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Estate Sale Finds – Antique, Vintage, Or Retro – What’s The Difference?

Three terms that are in wide use today, but it is important as a buyer and seller to understand them. We have provided very basic definitions.

An antique is usually described as an item that was made at least (some areas of the country may have a slightly different time period) 100 years ago. It could apply to furniture, art, or a decorative object.

Vintage used to a term referring to the age of wine, however, the term is now used by antique dealers, collectors, resellers, and estate sale companies to describe items made approximately 50 or more years old. The age definition of vintage depends on who you speak with.

According to Polly Bland of Paulie Antiques  “retro is simply anything that looks out of style for the current time period”. Retro items are usually less than 40 years old. Today they may even be new, but with a look from an earlier time period.

Here are a few examples of each.

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What’s Driving Thousands Of Buyers To Estate Sales – Resale And Baby Boomers

lining upSpring fever for parts of the country that have endured a hard winter is bringing out buyers to estate sales, but that isn’t the only reason.

1000’s of estate sales are taking place every weekend all over the country. The baby boomer generation is retiring and on the move. You would think with the large volume of personal property for sale this would prevent estate sales from selling to the walls, however, that is not the case.

Estate sales are a good place to buy reasonably priced used furnishings, household, clothing, jewelry, art, and more keeping green and that continues, however, other reasons are now driving estate sale attendance to higher levels than we have seen in the past.

Whether it is to earn extra money, or as a full time entrepreneur working from home people are showing up at estate liquidations to look for items that can be either repurposed and then resold or resold as is on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, Amazon, NextWorth (electronics), Etsy, Copious and Threadflip (clothing), in consignment shops, and the list continues growing. There are names here you may not be familiar with, but they are on the Internet and online resales are going strong. Online magazines and blogs are out there to provide further information about these websites.

Everything from clothing, jewelry, records, magazines, electronics, linens, home furnishings, cars, lawn furniture and tools is being bought and resold.

Estate sale companies are increasing their marketing reach and that has increased the attendance at their estate sales.

Another week has started and estate liquidators are already at work preparing for sales this weekend. Next weekend celebrates Passover and Easter so the number of estate sales will probably decrease with families spending time together, but there may still be sales in your area so check out estate sale listing websites and when you see a long line think about other businesses that have been created by the estate sales business.

Downsizing or Moving? Estate Sale or Garage Sale – What’s The Difference?

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Baby boomers are moving in record numbers and many are downsizing as retirement time has arrived. Knowing what the best answer is for you to liquidate your unwanted or no longer needed items depends on your understanding the difference between an estate sale and garage (yard) sale.

An estate sale sells the greater part of the contents of your home. Usually it involves selling the items within the home. Most estate (or sometimes called a tag) sales are conducted by professional personal property liquidators – an estate sale company. They sort, organize (or stage) the contents within the home, price, advertise, and conduct a sale lasting two, three, or four days. Many also offer clean out services as well for an additional fee. Estate liquidators are experienced with selling household items as well as antiques, art, etc., however, when in doubt they research and may call in an appraiser to assist them with the proper description and pricing.

A garage sale involves selling miscellaneous household and garden items, usually takes place in the garage, on the driveway, or on the yard and are held for one or two days. The sale is usually run by the owners and they set up the items, price, and sell them. The items being sold are generally low in value.

One key difference to mention is where they are advertised. Estate Sales are advertised on estate sale listing websites, estate liquidator websites, social media, and print media. Garage/yard sales are usually advertised by hand writing on poster board tacked up on poles, (where permitted), in a local newspaper, and on occasion on websites specifically for yard or garage sales.

Another difference that is often overlooked in articles and discussions is negotiating. Estate sales usually will not negotiate the first day of the sale and most have a policy for discounting while garage sales usually have people making offers from the time the sale starts. Estate liquidator also have policies in place for entering the estate sale (numbers, list, etc.) while folks waiting for a garage sale usually just walk up and start looking across tables of items and may even poke through items not yet unpacked.

If you aren’t sure which type of liquidation will meet your needs speak with a few estate liquidators and explain what you are doing and what you have to sell. Most will welcome your call and the result could generate financial gains more significant at an estate sale than you would have received had you chosen to go with a do it yourself garage sale.

Advertising Estate Sales – Not All Estate Sale Companies Have A Website

Recently Estate Sales News had the opportunity to speak with a very successful facebook-logoestate sale company that does not have a website, but is successful through their knowledge and navigation of social media and an email list of customers known to them.

The ability to navigate the social media highway is especially important if you do not have a website as an estate sale company. We are not suggesting you do not need a website, only that an estate liquidator can be successful (depending on their social media knowledge and ability) without one.

The expertise to reach and attract buyers, and potential sellers is key to financial success.

Knowledge and ability to market your brand and the contents you are charged with selling is an advertising accomplishment that shows not only experience, but marketing talent. It also helps to give a company an opportunity to stay ahead of their competition.

Facebook and Twitter become your focal points. Facebook has an extensive reach and creating a photo album you share of a sale can bring in new buyers as well as those that follow you, increasing your customer base while permitting you a space between you and your competition. If you are using Facebook, be sure to post and describe photos and follow your posts on a regular daily basis. It is also important to have a business Facebook page that is not your personal page. You can remind your buyers at each and every sale to follow you on Facebook or Twitter for upcoming sales and photos either with signs, business cards or any combination that provides the address where to find your company. Estate sale listing websites remind buyers with every email about sales in there area to follow them on Facebook, showcasing their marketing at it’s best.

You can accept buyers signing for your own email list for upcoming sales & news of interest.

twitter logoUsing Twitter to say in 140 characters or less tidbits of interest about your company, your sales, and any other information you want to share with the public is also an advertising highway to drive interest to your sales and your company. Keep it interesting. Include a photo.

Using estate sale listing websites with their broad audiences, visibility on page one of Google, and thousands of clicks each day is a necessity for almost all, but be sure on your page to remind your audience that they can find you on Facebook and Twitter and provide the address or link for them.

Sellers this information is of great importance to you. The right company is the one you have done your due diligence with and will market your sale to optimize it’s potential return.

Estate Sales Friday – What’s Selling At Estate Sales This Week?

Friday, March 13th and estate sales are once again running across the United States.

Here is a preview of a some items for sale this weekend at estate sales.

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Here’s where to find estate sales.

EstateSales.NET

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.org

Estatesale.company

Estate Sales News is passionate about estate sales.

ThrowBack Thursday – A Look Back In Time At Estate Sales News

Slide1It’s Thursday so it is time to look back in time. Today we feature a 1950’s drum style table and a dispenser. Both can be bought at estate sales.

 

 

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Estate Sales News is passionate about estate sales. Find an estate sale near you at Estatesale.com, EstateSales.NET, EstateSales.org, or Estatesale.company.

Estate Sales News Celebrates Our 2nd Birthday

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Two years ago today we started publishing EstateSalesNews.com.  This online news magazine and resource has continued to evolve and over the next several weeks we will be introducing new and we hope exciting additions.

We celebrate today and give our sincere thanks to those who have we have been part of this growth. Our  feature guest authors (Judy Martin and Julie Hall, both appraisers and experienced liquidators. Judy is a director of the International Society of Appraisers, ISA. Julie is also the director and owner of the American Society of Estate Liquidators).

Estate Sales News has traveled to California, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada, Missouri, and Florida to name a few of the states we have spent time in covering news worthy estate sales.

We attended and reported on two Estate Sale Conferences and we spoke about estate sale contracts at the 2014 conference.  We went to the headquarters of EstateSales.NET in Jackson, MO, interviewing Dan and Micky McQuade, the founders and owners.

We have had guest articles from Lofty, (an online auction site), CRTS (Certified Relocation Transition Specialists), Lela of TrashFindRedesigned  (turning estate sale and other finds into great repurposed items). We hope we haven’t left anyone unmentioned.

We would also like to thank our advertisers who have supported us. Please support them if you are part of our audience.

Our goal two years ago was to inform and provide a resource for estate sale sellers, buyers, and estate sale companies. We have and continue to talk about how to choose an estate sale company, estate sale tips, estate sale contracts, staging the sale, estate sale etiquette, pricing, what is an estate sale, dealing with the uncomfortable moments that can occur with sellers or buyers, rare or unique finds and more.

Entering our third year we will continue to present information to keep you informed on the wide world of estate sales.

Thanks for being part of our history and we look forward to continuing the future with you.

Estate Sales Information – Know What You’re Selling And What You’re Buying

Slide1In a January article on manta (we included that in part 1 of increasing your audience on February 23rd) they discussed the important topic of knowing what you are selling and being informed about value.

This is important to estate sale companies. When describing your estate sale you want to make sure that you have adequately researched the items you have questions about to be able to present accurate information and price accordingly.

Many buyers today are very educated on what they see at estate sales. If you want to get your seller the best possible price at the sale, make certain you have done your due diligence and don’t just use Ebay. There are many resources available for information on the internet to assist you. Don’t hesitate to contact a local appraiser (well worth their fee) to be a knowledgeable estate sale liquidator. Estate sale companies are experienced and knowledgeable, but like anything else, you can’t always know it all and being resourceful is good business and showcases your many estate sale liquidation qualifications.  ISA (International Association of Appraisers) , ASA (American Society of Appraisers), and CAGA (Certified Appraisers Guild of America) trained appraisers are available across the country. Look on their websites to find one in your area. We have provided a link to each appraiser group, just click on the link. Both Judy Martin and Julie Hall are appraisers and have written articles in the past for Estate Sales News.

Buyers, if you are attending an estate sale you too should be informed. Attempting to purchase an item (without knowing what it is or is worth) and making inappropriate offers is a good way to alienate an estate sale company and perhaps have them prevent you from attending any of their future sales. Remember they represent a seller, have a fiduciary, and it is not their personal property to give away.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales – Estate Sales Friday – A Preview

Estate Sales News is traveling today, but we wanted to show you what you can find at an estate sale today if you are able to travel safely.

In Westlake Village, California with Crown City Estate Sales this pair of wood carnival wheel of fortune spinners.

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At an estate sale in Richmond, Virginia by Martha’s Mixture – On Location Estate Sales Services carousel horses.

1-t_028These are just quick examples of what can be found across the country at estate sales. 1000’s of sales just waiting for you. Check with the estate sale company if you were involved in storm Thor and stay safe out there.

You can find these sales and more at:

EstateSales.NET

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.org

We are passionate about estate sales, vintage, and antiques.

And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour this Saturday.

Valley Center Estate Sale – Entire Western Town For Sale

One of the most unusual estate sales ever will be held in Valley Center, CA, March 4, 5, 6, and 7.

The owner built an entire western town on his property and spent 30 years filling it with unique, vintage, and antique items according to Leslie McLaughlin, owner of Strictly Business Services based out of Temecula, CA. The property has been used as a movie set and for commercials.

The sale includes a general store, mail and telegraph office, jail, barber shop, printing shop, saloon, vintage gas station, barn/workout room and silver saddle/spurs.

There are 180 photos to look at on Estatesale.com so click here for a direct link.

Here is another link to a Yahoo article too.