How do you find estate sales?
How to Find the Best Estate Sales
- Look in the classified section of your local newspaper for listings.
- Check Craigslist.org for even more listings in your area.
- Use estatesale.com and estatesales.net to search for any sales that you may have missed.
How does a estate sale work?
The traditional estate sale is an onsite sale of the contents of a home. Hundreds of prospective buyers will persue the contents, walking throughout the home. The traditional estate sale focuses on the finer pieces of a home, rarely offering a solution to clearing the remaining contents.
What sells best at estate sales?
For example, good luck selling the following hard to sell estate sale items:
- China cabinets.
- Decorative glass.
- Upright pianos & organs.
- “Brown” furniture.
- Collectible figurines like Hummels, Precious Moments, or Lladros.
How much does an estate sale company charge?
Most estate sale companies charge you a percentage of the sale’s gross profits; for instance, they might charge you 35%. If the estate sale grosses $10,000, you’ll owe them $3,500. Some companies may have additional services they provide for a fee, such as trash removal, after-sale clean-up, etc.
Who runs an estate sale?
Estate sales are usually conducted by a professional, for a percentage of the revenues. The liquidator may also charge the estate for the costs to give the sale, including advertising, marketing, research, labor, security, refreshments and other fees incurred in giving a successful sale.
Why do estate sales happen?
An Estate Sale, also called a Tag Sale in some parts of the country, is a way of liquidating the belongings of a family or estate. These are usually much more than garage or yard sales. They are used when someone is in need of a way to sell items due to downsizing, moving, divorce, bankruptcy, or death.
How do I hold an estate sale myself?
There are a few keys to holding a successful estate sale, and they are as follows:
- Create an Inventory.
- Fix and Clean What You Can.
- Price Your Items.
- Ensure Good Traffic Flow.
- Clearly Mark Off-Limit Items.
- Take Security Measures.
- Take Great Pictures.
- Advertise, Advertise, Advertise.
Can you negotiate at an estate sale?
It’s not personal. Don’t expect to haggle on the first day of the sale if the estate sale is professionally managed. Private organizers may entertain offers, but estate sale companies typically have a fixed percentage they’ll take off of the tag price that increases with each subsequent day of the sale.
What is the difference between an estate sale and a garage sale?
Estate sales usually will not negotiate the first day of the sale and most have a policy for discounting while garage sales usually have people making offers from the time the sale starts. Estate liquidator also have policies in place for entering the estate sale (numbers, list, etc.)