Monthly Archives: October 2010

Vintage Sterling Silver Western Style Buckles

Love These!!!

Sterling Buckle with Sheep’s Head by Diablo German Silver Buckle by Irvine & Jachens

Sterling Buckle “Rodeo” by Diablo Sterling Buckle “C.P.H.A” by Diablo

Sterling “Horse Racing” Buckle by Ricardo Sterling “Cattle Brand” Buckle by Diablo

Comstock Silversmiths Western Style Buckle Silver Clad Buckle With Morgan Dollar by Diablo

Sterling “Cattle Brand” Buckle by Diablo Sterling Buckle with 11 Conchos by Victor Hicks

Sterling Buckle with Horse by Diablo Sterling Armadillo Buckle by Manuel Altamirano

We Also Have Antique Jewelry

We Also Have Vintage Jewelry

Antique Jewelry Here Vintage Jewelry Here

We Also Have Antique Silver

We Also Have Vintage Silver

Antique Silver Here Vintage Silver Here

We Also Have Sterling Charm Bracelets

We Also Have Native American Silver

Sterling Charm Bracelets Here Native American Jewelry Here

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American Pickers In California, Oh My! What’s a Dealer to Do?

Mike from American Pickers Was In California Recently

…Me? I am just grateful he left something for me to find…

Vintage Boyhood Ambition Money Clip – Please Note The “Junk” Wagon

I recently started following Mike Wolfe from American Pickers on Twitter here: @American Picker He said that he was in California, that he hadn’t picked here in awhile.

I thought, damn Mike! Can’t you stay in your own area – do you think we need any more competition – I mean, how many barns full of stuff do you think we have here in California?

The answer is we have plenty of barns and warehouses, and garages and old out of the way storage rooms full of stuff in California…we’re just like the rest of the country.

American Picker Side-note: Sue over at Vintage Rescue Squad is about the biggest fan of American Pickers I have come across in the blogosphere…Go Sue

Dim the lights – Here’s A Recent True Story

19th c. Bas-Relief marble Panels Sold at San Rafael Auction House for $4,250.00

A Garage Sales shopper making their rounds of all the little Mom and Pop Yards in the San Francisco Bay Area recently came across these Bas-Relief Marble Panels – there were 4 of them…he paid a grand sum total of $30.00 for all of them.

For the dealer or collector – The Deals are Still Out There!

For the Mom and Pops – Please do your Research!

A Side Note of Plenty: “Michelangelo” Found in Buffalo

Possibly Worth as Much as 300 Million! Read about it Here

What makes the American Pickers so effective is that they follow their hunches as much as they rely on their knowledge, and what backs it all up is that they are most definitely following their passions.

And that is key – If you want to make it in this business, in any aspect of it, you have to have a passion for it – at the end of the day what will keep you sane, engaged and on the prowl for the next big score is your love of what you are doing…

Her’s an article from our archive: Pick an Estate Sales Professional, or be Picked by a Pro!

Sign Me…an Estate Liquidator Who Loves His Job,

Martin Codina
CEO Fine Estate Sales and Estate Liquidation

Where to Purchase Our Book "Liquidating an Estate"


Wake Up and Smell The Coffee

Collectibles are as Hot as a Good Cup of Joe When You Learn How To Buy and Sell Them

Antique Enterprise No. 218 Coffee Mill Sold by Julia Auctions for $3,393.00

The best way to learn the value of an Antique or Collectible is to do your research!

One of the sites I use is Prices4Antiques.Com.

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Where to Purchase Our Book "Liquidating an Estate"


Wake Up and Smell The Coffee

Collectibles are as Hot as a Good Cup of Joe When You Learn How To Buy and Sell Them

Antique Mount Vesuvius Coffee Cup Sold by Northeast Auctions for $1,888.00

The best way to learn the value of an Antique or Collectible is to do your research!

One of the sites I use is Prices4Antiques.Com.

We have a discount code for you here: Prices4Antiques.Com Discount Code

Where to Purchase Our Book "Liquidating an Estate"


A Reader Asks…

“I’d Like To Know How To Work In The Estate Sales Business”

As you might imagine I get at least a few questions about how to work for, or how to start an Estate Sales Business every week. People are looking for different ways to generate additional incomes as a side jobs or they’re looking to start whole new businesses…the following post is my answer.

Let Me Just Say: There are far easier paths to cash than to start your own Estate Sales Business

Starting in The Estate Sales Business Is Like Entering a Maze


It’s Complex, Sometimes Difficult, and Always Challenging…

Here Are The 4 Questions from our reader:

  1. How do I go about working for an Estate Sales Company?
  2. What are the jobs that may be available in the Estate Sales Business?
  3. If I work with someone just starting, where online would we find free appraisals?
  4. How much would a starting part time hourly wage be?

“How do I go about working for an Estate Sales Company?”

The Estate Sales Business is a trust business, all of it, from the first entrance into a home to set it up, to all of the customer interactions, All Of It Is Based On Trust.

Expect any job inquiry of an Estate Liquidator to be met with a bit of skepticism. If you want a job in the Estate Liquidation Industry, first develop a relationship with them. The best way to do this is to go their Estate Sales from week to week – have them get a chance to know you before asking if they need any help.

“What are the jobs that may be available in the Estate Sales Business?”

The least known job in the Estate Sales Business is that of the marketer – if you have experience as a marketer or experience as a PR Person – especially if you have a demonstrable track record – I imagine, you could pretty much get a job with an Estate Liquidator any day of the week.

Estate Sales Professionals Want…

More Business… If you can help them get more business – You can have a job!

To be Better… If you can show them how to be more effective – You can have a job!

Increase Incomes… If you can help an Estate Liquidator make money – You can have a job!

If you want a job in the Estate Sales Business, then prove to an Estate Liquidator that you can do the above.

Other Jobs In The Estate Sales Business: Set-Up Staff – On-Site Sales Staff – Outside Consultants – Cashiers….

If I work with someone just starting, where on-line would we find free appraisals?

Free Appraisals are only worth their cost: In other words to find out how much something is worth you are going to have to either pay for it, have the experience to know already, or you are going to have to invest your time.

Here are two places to conduct research – by the way there are others: Our Research Antiques and Collectibles Pages, and a site I use everyday – Prices4Antiques.Com – If you like Prices4Antiques.Com then click the link to find out about a discount code for them.

How much would a starting part time hourly wage be?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, we likely pay more per hour for our estate sales staffing then most places in the country – at Fine Estate Sales we pay our staff between $12.00 – $18.00 an hour.

But I feel certain that in other parts of the country you’ll likely find that wages for Estate Sales Staff are lower.

Sign Me: Grateful To The Estate Sales Industry,

Martin Codina
CEO Fine Estate Liquidation, Inc.
San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Purchase Our Book "Liquidating an Estate"