After 37 years on the front lines of Consumer Goods via traditional channels like big box stores and specialty boutique locations, I fell into the estate sale business and never looked back; I know how you can save yourself a bundle on stuff you will want!
My main revelation upon joining forces with industry veteran Laurie Zook in our company “EstateMax” was that the successful “Boomer” generation is downsizing and moving to retirement locations at a record pace. We call these “Living Estate Sales.” So, In addition to normal “estate sales” where folks have passed and there is a legal estate to be liquidated, most of our work is in turning unneeded good stuff into cash for our clients. To fund their starting over…
This is a happy occasion, as clients opt to start over again, rid themselves of stuff they no longer need – due to duplication, or just wanting a fresh start – and they get the cash!
Much of what we find now is cool vintage stuff, collectables, antique goods, such as furniture, art, apparel, books, and nicnacs, items from world travel in some cases. When sold, these goods get a second life, and go to estate sale shoppers who refurbish, or collect, or resell. Talk about a treasure house full of things that could become unique wedding gifts!
Fair market value of the goods can be 30 cents on the dollar in many cases less. So the owner gets cash back after a lifetime of use, and the new owner finds great stuff, many times in great condition and hardly used at all, due to the love given to the goods by the original owners. China, silverware, linens, decor……
For our younger shoppers, just starting out, it’s a gold mine of stuff needed for everyday life, or even a first collectable antique or art object for home decor. One can furnish an entire home or apartment for much less than half of what it would cost in a traditional store….and many times you would get BETTER STUFF than they offer now…… because…..they really don’t make ’em like they used to!
Lastly, learn more about the business and how to find sales at www.EstateMax.net and discover our retail warehouse, Other Peoples Stuff (O.P.S.) where we liquidate unsold estate sales goods twice a month, and benefit S.H.I.P. of Frederick County in the process. FYI, there are always really cool unsold goods to sell at 75% off for our customers.
See you there, –Steve Berryman.