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 »


Judith Martin ISA CAPP – Certified Appraiser Personal Property

Judith Martin, ISA CAPPOne of the guest speakers at the Estate Sales Conference in St. Louis last week conducted by EstateSales.net was nationally known Appraiser Judith Martin ISA CAPP (International Society of Appraisers, Certified Appraiser Personal Property). Her lecture addressed appraising for estate sales and why an estate sales company might need an appraiser.

Ms. Martin has written a very informative and important article for Estate Sales News on USPAP and appraising that will be published here on Monday, April 8th, 2013. We are most appreciative for her time and expertise on a subject of major importance in the estate sales business.

To provide you with some background on Ms. Martin here is some of her information taken from the ISA website.


Estate Sales can save dollars for the younger generation

When you are just starting out buying furniture, pots and pans, linens, and many general household items can really take a chunk out of your budget.

Try doing your shopping at estate sales. Most are held on Fridays and Saturdays or Saturdays and Sundays so hopefully the timing is right for you. Because most household items at the sale unless truly vintage or antique are priced to sell you can pick up some wonderful bargains. Most times you will find items at 30%-50% below full retail. Those savings add up. Plus if you attend the sale on day two most estate sales companies will discount what did not sell on day one. You can always leave a bid as well.


Decorative garden furniture and concrete at estate sale

iron garden chairsgarden irondecorative garden concrete This weekend there is an estate sale in New Jersey that features a very large collection of decorative iron and concrete items for the yard or garden. Here is a sample of what you’ll find at a sale in Plainfield, New Jersey. Check out all the sales going on this weekend across the country at EstateSales.net and/or EstateSales.org . Get ready for lounging in the yard.


Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist -CRTS

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This article was contributed by CRTS and was written by Erin Kurimay

There comes a time when an elderly person can no longer manage their home or live alone, and the grown children begin to realize that their parents or aging loved ones need to either move to an assisted living residence, or downsize, remodel, and modify the design of the current home to age-in-place.

The aging parents have most likely lived in the home for 30 years or more, and with that have collected a lifetime full of memories and stuff.  Furniture, china, silver, collectibles, family heirlooms, art work precious photo albums, clothing, holiday decorations, the entire contents of the kitchen, medicines, hazardous household chemicals, gasoline cans, the lawn mower, snow thrower………the list goes on.


Spring is Estate Sale Season

Spring cherry blossomsHave you noticed the number of estate sales or tag sales taking place currently? If not take a look on EstateSales.Net or EstateSales.org and look in your state. The volume of sales keeps rising as baby boomers retire and move or downsize. Right now Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Northern New Jersey seem to be the most active.

Some estate sales companies are conducting multiple estate sales during one weekend.  The growth in this industry is tremendous. New companies are starting up every week.

Whether you are looking for furniture, cars, household goods, clothing, art, jewelry or even garden items (it is after all spring) you will find them for sale this coming weekend somewhere. One company recently sold 4 cars at one sale all owned by the owner. One car came close to being a classic for age.

If you are considering having an estate sale now is the time to act and look for estate liquidators, make the calls and set up the interviews. Many companies are booked up to a month or more out so if you have a particular estate sale company in mind don’t delay.


Estate Sales Conference eductational and informative

EstateSales.Net 2013 conference

The Estate Sales Conference in St. Louis held by EstateSales.net was a well attended event with over 250 attendees for this first time gathering. Estate sale liquidators came from all over the United States. The only section of the country that had a low representation was the northeast.

The Estate Sales Conference was held over a 2 day period and covered a variety of educational and informative topics. Attendees ranged from people in the estate sales business for 40 years to those who started just a few months ago. With the wide variety of speakers and subjects there was something for everyone.


Estate Sales News covers Estate Sales Conference

Lack of in room Internet prevented me from writing yesterday. By all accounts speaking with most of the conference attendees (over 250) it was well received and a great success. One lady said she had information overload and loved it. I’ll be writing more over the next several days. I would like to take this opportunity to thank EstateSales.net for allowing me great access to them and the conference in general.

On my way east reporting from 37000 feet.



Estate Sales News – Estate Sales Conference in full swing

Estate Sales Conference 2013This morning more than 240 attendees are here at the first ever Estate Sales Conference being held in St. Louis, MO by EstateSales.net.

Micky McQuade started us off with a great welcome and run through the agenda.

The keynote speaker was Tony Ruesing. He has 35 years of experience as a speaker, author and executive coach. His topic was customer service and building a rapport with clients. He was marvelous and held the attention of all the attendees with real life examples of listening skills, the importance of networking and building trust with clients. He emphasized how important listening was to meet the needs and concerns of the estate sales liquidators clients. 

I’ll being writing more on Mr. Ruesing, but to quote him “when choosing a personal property liquidator choose a listener”. Great advice.



Estate Sales Conference attendees – sea to shining sea

This will be a very informative estate sales conference. I met people this evening from Washington to Texas to Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and more. I met certified appraisers. A diverse group of individuals dedicated to professional personal property liquidation.

Some have been in business for years others for three years, all have come to be better informed, network and improve their business for the benefit of their clients. There are companies that only want to do 20 or so sales a year to others that do 50 plus. The numbers don’t matter, what counts is the professionalism of the company, knowledge and marketing skills. This effects your bottom line.








Checked in at 2013 Estate Sales Conference St. Louis

EstateSales.Net is ready for the start of tomorrow’s conference and is well organized. Looked over the agenda and there is a broad spectrum of topics to be covered.