Category Archives: Where to Find Estate Sales Companies

Shop Estate Sales For Valentine’s Day – Tell Someone Their Special

The first big shopping day for 2015 is one month from tomorrow. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about candy and flowers anymore.

Looking for a way to let your loved one know how special they are? If you didn’t start last weekend start this weekend, checking out estate sales. You can find unique, collectible, vintage, antique, designer, or rare gifts and demonstrate how truly important that person is to you. Here are just a few suggestions. There are hundreds of thousands of items to purchase at estate sales across the country. Online “window shopping”.  We suggest you look at these websites. EstateSales.NET, EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com, and Estatesale.company. Photos and descriptions can be reviewed and you can plan ahead which estate sales to visit. If you are an estate sale company now is the time to start promoting your sales for this very special day.

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Kick Off 2015 Estate Sale Companies And Be Seen And Heard

2015 begins with 7,000 plus estate sale companies, and there is a lot of competition to get the attention of perspective sellers and buyers. Financial success is determined by the number of sellers and buyers you reach.

Sellers are using search engines to find estate sale companies in their areas and buyers are using them to find estate sales. They are searching “estate sales” and what usually shows up in their search are the estate sale listing websites; EstateSales.Net., EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com, Estatesale.company, Tagsellit.com are among the most well known.

These companies utilize several ways to attract the attention of sellers and buyers, but one of the most important is search engine optimization (SEO). Wikipedia offers the simplest description of this “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results.”

SEO considers what people search for when using Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc typing in what are called key words. Some examples would be estate sales, estate sale companies, estate sale commission, etc. Without getting to complicated a good example would be to type into a search engine what you are specifically looking for and observe what responses you receive on the first page. Many estate sale companies (as well as other types of companies) are unaware that the more often a company appears on page one of a search engine such as Google as the result of a search and the more frequently it is clicked on the more often it will appear on page one and it’s position on the page can move from the bottom upward toward the top. Google remembers and tracks everything. That is a good reason to have some type of analytics for your website (a topic for another day).

It is important when having a website created that whoever is developing the website seeks out what terms (key words) are being typed into the search engine. Either you or them should check out your competition by searching. These words should be incorporated into your website both on the visible page and in an area that is known as meta tags or head space and these are put within the code of your website not visible to the public. These are crawled (reviewed) by search engines. Keeping you on page one and as close to the top as possible is important. There are many companies both here in the United States and abroad that offer SEO so you don’t have to be a computer geek to do this. It may be some of the best money you will spend and you can also let your sellers know that you are keeping technology proficient for their benefit.

One consideration is the pay per click or ad space that is usually at the top of the search engine page after typing in and receiving the results of your search. This can be costly, so if you or someone you pay can optimize your site it can save you many dollars. The paid advertisers will always have the space or spaces at the top of the page.

Kick off 2015 by getting your website noticed and your estate sales seen. A great New Year resolution.

2014 Was A Big Year For Estate Sales – Happy New Year and Welcome 2015

2015-fireworks-art-word2014 saw a huge growth in the estate sale industry. When the year started there were approximately 5,000 estate sale companies and by today December 31st the number has grown to almost 7,000.

Almost every area of the country saw growth. The metro areas saw the biggest increase.

During 2014 many changes took place including laws pertaining to the sale of ivory, endangered species, and migratory birds.

In many areas estate sale companies opened consignment stores and included online auctions in their repertoire.

A second estate sale conference was held in Memphis, TN by EstateSales.Net and 2015 will see a third conference in Chicacgo at the end of June.

Estate sale listing websites greatly increased their capabilities. These websites that started out as places to list estate sales and estate sale companies now offer everything from online auctions, routing to an estate sale, to how to choose an estate sale company. Even other new estate sale listing websites were formed.

Educational opportunities abound and the number of companies that teach how to work with senior citizens and the elderly also increased.

All in all 2014 has been quite a year and here at EstateSalesNews.com we have tried to provide coverage, news, and a source for sellers, estate sale companies, and buyers.

We wish you all a Happy New Year. May it be healthy and prosperous.

 

Changing Trends in Decorating Often Determine What’s Hot & Not At Estate Sales

What’s in vogue for home decor plays a large part in what is selling at estate sales.

About ten years ago anything from the Victorian era was a guarantee sale. Marble top dressers, tables, silver, silverplate, floral and animal oil paintings, and all the various decorative accessories that Victorians liked to use. Middle and upper class Victorians had something for everything and left few spaces on table tops and walls. Most of the wood used was medium to dark in color and in many instances was black. Items as decorative as dining table top folding screens, velvet covered boxes for gloves, etc. were all part of their decor.

A few years after that came the 1930’s & 1940’s mahogany furniture period. Bedroom sets, dining room sets, and end tables were extremely popular. Items like dressers, chest of drawers, dining tables, and chairs were reproduced the in styles such as Duncan Phyfe, Chippendale, Sheraton, and others dating from the 18th century.

Also popular not long ago was the Art Deco period with waterfall style chests and a sleek streamline in furnishings and even barware (vintage Farberware for instance used for cocktail shakers, martini glasses, and even coffee pots).

Shabby Chic was hot not long ago. Just 5 years ago or so, rusty iron pieces, peeling paint, crackled wood, and items that showed their age and wear were or could be distressed to give this appearance.

Today Mid-Century Modern is the hot seller at many estate sales across the country. EstateSalesNews.com recently covered a large estate sale filled with collections of Mid-Century Modern in Midland, Michigan.

Another look that is popular is the minimalist look where furnishings are reduced to just necessary elements.

Every area of the country has a hot and what’s not trend, but estate sale companies keep informed on what’s selling in their area and can and should showcase any of those items if they are in your sale. It is an important way in attracting buyers to your sale. Knowing what’s selling and being able to project possibilities of items that may not be the most in fashionable right now is just another hat that the experienced estate liquidator must wear.

For more information we suggest you visit Wikipedia for more detailed information on the various decors we have discussed. You can also Google them.

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