Category Archives: Vintage and Fine

Value – Understanding It, Research, Estate Sale Companies

MC900433850Estate sale liquidators spend a lot of their time researching the value of items included in estate sales. Where do they do their research?

Many sellers today like to look up what they consider the value of items that will be in their estate sale. Unfortunately, most do not understand what value is or how it is determined. Simply put value, is the amount a buyer is willing to pay for an item (and is usually determined by recent sales of similar items). It is is very important for a good working relationship between seller and the estate liquidator that sellers understand how an estate sale company arrives at value.

Many factors influence value including demographics (the market in California is very different from the market in Michigan), condition (an item in excellent condition will bring a greater return than an item that is just in good condition, and the time of year is a consideration as well. It isn’t what an item is listed for sale on eBay, lstdibs, AuctionZip, or many other auction or selling sites. Unless items appear in the sold column the current items shown are working with asking prices.

If you are looking at eBay remember, that listing prices don’t count, you must be a member of eBay to access the sold items, and you also have to see whether it completed the auction process or if it was a “buy it now” item. Knowledge is your friend as a seller and helps keep the process moving forward smoothly. Respect the professional you hire, trust their judgement unless you really can show strong evidence to the contrary.

Almost all estate sale companies bring iPads or tablets to the estate sale setup to conduct research. Items that they have not sold recently or may not be as familiar with will be researched. The experienced estate liquidator has a wealth of knowledge, but always trying to keep your best interest in the forefront won’t hesitate to recheck values.

They may also consult an appraiser with a specialty for the rare and unique items such as antique books, lighting (such as Tiffany and Handel) glass such as Loetz or Daum Nancy, and other highly valuable and rare items. There are also many estate liquidators that are also accredited appraisers studied and trained not only in determining value, but in the many ways to research such as ISA, ASA, and CAGA. See our archives for more information on appraisal organizations. Our guest author Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP for instance. (Judy is on a long hiatus at this time).

Today Starts Breast Cancer Month – We Remember Our Women Estate Sale Conductors


Thousands of estate sale companies are owned and operated by women and October 1st is the start of breast cancer awareness month. will be posting a pink ribbon next to each article to remember those lost, those that are currently battling the disease, and those who may face a battle in the future if we don’t find a cure. It isn’t just a womans’ disease though anymore.

For Throwback Thursday here on EstateSalesNews from the 1960s-1970s bangle bracelets by a designer for sale in California this weekend.


From a sale this weekend in Seattle, WA a collection of mini sewing machines.


Estate Sales Friday – Are You Shopping At An Estate Sale?

printable-estate-sale-signOnce again the weekend begins with thousands of estate sales across the country.

Are you shopping at an estate sale? Good buys, quality, going green, are just a few of the reasons to shop at estate sales. In some states you don’t even pay sales tax.

It may not be new, but it has lasted, can be used as is, or repurposed, and it can save you $$$$. Eat out on the money you save, see a movie. Opportunities abound.

Click on the links to find estate sales listed in your area. Please let the estate sale companies know you found them on, your #1 source for estate sale information, news, and resources.


Vintage License Plates To Celebrate Travel on Labor Day


Throwback Thursday at Estate Sales News.

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








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





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


Antique Flemish Art Pyrography – Find Them At Estate Sales

The Flemish wood burning art called pyrography used to create artistic designs mostly on wood is still collectible. Dating from the late Victorian era into the early 1900’s many beautiful and unique pieces were created along with such items as glove boxes, plaques, tables, and the two examples below. Some were plain while others featured color like these. Treasures I cherish and hope you will enjoy.



A little educational video to know more about Flemish Art.

Some Estate Sales Require A Unique Approach & Presentation

A most unique estate sale in Oviedo, Florida. Five generations of Pennsylvanian historical families. It started with VIP galas 5pm-8pm August 17 and August 18 and opens to the public without appointments on Thursday August, 20th at 9am conducted by Cece’s Closet, LLC. What is unique is the idea of having appointment only VIP galas with what was called “superior purchases of $100” in certain areas of the sale. We have not spoken with Cece, however, with a short video and over 500 photos we thought this sale news worthy for several reasons. Here is a link to her website. To view more information and the photos click here.

This sale features everything from a Coco Chanel dog coat, Mercedes Benz, Civil War memorabilia, gold jewelry and more.

Estate Sale With Classic Cars, Vintage Toy Trains & A Vintage 1941 Airplane

1From Sweet & Harding this weekend in Newfane, New  York starting August 14, for three days a unique estate sale with trains, plane & automobiles and that’s just the beginning.  Here is a video done by Ian Harding for this most unusual sale. So many antiques, tools, a partially assembled 1941 Piper Cub airplane. We have put a few still photos below. This estate sale is very large with tools, motors, etc. abound along with the interior home contents.

This video tour runs about 10 minutes and is well worth viewing before attending this truly unique estate sale. A great guide to help you see what’s there and where.





Click here for a link to this wonderfully unique sale.

Estate Sale Lang Family 2 Iconic Hollywood Directors

Again LA Estate Sales is conducting a magnificent large estate sale for the Lang family for four days starting Thursday, August 13th.

Walter Lang and his son Richard Lang were directors of some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies and television shows. Walter Lang directed Can Can, The King and I, and There is No Business Like Show Business to name a few and his son Richard directed Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Julia, Charlie’s Angels, and others. Richard’s mother Fieldsie was a silent film actress and was a sidekick of Carol Lombard as well as one of her best friends.

This home is filled with items accumulated by Richard and Carole Lang and his father and mother. An unbelievable eclectic assortment of sterling, china, male oriented collectibles, and furnishings. Copeland Spode Herring Hunt Red Border china (discontinued in 1940). Fantastic assortment of camera equipment including Leica, Hasselblad, Nikon, and others. Lots of vintage clothing and a fantastic collection of 1930s-1940s AAA edition of 250 – signed Thomas Hart Benton prints and many other known artists. This sale has taken weeks to prepare it has so many items.

Here is a brief slide show of some of the items in this great estate sale.

Many more photos have been added to this extraordinary sale. Here are a few.










To learn more about this fabulous estate sale Click Here.

Estate Sales Offer Unique Finds

Some of the interesting items for sale this week and at upcoming estate sales and it’s ThrowBack Thursday.

A wooden hat form compliments of Crown City Estate Sales – Los Angeles & southern, California. Click here for link to their website.







At Brian Mays Estate & Moving Sales starting 8/7/14 in Hopkins, MN from the Cream of Wheat family estate antiques featured here an 1850s melodeon. Click here for link.








Two classic Ford cars at and estate sale in Chicago, IL starting 8/7/15 by Sassies Estate Sales, Inc. Here is the 1959. Click here for the link.