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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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ThrowBack Thursday For Estate Sales – Vintage IBM Computer For Sale

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All of us that write about estate sales, estate sale companies, estate sale listing websites, along with sellers and buyers use laptops, tablets, desktops, and other computer equipment. Most is not “vintage”.

Your editors’ first computer was a Gateway desktop (it truly took up most of the desk) that worked only in black and white and DOS. What a long way we have come to now even our smartphones. Here’s a throwback from a sale taking place starting, Saturday, January 10th in Georgetown, TX being conducted by The Gypsy Junk Lady Estate Sales that we found on EstateSales.Net.

Enjoy Winter Sports? Shop Estate Sales, Skis, Skates, Snowmobiles, Snowshoes

used snow skisWith snow falling in more areas of the country this is the time for those who want to enjoy winter sports with a limited budget to start looking shopping estate sales.

Families relocating or moving often don’t want to pay the extra cost of moving these items because of size or weight or a changing their climate.

With a three day weekend less than two weeks away take advantage now to shop at local estate sales, and if you don’t find any in your area try looking at a local auction or consignment shop.

Prices should reflect that the equipment is used and we are now into the winter sports season.

Another estate sales tip from EstateSalesNews.com.

2015 New Year’s Resolutions For Estate Sale Companies

Slide1This Monday with only two days left to 2014 we had a suggestion from an estate sale company owner about resolutions for the New Year of 2015.

Estate sale companies had a banner year in 2014. Whether you have been in business for years or you are a new estate sale company this is a great opportunity to review your business plan (how’s your accounting system working for you and even your client)? Do you have a team or staff that are basically “to go bag” ready for estate sales that come up at the last minute. Is your calendar for marked for any special family events or vacation time. Everyone needs some down time. Are you keeping up with trends in your area?

This is an excellent time to review your social media advertising. Do you use social media to it’s best advantage to advertise your company? It’s a must in todays’ internet connected world. Who is in charge of all the various forms of social media for your company; Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Google + to name the major outlets? There are even social media software companies now available for you that you can pay for monthly to keep your company visible and communicating with the outside world. Keeping your estate sale company in front of the public in this rapidly growing industry is a must. An estate sale company owner cannot do it all and if you don’t have a staff member that can take charge of this advertising, these social media software companies may be your answer.  Make it a resolution for 2015 to keep your audience on social media informed about your company and estate sales.  This is also a good time to look back at your advertising expenses from last year and determine what worked and what didn’t and put your dollars to work for you where they will do the most good.

Now more than even a year ago is the time to learn out SEO – search engine optimization. This helps Google, Bing, and other search engines find your company. A hot topic for sure in today’s tech world.

An important resolution to examine is how you do business including working where the competition is strong. Keep your ethics high as well as your reputation. It’s your best advertisement, it’s free, and in our internet connected world it can easily escape you. Checking weekly for any online reviews is paramount to maintaining an exemplary public image.

Eliminate what was difficult or didn’t work for you.  Know when to politely turn down a sale that may not be the best choice for you, your staff, and the seller and lastly continue to become educated about all the new tools and laws that affect your business. Estate liquidation is a continually evolving business and keeping up to date from what’s hot and what’s not, laws about ivory, endangered species, and migratory birds, the value of gold and silver, what credit card processors work best, security cameras, liability insurance, permits, signage, resale certificates, collecting sales tax (if necessary) etc. is a must for success and your financial well being and the sellers bottom line.

As a friend Barbara Stevens Jersey, Wonder Women Estate Sales suggested to us “now is a good time to ring out the old and bring in the new”.

Cash Short For Christmas – Shop At An Estate Sale, But Not Just To Save Money

presentChristmas is a very stressful time for many families. Parents who have been laid off with children, senior citizens on fixed incomes with grandchildren, siblings, and many others.

We usually suggest shopping at an estate sale to save $$$ and we still do, however, estate sales offer more than that.

If you have limited to little funds take a big step when you walk into an estate sale and ask to see the manager or owner of the estate sale company. Don’t be afraid to let them know you are looking for items of very low cost that can be a token to a family member or child. Most estate liquidators have big hearts and will point out some areas or items that may fall within your budget.

Remember it isn’t the gift, it is the thought and/or love that accompanies it. Estate liquidators have families too and most will understand. Some may have even been in your position a few years ago. Big hearts are everywhere.

Making friends with your local estate sale companies can be helpful throughout the time you are facing financial dilemmas. If you need something to assist your family ask them if they will let you know about any sales that might have what you need. This is not to suggest that they will give it away (remember they are working for a seller), however, the majority of estate liquidators started in this difficult business to help others.

There is one weekend left now before the holidays, so although you may want to hesitate, don’t. Step inside, smile, and talk to your local estate sale company.

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.

Be sure to check out our new additions to our Christmas and Estate Sales Pinterest Board.

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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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