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Throwback Thursday Estate Sales From EstateSalesNews.com

We asked estate sale companies if they would send us some pictures of vintage or old items in their sales this week. Here is a sample of what is available for sale this weekend. You can find these items and more advertised on these websites EstateSale.com EstateSales.org EstateSales.net.

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Estate Sales Costs Evolve Over Time

One of the largest generations in our history, the baby boomer generation, has helped to create a boom in the estate sale industry, changed the way estate sales work, and the costs associated with estate sales.

Ten years ago holding an estate sale you payed a commission to an estate liquidation company or a flat fee and possibly paying an outside source to provide a clean out after the sale. The commission or fee was set by the estate sale company and was the same for almost every sale they conducted.

Not so today. The majority of estate sale companies now carry liability insurance, important for them and sellers. Workman’s compensation is also an expense for hundreds of estate sale companies. Estate sale companies that hold more than one estate sale per week or handle large content sales have had to add staff to handle the volume of sales they are working, advertising has gone from placing an ad in the local paper and hand made signs to marketing with estate sale advertising websites such as EstateSale.com (including featuring large or unusual sales an extra cost. Each estate sale adverting website is different and has varying costs), Facebook (and boosting the post for the sale) professional signage, brochures, memberships in associations, email targeting lists, and clean out costs either by the liquidation company or a company that specializes in clean outs of property.

California Collector Hoarder Sale, Dolls, Trains, Quilting, Antiques

This Thursday, April 7th at 10am in Chatsworth, California, Again L.A. Estate Sales will be conducting an extraordinaire estate sale for husband and wife lifetime collectors. The sale will take four days. We are featuring some of the photos here. To view this estate sale Click Here For The Link.

Dan Jordan co-owner with Danna McCallum said it took 14 days to prepare for this sale along with 5 staff.

Preparing an estate sale like this with massive collections requires long hours of research, sorting, staging, and pricing by all professional liquidation companies.

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Estate Sale Contracts Are Commitments

Many people moving, downsizing, or selling off a family home, fail to realize that once you have signed an estate sale contract it is binding just like any other contract. You have committed to an estate sale company and they have committed with you. For this reason it is important to you as a seller that you understand the contract and ask any questions. Do not feel hesitant or intimidated to say I don’t understand this clause. The estate liquidator wants a clear understanding between you both and a good working relationship.

Estate sale companies are discovering (especially in packed homes) that sellers are coming in after they begin their setup, and remove items they hadn’t seen in years. This is not the way it works and most estate liquidators have a clause in their estate sale contract that says they may charge you a full commission on any items removed.

What’s Selling Today At Estate Sales On April Fools Day?

Time flys and once again it’s estate sales Friday and many sales this week started early. Some as early as Wednesday.

Click on the “link” to view some of these sales.

Incredible Aurora Homestead Sale, Aurora, OH. Barns & home filled by Alexanders Estates LINK

Packed sale lots of vintage and new Christmas in Hawthorne Woods IL by Platinum Estate Sales LINK

Lots of vintage from coins to stamps in Ft. Worth, TX by DFW Estate Liquidators LINK

Following Easter weekend estate sales are blooming like spring flowers everywhere. Now is a great time to save dollars, before tax day.

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Shop At Estate Sales For Outdoor And Patio Furniture

Spring has arrived, the trees are blooming and the grass is growing. It’s time to start shopping for outdoor and patio furniture.

What a better way to shop for outdoor and patio furniture that has lasted the test of time then at estate sales. You can find everything from wrought iron furniture to vintage and antique wicker and rattan furniture.

Let’s take a look at some of the many items that will be available at estate sales over the next few weeks.

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“Addicted To Kaolin” A Public Page On Facebook For Porcelain Fanatics

Why write about a Facebook page Addicted to Kaolin? Kaolin is a clay mineral. Your editor was in the estate sale and antique business for over 20 years and porcelain of all types was always a passion. It was and is highly sought after at estate sales by collectors. People would and still may line up 24 or more hours before a sale to have the opportunity to purchase beautiful pieces that have long since become hard to find.

10600582_561652070661055_8191516545764386799_nMarjorie Merriweather Posts’ home, Hillwood inside Washington D.C, – was purchased by her in the mid 1950’s to be her home and upon her death become a museum. As the heir to the Post Cereal fortune (that eventually became General Foods) her taste for collecting porcelain surged in the second decade of the 20th century while living in New York. As a wealthy married woman she started furnishing her New York home with elegant decor including porcelain. Her favorite became Sevres porcelain from France and the Hillwood Museum has one of the largest collections of Sevres in the world. (As added information she also collected and there is an entire room dedicated to Faberge which dates from the time she was married to Joseph E. Davies, who served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union. At the time the Soviet Union was looking to raise capital and sell off many of the treasures that had been seized from Churches, the imperial family and the aristocracy. Marjorie who had become an avid collector with many residences purchased containers filled with Russian treasures). By doing so she has preserved these treasures for many future generations to enjoy.

The Facebook group under the title Addicted to Kaolin showcases and addresses porcelain from every era, continent and of every style.

You may never see some of these beautiful pieces at an estate sale, but once upon a time you did. Keep a look out at any estate liquidations you visit for something like these beautiful unique pieces of art. If you are a Facebook member be sure to check out their page.

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Wishing All Those Celebrating A Joyous Easter

On this Good Friday we wish all those for whom this weekend is so special a joyous Easter. We will return on Monday. Happy Easter from EstateSalesNews.com.

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What Is Vintage And Why It Is Estate Sales Hot Sellers

If you have been retail shopping you realize that what’s old has become new again. A few months ago we wrote about the return of stereo turntables, vinyl records, and cassette tapes.

We have been looking at estate sales across the United States and have found several interesting vintage items from a wringer washing machine to a 1967 vintage camping trailer.

Vintage has become a generic term for anything that has been used in years past, but does not qualify as an antique. Most items date from the 1930’s to 1980. Mostly in the mid 20th century.

Antiques are items approximately 100 years old.

Let’s look at some vintage items that are for sale at estate sales now or in the near future. Many people have appliances restored or repurpose them.

To view more vintage items please visit EstateSale.com EstateSales.org EstateSales.net

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Differences You Should Know Between Estate Sales & Yard Sales

Sunday was the first official day of Spring and that heralds the start of yard and garage sale season, but they are not estate sales. Occasionally when a family divides up the remainder of an estate there may be some leftovers and this is what you may find included in a garage or yard sale, but these aren’t estate sales.

An estate sale will be run by a professional estate liquidator who has gained education and hands on experience, along with possibly an education from some of the liquidation courses offered by various associations and societies.

Estate Sale signAn estate sale company has a professionally trained staff. They are well versed in marketing strategies to optimize the exposure of your estate sale, they know how to stage or set-up your sale, conduct research, arrive at current market pricing for the contents in your sale and the understand the very important need for security crowd control.

An experienced estate sale company will provide you with a contract detailing what they will do and when including paying out net proceeds and they should also provide liability insurance that covers them.

Whether you are having an estate sale, yard sale, or garage sale, you should have a homeowner insurance policy that is in effect. Protecting your assets is important for all venues.