The Magic of a Great Estate Sale

How is it possible? What makes a great estate sale happen? How is it that people line up to “buy that stuff”?

These are questions that we hear day in and day out. Our answer is: It all hinges on a number of factors.

I’ll provide more info on this below, but I want to begin with a disclaimer that not all estate sales are created equal. Not all circumstances are either. That is why we provide different options like Buyouts and Trash-Outs – to help people in situations that may not be conducive to an estate sale.

I’m not going to number these factors, and they are not in any particular order, either. I truly believe it takes a collaborative effort, and a combination of circumstances, to form a Perfect Storm of an awesome estate sale.

 

Volume

A lot of people I meet with have no idea that estates sales can work very well off of the sheer amount of items for sale. We will be doing our walk-through during the first consultation, and they may say, “I have already gone through and gotten rid of the junk.” I try not to cringe at these statements, as a lot of times, it’s the “junk” that people will wait in line for to buy! Volume is a positive factor when there are so many different types of items people can come and buy. There could be 50 people in line waiting to get in the door, and they could all be after different things. Even if they are after the same things, and they miss out because someone else claimed it, it’s natural that they will find something else to buy because they are already there.

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Unique Items

Being different isn’t a bad thing if you are an item at an estate sale. You will catch the eye of people who are used to seeing the same old thing while going through listings.

This guy below got his share of attention on our sale listing! He was a hat display for a clothing store, and in this case, being different paid off!

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Location, Location, Location!

This factor can be key to having a successful sale. Someone who has never even heard of an estate sale can be driving down a busy road and see the sign with ESTATE SALE in bold, the arrow pointing in the direction of the event, the line of people out the door. This can draw that person in. This person pulls over, manages to find a spot the car can squeeze into, and wander into an experience like none other before… “I never knew about these things!”   “Who would’ve thought I could get great deals like this for items this nice?!”  “I’ve been looking for a piece of furniture like this for the longest time!”  These are just some comments we hear quite often! All because someone was driving along and saw the sign.

 

The House

In the case of our sale this past weekend, the house drew a lot of people in. It’s a grand, historic house that people would admire driving by everyday. Some people had shown up just to take a look inside. They ended up buying a few clothes that were new-with-tag, or buying a piece that reminded them of their grandmother’s house. This house brought more people to the sale!

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Sense of Urgency

Let’s take a retail department store, for example. When they do sales, it’s ONE DAY ONLY – EXTRA 50% OFF! Or you get “bucks” to go toward your next purchase – IF it’s within a certain range of dates.

When people shop at an estate sale, they are aware that the inventory is only available for that deal for when the sale is open. They also may know, or will learn quickly, that if a decision is not made right away, or if they put off purchasing something, that item could very well be gone when they come back to buy it. This sense of urgency is such an important aspect to an estate sale. If you don’t pull the trigger, somebody else will!

 

Professional Liquidator

Last, but NOT LEAST – a professional who conducts sales year-round, who has a following of regular customers, ways to advertise, and a handle on how to price all the items – this is very important to having a successful sale! We consider things that wouldn’t normally come up – like traffic flow, check-out, a hold area, parking. We go through it ALL, and determine on a case-by-case basis the best way to have a successful sale. We put a great team in place with the tools to succeed. We handle any hiccups that may arise with professionalism, and we stick to our guns!

 

If you are going through a situation where you are making decisions where stuff goes – call us. We can help you through this process. We know you are going through so much already; we want to help take away the stress of this monumental task.

 

 

No part of ACE Estate Solutions’ blogs, whole or partial, may be used without written consent.

What is a Trash-Out?

A Trash-Out is when there is no monetary value in the items we are hauling off. And boy, did we do a trash-out for the books this week! This farmhouse sitting on several hundred acres has been vacant going on 10 years! Our crew helped out this client by clearing out a building and cellar, two sheds, and the whole house. We came back with some goodies that we were able to salvage, so check out those here.

 

This house was built in the 1930’s, and since it’s been empty for almost a decade, you can imagine the state it was in, as well as the contents.

 

 

 

The inside of the house wasn’t that bad, but then we went to the building.

 

 

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And then the “room” behind this one, with a wall busting out…

 

 

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And the floor rotting, along with everything else in it…

 

 

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Not to mention the cellar… (check out the creepy baby picture!)

 

 

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Yeah, we are crazy. But, we are also aiming to offer more than other liquidators. To offer options, and be able to provide services that fit different circumstances and people. Moving on to the after pictures…

 

Drum Roll Please!

 

 

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We didn’t even know it was a concrete slab until after we had started sweeping!

 

And, remember the rotting room?

 

 

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Now, the cellar isn’t as creepy as it was before:

 

 

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We accomplished the cellar and building trash-out in one full day.

We completed the house the next day.

Stay tuned for more adventures, and to see what we get into next!

 

If you are in need of a liquidation of contents, feel free to give us a call! 704.951.7334**

We’re Really Going to Blog This Time!

It’s been over two years since my mom and I jumped head first into this business of helping others liquidate stuff. There is no glamorous way of saying it. It’s stuff. Bought and *sometimes* treasured year after year. A lot of the time, we hear people say, “I didn’t know I had all of this!” or, “How did this happen?!” We meet with people, whether it be their house, or their parents’ house, who are self-proclaimed ‘neat freaks’, and never have even a hint of a dirt speck looming around, until they decide, either on their own terms or not, that they need to move. They just don’t need ‘this big space’ and ‘all these things’ to keep up with. When we meet with them, they are often in flux, standing in the middle of pile after pile, wondering how it got to “this”.

The other thing they don’t know is how all this stuff will go away. If they could just snap their fingers and it could be gone — what a relief that would be!

Then we come in, and say,

We are your finger snap!

They look confused, yet slightly relieved, now wondering, “how will you do it all?”

“With good help and a lot of sweat!”

Back to us jumping into this business, and me really slacking with blog-writing. It is my goal in this 3rd year to be more consistent with posting on this blog. I’d like to post different things we find in our buyout services, and before-and-after’s of our estate sales, buyouts, and trash-outs. Showing exactly what it is we do! The behind-the-scenes, almost-always-dirty jobs we get ourselves into, and gladly! So, get ready, ’cause here comes the no-holds-barred roller coaster ride of ACE Estate Solutions!

 

Posted by Deanna Stallings, co-owner & operator of ACE Estate Solutions, LLC.

No part of ACE Estate Solutions’ blogs, whole or partial, may be used without written consent.

Why We Are Members of the American Society of Estate Liquidators

We did a good amount of research when we knew we were serious about becoming professional estate liquidators.   First and foremost, we knew we wanted to help people, and do it the right way: with integrity and compassion.  While keeping these imperative factors in mind, Julie Hall and ASEL kept coming to the forefront. ASEL is built on their Code of Ethics, and the basic – yet often pushed under the rug – belief that clients come first.

It is our passion and mission to live by the ASEL Code of Ethics:

The American Society of Estate Liquidators® Code of Ethics

Each Associate of The American Society of Estate Liquidators® (ASEL®) agrees to observe and be dedicated to the following principles and policies:

• To be honest and trustworthy at all times and not to be a party to any fraudulent, dishonest, or malicious acts.

• To honestly and fairly represent his/her professional competency, qualifications, facilities, and capabilities and not to exaggerate or misrepresent such qualifications in advertising, resumes, or while soliciting clients.

• To keep in confidence any private and/or personal information with respect to a client and individuals affiliated with the client and not disclose such information to any third party.

• To accept assignments and give advice or opinions that are only within the scope of the estate liquidation process, unless the Associate is professionally qualified to do otherwise or is willing to take steps to see that the necessary research is done to execute the assignment knowledgeably.

• To conduct himself/herself in a professional and impartial manner at all times in connection with an estate liquidation.

• To make himself/herself reasonably available during all stages of the liquidation process.

• To avoid situations which represent a conflict of interest.

• To take the steps reasonably necessary to determine a fair liquidation value on personal property to be sold.

• To charge a fee based on a fair value for his/her services rendered.

It’s not too hard to go with a company that stands for the same things you stand for!

 

 

No part of ACE Estate Solutions’ blogs, whole or partial, may be used without written consent.

No part of the American Society of Estate Liquidators Code of Ethics, whole or partial, may be used without written consent.