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Christmas 2 Weeks From Today – Estate Sale or Not? ThrowBack Thursday

Vintage ChristmasThis is the last weekend before Hannukah and two weekends before Christmas.  The decision whether to run estate sales at this holiday time is a tough one for estate sale companies.

The area you are located in, the retail shopping available to the community is a consideration. Another concern is how does your staff feel about working so close to the holidays. Each company must make their own decision, but a word of advice to estate liquidators, especially newer ones in the industry, ask them. A cheerful smile and a happy tone in their voice helps create sales. If they are tired or feeling remorse about not being able to share in pre-holiday family events can add frowns to faces and even make some people cranky. This time of year can be stressful for many and hopefully you have give consideration to this before accepting sales. You also want to consider the results your clients may expect.

Again it depends on what part of the country you’re in and the community as well.

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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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Identifying Fake Roseville Pottery – Informative Article From Estatesale.company

From the Collectors Corner of EstateSale.company Jackie Fimbres wrote an in depth look at identifying fake Roseville pottery from the genuine. Made in Roseville, OH this pottery has seen ups and downs in popularity, but is still a prized collectible pottery today.  To learn more visit Estatesale.company via the link below. Knowledge empowers. Enjoy

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Black Friday – Shop At Estate Sales and Avoid The Chaos

Go green – save $$$ – avoid chaos and “possibly” pay no sales tax depending on your location.

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Majolica – ThrowBack Thursday For Estate Sales From the 19th Century

Slide1Today Estate Sales News is throwing back to the 19th century to some beautiful earthenware pottery that we call Majolica which was first created in 1851 by Mintons Ltd. in England. It was created for the Great Exposition then and known as Palissy ware. Palissy was a tip of the hat to Bernard Palissy a 16th century potter who used naturalistic and animal motifs with bold splashes of color.

Tin glazed pottery had been made by Mintons for sometime which was opaque, white, shiny, and painted with color. This was in the Italian Renaissance maiolica which they Anglicized to majolica.

Wedgwood began manufacturing majolica 10 years after Mintons and soon numerous smaller Staffordshire potteries around Burslem and Stoke-On-Trent and specialized in green majolica wares. According to Wikipedia majolica was influenced by the design of old “Cauliflower” and “Pineapple” teapots made by Thomas Whieldon.

As time passed European potteries started making majolica and then it was started to be made in the United States in the 1880s’.

Here is the link to the complete article, makers, and more on Wikipedia.

Here are some current samples available at estate sales starting today across the country.

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Estate Sale Finds – Know What You Are Looking At – French Tole Planter

photo 2-22photo 1-22On estate sales Friday, we thought we would share one of our estate sale finds from years ago that we collect.

This is a signed French tole planter. The feet and support are brass. One side of the piece has horses pulling a chariot and the other side has a staff swirled in ribbons holding trumpets with botanicals.

The base metal is strictly a gold tone planter an the painting is done in dark browns and black.

A most unusual piece of tole.

It’s estate sale Friday – happy shopping.

ThrowBack Thursday – Turkey Platters & China

ThrowBack Thursday on Estate Sales News we visit the days of when you sat down to Thanksgiving dinner you had turkey platter.

Here are a few for sale this weekend at #estatesales across the US. To find these and more check out EstateSales.NET, EstateSales.org, Estatesale.com & Estatesale.company and others.

Do you have vintage or antique turkey themed items?

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Advertising Estate Sales At The Holidays!

MP900430684With the two biggest holidays of the year rapidly approaching and involving family and friends if you are an estate sale company and conducting estate sales or events during this period, it is very important to have your advertising thought out and ready.

If you are conducting an estate sale starting on what retail calls Black Friday, you should have started advertising already. Tweeting daily about your upcoming Black Friday sale. Provide them with interesting snippets about the sale and what will be in it. Break it down to tweet out 4 or or 5 days every week. Also use Facebook to start showing items that would make good gifts. Especially if it is a designer or vintage item.

Google+ (if you have a gmail account) is another great place to start letting the public know about your sale.

Now is the time to create your Pinterest Board for Black Friday. In fact you may want to title it Black Friday Estate Sale (with your company name or sale location) included.

Keep your website updated. If you don’t keep your website updated it is usually interpreted as a laissez-faire attitude and that can reflect about your business in general. Some estate sale companies have said “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time”. If you don’t have the ability to invest your time in your business consider revamping your business plan, hire someone to help you, ask a staff member to assist or think about a business that requires less of your time. Owning an estate liquidation company is not a Monday to Friday job and doesn’t work on a 9 to 5 clock. It is a dedication as an entrepreneur to probably working 6 days a week starting very early in the morning until as late in the evening. The early and late times are your computer and social media time leaving normal business hours for answering and returning telephone calls.  It is all about the work that goes on behind each sale and keeping your company in the forefront that takes place other than at the estate sale location.

Advertising should also be ready and thought out for Christmas. Lead in time in advertising is the key to success. Be creative too. Look at things included in your sale and talk about some creative suggestions to your audience.

Estate Sales News has started a Pinterest Board for estate sales that will be working on Black Friday and will continue.

Thanksgiving And Christmas Are Weeks Away, Estate Sales Can Help

With less than three weeks before Thanksgiving do you have everything you need? Extra linens, china, glass and stemware, flatware, pots, pans, etc.? Now is the time to be shopping and saving at estate sales. Let’s see what’s out there for this coming weekend.

Need supplies for you family or friends Thanksgiving dinner?

At an estate sale you’ll find a enormous collection of Haviland China China.

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How about a dining room set?

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Need some kitchen supplies, flatware, or linens?

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Whatever you may need check out the estate sales near you this weekend. Saving $$$ and being green.

Estate Sales Friday!

A friend sent us an article from Steven Kurutz of the New York Times published November 5, 2014. On this estate sale Friday we wanted to share this article and pose the following question – do you see possibilities in this?

Here’s a link to the article!

Let’s go shopping – less than 3 weeks to Thanksgiving!

Less than 7 weeks to Christmas!

Are you ready?