So you want to be in the Estate Sales Business

“But You Don’t Know Where To Start”

Here is an actual ad for an estate sale being conducted by Heartland Estate Sales in Omaha Nebraska: Today’s project is to learn how and where to research the Antiques and Collectibles that are part of this estate sale.

But First A Few Photos…

Copy Of Heartland Estate Sales Ad:

Date: August 22nd – 24th, 2009 Place: 7416 S. 20th Street, Signs at Rt75 and Chandler Rd., Omaha, NE

Preliminary Look: Lots of Guns 15-20 handguns, rifles, and shotguns, Knives include: Rare German Flyers Knife, USM and Navy knives, Pal hunting knife, Compound Bows, lots of fishing gear and vintage tackle, Lots of Costume jewelry (all from this house includes Brookraft, Cameos, Charel, Coro, Haskell, Hollycraft, Kramer, Lisner, Matisse, Roberts, Renoir, Trifari, vintage Turquoise, Vendome, Weiss, West Germany and more to come), Lots of Tools (mostly old), Lots of collectibles (Art Nouveau Lamp with Nudes, Antique Atwood Kent Radio with Horn, Zeiss Ikon camera, antique clocks, 2 antique Horse Harnesses with collars, camel back and immigrant trunks, Thorens disc music box with 10 discs, Marianne Eagle Sward Verdun 1916 Military Bronze Medal By Pillet (1869-1960), neat vintage Christmas Tree motion lamp, Trench/Shell Art pieces, pocket knives, pens and pencils, pocket watches, marbles, stamps, antique oil lamps, Singer Treadle machine oak cabinet, ), nice glassware and china, vintage childrens books, lots of standard household, lawn and garden,

Before I can properly price an estate sales item, I have to know what it is. So the first thing I do is identify each item. After I identify what the piece is, I think of each item as representing a category – a keyword, or a search term.

…I then conduct a Google Search…

But I have found that if I just Google each of these categories of collectibles, many times my search results are way to broad. So the trick is to learn how to narrow my search terms so that they produce search results that are relevant to the information I am seeking,

There are easy and hard ways to research Antiques and Collectibles….

Here’s the hard, but rewarding way…

Firearms: Collectible Knives and Bayonets: Bayo Hunter Compound Bow: eBay completed listings. Fishing Gear and Tackle: Joe’s Old Lures Costume Jewelry: Milky Way Jewels Costume Jewelry Makers Marks Old Tools: Union Hill Antique Tools Atwood Kent Radio: Atwater Kent Cameras: Classic Cameras Thorens: Mechanical Music
Antique Clocks: Gutlin Antique Clocks g Trench Art: Trench Art Vintage Pens: Vintage

The aboveĀ  websites will teach you a great deal about the collectibles and antiques listed in the Heartland Estate Sales Ad, but sometimes you need a single source for researching antiques and collectibles…because you are moving fast…

Here is a site that will give you real time access to high quality price information quickly and accurately. It has a diverse and large price and item description data base for almost any antique or collectible that has been sold at auction…


Prices 4 Antiques.Com

I wish you the best success. The Estate Sales business is like no other….it is truly an honor to aid and assist families move through the estate liquidation process.

Good Luck!!!

Martin Codina
Founder and CEO

Where to Purchase Our Book "Liquidating an Estate"

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