Friday, June 19, 2015

Getting Ready For An Estate Sale

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It's the beginning of summer soon. June 21 is Father's Day and also the first day of summer. Yippee! We wait for it all winter, then it flies by so fast. Anyways, when the weather starts to get warmer the garage and estate sales start to happen, especially here in Michigan. My husband and I have been working on a couple of estate sales with my sister and brother-in-law in the past month or so.

It's a lot of work preparing a house for an estate sale. First off, the owners or children of the estate take everything they want before we start working at it. There is a lot of sorting of things from room to room. You would be amazed at the stuff people have in their house. Some houses are clean and some.....well, not so clean. We have to wash some things and do dusting and vacuuming to make things look presentable for the sale. Also, some people save stuff that is just pure junk. So, you have bags of trash to throw out also.

It is kind of fun sorting through cupboards, boxes, closets and other nooks and crannies. Some people have lots of antiques and old stuff. Others don't have any antiques, but mostly newer items. Each home is different so you never know what you're going to find.

My sister has been preparing estate sales for over 20 years. She used to have a group of ladies do it with her, but now it's her husband, my husband and myself. She's a very good organizer and loves to arrange and make everything look good for the sale. We also take all the tables to the houses to set up the items for sale. Then after everything is set up it is time to price each item, which is the easy part. Since they have been in the antique business for over 25 years, my sister and her husband know a little more about the pricing of antiques.

We also put the ads in various local newspapers to advertise the dates of the sale. Additionally, there is making of the signs to post on different streets to show where the sale is. If it's a larger sale, it lasts 2 and a half days. If the sale is smaller, it's usually a day and a half or 2 days. On the last day of the sale we always sell everything for half the price. Lots of people wait for the last day to get some deals. But if it's something they really want, it's not always there yet and we have already sold it. We don't overprice things but have reasonable prices, as compared to lots of other estate sales I have been to.

So that's some of what I've been doing the last month or so. It can be fun but definitely is a job.


  1. Sounds like an interesting thing to do, but a lot of work! So, the sale takes place in the person's house? Is everything in it for sale or just some things?

    1. You're right Brenda! We usually take our time unless the owner wants a sale at a specific date. Yes, the sale is right at the house with everything left in it that they do not want.

    2. Interesting, I always wondered how they worked. I may have to go check one out some day.

  2. Yes, it is pretty interesting if you have never been to one before. You might find something you need or would like. :)