I will try to write as often as I can about different things happening at the Estate Sales or about antiques, antiquing, appraisals, and anything else that comes to mind. There will also be tips and information about how to get the best bargains.
Estate Sale Stuffing
Since I want this blog to be informative and educational, I would like to tell you about another recent request. Actually, it is a rather common one that I receive fairly often.
Someone called and said they had some items for sale but not enough to have an estate sale. They wanted to know if I could take their items, which they described as "fine antiques" and add them in one of my estate sales.
I told them that we do not do that and referred her to some antique shops which might purchase them or place them on consignment for her.
I realize that "stuffing" items into estate sales is a very common practice. As a matter of fact, some estate sales services use that as a method to sell items that they purchased just for that purpose. While it might make for a house that is more full for the sale, I believe it is deceptive and unethical. Nor is it fair to the client. We are there to sell the client's items and we should not be competing with them to sell items we brought in.
Our estate sales contain only the items that were in the home when we began preparing the estate for sale. When the sale begins, all of the items that were in the home when we began (that were suitable for sale) are still there and nothing is ever added.
We like to operate only in a straight forward and open manner.
See you at a sale soon.