Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale

Estate Sale Today Midland MI, Mid-Century Modern, Georg Jensen, Rare Mercedes Benz, Art Glass Many Collections

Judy Campbell Estate and Moving Sales presents the sale of Mrs. Ranny Riecker, granddaughter of Dow Chemical Company founder H.H. Dow in Midland, Michigan today starting at 9am. Estate Sales News visited Judy and her staff on Tuesday, September 22nd and we present a video of the fantastic collections to be sold at this sale including Mid-Century Modern furnishings (large collection) 300 pieces of Georg Jensen sterling (flatware sets, hollow ware, and jewelry), a rare 1968 Mercedes Benz SE280 Cabriolet (to be sold by sealed bid today at 3pm), art glass, books, art and so much more we have a website link below to the sale.

Click here for website link of photos and more information

Collection of Mid-Century Modern Furniture At Midland MI Estate Sale

The largest collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture that Estate Sales News has encountered will be sold tomorrow and Saturday at the estate sale we visited in Midland, Michigan on Tuesday being conducted by Judy Campbell Estate and Moving Sales LLC. The door opens at 9AM and a number system for entry is in use.

The video of the sale and fabulous contents will be available on at 9AM.

Here are a few examples of the Mid-Century Modern items for sale in this 6700 sq.ft. home.

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Click here link to Judy Campbell Estate and Moving Sales LLC website

Estate Sale Video Interview With Judy Campbell, Midland Michigan

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Estate Sales News sat down yesterday with Judy Campbell of Judy Campbell Estate and Moving Sales LLC in Midland, Michigan to discuss her education, business and this weekends’ upcoming estate sale.

Judy has been a participating appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow for the past 16 years traveling across the country. She is a syndicated and nationally featured columnist. Her estate sales and appraisal business are her first love.

The car shown in photos here is a model that Mercedes made only 70. It is a 1968 SE280 Cabriolet. The car will be sold Friday, September 26th by sealed bid.

This home is filled with designer mid-century furniture along with many other collections including art glass and Estate Sales News will be publishing a video of the sale Friday, September 26th at 9am featuring these fabulous collections.

Click here for a link to Judy Campbell Estate & Moving Sales LLC website

Estate Sales News is very appreciative for Judy Campbell and her staff spending time with us and giving us unfettered access to them and this estate sale.

Estate Sales News is Traveling Today to Michigan

125px-Flag_of_MichiganEstate Sales News is flying to Michigan today to cover two fabulous and unique estate sales and an auction that is working along side an estate sale.

Known as the Wolverine state or Great Lake state we have an opportunity to interview three very experienced individuals in estate sales, one of whom is also an auctioneer and one is also an appraiser.

The estate sales are in two different areas of Michigan and one will be taking place this weekend, the other estate sale and auction will be next weekend.

These estates are very diverse. One is the estate of woman from a nationally known family and will feature collections that are seen once, maybe twice in a lifetime along with a classic car and the other is the estate of a well known sportsman and will have an estate sale starting on Friday with an auction of a taxidermy collection on Saturday.

We hope to have two videos for you for the sale this weekend and two for the estate sale and auction for next weekend.

Video of Huge Antique Halloween Collection – Courtesy of Marth Stewart Living

Halloween is only 40 days away and one of the largest celebrated days on the calendar. Martha Stewart Living featured this video with a huge Halloween collection from Barbara Trujillo of Bridgehampton, CT. This video can be enlarged to full screen. thanks Martha Stewart Living for allowing this video to be shared.

Halloween collections are second only to Christmas collections today. If you are looking to add to or start a collection be sure to keep a look out at estate sales.
Many collectors have found great items at these sales. Check out EstateSales.Net,,, and to see what is selling at estate sales near you.

Estate Sales Friday – What’s Selling at Estate Sales Today?

It’s Friday once again and time to look at what’s selling at estate sales across the country. Here is some of what’s selling at estate sales this week. From Show Low AZ, Rocky River OH, Dallas TX, Tacoma WA, Saint Joseph, MI. These items and more can be found on EstateSales.Net under Nationally Featured Estate Sales.

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Happy shopping and remember the rules of the road and hallways.

Concerns About The Sale of Ivory for Estate Sale Companies – NJ has Strict Laws

elephant ivoryLast week we discussed federal law with regard to ivory including California and New York. Following federal law each state can decide if they want to restrict the sale and purchase of ivory beyond the current federal restrictions. This information is provided from U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The article is lengthy, but well worth reading. The law in this article states that it will support the number of elephant sport-hunted trophies that an individual can import to two per hunter per year. Here is the link to federal law on ivory.

Estate Sales News continues researching the sale and/or purchase of ivory and we have learned that Gov. Christie of New Jersey signed into a law a ban on all ivory including antique. The link below will take you to this very important article.

North Carolina is currently considering how their laws should pertain to ivory. Here is a link. Connecticut also is concerned with the sale of ivory, however, we could not find any further restrictions other than federal. Here is the current link to law in Connecticut.

Here is a link to an LA Time article from September 2, 2014 concerning the sale of ivory.

Estate Sales News will continue to update you on ivory and rhino horn as more news and laws become available or or written.


Estate Sale Reviews – Why, Who, and When To Disregard

MC900433850Estate Sales News encourages perspective sellers to do their own due diligence on researching and reading reviews about estate sale companies, however, we want to include a caveat. If you find a unfavorable review that has a response from an estate sale company that you are considering using  you should try to speak directly with the owner/manager of the company for their personal response and explanation to any reviews that are questionable. Several websites offer reviews Yelp, YP, Google, BBB, and to name a few. You can also read any testimonials, video or written on estate sale company’s website.

As a buyer you are not running the sale and if you are a reseller you should not tell the estate liquidator they are over priced. They are not working for you. They have a contract as a fiduciary with the owner, heir(s), seller(s), attorney and it is their obligation to seek the highest and best possible price. If you attend a sale as a buyer you have choices:

  • Ask the estate sale liquidator if they are accepting bids.
  • Inquire if they will have a day when prices are reduced (you take your chances that the item(s) will still be there.
  • Leave the sale and move on.

As a buyer you are only representing yourself and it is poor estate sale etiquette to write bad reviews about estate sale companies  you felt overpriced personal property. It is up to the person who employed the estate liquidator to question pricing (if necessary).

As a reminder, estate sale companies can prevent you from shopping at their sales if you become confrontational and if you continually complain about their prices why are you attending? Use your good estate sale etiquette and do not post bad reviews because you disagree on their pricing.  Try other estate sales and companies to shop at. There are 1000’s of estate sales out there and choosing to buy from an estate sale company is your choice.

It’s Estate Sales Friday – What’s Selling At Estate Sales

It’s the first Friday of autumn and estate sales are in full swing. This is a season for so many estate sale companies that their phones are ringing off the hook.

Next week Estate Sales News will be heading to the desert southwest. More info on that next week.

Here is a peak at some of the items that will be for sale at 1000’s of estate sales taking place this weekend. These items are from New Jersey, Tennessee, California, and Texas.

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License Plate Collections On Video – Find Them At Estate Sales And Auctions

Estate sales create more collectors than almost any other venue. Your editor remembers some old used license plates hanging on the wall of her grandfather’s garage.

Here is a brief video we found from Arthur Levine who has collected license plates from all 50 states.

We wanted to share this next video with you. A garage completely side with a license plate collection in New Hampshire. One of many ideas to showcase your collection.

Coming up on Sept. 28th in Perry, Michigan is an auction featuring a collection of license plates that can be found on EstateSales.Net. Click here to view.

Whenever you are shopping at estate sales, be sure to look in the garage or basement for vintage and old license plates. A great source for collectors. Check out, and EstateSales.Net, and