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May 1st Graduations, Weddings, Moving & Estate Sales

May 1st has arrived and with it the season of graduations, weddings, and moving. Estate sales can be a major help with these events.

Looking for a graduation gift? Check out jewelry, designer handbags, shoes, wallets and other sought after high end items that are well below retail at estate sales.

Weddings and estate sales can be their own marriage. Estate sales are great sources for sterling flatware, holloware, china, crystal, high quality cookware, flat screen televisions, lighting and art. You can buy more or buy better items with what you save at estate sales.

The moving season is in full gear with baby boomers downsizing, generation X moving up and millenials creating their first residences. Moving can be challenging for any reason. Estate liquidators can help relieve some of the stress that accompanies these moves.

If you are looking for estate sales to shop at look at the websites listed below. Many estate sale companies do not list on all the websites. Check your area out on each site.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

 

 

Estate Sales Information And Topics

Estate sales have so many topics to cover and information to be discussed.

This Sunday in Chicago I will be speaking at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Conference about estate sales. So many topics to cover in a short time, but I hope this will be informative and lead to an educational exchange of ideas and information. Appraisers are important to estate sales and estate liquidators, but the same can be said for the importance of estate sale companies and appraisers.

The estate sale business has grown into such a large small business industry, that the number of topics and information needed to be successful requires continuous reading and education.

Since I retired from the estate liquidation business in 2011 much has changed.

Todays’ estate liquidator has to be concerned with the sale of ivory, liability insurance, disposal of hazardous materials, permits, mold, better security, greater use of social media advertising, where best to research items of value or the unknown, and how to do time management and the list continues and grows.

There are many sources for information on estate sales available on the internet. We feel you should not, however, pay for that information. Buyers and sellers should be able to obtain reliable, knowledgeable and useful information for free. If you are obtaining it from any source that also collects fees from estate sale companies question what you are learning if you too pay for this information.

EstateSalesNews.com celebrated our 4th anniversary this month. Although we have a small variety of diverse companies paying for advertising, this is to help defray our cost for our website out to enable a free resource for buyers, sellers, estate sale companies and the estate sale information and the topics we cover.

We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter, utilize our free RSS feed if you are an estate sale company and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also have a Pinterest page and videos on YouTube.

 

Estate Sales Advertising Without Pictures Of Items For Sale

Estate sales that advertise items without showing pictures certainly is disturbing to buyers and sellers.

Looking at estate sales and searching for items is a regular practice. What is disturbing is the written advertising includes items (many larger), but no photos are on the estate sale advertising listing website.

We were looking today for vintage appliances and found one estate sale advertising a galvanized tub, but no photos were included. Advertising vintage items with no photos of a vintage tub, yet a photo of a walke. This is not good advertising.

It is vital to a seller and to attract buyers that items of serious interest have photos on websites that advertise estate sales.

Many estate sale advertising listing websites limit the number of photos or an additional charge is incurred. This should be taken into account by the estate sale company when deciding on their costs.

Advertising items of interest in an estate sale, however, should have photos on advertising websites unless it is a security situation.

Sellers, if you are looking for an estate sale company ask to see their online advertising. Ask how they decide what is and isn’t important. Discuss what items of interest to buyers are in your sale and would they feature photos of them.

Searching for items of serious interest that are included in the listing section of the sale without a photo on the website page is not good marketing and that is not beneficial to your bottom line.

Advertising is a knowledge of marketing and requires experience. Anyone can post a list, but knowing what is of interest to buyers is the trademark of an experienced estate sale company.

Estate Sale Companies Need Their Own Email List

Estate sale companies need an email list. Preferably their own. Why?

Most estate sale companies set out a estate sale email list for their sales, however, not all buyers may be appropriate to invite back.

An estate sale company that has it’s own culled list of buyers know who they are dealing with, what they buy and when necessary for a private liquidation who to invite.

Estate sale listing websites have email blast lists, however, this is an anyone can sign up list.

Estate liquidators want to attract as many buyers as possible, but most companies have their own list for sales where the client doesn’t want the general public or the buyers must be in controlled numbers.

It is in the best interest of sellers and estate sale companies to keep separate lists.

As a buyer ask the estate liquidator if they have a list and do they keep track of buyers that buy or look for specific items.

This is a good time to remind buyers, that estate sale etiquette is important to be maintained on a private list. To review what estate sale etiquette is click here on this link.

Another Monday starts with estate sales beginning on Thursday, just four days away.

Support The US Economy And Buy American At Estate Sales

Support the US economy and buy at American estate sales. These sales are run by American small businesses. Their staffs as well as the liquidators spend their dollars here in America. Although many household items may have been made overseas, buying it from estate sale companies supports our small business owners and the people that work for them.

Several articles have been published lately about estate sales and all the items the reporters have said are selling. These articles are based on interviews with a few liquidators and a few auction companies.

With 15,000 plus estate sale companies across the United States and more companies forming everyday, the interviews of a few do not speak to the majority.

Yes, there may be some areas where estate liquidations aren’t producing the results hoped for, but there could be several reasons for this, including the number of estate sale companies in the area.

We encourage estate sale companies to remind their buyers to buy American. After the recent election where millions of Americans wanted jobs brought back to the United States here is your opportunity.

Estate Sale Companies Use Research And Knowledge To Price

Estate sale companies use research and knowledge to price your estate sale items. It is amazing what is found in estate sales that require research and where and how to conduct that research.

An experienced and knowledgeable estate liquidator friend recently shared information about luggage labels and baggage tags that have become collectible. The take away is knowing where and how to research these collectibles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaining knowledge and more importantly knowing how to research items is important to both estate sale companies and sellers.

The experienced estate liquidator will conduct research by book, computer, auction catalogue results and networking with other estate sale companies. They will also consult with certified appraisers. Many estate sale companies keep an appraiser on retainer. Especially a CAPP (Certified Appraiser Personal Property).

Having the knowledge to know where and how to research is an important reason for hiring a professional estate sale company. The average seller just isn’t equipped with the knowledge or know how to properly price and advertise their sales. Many times money is lost because of lack of experience or where to research. It’s more than just eBay.

When choosing the right company to conduct your estate liquidation or downsizing sale ask about their experience and how they research. It’s your $$$$ that are at stake.

What’s Hot This Winter At Estate Sales?

We asked a network of 486 estate sale companies “what’s hot this winter at estate sales. Please let us know your area”. EstateSaleNews.com received a great response.

The answers show a real diversity of estate sales and estate sale buyers from coast to coast.

In the Buffalo, New York area Pyrex, any kind of small furniture (end tables etc.) vintage Christmas ornaments and “snow blowers”.

In Tallahassee, Florida Roseville pottery, primitives, high end glassware, and ephemera.

In Essex Junction Vermont, Danish Modern furniture.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Pyrex, most anything vintage including jewelry, linens and funky rugs etc.

Toledo, Ohio is selling Pyrex, vintage toys and some antique accent pieces.

Northwest Arkansas is selling vintage pocket knives, name brand furniture, smalls from Japan, Germany and Italy. Vintage and mid-century items and high end items to name some.

North Carolina, mid-century items and furniture, primitives and crates with advertisements.

Meridian, Mississippi, Pyrex, Tupperware, anything industrial and ephemera.

Eastern Washington state, guns, coins, militaria, mid-century modern, wooden fishing lures, and primitives.

South of Houston, Texas, Pyrex and Fire King, primitives, most do over pinterestable furniture, good butcher block work tables.

St. Louis, Missouri, good brand electronics, painted furniture, early Chinese pottery,

Virginia, jewelry, mid-century, guns, military.

Houston, Texas vintage electronics, mid-century modern, tools, garden decor, vintage rattan, primitives, farmhouse chic.

These are just the responses received in the last ten hours. We wish to thank all the estate liquidators that took time to respond and we will update again in the Spring.

We did not hear from anyone in the northeast and southeast or California, but this is the start of another estate sale weekend.

One item that does stand out is Pyrex. What was once old and put in rummage sales is now prized and collected.

Estate sales offer renewal, an opportunity to bring the past into the present and present us with happy memories.

Shopping at estate sales saves $$$, recycles keeping our planet green and keeps our past in the present.

Check out these estate sale listing websites for estate sales near you.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.net

EstateSales.org

 

Choose An Estate Sale Company By Reputation Not %

Today there are more than 15,000 estate sale companies working across America. Choosing an estate sale company should be about experience, reputation, reliability and integrity. The very last consideration should be commission or a fee.

Speaking with an estate sale company, asking to see referrals and conversing with them, reviewing their experience.

Seek out reviews on the internet and don’t hesitate to ask the estate liquidator about the reviews, especially those in question.

So many companies have come on line that it is now more important than ever to ask about their experience in the business, how they got into the business and why estate liquidations.

The very last question should be about commission and in the end this is not that important. If an estate sale company does a poor job a low commission won’t help you.

Like any other specialist, estate liquidators consider all their costs, plus the profit they need to make their living and the commission is usually based on that.

When choosing an estate sale company, choose by previous results with others, not what they want you to pay and make sure you sign an estate sale contract that covers everything. Success doesn’t just happened, it is earned and comes from knowledge. Be a savy consumer and choose wisely.

Removing Hazardous Waste Items From Estate Sales

Removing hazardous waste items from estate sales is important and necessary with estate sales.

Hazardous waste items include leftover paint cans, chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, old television tubes and other items which require special handling and can not be put in a trash dumpster.

Sellers, if you are not taking these items with you, discard of them properly or ask the estate liquidator what they will charge to eliminate them.

Disposing of what is considered hazardous waste today is not an inexpensive process and most estate sale companies will now include a clause in their contract that deals with who will and the cost of hazardous waste disposal.

Matters that use to be so simple to deal with our now becoming more important and most times more difficult. As the result, many estate sale companies are adding to their contracts to cover these situations and prevent misunderstandings.

We would like to take this time to discuss the weather across the nation right now. In most areas of the United States severe rain, heavy snow falls, high winds, and in some cases tornadoes. Estate sale companies are constantly monitoring these situations.

We urge estate sale buyers to exercise caution attending sales and stay alert to weather conditions and estate sale company postings.

Be sure to check these estate sale listing websites for updates on estate sales in your area.

Estatesale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

Estate Sales Help For 2017

EstateSalesNews.com for 2017 has offered estate sales help for almost four years now.

We have covered almost any topic you could think of.

As we enter the winter season for much of the country let’s do a general review.

Sellers – How to choose a estate liquidator, do your own due diligence, what to expect and what not to expect, estate sale contracts. Over 100 topics to think about and consider as a seller.

Buyers- Buyers etiquette, where to find estate sales, how to enter an estate sale.  Having an estate sale kit and what to bring to an estate sale, and how to negotiate to with estate liquidators in an unoffensive and successful way.

Estate sale companies – What to include in an estate sale contract, how to work with sellers that don’t understand the liquidation process. Where to advertise your estate sales. Using social media to be found and get your message out. Working and networking with other liquidators and appraisers. Where to list your estate sales. Working with a website.

We have also covered estate sales of the rich and famous.

All this information is in our archives along with videos and is free to assist you.

Our goal is and has been to educate and inform you without cost and provide answers and solutions. Liquidating personal property is a stressful experience whether you are downsizing or selling off a loved ones belongings.

Estate sale companies wear many hats and the experienced companies that have great reputations understand what is required for success for all parties.

We hope that as the number one internet source for estate sale information we provide you with the estate sale help you need. We no longer liquidate estates, but we use our twenty plus years of experience to hopefully guide you in the liquidation process.

We welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Please email us at carol@estatesalesnews.com. We will respond as soon as possible.