estate liquidators have to be savvy marketers and know where their buying base is. For many it comes from publicizing the sale on estate sale listing websites, Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, or EstateSales.org. However, with so many estate sale companies and sales, that may not be enough depending on their location. Facebook, Twitter, and email lists have become a great resource for reaching buyers.
Estate sales are great places to find everything from fine jewelry to laundry detergent. Save dollars, go green, and support your local economy.
Many are starting today, but estate sales are everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of what’s out there. To see more of what’s in these estate sales click on the location and date. So many fascinating sales and interesting items. Truly something for everyone.
Originally called Decoration Day and started at the end of the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war, this a day to remember all those who have died serving in our country’s armed forces.
Here’s a look at sales taking place this weekend.
Many estate sale companies do not want to handle the small sales (under $5,000, in some areas of the country that could be $10,000). Don’t feel insulted or hopeless. There are so many estate sale companies out there with some good researching you should be able to find a reputable company that can help you.
There are several reasons estate sale companies are carefully choosing which sales they will handle. Many estate sale companies have full time staff (a cost of $10/hour or more per employee), liability insurance, licensing (if required in your area) the cost of advertising (if the companies are listed on all three major estate sale listing websites – Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, and EstateSales.org), the monthly costs are significant. Many estate sale companies spend an average of $5,000/month just on maintaining advertising and visibility on the internet. This can also include Facebook boosts and Twitter.
There are estate sale companies that also handle online auctions as well, so you have to decide how you want your personal property disseminated. It is important to keep in mind that unless the items are rare, or unique, the value is similar to what happens at a used car lot. Once driven off the lot, the value decreases and for some, if they are moving or downsizing just eliminating their belongings is what really counts.
When you telephone estate liquidators ask them if they only take sales with minimum values. Don’t feel offended, remember this is business for them, and there is someone out there for you. It may require a little more investigation.
You may also want to look at the estate sale listing sites above to see what companies are showing for their current sales.
Our ThrowBack Thursday is vintage Disney memorabilia and children’s clothing.
Crown City Estate Sales presents a fabulous sale in Pasadena, CA starting Saturday, May 16th.
He was a VP at Disney and designer of children’s clothing. Thousands of T Shirts including Prada, Dolce Gabina, Ralph Lauren, Izod, Zara, Replay, Donna k, and Disney.
This week there are a variety of interesting and collectible items at estate sales across the country. Please let them know you saw their photos and learned about the sale on EstateSalesNews.com. We are passionate about estate sales.
With the major estate sale listing websites showcasing sales and delivering emails to your inbox with links to sales and photos, photography becomes very important to grab attention.
Digger sales (where there is just an over abundance of items and not enough display area) showing some of the massive amount that you might be digging through to find that treasure or item you desire can be of interest, it is also important to show in more formally staged photos some items of value and interest that have already been discovered by the liquidator. The use of back drops (black, white, or gray cloths depending on the item’s color) good lighting without glare, and close ups are crucial to encouraging people to come to the sale and be willing to search through boxes, bags, etc. It is also important that if you are attending a digger sale bring a flash light, magnifying glass, rubber or latex gloves, and be prepared for dust and even a little “dirtiness”. In other words, wear clothing that you won’t mind soiling.
When hiring an estate sale company ask to see photographs of some of their previous sales. Most companies now bring along a tablet or iPad so it shouldn’t be a problem to view. You may want to look through the various photos of several estate sale companies as a seller to see which ones promoted their estate sales well and which didn’t and as a buyer, to decide if it is really worth your time.
Using video for a sale is also a good way to attract potential sellers and buyers, but again look at the quality. Learning to take video takes a little time (we experienced that too).
Whatever is the case, be sure you take the time to look at the photos put up by estate liquidators. A photo can be worth a thousand words.