Get Ready for an Estate Sale

Do you need to get ready for an estate sale? Estate Sales can be a very daunting task.  That is why it is very common to hire an estate sale company.  Graceful Changes Estate Sales can take the overwhelming burden of an estate sale off your shoulders. We have the experience and expertise to maximize your sales and get the most out of the estate for you.  This article covers some very important information before your estate sale.

Before your estate sale, either mark or remove all the items that you and your family plan to keep. This will make it easier for us to see what will be in the sale. It is important to clear out things that are really trash or personal in nature.

Here are some things that can be thrown out before a sale:

  • Recent newspapers, flyers, direct mail & personal correspondence
  • Clothes that are stained, worn or torn unless they are vintage or antique
  • Food and spices that are out of date

The following is a partial list of items that people throw out because they think they have no value. Let the estate sale professional decide before you throw them out!

  • Clothing, purses, shoes, hats, belts and other attire (they often don’t sell for a lot unless they are vintage/antique or very good brands, but they do sell)
  • All Sports Equipment including fishing tackle, golf clubs, baseball, etc.
  • Advertising items such as tins, bottles, labels, store giveaways, particularly if they are vintage, antique or look old and worn out (contemporary advertising may not sell well)
  • Cigar Boxes, ashtrays & smoking paraphernalia
  • Bedding, blankets, towels, sheets, linens, etc.
  • Usable food items and cleaning supplies
  • Jewelry – even if it’s broken
  • Fabric, buttons, sewing and craft items
  • Old Toys – even those in ill repair
  • All miscellaneous garage items
  • Yard art and decorations
  • Christmas decorations
  • Pots and pans, dishes, flatware
  • Records, CDs, videos, DVDs, books & magazines.

One final point

This economy has had an effect on estates sales, just like everything else. People are paying lower prices for things, but the good news is that more people are shopping estate sales. So we find that the net outcome is about the same as a few years ago or better, however there is no guarantee on the final financial outcome of the sale.



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