Estate Sales: 30 Day Diary Of An Estate Liquidator Day 5

…Each day for the next 30 days, I will write about my experiences as an Estate Sales Professional…

Day 5:

Is this going to be a push a rock up a hill day, or I am going to relax and flow effortlessly into the slipstream of the Estate Sales Business today?

Up at 6:00am: Writing is what I do, some of us have to be writers because so many other people prefer reading, over the terrifying activity of staring at the blank page…

I write to give people who are facing difficult situations with regards to the personal property that they have inherited as much positive and useful information about how to proceed with it’s dispersal in as positive a way as possible…

Huh? The Short Answer for why I write about estate sales is – That I Care About People…after helping 100′s of them through the whole estate sales process, I get that most of them don’t have a clue how to proceed. What most of them seem to lack is quality estate sales information. So I write, and I post pretty pictures…and my phone rings…from all over the country.

Meanwhile Back At The Office: It’s 9:00am, and what am I doing – listing items on Ruby Lane of course. As I wrote a few days ago, when we don’t have an active estate sale that we are working on, we are still always working on something. Auctions and auction placement, being our main bread and butter non estate sales activity – but also we buy items all the time that we then list on Ruby Lane. Because we have a bit of time on our hands, we are presently slogging through boxes of stuff…finding long lost treasures in them like this Gold Pique Notebook Once Owned by Madame Zadah Guerin

The Big 11:00am Question: A Ruby Lane buyer from China wants to purchase an expensive Sterling Silver Art Nouveau tray…problem is, I don’t ship to China – isn’t this a bit strange, that so much easily ships from China, but does not so easily ship back to China…I’ll have to ponder this for a moment or two…

I’ll get Valetta, my wife, and highly esteemed business partner right on it…

1:00pm: I am in my car traveling the distance between San Rafael and Castro Valley, going to see a woman who has items she has stored on behalf of her family for the last 20 years or so.

She is delightful. She is the only daughter of an only daughter…who has seen herself as the steward of her Grandmother and Grandfathers heirlooms – lo these many years. The problem is, she also has only one child; a 28 year old woman with no real interest in antiques or collectible, unless they are Mid-Century…so it’s time for her to give up the ghost so to speak, and sell these items. And I am the lucky guy who gets to make an offer.

When I get there at 2:00pm or so, I am immediately captivated by a large Coin Silver Ladle with a Horned Stag Applique…it’s ginormous…love it, got to have it, hope it does not cost too much.

Other Items She Had: Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine, 15 elegantly and wonderfully carved Antique Ivory Pieces, A Box of LP’s From The Sixties – Including Beatles Records, More Silver Than You Can Melt Into A Stack Of Ingots, Gold and Silver Jewelry, and so on…

I am there until 4:30pm: Well the Gods of Junk smile on me, and I am able to make her an offer for this pile of wonder, these gee-gaws to gawk at, that is acceptable to her and her husband – who by the way once did radio, and I am on my way…back from Castro Valley, into the traffic of the East Bay…homeward.

Hey, But What About Lunch? That’s how it goes in the Estate Sales Business, sometimes you take late lunches, not the 3 martini kind, or the Eat Lunch and Go Home Kind…no, the kind of lunch I often get is the I am eating a sandwich in the car on the way to somewhere else kind. But today I am lucky. I stop in Berkeley and eat at Picante…one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants in the East Bay…

I am Home by 6:30pm: The best thing about buying a bunch of stuff is when you get home and unwrap it and gaze upon the wonder of old time craftsmanship, just appreciating it…the worst thing is, being fearful you paid too much…

7:30 – 9:00pm: Because I always have to know if I am going to do well, or at least not lose money on a recent buying excursion, I go through the items I bought one by one, just to give myself peace of mind – did I overpay? Will I make a profit? After an hour and a half, I feel I am in the safe zone, and will do just fine…

Here’s Our Deal Of The DayEgyptian Revival Sarcophagus Pendant Was $275.00 – Today, and today only $200.00

All The Best To You…

Martin Codina

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