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The Stock Market In Chaos The Best Place To Buy Is An Estate Sale

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As I sit and listen to CNBC’s the Closing Bell Wrap Up with Kelly Evans, and Bill Griffeth this Monday, discussing the upheavals of the stock market and the uncertainty associated with it, Ms. Evans commented that most people are not going into a Nordstrom (a high end retailer) right now looking for shoes. They are concerned with their portfolios. The graphic above is used with the permission of Microsoft.

Ms. Evans and Mr. Griffeth are absolutely right unless the wealth one has is infinite.

That is just another good reason to be shopping now more than ever at estate sales. Last week in Chicago Gucci, Coach, Judith Leiber, and other designer handbags were being sold at an estate sale well below full retail price. Jewelry, both gold and silver were also being sold. Designer clothing was featured at several sales across the country.

Whether your looking for designer apparel, kitchen dishes and glassware, lawn care equipment, linens, art, furnishings, and many other items you can find them for sale at an estate liquidation and right now with the market in flux this is a great time to save $$$ and help keep the planet green. It also still allows you the opportunity to buy those sought after items with out the guilt of paying retail while the stock market rides a roller coaster.

2-t_002Here is a sample starting “today” in Clinton Township MI. Gucci, Michael Kors, Louis Vitton, Prada, & Burberry hand bags and more. Click here for link.

 

 

1-t_051Starting August 27th in Sacramento, CA next to a modern washer and dryer. Click here

 

 

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Starting tomorrow in Scottsdale AZ – Everything including the kitchen sink including Central Air Unit to Hot Water Heater Click here.

 

How To Buy With Success At An Estate Sale – Know Before You Go!

lining upEstate sales across the country begin again tomorrow. Becoming a successful consumer isn’t just about being able to purchase items. A successful buyer needs to understand the way an estate sale works.

When looking at the various websites that feature estate sales (Estatesale.com, EstateSales.Net, and EstateSales.org are the three major websites currently) read the terms and conditions of the sale and any driving or parking instructions carefully. It is important that you follow these.

Every estate sale company works differently, so see if they have anything in their information on the sale that addresses entrance procedures. Some may utilize a sign up list (it can be very specific and require you to stay on site on the property after signing up), some may use a number system where you either take a number that is given out at a specific time or left out in a holder of some kind, and some may just have you line up in order of arrival time. When parking and lining up early be respectful of the neighbors. Having the police called for noise or parking on lawns isn’t good for anyone.

While waiting to go in, be patient and remember that an estate sale company can decide if you will be given entrance to the sale if you cause problems in line (arguing, stomping feet, swearing, etc.).

If you have any questions concerning anything we have discussed so far contact the estate sale company you are going to for further information ahead of the sale and let them know you want to follow the rules.

When you enter it is to your advantage to be polite and courteous. Avoid making offers. Be sure you read any signs posted outside or inside the sale about payment, discounting, or safety information.

If you are interested in an item and it says they do not discount on the first day, ask the liquidator when they would be, let them know what you are interested in, and inquire if they accept written offers for future consideration (some refer to this as a bid, however, this is not an auction) or should you return on the day of the discounting to see if the item is still there and for sale.

Being mindful of estate sale buyer etiquette should create a good business relationship between you the consumer and the estate liquidator.

 

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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