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Estate Sale Myths: Don’t let these get you Down

Uniquely MinnesotaAre you in the process of organizing an estate sale? With our help, you know you will be in good hands from start to finish. Even then, there are some myths that may begin to creep into your mind, making it difficult for you to make the right decisions.

Here are three of the most common estate sale myths, as well as the steps you should take to overcome each one:

1. Estate sales only make sense during the spring and summer months. While you may have the largest number of buyers during this time, consider this: the fall and winter months mean less competition. Subsequently, the chance of attracting large numbers of potential buyers is very real.

Note: many estate sale goers enjoy doing so during colder months, as this is a great indoor activity.

2. I should donate items that are not going to fetch a lot of money. There is nothing wrong with making donations; however, it is important that you never assume an item has no chance of selling.

When you consult with us first, you will have a clear understanding of which items to sell and which ones may be best off for the “donation pile.”

The best estate sale companies also offer charity and donation services, so be sure to hook up with a company that can help you in this manner.

3. Furniture is the only thing that sells well.  Furniture is in fact one of the softest resale markets at the moment. While it’s true that good furniture is holding its value and still selling for a respectable price, the bulk of the money generated at an estate sale is realized from the sale of crystal, china, silver, porcelain, figurines, glass paperweights, stamps, coins, artwork, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and good hardwood furniture. In essence these are examples of small high-value portables that can generate the greatest return for the effort.

When organizing an estate sale, believing one or more of these myths to be true could drag you down before you ever get up and running. It is important to hire the right estate sale company, while also sticking to the facts at hand, as opposed to myths that will do nothing more than get in the way.

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