What is an estate sale?

It used to be the wording used for the liquidation of a deceased persons personal property was sold. Today it has become a generic term in most states for the liquidation of personal property whether the owners are alive or deceased. Read More »

Bonded and Insured: What it does

When an estate sales company advertises it is bonded and insured in means they have purchased Liability Insurance and a Surety Bond. Not all companies do this. It is not a requirement in every state and is often the choice of the individual company. Read More »

What is USPAP?

USPAP is an acronym for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; the mandatory guidelines that govern the performance of all licensed and certified appraisers. The goal of USPAP is to promote and maintain a high level of public trust in appraisal practice by establishing requirements for appraisers. Read More »

Estate Sales Costs

Every estate sales company operates differently. Here is an overview of what you might encounter depending on the company. Read More »

 

It’s Not To Late To Buy That Estate Sale Valentine Gift

Valentine’s Day is three days away. There is still time to visit 1000’s of estate sales taking place across the country to find that special gift.

Jewelry, art, clothing, designer accessories, antiques, collectibles are just some of the items available this weekend.

Please visit these estate sale listing websites to find the estate sales nearest you. Many companies only list on one website so be sure to check them all out.

It’s only 6:40am ET so get ready and go!

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Estate Sale Companies Use Research And Knowledge To Price

Estate sale companies use research and knowledge to price your estate sale items. It is amazing what is found in estate sales that require research and where and how to conduct that research.

An experienced and knowledgeable estate liquidator friend recently shared information about luggage labels and baggage tags that have become collectible. The take away is knowing where and how to research these collectibles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaining knowledge and more importantly knowing how to research items is important to both estate sale companies and sellers.

The experienced estate liquidator will conduct research by book, computer, auction catalogue results and networking with other estate sale companies. They will also consult with certified appraisers. Many estate sale companies keep an appraiser on retainer. Especially a CAPP (Certified Appraiser Personal Property).

Having the knowledge to know where and how to research is an important reason for hiring a professional estate sale company. The average seller just isn’t equipped with the knowledge or know how to properly price and advertise their sales. Many times money is lost because of lack of experience or where to research. It’s more than just eBay.

When choosing the right company to conduct your estate liquidation or downsizing sale ask about their experience and how they research. It’s your $$$$ that are at stake.

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What’s Hot This Winter At Estate Sales?

We asked a network of 486 estate sale companies “what’s hot this winter at estate sales. Please let us know your area”. EstateSaleNews.com received a great response.

The answers show a real diversity of estate sales and estate sale buyers from coast to coast.

In the Buffalo, New York area Pyrex, any kind of small furniture (end tables etc.) vintage Christmas ornaments and “snow blowers”.

In Tallahassee, Florida Roseville pottery, primitives, high end glassware, and ephemera.

In Essex Junction Vermont, Danish Modern furniture.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Pyrex, most anything vintage including jewelry, linens and funky rugs etc.

Toledo, Ohio is selling Pyrex, vintage toys and some antique accent pieces.

Northwest Arkansas is selling vintage pocket knives, name brand furniture, smalls from Japan, Germany and Italy. Vintage and mid-century items and high end items to name some.

North Carolina, mid-century items and furniture, primitives and crates with advertisements.

Meridian, Mississippi, Pyrex, Tupperware, anything industrial and ephemera.

Eastern Washington state, guns, coins, militaria, mid-century modern, wooden fishing lures, and primitives.

South of Houston, Texas, Pyrex and Fire King, primitives, most do over pinterestable furniture, good butcher block work tables.

St. Louis, Missouri, good brand electronics, painted furniture, early Chinese pottery,

Virginia, jewelry, mid-century, guns, military.

Houston, Texas vintage electronics, mid-century modern, tools, garden decor, vintage rattan, primitives, farmhouse chic.

These are just the responses received in the last ten hours. We wish to thank all the estate liquidators that took time to respond and we will update again in the Spring.

We did not hear from anyone in the northeast and southeast or California, but this is the start of another estate sale weekend.

One item that does stand out is Pyrex. What was once old and put in rummage sales is now prized and collected.

Estate sales offer renewal, an opportunity to bring the past into the present and present us with happy memories.

Shopping at estate sales saves $$$, recycles keeping our planet green and keeps our past in the present.

Check out these estate sale listing websites for estate sales near you.

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Buying Valentine Gifts At Estate Sales

Buying a Valentine gift at an estate sale is special.

Instead of overpriced flowers or candy and better than a crowded dinner out.

A Valentine gift purchased at an estate sale tells your Valentine you took time to be thoughtful.

Estate sales have so much to offer right now and you still have three weeks to find that special gift.

You may even find vintage Valentine cards to give. Romance, art and love were in the air then.

Here are some of the great Valentine gift ideas at estate sales. From jewelry to vintage, art to games you can find it at an estate sale.

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Choose An Estate Sale Company By Reputation Not %

Today there are more than 15,000 estate sale companies working across America. Choosing an estate sale company should be about experience, reputation, reliability and integrity. The very last consideration should be commission or a fee.

Speaking with an estate sale company, asking to see referrals and conversing with them, reviewing their experience.

Seek out reviews on the internet and don’t hesitate to ask the estate liquidator about the reviews, especially those in question.

So many companies have come on line that it is now more important than ever to ask about their experience in the business, how they got into the business and why estate liquidations.

The very last question should be about commission and in the end this is not that important. If an estate sale company does a poor job a low commission won’t help you.

Like any other specialist, estate liquidators consider all their costs, plus the profit they need to make their living and the commission is usually based on that.

When choosing an estate sale company, choose by previous results with others, not what they want you to pay and make sure you sign an estate sale contract that covers everything. Success doesn’t just happened, it is earned and comes from knowledge. Be a savy consumer and choose wisely.

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Removing Hazardous Waste Items From Estate Sales

Removing hazardous waste items from estate sales is important and necessary with estate sales.

Hazardous waste items include leftover paint cans, chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, old television tubes and other items which require special handling and can not be put in a trash dumpster.

Sellers, if you are not taking these items with you, discard of them properly or ask the estate liquidator what they will charge to eliminate them.

Disposing of what is considered hazardous waste today is not an inexpensive process and most estate sale companies will now include a clause in their contract that deals with who will and the cost of hazardous waste disposal.

Matters that use to be so simple to deal with our now becoming more important and most times more difficult. As the result, many estate sale companies are adding to their contracts to cover these situations and prevent misunderstandings.

We would like to take this time to discuss the weather across the nation right now. In most areas of the United States severe rain, heavy snow falls, high winds, and in some cases tornadoes. Estate sale companies are constantly monitoring these situations.

We urge estate sale buyers to exercise caution attending sales and stay alert to weather conditions and estate sale company postings.

Be sure to check these estate sale listing websites for updates on estate sales in your area.

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Estate Sales Help For 2017

EstateSalesNews.com for 2017 has offered estate sales help for almost four years now.

We have covered almost any topic you could think of.

As we enter the winter season for much of the country let’s do a general review.

Sellers – How to choose a estate liquidator, do your own due diligence, what to expect and what not to expect, estate sale contracts. Over 100 topics to think about and consider as a seller.

Buyers- Buyers etiquette, where to find estate sales, how to enter an estate sale.  Having an estate sale kit and what to bring to an estate sale, and how to negotiate to with estate liquidators in an unoffensive and successful way.

Estate sale companies – What to include in an estate sale contract, how to work with sellers that don’t understand the liquidation process. Where to advertise your estate sales. Using social media to be found and get your message out. Working and networking with other liquidators and appraisers. Where to list your estate sales. Working with a website.

We have also covered estate sales of the rich and famous.

All this information is in our archives along with videos and is free to assist you.

Our goal is and has been to educate and inform you without cost and provide answers and solutions. Liquidating personal property is a stressful experience whether you are downsizing or selling off a loved ones belongings.

Estate sale companies wear many hats and the experienced companies that have great reputations understand what is required for success for all parties.

We hope that as the number one internet source for estate sale information we provide you with the estate sale help you need. We no longer liquidate estates, but we use our twenty plus years of experience to hopefully guide you in the liquidation process.

We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please email us at carol@estatesalesnews.com. We will respond as soon as possible.

 

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Mid Century Modern Estate Sale In CA By Crown City Estate Sales

Mid Century Modern is very popular. You may not see it on many of the reality TV shows now on HGTV, but buyers do. They even seek out mid century modern homes.

Crown City Estate Sales that serves Los Angeles and Orange County California has some wonderful Mid Century Modern pieces at an estate sale in Northridge, CA starting on January 14th. Here are a few photos and we have a link below to the sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a link to this Mid Century Modern estate sale.

 

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A New Challenge For Estate Sale Companies In 2017

2017 is ushering in new challenges for estate sale companies.

New liquidation firms (auction houses) in particular are expanding to meet the constantly changing requirements of liquidating personal property.

Many auction companies have been servicing the public selling their personal property, however, bigger auction houses are now becoming engaged with liquidating personal property that they otherwise would not auction off.

Once again the term vetted is being used, but the question is who sets the vetting requirements and standards? With no national requirements it is important that sellers ask in depth how a company determines what vetting requirements they have and how they arrived at them.

Many associations require specific requirements from their members, however, this is not a national or state regulation. USPAP – used in appraisal (mainly real estate, but also for appraisers of personal property) is one of the few regulated requirements.  Please see the USPAP article in our archives by Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP. Just type in USPAP in the search area on the left side of the front page.

Estate sale companies are challenged by these new firms entering the market place. Established estate liquidators have a working knowledge of personal property and the many needs for a successful sale. Auction companies that also sell personal property on a regular basis also understand what is required for them to succeed.

Sellers as recommended several times here on EstateSalesNews.com be sure you do your own due diligence. Take responsibility before you sign a contract with a company that you are satisfied you have asked all the appropriate questions and feel trust and confidence in the liquidator you are hiring. It’s your financial bottom line.

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2017 Welcomes New Estate Sales

2017 has arrived and with it more estate sales.

The weather is the concern for most estate liquidators in winter. The southern states rarely have concerns, but states like Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and winter weather states plan accordingly.

These plans usually include alternate dates, who’s in charge of plowing the driveway and salting the sidewalks and parking restrictions.

Northern estate sale companies have a lot to consider when scheduling winter estate sales.

Our southern states and southwest estate liquidators are more fortunate.

Wherever you live please check with the estate sale listing websites to learn what contingency plans are available.

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This year will see changes and additions to the estate liquidation business.

Many estate sale companies took time off over the holidays to rest their staff and themselves.

EstateSalesNews.com will be reporting on what’s new, important, affects buyers, sellers and estate sale companies.

From EstateSalesNews.com we welcome you all to the new estate sale season. Hello 2017.

 

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