Thanks For Making Our San Francisco Estate Sale Successful!!!

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The San Francisco Estate Sales Experts

Our San Francisco estate sale at 2370 North Point, was a smashing success, and we thank you our loyal shoppers for making this happen.

As an estate liquidator I am curious about the following:

  1. How is the economy affecting your purchasing decisions?

  2. What is it that I, or my fellow estate liquidators just don’t get?

  3. Whether you are an antique dealer or a regular shopper – let us know what’s great about estate sales, or what’s not so great?

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2 thoughts on “Thanks For Making Our San Francisco Estate Sale Successful!!!

  1. 1. “How is the economy affecting your purchasing decisions?”

    Been focusing on fewer, yet higher-ticket items. Small, more “commonplace” items seem to have slowed, while the finer things appear to be holding their value and still selling sell.

    2. “What is it that I, or my fellow estate liquidators just don’t get?”

    The fundamental importance and sweeping social value of letting me and my friends shop 3-4 days prior to the sale!! :^)

    Seriously, I think the vast majority of you do GREAT work…and I know it ain’t easy!

    If anything, I’d say:

    a) PHOTOS, PHOTOS, PHOTOS!!! …on the estate sellers website!! Good, crisp, clear, easy to view and LOTS OF THEM!!! Also, THOROUGH and complete descriptions of all contents on your website. Not having adequate data can make it VERY difficult to determine which sales to attend. Nothing worse than getting your hopes up for what APPEARED to be a fine sale, only to be met with a small-ish selection of so-so stuff.

    b) Please ensure ALL items are priced. It can end up costing a harried shopper money (in lost resale potential) to have to wait and sort out a price on something, thus letting other things slip by and be swept up by other shoppers.

    c) If the case ever arises where the sale is NOT to include the ENTIRE contents of the home, please say so well in advance (and specify which things or areas of the home ARE being sold).

    d) Leave no stone unturned! Prepare EVERYTHING in the house for sale; with price tags, etc. I love digging through garages, barns, closets, etc., for hidden treasures, but that can become risky…unless you have the house to yourself to explore! Again, it becomes costly to spend one’s time away from the priced merchandise when other shoppers are storming the home grabbing it up.

    3. “Whether you are an antique dealer or a regular shopper – let us know what’s great about estate sales, or what’s not so great?”

    I do like the “first-come-first-served” approach, as it makes it a level playing field for all: get up early enough and you are assured some choice “pickings”. Conversely–and I suppose there isn’t much can be done about this one–but what’s not so great with a TAG SALE format is that by the time the first 15-20 minutes are over, much of the better merchandise is history. So, I also do a fair amount of shopping at auctions (whether estate or at the auction houses). If you miss out on one great item, you still have plenty of opportunities to get others.

    Thanks!

    ~ Tim Robbins

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