I grew up in a peaceful organized household, thus setting up an estate sale with all the organizing that’s needed, comes easily for me.
However, when I handle hoarders sales, it’s a bit tricky. In that, each hoarder has their own way of hoarding. Some just add piles and piles all over the home of things they like or purchase items because it’s on sale. Others seek out special toys, coins etc that may be of value in their later years. It’s extremely relative to whomever is hoarding.
Last year I handled a huge sale in the city. The owners, now in their eighties, needing medical assistance finally moved into an assisted living establishment. My sale took place over one weekend, as usual. On Sunday’s sale date, the owner called me sixteen-times to inform me of what they didn’t want sold! Mind you, we set aside many items throughout our setup for family to pick up and take to them. Each call the owner very politely said Victoria this is….honey, please don’t sell the planters out back. Please don’t sell the metal chairs out back. Please don’t sell the tea cups, the broken chair out back – we just love it! (Note each item called about was broken, rusted or just no use to anyone any longer nor were they able to repair it at this juncture in their life). I don’t recall each request, however the requests were always for something that no longer could serve them or anyone else.
Another sale housed tons and tons of salable items, however the owner needed to sell the home and told me to give it away and that she didn’t care what it brought. However, I had to pay my help and make an income. The fact that she told me to give it away helped me considerably! This comment allowed me to set up the thousands upon thousands of items without taking hours and hours to price it after set up, which she agreed to. This enabled me to purge all items via verbal pricing each sale day.
Customers love these types of sales, as do I. Thus, this sale became a bag and pile-it-up sale. Goodness, the customers flowed in, happy to rummage through the now organized lot. Each one carried up an armload of items from the basement, which pleased me and the homeowner. Meaning she wouldn’t have to hire workers to do what these paying customers were doing, ridding her very full home of all she and her partner bought and carried in over the years.
She was very pleased. Of course, these type of sales don’t always bring in big bucks, however handling sales like these, are a blessing to each client that needs all items out to sell their home swiftly and move to a smaller place.
Another hoarders estate housed so many items in it’s over 5000 square foot home that it certainly was overwhelming! When I’m commissioned to handle these types of sales, I pause, take it in, then begin silently figuring out how to set it up. How many sales will it take? This one housed many many toys in original packaging. From experience, I knew I’d have to take two weeks to set it up, research and sell only the toys on one or two weekends, then sell the remainder contents, one of the following weekends. They wholeheartedly agreed as they were perplexed as to how to get rid of everything. This turned out to be the best sale I had that year!
I make Estate Sales Easy for those that scale down and for those that have lost a loved one.
My book, Estate Sales Made Easy, is now on Amazon for pre-purchasing at: Estate Sales Made Easy
The hard copy comes out late summer 2017! I’m so excited! It’s published by the same publisher that publishes Chicken Soup for the Soul! Hay House publishing. With an eBook coming out first! Some time in the mix a live Webinar and a Radio show coming, dates/times to be announced.
Check it out! Not only is this a how-to begin a business guide like mine, but it includes stories of energies I see, feel and often times hear within each estate. Note the sparkle within the letter A denoting something more…..
Watch for more books on this subject, which also includes the stories each house offers up….