Wednesday, May 11, 2016
I sometimes get teased by my staff about particular items that I put price tags on. Their assumption is that no one is going to buy that or no one is going to ask about that. After a few years of experience, I have learned that while pricing items, I have to think like a shopper--- and not just your average shopper. After all, these are estate sale shoppers were talking about here! :-) Now, I'm not talking about items that you would think are trash items, I'm talking about very sellable but not your usual 'for sale' items. I have often had to come up with an off the top of my head price for items that I didn't think anyone would inquire about. For instance, cemented lamp posts in the yard, decorative cement blocks or bricks that are used to create a walk way, the rosebush or purple jew planted in the yard, The satellite dish on top of the house, light fixtures in the ceiling, the barn in the backyard and the list goes on. Many of these items we have sold unexpectedly. This is why I titled this piece, "Doesn't Hurt to Ask." Depending on the circumstances with the sale of the home, for example, if the home is going back to the bank, many of the items I mentioned can be sold. So remember, be bold be brave and always ask. We may chuckle for a second but you just never know. It never hurts to ask!
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Just like with fashion and music, trends come and trends go. Having been in the estate sale industry for over 5 years I have noticed that we experience the same effects with our shoppers. I remember during the early years, I could get a pretty strong penny for a collection of Noritake china or vintage "brown furniture" i.e. Drexel, Broyhill etc. Unfortunately, these are items among our What's Not list. However, there will always be collectors and dealers still on the hunt for these great items and we welcome them! I'm noticing among our What's Hot list, and has been for a while, is vintage Pyrex, Albums are definitely making a comeback, more modern furniture pieces, and items that can be used for repurposing i.e. old fish tanks or TV consoles. I truly believe that there will always be a find for every shopper. What will be your next great find? Until brown furniture becomes the it thing again-- happy shopping! www.ciajestates.weebly.com
Saturday, December 26, 2015
At Count It All Joy Estate Sales, our motto is "We bring clarity to chaos." I thought the day after Christmas would be a great time to share a couple of tips on how to avoid building up clutter as we enter into a new year.
Tip #1-- So you got a special new sweater for Christmas. That's awesome! Now walk to your closet and locate that sweater that you haven't worn in the past 2 years or can't fit anymore and place into your donation pile. After all, you have this lovely new sweater to replace it with! Now what shoes shall we replace with our new Christmas pair?
Tip #2-- Get rid of the old. Start planning now how you want to handle those Christmas decorations before you take them down. If you love the joy of shopping for Christmas decorations, get those boxes labeled and ready now. With the exception of sentimental items, you can donate or sell online the old stuff. Designate a very LIMITED space in your home and hit those estate sales in January/February for awesome deals on Christmas decorations! This gives you an opportunity for a fresh new look year after year. Once that Christmas space has been filled--cut off the shopping! No, the entire attic space does not count as limited space. Pick a closet or a small square footage of space in the attic.
I will provide more tips throughout the year to help you bring "Clarity to Chaos."
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
What can you expect from this blog? I hope to provide you with tidbits for navigating the world of estate sales! So if you've ever had questions like, why are there long lines hours before the doors open? Why shop estate sales vs retail/garage sales? How do I know if I've found a hidden treasure? To negotiate or not to negotiate? Am I hiring the right estate sale company? These and many other questions will be addressed throughout the course of this year. I have been in the business for 5 1/2 years and have learned a lot-- some through trial and error. This blog will be fun but informative and is designed for my estate sale pro shoppers and my newbies. Welcome to our journey together!