Category Archives: Estate Sales Help & Tips

Estate Sale Collections Hot Or Not

Estate sale collections hot or not. Most estate sales have some collection included in the sale, however many collections are not hot right now. They can be large or small.

Understanding that collections that were once highly treasured and sought after have gone cold is not easy for most sellers to except.

Estate sale companies do not want to sell your items cheap. Commissioned based estate sales are looking for the best or highest value for items in the sale. The more an estate sale company can sell your  contents for, the more they receive in commission.

It is not easy for sellers to accept that items such as hummels, collector plates, and other collectibles from the last forty plus years do not have the value paid for them.

Estate Liquidators Wear Many Hats With Expertise

Estate liquidators wears many hats with expertise in a variety of fields associated with the liquidation of personal property.

Personal property liquidators are individuals earning a living as entrepreneurs. They do not work a five day a week job from 9-5. Estate liquidators require time management ability, motivation, dedication, knowledge, marketing skills, and more. They must determine their schedule, time, and requirements for each estate sale.

An estate sale liquidator must know and understand what the estate sale process is. Liquidators need knowledge in selling personal property. Estate sale company owners will work endless long hours and weekends. Often with no days off for weeks at a time.

Estate liquidators need to be a business person, salesperson, and negotiator. Liquidators have to be able to handle any situations that arise during the sale.

Estate Sale Etiquette Even In The Summer Heat

Estate sale etiquette should be used even in the summer heat.

In the summer, many homes may not have air conditioning, With hot and humid weather shop estate sales and be prepared. Wear light weight clothing to keep you cool, have plenty of water in your vehicle (preferably in a cooler) and bring your patience. Estate sale etiquette is always needed and even more when the temperatures rise.

Estate sale staff working under these conditions are taxed by the heat and humidity as well. They have been through setting up the sale. Now they are handling the crowds that come through the property. Most estate sale companies will try to provide fans to keep the air moving if there isn’t air conditioning.

Buyers tempers can flare under hot weather conditions so be prepared. Entering the premises with your mind cool and with knowledge about the rules of the estate sale company makes a difference.

If you have items you want to purchase check with estate sale staff or the liquidator before the sale starts. Ask them if they limit the number of buyers in the home. Can they bring in purses or bags. What order do they work with customers. When you want to purchase items how do they handle them. Do they put them aside marked sold? Knowing how things work inside the estate sale will help buyers and prevent confusion or misunderstandings with estate liquidators.

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We will do our best to answer and respond to your comments and consult with estate sale companies as well.

Working With The Elderly It Is Not Just Stuff

It is not just stuff to an older or elderly person. Someone I know was downsizing her 90 year old Mom to move to an assisted living apartment. She had been there 50 years.  With the stress of packing and eliminating what wouldn’t fit in her mother’s new home she spoke of it as just stuff.

It isn’t just stuff to an older person having to downsize. It is a lifetime of memories. Shared with loved ones here and passed. Working with those who have been trained or have years of experience with the elderly is important to prepare them for the moment when delicate decisions must be made.

CRTS and others can teach those estate liquidators how to help ease this heavy task.

Estate sales can sell off much of what cannot go, but it is important to consider a loved ones’ feelings. Stuff implies little or no value. When you are moving out of a long time home many people feel the are leaving treasured lifetime moments.

Choosing words wisely can help assure an elderly or older person that you appreciate the difficulty in deciding what to keep, what to sell or what to donate or give to others.

Estate sale companies trained or very experienced in the eldercare field can be of great assistance helping a family to ease the stress and burden on their loved one. Estate liquidators wear many hats. Consulting with an estate sale company should be done before anything is eliminated or given away to assist families in how they approach the downsizing to assisted living or other care facilities. An estate  liquidator will take a gentle third party approach.

Although professionals and others may call it stuff, when dealing with an owner, that is not a wise word to use. No longer necessary, too large, will you really need it, are just a few samples of things you can say with diplomacy.

Consulting with professional estate sale companies can be of great assistance for families and their loved ones.

Just remember it isn’t just stuff. It’s a lifetime to the owner.

Happy 4th Of July From EstateSalesNews.com

Happy 4th of July from Estate Sales News. From our home to yours celebrating our freedom and independence. God Bless The USA.

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Joan Rivers Private Collections Selling At Christie’s Auctions

Joan Rivers private collections selling at Christie’s Auctions, currently online and at a live auction at Christie’s June 22nd.

Melissa Rivers talks about some of her Mom’s collections at auction and shares why the iconic comedian and Co-host of E’s Fashion Police had a passion for her collections.

Ms. River’s collections are available for view at Rockefeller Center. Her collections include Faberge, Chanel, Judith Lieber, Halston, Vera Wang, Faberge, Harry Winston, decorative arts, paintings, and fine French furniture.

Ms. Rivers decorative arts, paintings, and French furniture  will be sold on June 22nd at the live auction at Chrisitie’s.

The online auction taking place now until June 23rd includes personal jewelry, costume, haute courture, and handbags by Chanel, Judith Lieber, Bottega Veneta.

Here is a link to the Christie’s website for The Private Collections of Joan Rivers.

Items That Can Be Sold At Estate Sales Are Often Overlooked

Items that can be sold at estate sales are often overlooked. Consider some of these suggestions.

Stair lifts, walkers, crutches, canes, and home health aides (that are sanitary) may be missed opportunities to be included in an estate sale.

Estates being settled for heirs may include refrigerators, or unattached appliances. New or almost new washers and dryers are appliances that can be sold at an estate liquidation.

Customers at estate sales will usually purchase cleansers (used or partially used), draperies and curtains. Gardens are also a great source with decorative ornamentation, and plants. Especially in warmer climates where plants grow year round.

Buyers that enjoy crafts and hand work items such as knitting needles, yarn, needlepoint patterns (still packaged or partially worked on), and sewing items will look to see if any are included in the estate sale.

Partial sets of towels, sheets, and blankets are also marketable.

Lawn tools, snowblowers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and grills are other items for sellers to decide on. Sellers relocating to areas that do not require these lawn items will probably sell. Each situation for a seller is different.

Consulting with an estate sale company before anything is thrown out or given away is important. Sellers or heirs want to assure that none of the items mentioned above and other personal property are not discarded.

People disposing of estates or moving are not always aware of items that can be sold. Every item sold at an estate sale counts financially.

Look What’s Selling At Estate Sales Today

What’s selling at estate sales today on Father’s Day weekend?

Estate sales are opening all over the country today with something for everyone to purchase.

A 60 year antique hoard from a well known antique dealer in Mexia, TX conducted by Antique Pickers Estate Sales starting today. This estate sale is so massive it will be six straight days and over 1200 photos can be viewed on this link.

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In Westmont, IL a little Mid-Century Modern to Antique sale is being conducted by A Fun Rosebud Twins Estate Sale starting today. Some items for sale are shown below here is the link.

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To find thousands of estate sales taking place now and through this weekend visit the following estate sale advertising listing websites.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

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Summer Season For Estate Liquidations

The summer estate liquidations season has arrived. With so many estate sales being conducted If you need to hire an estate sale company, this is a good time to visit sales in your community.

Summer in most areas of the country also adds additional concerns for estate liquidators.

An estate liquidator in a hot and/or humid climate will need to consider ventilation in the property for keeping staff and customers comfortable and safe. It is a major reason that a provision in the estate sale contract provides that the seller keeps the electricity on. Buyers that are comfortable are less likely to dash out the door or only do a quick look in a hot and stuffy home. Even without air conditioning, fans can provide moving air making shopping a more enjoyable and fun experience.

Summer time can also bring sudden rain or thunderstorms. An estate sale company has to always plan ahead about what if any contents might be out in the open or under a pop up tent.

Many estate liquidators like to provide their check out areas just outside on a driveway under a pop up and if that is the case an alternative has to be carefully thought out ahead in case of threatening weather.

Estate sale companies also consider timing. June tends to have weddings and graduations, July has our Independence day celebration and the start of vacation for millions of Americans that continues through August, which is also usually the hottest month.

Summer is also moving time for those downsizing or relocating for employment. That makes the competition for buyers increase. The experienced estate sale company plans their marketing strategy well to draw shoppers in before their competition. Knowing all the various methods of advertising and using social media is a key factor.

June, July, and August is something most of us look forward to. For estate sale companies it is also a time to think more and work aggressively to achieve the best outcome an estate sale may have.

Vintage Coca Cola Box Estate Sale Shopping

The Thursday of Memorial Day Weekend we feature a vintage Coca Cola Box.

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