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Etiquette For Estate Sale Buyers And Sellers During And After The Holidays

 

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The holiday season brings family gatherings, food, happy memories, and it also brings stress. Stress for buyers, sellers, and even estate sale companies.

Buyer behavior to avoid while attending estate sales during or after the holidays.

  • Please do not use abusive language with other buyers and especially the estate sale company. They can ask you to leave and bar you from any future sales. There is no excuse for rudeness.
  • If an estate sale owner asks you to move your vehicle – please do it. They are in charge and you are an “invited” guest. It will only cause problems.
  • Please remember to use the words please and thank you. Estate sale companies experience many types of stress and good manners go a long way. This should be a pleasant shopping experience as it would be in a retailer such as Macy’s.
  • Whatever the entrance procedure is set up by the estate sale company please follow their directions and do not shove or push in line or while waiting to enter.
  • The estate sale company represents the sellers and it is their job to get the best possible price (you are still saving over retail). Don’t start haggling and telling them about their prices. You can always shop somewhere else.
  • Be sure to read all posted signs from the estate sale company (if they have them) and follow their instructions. Failure to do so may result in your eviction from the sale and then you have lost a great opportunity.
  • If you have any questions about the sale, email or call the liquidator. Some companies do not accept emails or calls. Most estate sale companies post their terms and conditions on estate sale listing websites.

Sellers,  if you have done your due diligence including speaking with past clients of the estate sale company, reading reviews, conducted an in depth interview and signed a contract, it is now time to step back and let the professionals you hired to conduct your estate sale do their job. Remember the best source for choosing an estate sale company is after you have done your own research. Don’t rely on the BBB, or any one particular group. Seek out their advice, but remember that the responsibility for choosing a professional estate sale liquidator is yours, having done your homework thoroughly.

You don’t tell your doctor or dentist how to do their jobs and professional estate sale companies deserve the same courtesy and respect. If you feel you need to be at the sale to watch over the estate sale company, you shouldn’t have hired them. It indicates to the estate liquidators that you don’t trust them.  Estate sale liquidators take what they do seriously, with professionalism, and they need your trust and confidence to do their job for you. They want your sale to be as successful as it can be, but no one can give you a guarantee. You and the estate sale company benefit from your sales success. However, weather, competition, and what you have for sale will be a big determiner of your sales’ success.

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, don’t let the stress of this holiday season create unnecessary uncomfortable and avoidable situations at estate sales and take away a great source for unique and rare finds, stretching your budget, reaping financial reward, and going green.

Black Friday Sales Have Started, But Sales At Estate Sales Are Every Week

Yesterday as a walked around a Best Buy I was listening to salespeople speaking about their upcoming bargains on Black Friday. With just 14 days to go some stores are already selling items with market downs.

Are you on a budget? Do you have a large family to buy for? Then why wait for retailers, the masses, and possibly staying up all night when you can shop and save every weekend at an estate sale.

Let’s look at what’s selling this week at estate sales.

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Click here for this New Jersey estate sale with a home gym & tv.

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A Chanel bag and gold and diamonds ladies Piaget watch click here for sale

This week we have looked at what is on the east coast. Thousands of estate sales stretch from the Atlantic to Pacific ocean and they are ready and waiting for you. Great buys, rare and unique, vintage and collectible, sterling and gold, art, books, clothing, even wrapping paper and Christmas cards.  Anything you can find retail, you can find at estate sale depending on your area.

Keep your budget in tact, (you may even stretch your budget) surprise your friends and loved ones, and feel good about buying local. Shop the USA.

A Look Back At Vintage Radios Available at Estate Sales

Look at the variety of vintage radios that are for sale over the next two weekends at estate sales.

Do you recognize one that you or your parents or grandparents had?

 

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Estate Sales News Celebrates Veterans Day – Thank You

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Americans today take time to appreciate and give thanks to all those who have served our country.

We thank those who have served and protected us and our freedom.

If you pass a man or woman today in a military uniform please take a moment to say thank you. Our freedom is priceless and so are those that have served, are serving, and those that will someday wear the uniform.

Branding And Marketing And Its’ Effects On Estate Sales Companies

Every estate sale company should have a marketing strategy and a logo that differeniates them from their competitors.

Estate sale listing websites use marketing strategies to attract estate sale companies and the buyers that estate liquidators need to attend their sales.

Estate sale companies also need to brand and market their businesses.

It is important to be visible on an estate sale advertising website (EstateSale.com, EstateSales.org, EstateSales.Net are all in the business of advertising estate sales and companies).

Owners of estate liquidation businesses also need to have a strategy to attract buyers and sellers and a logo that is unique. Having a tag line makes a lasting and significant statement that defines you and your business.

For instance EstateSalesNews.com is branded, has a marketing strategy, and has a tag line.

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Our logo was created specifically for us along with the sale tag (reminding people of the news and sales) and the important tag line – Your estate sales resource,  (referencing the information and answers to your estate sales questions whether you are a seller, buyer, or estate sale company).

We market in several areas including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+. We use other marketing as well to boost our visibility.

So put together your marketing strategy, (take a look at what your competitors are doing) and brand your business.

Start Your Black Friday Shopping Today At Estate Sales

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Retail stores start their Black Friday sales three weeks from today (some are starting on Thanksgiving).

The volume, quality, and assortment of merchandise that can be purchased at estate sales is remarkable. Don’t forget to look for items for your Thanksgiving table too.

Just look at the benefits of buying at an estate sale.

  • You may not see any other item like the one your purchase.
  • In many states they do not charge sales tax.
  • Most items are purchased be new retail items.
  • Vintage and antique items can be unique gift.
  • You don’t have just one store, you have hundreds.

Let’s take a look at some of what’s available this week at estate sales.

In South Amboy, New Jersey if you collect or know a model train collector just look at what is for sale starting today. Here is a link to the sale.

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In Bloomfield Hills, MI that started yesterday, this sale is unbelievable. Here is the link.

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Next week for that special someone who wants a classic car in Lake Geneva, WI is a rare 1984 Mercedes Benz. Here is the link to the sale.

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We will continue to provide a very brief look at what can be bought for the holidays before Black Friday. EstateSalesNews.com your #1 source for information and news on estate sales nationwide.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Go Vintage From Estate Sales

Today for ThrowBack Thursday we are going vintage. Great for wearing for family dinners and what a special gift for Christmas. Let’s see what’s vintage for sale.

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Just a few of the thousands of vintage items available at estate sales.

Advertising – How Times Have Changed, Even For Estate Sales

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Visiting the Neon Museum in Las Vegas this past weekend had me thinking about advertising and how times have changed. Neon was used for everything in Las Vegas from casinos, resorts, wedding chapels, dry cleaners, restaurants, and even to showcasing big name entertainers. It is considered an art form and the Morse Museum (known for it’s Tiffany collection) is now gathering vintage neon from the greater Orlando area.

In the late 1800’s it was typical to present a card, use newspapers (most cities and large towns had at least two) and as the primary source of news published a morning and evening edition.

As we entered the 20th century newspapers were joined by billboards, electric sign (bulbs or neon), and magazines.

Estate sales that were in their infancy in the early 1960’s mainly used newspapers and on the days of the sales tacked up cardboard or poster board signs on telephone poles.

As we entered the 21st century the internet became a large part of advertising. Estate sale listing websites were created (originally just for estate sales), however, they now offer auctions, online auctions, off site sales, private sales, business liquidations, newsletters, email lists, and the possibilities keep growing as the opportunity to increase income and profits keeps programmers working at these advertising websites creating at a fever pitch to add more ways to attract buyers and estate sale companies, auction companies, consignment shops etc. advertising with them.

Email list services also exist such as Constant Contact along with many of the estate sale listing websites (as part of the package a company pays for).  Estate sales companies can have their buyers sign up and send out an email blast once a week for sales taking place.

Facebook (and the ability to pay Facebook to boost visibility of sales and companies), Twitter, Pinterest (where you can create boards with photos of merchandise at your sales), and of course Google Adwords (a pay per click) method of advertising. This is mostly used by the large estate sale listing websites.

Many estate liquidators have magnetic signs on their vehicles. They also have professional yard signs (where permitted).

Hundreds of estate sale companies have started offering video tours prior to the sale and give a video commentary of what will be for sale.

Most estate sale companies also have printed brochures to pass out to perspective sellers that visit their sales along with business cards in various sizes, some are even magnetic for a refrigerator. They also advertise on line with YP (formerly called the yellow pages in book form).

Some estate sale companies still use newspapers especially in small, more rural communities where not everyone is connected to the internet.

Advertising has come a long way in the last 100 plus years and there doesn’t appear to be any sign of it slowing down. Getting your message out and the news about your sales is challenging with so many venues to choose from, but it all affects the sellers and the estate sale companies financial bottom line.

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Happy Halloween From EstateSalesNews.com

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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Estate Sale Cost

esate sale moneyEstate sales today aren’t just about commissions or flat fees anymore.

Many of the baby boomer generation have accumulated large amounts of items in their homes, unlike their parents who were raised during the great depression of the 1930s. This has resulted in additional costs being added by many estate sale companies to deal with the volume of merchandise to be sold.

Commissions vary from city to city and state to state. In some areas they are having commission wars to attract business from competitors. Remember the commission should be your last concern when hiring an estate sale company – not your first.

Having a good solid contract written by an attorney is an expense, but important for both sellers and estate sale companies.

It is not unusual to find an estate liquidator charging for extra labor time with larger estate contents for sorting, staging, and cleaning which require extra staff. If the property belonged to a compulsive disorder individual (a hoarder) it may well necessitate weeks of sorting, a dumpster, and much more work. Most companies will charge for this. It is time they cannot devote to other sales.

Researching takes time. Today, companies bring iPads and tablets on site to research, however, there isn’t always enough time with all the other work to be done and they continue when they get home well into the night. It isn’t just an 8 hour day anymore.

License costs (in many areas, not all) along with permits either for holding the sale or putting out signs or both are costly and many towns that didn’t use to charge for them, however, many cities and towns have changed their policies.

Liability insurance is a big cost for estate sale companies and a liquidator that doesn’t have liability insurance is a risk, you as a seller may not want to take.

Estate sale companies are also providing workers comp insurance to their staff. Some companies even provide unemployment insurance and many companies have to pay their staff even if they don’t have a sale.

The costs have also risen as many estate sale listing websites increase the cost of listing sales. Pricing for specialties like local, regional, or national featuring on some listing sites can go as high as $500. This has also helped raised the price of conducting estate sales.

Credit card fees, professional group fees, providing security, and also security cameras all add to the costs factored into the commission for the estate sale.

Supplies (tables, lighting, table covers, tags, showcases, shelving, etc.) are an additional cost and many estate sale companies require a storage unit or warehouse to keep their supplies in when not in use. Some companies have 50 or more tables and this isn’t an “in your home” storage item.

Designing a website and maintaining it and keeping it fresh and up to date is costly. Having an email or newsletter service is another additional expense, but helps bring in those buyers.

Most companies that provide a clean out service will have a separate charge for that.

Understanding why estate sale companies charge the commissions they do is beneficial to a good working relationship and understanding between sellers and estate liquidators.