What is an estate sale?

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

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?

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

Estate Sales Costs

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Our Veterans Brought Home Generations Ago

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As we prepare to honor those who have served our country we wanted to take a look at what many veterans brought home.

They packed their foot lockers with photos, uniforms, helmets, trench art, buttons, flags, and a variety of other military memorabilia.

In WW II many veterans brought back the spoils of having defeated the Germans, however, many of these items are not permitted to be displayed on certain sites because of what they represent. They can be sold, but many public websites do not permit them to be displayed for sale on the internet. Our veterans brought them home with good and honorable intentions having fought battle after battle, but today flags, buttons, cap badges, arm bands, post cards that were printed by the Germans during WW II and numerous other items are now being put up for sale as the greatest generation passes.

They are very collectible and there is nothing wrong or improper with these collections or those who purchase them. However, millions of people are affected by the site of this memorabilia because of the loss of family or friends during WW II.

As we prepare to celebrate all our Veterans let us remember the freedom they have made possible for us.

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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.

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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.

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Four Weeks To Thanksgiving – Are You Ready?

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Only four weeks to Thanksgiving. We have asked estate sale companies from across the country to let us know what they have for decoration or use on your table.

Keep watching. Don’t forget to start your Christmas shopping early at estate sales.

Happy Wednesday.

 

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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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