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ThrowBack Thursday On Estate Sales News Passover & Easter

Tomorrow is Good Friday and the start of Passover. We offer a throwback for each observance.

Vintage Passover Seder Plate.

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Vintage papier mache Easter egg.

_35Estate Sales News will return on Monday, April 6th with more information and news from the world of estate sales. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Passionate about estate sales.

Estate Sale Topics Past, Present, And Future on Estate Sales News

Estate Sales NewsApril 1, 2015 and with new additions and features. Estate Sales News offers topics we have written about in the past, present, and future. What you need to know. This list is for sellers, buyers, and estate sale companies. If you have a topic you would like us to report on just email us at support@estatesalesnews.com.

Advertising – From estate sale listing sites, SEO, social media, brochures, email lists, signs, & more

Animals – dealing with pet stains and odors etc.

Antiques – where to learn, how to know and understand (gesso for example)

Appraisals – It is more than USPAP, understand what it is, who they are, and the many associations

Art – A general discussion on where to learn more

Auctions – Online, on site, and the difference between an estate sale and how they can work together

Baby Boomers – companies that specialize in educating liquidators that work with those moving to assisted living, elderly parents, and downsizing

Bonding – what is it, the different types

Books – First additions to comics and where to find information

Buyers – Advertising for them, etiquette, number system, negotiating, working with them

Choosing an estate sale company it’s not so simple anymore (a printable list to assist you in the process)

Clients – Estate sellers, working with expectations and realities, a helping hand and more…

Clean outs – Who will and won’t, what to expect and fees

Clothing – Vintage or new

Conferences – 2013 and 2014 estate sale conferences

Consignments – what, why, and when they may be useful

Downsizing – decisions to be made including, don’t throw anything out until you talk to a liquidator

Education – Online eduction to apprenticing, society’s to belong to

Estate sales – Understanding what they are, and the process

Estate sale Contracts – What are the basics and what you should know.

Estate sale costs – commissions, fees, how and why what is charged

Estate sale listing websites – who, what they offer, where to find them on the internet

Ethics – Checking for reviews, doing your due diligence to choose an estate sale company

Growing your audience – so many sites that you can participate on to increase visibility on the internet

Insurance – Liability, why it is important, who needs it, where it can be found

Ivory – New United States rules and concerns in various states about the sale (will be updated as needed)

Jewelry – fine, vintage, costume, gold, silver, testing, weighing, and in general

Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, reddit, and Instagram, why it is important and how to use it effectively. This is a frequent topic on EstateSalesNews.com

Taxes – an on going topic about estate taxes and sales taxes in different states.

ThrowBack Thursdays – we look back at items of the past including photos

Videos – News worthy estate sales and video chats.

What’s selling at estate sales

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New Features & Advertisers Announced in Video on Estate Sales News Starting April 1

Estate Sales News is excited to share the new features and advertisers joining us starting tomorrow, April 1st here on the Front Page.

Our newest advertiser is Estatesale.com a website that lists over 3500 estate sale companies (and growing) and advertises estate sale companies, estate sales, tag sales, and moving sales. They offer free email notifications of the estate sales on their website and are based out of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania.

Our new monthly guest author is Judy Martin, ISA CAPP from Wheaton, IL. Judy wrote the article that is part of Estate Sales News about what is USPAP! She is the past President of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), a nationally known appraiser and speaker and she along with her daughter Kate offer ISA appraisals, estate liquidations and own a high end consignment shop, The Perfect Thing in Wheaton.

Estate Sales News will also be offering estate sale companies only SEO consultation and a tab to access this information needed is on the top right side of our Front Page.

You can subscribe or register with us on the upper left side of the Front Page to receive newly published articles and you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube.

We are passionate about estate sales and the estate sale industry and we thank you for being part of our audience.

Estate Sales And The Upcoming Holiday Weekend

IMG_2213Holidays are always challenging for estate sale companies, however, this weekend Passover starts and Good Friday are on the same day and Sunday is Easter.

For the millions of Jews and Christians in this country these holidays are very important on a variety of levels including being with family or friends.

Many estate sale companies will conduct liquidations on Friday and Saturday, however, Sunday seems to be a slow day in many areas.

Checking out the major estate sale listing websites, the larger metro areas appear to have many sales for Friday and Saturday. Smaller more rural areas appear to have fewer sales.

Once this weekend passes, Spring estate sales will resume with a fever pitch for all those moving, downsizing, or needing to sell off the contents of an estate. Baby boomers are on the move.

There is a lot of news coming in the next few weeks about the estate sales business. Be sure your are registered or subscribe to Estate Sales News. The tab is on the left side of our Front Page. It’s free, no obligation, you can choose the topics your interested in or just receive any newly published article right to your in box and you can opt out at any time. Just news to keep you informed.

Don’t miss our video tomorrow about the new features and advertisers coming to EstateSalesNews.com on Wednesday, April 1st. We’re excited and we hope you are too.

What’s Selling Today At Estate Sales? Bridal, Vintage, Prom Dresses & 1978 Pontiac Firebird

Long Grove March 26, 27 & 28th, 2015 from Jeanette McBeth on Vimeo.

This estate sale starts today at 10am-4pm at 2501 Lincoln Ave, Long Grove, IL. by Platinum Estate Sales of Distinction LLC. Over 500 dresses in total. A news worthy estate sale. by Jeanette McBeth.

To view more pictures Click Here.

Before Closets We Had Armoires – Find Them At Estate Sales ThrowBack Thursday

Europe still uses armoires, but in the United States we replaced armoires in homes built in the mid-20th century and today with closets, however, you can still find the antique armoires at estate sales or buy a new one (please note the quality probably won’t be the same). The great news is that most of the antique armoires are made to come apart making them portable.

Many bed and breakfast establishments still use them, especially if they are in a home that was not built with closets (Victorian era particularly).

Our ThrowBack Thursday here on EstateSalesNews.com is the armoire.

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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.