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 »

 

What’s Selling At Estate Sales? California To New York 1000’s Of Sales

Many are starting today, but estate sales are everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of what’s out there. To see more of what’s in these estate sales click on the location and date. So many fascinating sales and interesting items. Truly something for everyone.

Staten Island, NY May 29

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Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, May 28

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West Bloomfield, MI, May 28

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LakeBluff, IL, May 29

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What Is and Isn’t Important When Deciding On An Estate Sale Company

Even with thousands of estate sale companies, there are so many baby boomers on the move, many companies are already booked until August. Let’s do a brief review of what is truly important.

Be sure to ask about their experience. There is nothing wrong with new estate sale companies as long as they have previous experience working side by side with another experienced estate liquidator. An apprenticeship if you will. During the time that they work with someone with knowledge and experience they should learn about staging (or set-up) of the sale, recognizing what is being sold and pricing (general household) usually is priced by what prices are being reallized at other sales in your area, and of course knowing where to research unique, rare, unusual, or antique items. It is also important to have a certified appraiser that an estate sale company can use as well.

Ask about their education in the estate sale business, but it takes more than just reading and answering tests. Experience gained with a working estate liquidator is important.

It is beneficial to be able to speak with past clients. Written testimonials are helpful, but speaking with a client that they worked for within the last year is also a key component to deciding on whether or not you may want to hire them. Ask about their overall experience, but keep in mind financial results aren’t always the deciding factor. Were they on time, responsible, insured, and did they do what they agreed to. They may provide you with a brochure which is a great way to lay out their services. Keep that for future reference. Ask them if they have memberships with any associations or societies and if so what that means for you.

Do a complete review with them of their contract. If they don’t have a contract simply put – look at another company. If you are unsure of the contract ask to take it to your attorney so that all parties understand and begin the process with a good working relationship. Make certain that everyone understands what will and won’t be in the sale and if there is a penalty for removing something after the sale begins. If everyone is on the same page when the estate sale process starts it helps relieve stress and can forge a good working relationship between client and estate liquidator.

It is always important to look at any estate sales a company may be holding and if possible visit a company during a sale. Observation can be very informative.

Do not make the mistake of choosing an estate sale company by commission. That should be the “last” consideration.

This is just a quick review. For more information look at the orange tab on the top left side of our Front Page. How To Choose An Estate Sale Company.

No one can guarantee you that the estate sale company you choose will be perfect. All any company or group can do is remove them from the website and discontinue their membership. What matters is that you, the client, did your due diligence so that your final decision was yours. It is your financial bottom line and your responsibility. If you have questions contact us at carol@estatesalesnews.com We welcome your questions and comments. Please visit us on Facebook and Twitter and check out our Pinterest page.

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Memorial Day Weekend From Estate Sales News – Let Us Remember

Memorial Day isn’t about sales of any kind. It’s about remembering those who have died in the service to the United States of America. Let us take 60 seconds on Monday to stand in silence and give thanks and remembrance to those who have been lost and the families and friends they left behind.

This photo was taken a week ago by Carol Madden at Arlington National Cemetery. 20 rows are casualties from Iraq, Afghanistan and Viet Nam, and behind are Korea, and World War II.  Men and women who sacrificed all.

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Memorial Day Weekend – What’s Selling At Estate Sales?

Originally called Decoration Day and started at the end of the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war, this a day to remember all those who have died serving in our country’s armed forces.

Here’s a look at sales taking place this weekend.

Gilbert, AZ, May 21

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Knoxville, TN, May 22

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Doylestown, PA, May 21

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Not All Estate Sales Are Created Equal And They Don’t Need To Be

Estate Sale signThousands of estate sales and thousands of estate sale companies, and everyone is different in some way.

Many estate sale companies do not want to handle the small sales (under $5,000, in some areas of the country that could be $10,000). Don’t feel insulted or hopeless. There are so many estate sale companies out there with some good researching you should be able to find a reputable company that can help you.

There are several reasons estate sale companies are carefully choosing which sales they will handle. Many estate sale companies have full time staff (a cost of $10/hour or more per employee), liability insurance, licensing (if required in your area) the cost of advertising (if the companies are listed on all three major estate sale listing websites – Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, and EstateSales.org), the monthly costs are significant. Many estate sale companies spend an average of $5,000/month just on maintaining advertising and visibility on the internet. This can also include Facebook boosts and Twitter.

There are estate sale companies that also handle online auctions as well, so you have to decide how you want your personal property disseminated. It is important to keep in mind that unless the items are rare, or unique, the value is similar to what happens at a used car lot. Once driven off the lot, the value decreases and for some, if they are moving or downsizing just eliminating their belongings is what really counts.

When you telephone estate liquidators ask them if they only take sales with minimum values. Don’t feel offended, remember this is business for them, and there is someone out there for you. It may require a little more investigation.

You may also want to look at the estate sale listing sites above to see what companies are showing for their current sales.

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Estate Sale in Pasadena, CA – Former VP Disney & Children’s Clothing Designer

Our ThrowBack Thursday is vintage Disney memorabilia and children’s clothing.

Crown City Estate Sales presents a fabulous sale in Pasadena, CA starting Saturday, May 16th.

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He was a VP at Disney and designer of children’s clothing. Thousands of T Shirts including Prada, Dolce Gabina, Ralph Lauren, Izod, Zara, Replay, Donna k, and Disney.

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What’s Selling This Week At Estate Sales?

This week there are a variety of interesting and collectible items at estate sales across the country. Please let them know you saw their photos and learned about the sale on EstateSalesNews.com. We are passionate about estate sales.

Rochester, MI May 14th

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Bellefonte, KY, May 14

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Aubrey, TX, May 15

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Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, May 13

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Estate Sale Photos – What’s Good And What Is Not!

digital cameraAs estate sales are now reaching a fever pitch for the spring and there are thousands of sales to look at, photographs become even more important.

With the major estate sale listing websites showcasing sales and delivering emails to your inbox with links to sales and photos, photography becomes very important to grab attention.

Digger sales (where there is just an over abundance of items and not enough display area) showing some of the massive amount that you might be digging through to find that treasure or item you desire can be of interest, it is also important to show in more formally staged photos some items of value and interest that have already been discovered by the liquidator. The use of back drops (black, white, or gray cloths depending on the item’s color) good lighting without glare, and close ups are crucial to encouraging people to come to the sale and be willing to search through boxes, bags, etc. It is also important that if you are attending a digger sale bring a flash light, magnifying glass, rubber or latex gloves, and be prepared for dust and even a little “dirtiness”. In other words, wear clothing that you won’t mind soiling.

When hiring an estate sale company ask to see photographs of some of their previous sales. Most companies now bring along a tablet or iPad so it shouldn’t be a problem to view. You may want to look through the various photos of several estate sale companies as a seller to see which ones promoted their estate sales well and which didn’t and as a buyer, to decide if it is really worth your time.

Using video for a sale is also a good way to attract potential sellers and buyers, but again look at the quality. Learning to take video takes a little time (we experienced that too).

Whatever is the case, be sure you take the time to look at the photos put up by estate liquidators. A photo can be worth a thousand words.

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Happy Mother’s Day.

Estate Sales News would like to take this Friday to wish all the Moms in our audience a Happy Mothers Day.

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What’s Selling At Estate Sales? Accordian, Vintage Coke Machine, Rings

Here’s a look at what’s selling this Mother’s Day weekend.

Panorama City, CA May 9

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Brighton, MI May 8

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Orland Park, IL May 7

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To find estate sales check out these websites. Please tell the estate sale companies you visit you reading EstateSalesNews.com Passionate about estate sales.

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.Net

EstateSales.org

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