Some homes boast decades of accumulation and collecting of fascinating items, everything from antiques to unique collectibles and even sought after vintage pieces and clothing. The opportunity to see and sell great items is a major perk as an Estate Sale Professional, so we asked them if they condone the pre-sale of any items for jobs that they’re hired for. Here is what a couple of the industry experts had to say:
“I try never to do pre-sales, although I have done them in the past. It is just too much of a hassle,” says Robyn Reynolds, owner of Organize2Harmonize in California. “The problem is that when you do it for someone once they expect it all the time, it is just easier to say no pre-sales and deal with everyone at the actual sale.”
Catherine Baron, owner of Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals in Arizona says, “Usually not, we have a large and loyal customer base for whom it is important to be the first in to shop, you do not want to jeopardize that kind of loyalty.” Catherine suggests the option of leveraging your resources. “The exception is when there is a large inventory of a type of item where I will need to consult with an expert. For example, if we have a large collection of books, I will bring in my book appraisers early to the sale and they will volunteer their time to sort through and categorize the books.” In return, Catherine allows them to buy books of their interest at a fair price. “They get a bartered payment for their services, and I can rest assured that the balance of the books are priced at fair market value.”
The early bird gets the worm is the motto of Brenda Devereux, owner of The Real McCoy Estate and House Contents Sales LLC. “I strictly do not pre-sell any sale items because I feel that those who arrive early on the sale days and wait to get in have earned “First Dibs.” Brenda also says, “I also have a better chance of getting full price on the better items because of the competitive vibe on the first day.”
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