Ask For Help When Liquidating Mom's House
The Good Stuff May Not Be In The China Closet
Should you hire a professional to run an Estate Sale or Tag Sale when you are selling off the contents of a parent's home? Or should you engage family members and conduct a tag sale or yard sale yourself ? Unless you have a super helpful family with a lot of time and knowledge.....I say you are nuts to do it yourself.
Running An Estate Sale Is A BIG Job
Running an estate sale is a BIG JOB! And from the volumes of emails I receive asking me to advise family members about whether what they have to sell has any value? I would say that bringing in someone who has experience on these matters is really critical. I have read many emails that have pictures attached to them with great things that would be of great interest to many buyers as well as looked at photos of items that were in very rough shape and work a few dollars at the most.
Hidden Treasures At An Estate Sale
But sometimes the stuff which seems like it in very "rough" shape is actually the hidden treasure.. You really need to know what the market iit is where you are. What folks are looking for in Manhattan may be very different than what they buy in a small town elsewhere.
What I have learned over the years is that the really "good stuff" may not be in the China Closet, but in the basement, garage or attic. Come on, you all have watched all these new T.V. Reality Shows on antiques and collectibles. Where are they poking around? Not in the Curio cabinet but in the rafters of the garage or storage areas.
Grandma Chic Versus Industrial Chic
In today's market, "Industrial Chic" is in, "Grandma Chic" is out. An old rusty factory table or stool may be of more interest to buyers than a nice Maple kitchen table. How crazy is that. I vote for bringing in a professional, someone who has been in the business for awhile and is well networked with auction Houses, antique stores, collectors and experts.
Even if the home that you are trying to liquidate is filled rooms of bric-a-brac and ordinary "used furniture", it is still a big deal to try to organize, price and sell off all these things. Why make the job harder than it has to be.....call in a professional Estate or Tag Sale service.
Introducing Estate Mavens
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You will find all the help you need to learn more about what you have to sell and who can help you.
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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at email@example.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists