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 »

Estate Sale Friday

No matter where you are it’s time to shop at an estate sale. Save $$$$, go green, and find a treasure.



Two Weeks To The July 4th Holiday – Our Independence

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Today starts the beginning of another estate sale weekend.

We would like to hear from you about what great finds you have acquired, what you think of the sales in your area and more. Email us at carol@estatesalesnews.com

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Jackie Kennedy’s Birthday Gift To President Kennedy – Sale in Wayzata MN

JFK signet ringEstate Sales News interviewed Cooper Hipp and Kevin Blaeser of Esquire Estate Sales who are conducting an estate sale in Wayzata MN which contains some magnificent and highly prized items including an 18Kt. gold signet ring Jackie Kennedy commissioned with Tiffany and Company for JFK’s 45th birthday with JFK love JBK inside, JFK’s signed oath of office, a Secret Service bowl for Vice President Cheney along with Secret Service cufflinks for V.P. Cheney, two lapel pins from former Speaker of the House Denny Haster, VIP credentials to the Republican National Convention and several other political memorabilia items. The Kennedy items will be offered by silent bid during the sale with minimum bids available and if they are not achieved the Kennedy items will be sent to Christie’s for auction.

Along with the political items are signed sports memorabilia items, U2 signed guitar, John Mayer signed guitar, and a James Taylor signed guitar. This sale has something for everyone including a collage of vintage items from the “Rat Pack”.

Kevin was in the corporate world before starting Esquire Estate Sales 12 years ago and Cooper joined him five years ago.

Here is a slide show we have created showcasing some of the items at this unique and news worthy estate sale. This sale is scheduled for June 21, 22, & 23.

Here is a link to Esquire Estate Sales website



Estate Sale Liquidator Success Story – What It Takes

Danny TriplettThere are thousands of estate liquidators in the United States today, however, we would like to tell you the story about one such liquidator. We have no doubt that there are hundreds or possibly more with similar stories, but today we want to tell you about Danny Triplett of Full House Liquidation in the Tampa Bay area. We reported on an extraordinary estate sale Danny conducted a year ago April with over 1000 dolls that made most of the local TV stations and attracted buyers from across the country.

About 4 years ago the company Danny was working for relocated out of Tampa and left him unemployed. At the time he was in his mid 30’s and had never worked for himself. (For those of you that haven’t it is a challenge to be motivated and assertive every day to succeed with out a supervisor or boss watching or driving you on).

To start making some money while unemployed he held a huge yard sale and made almost $1,000.00. The wheels of his mind started turning and when his friends heard about his success they started asking him to sell some things for them. He decided to have a few more yard sales and even found a tent top to put up and created sides with plastic to protect anything inside from the elements. With help from his Dad he acquired tables and clothing racks for display.

His wife had a Realtor friend who had a lady moving to Chicago that was selling her home and taking next to none of the items in it. With his tent sales having been a success she asked him if he would sell her house contents. The sale had to be held at the home and without any prior estate sale experience he did his homework and held a very successful sale. Once again his mind started churning out ideas.

The Realtor that had given him the sale was so happy he began to spread the word amongst other real estate agents about Danny.

What began as a man needing to find income as a one man show has become a very successful full time estate sales business employing multiple people and even achieving recognition by local Tampa TV stations for a unique news worthy estate sale of a 1000+ doll collection sale last April (EstateSalesNews.com featured one of the TV videos along with an interview with Danny here on the Front Page).

His dedication, assertiveness, knowledge, sweat, and drive to succeed has him now on the Real Estate Radio Network in Tampa, Florida as their expert estate sale contributor along with running his estate liquidation business.

You can contact Danny Triplett at Full House Liquidation


Estate Sales Or Auctions? What Is The Difference?

Estate Sale signauctionEstate sales and auctions have been a method of disposing of the contents of personal property for many years, however, many companies offer both methods. They can also be used to liquidate commercial contents as well.

Let’s discuss the difference.

An estate sale is where a seller(s), heir, attorney, or family hires an estate sale company to come in, sort through the personal property, set it up on various tables, shelves etc. and price most if not all the items to be sold. The person or persons requesting the sale will pay the estate sale company a portion of the gross proceeds of the sale (commission usually). The sale is advertised for specific dates and times and when the door opens to the property or location of the sale the items have a specific price on them. The buyers do not pay a commission or fee to the estate sale company. Although the buyer may leave a lower price offer (bid) for items, it is at the company’s and seller’s discretion whether to consider or accept the bid(s).

Auctions have been around for hundreds of years, however, it is an entirely different method of selling. An auction can take place on the property or at an off site location. The best way to describe an auction comes from Wikipedia. “A process of buying or selling goods or services by offering them up for bids, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder”. Some auctions do contain reserves (a set price, usually by the sellers) which is the minimum acceptable. Auctions usually charge the seller(s) a percentage of the sales and many also charge a buyers premium (a percentage of the cost of the item purchased).

Estate auctions have been used for years in rural America to dispose of the contents of an estate and in more recent times used in metropolitan areas, particularly if the estate contains high value items or the sale of the contents cannot take place on site.

Some confusion exists these days because most websites that were originally for listing estate sales now list auctions and online auctions, however, they still retain the phrase “estate sale”.

Depending on the area, circumstances, and property to be sold, sellers need to choose which method works best for them. Either method can bring financial success. Understanding the difference though is important.


Happy Fathers’ Day

To all the Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, and Brothers Estate Sales News wishes you a Happy Fathers’ Day.StrykeAlarmFathersDay2


It’s Flag Day

US_Flag_Day_poster_1917To day is flag day. Wikipedia explains that commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States of America which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date.



Finding Estate Sales And Estate Sale Companies

questions and answersToday is estate sale Friday so it’s once again the start of another weekend of 1000’s of estate sales across the United States.

Finding estate sales using the internet is easy. Simply type into the search engine you are using the words estate sales. You should find a number of estate sale listing sites including EstateSales.Net, Estatesales.org, Estatesale.com, and Tagsellit.com. These will usually be the ones on the first page of the search engine. There are more listing sites, however, what they are paying to promote their sites and the number of people using them determines their position on sites like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

As with any company on the internet, the more people that visit the website, the higher up it appears on the search engine page, but if the company is paying for pay per click, that will alter who is at the top of the page. This also applies to estate sale companies.

When you are looking to find estate sale companies in your area you can look on listing sites, but you can also type in the name of your town and estate sale companies. For example Longwood, Florida estate sale companies, or the name of the state even such as Virginia estate sale companies.

So happy shopping and TGIESF (thank goodness it’s estate sale Friday).

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Sellers Need To Liquidate An Estate? Reducing Your Stress Level

Trust, confidenceIt seems like everywhere you look today, print media or the internet you will find estate sales and for many that represents a stress for the parties needing to sell and buyers looking for bargains.

It is important to remember that an estate liquidation is a process and the estate sale liquidator you choose should help reduce or relieve that stress. However, the job of the estate sale company is to sell the personal contents and possibly (depending on the company and agreement) clean out the premises. It is up to you the seller to choose wisely and then let your professional liquidator do their job.

The stress of losing a loved one difficult and a stressful time for family and heirs, but as a seller(s) let the company you have chosen lessen your burdens of liquidating the personal property.

Buyers, an estate sale is not a garage sale or charitable give away. The estate sale company has a fiduciary relationship with the seller to get the best possible price (just like a Realtor) for the items they are selling. Please remember this is not the Dollar Store. This is the selling of personal property second hand.

Sellers and buyers do your research, please remember that everyone involved wants a pleasant and pleasing experience and keep your perspective about the process.

Somewhere tomorrow estate sales start. Happy shopping.


Estate Sales News will be traveling starting next week and our first stop will be Tuesday in Minnesota.

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Estate Sale Company Websites – What Is Needed And Why

Estate Sales NewsThere are 1000’s of estate sale company websites on the internet today. Knowing what to look for should help you in your choice for an estate liquidator.

Having a website is very important. It keeps the estate sale liquidators name in front of the public looking for an estate sale or event company and also buyers looking for estate sales in their communities.

Websites for estate sale companies can be very simple or very complex, but what is important is what their content is, whether they have search engine optimization, and if they are kept current.

There are some liquidators that have only 3 pages or so to their website, however, the pages of their website state what services they offer, how they go about it, their experience, and often times testimonials from recent previous clients. Some estate sale websites also offer a blog for their followers to read.

One thing to try and avoid is having a wordy website. Keeping it informative and the content relevant without trying to use the entire dictionary is usually the best. The purpose is to keep a sellers’ or buyers’ attention and give them the basics to decide whether to pursue your company further.

Some estate liquidators have what we call upscale websites. They can contain multiple pages and photos and in some cases to may white spaces with many words, but not necessarily pertinent information.

A few of the problems that occur with estate sale company websites is lack of functionality. Unless a website specifically states it is under construction or reconstruction it is very important that any features or icons on a website work. If a website shows a T,P, or F icon (Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook) when you click on it should link with the social media shown. A website should contain information and wording that causes search engines to notice it and bring it onto the front page of the search engine. Google for example uses what is called bots and if the correct meta tags are in place and the wording on the page corresponds that should attract the bots. This is an extremely simplistic way of explaining a more complicated process known as SEO (search engine optimization). Very important for attracting perspective estate sellers and buyers. If your website is not optimized you may not have much internet presence except on listing sites along with your competition.

Another problem is the lack of updating that is done by some estate liquidators. Once they have a website created, they do not continue updating it. Seeing the same information that may have been written months before doesn’t promote the companys’ attentiveness and may cause a seller to wonder what kind of attention they will give your sale.

A good website is a marketing tool and showcases an estate liquidators’ ability to not only market their company, but also their estate sales.

Websites should stand out on the first page of a search engine. Just as listing websites are on page one, your company should be also. You want to be in front of your competition, not along side them. It is the best way to attract sellers and buyers. Using all forms of advertising including listing sites is very important, but showcasing your estate sale company is important too.

Pay attention to the details of your website. If you aren’t happy with it find a company that will get you the internet presence you need and that sellers and buyers are looking for.

Good websites are a financial investment in a successful future.