DIY Estate Sales: Should You Host Your Own?
Hosting your own estate sale can be a good way to make money, but it can also be extremely time-consuming. Like traditional yard sales and garage sales, estate sales require a lot of time to gather items, organize them, price them and display them – and that’s all before the actual sale takes place. Add to that the time it takes to research the worth of potentially valuable items, and most people find they spend many, many hours before the event even begins.
Few Customers Means Fewer Sales
Another headache: Making sure the sale is properly advertised to bring in the most buyers. Slapping up a sign in the front yard or putting up an ad on Craigslist can bring in a handful of buyers, but to really draw in a crowd, you need to know where your target market is looking and how to gain their attention. In fact, holding an estate sale is a lot like opening up a tiny, temporary retail establishment, and if you don’t have the skills or the experience to pull it off, you could wind up missing out on a substantial amount of money.
Of course, if money isn’t your object, hosting your own estate sale could make sense – but if you’re not interested in earning some extra cash, why not just donate the items? The fact is, pretty much everyone can use some extra cash, and it just makes sense to optimize the amount of cash your estate sale can bring in.
But beyond preparing and advertising, estate sales also require you to be on hand for several hours, usually spread out over at least a couple of days. If you already have a full-time job, that means one whole weekend will be spent managing the sale. And of course in addition to handling the cash from buyers, you’ll also need to be ready to answer questions, wrap and box items and just be on hand in case any issues crop up. Just about any way you look at it, hosting an estate sale can quickly turn into a real hassle, especially if your advertising efforts wind up bringing in only a trickle of customers.
More Profits, Less Hassle
Attics to Basements was formed to help would-be sellers handle all these issues and more, with a dedicated team of experienced sellers who understand all the ins and outs of estate sales, from the pre-sale planning, appraising and pricing to day-of-sale responsibilities like dealing with customers, wrapping purchases and even motivating customers to buy additional related items when possible. Plus, we know just where, how and when to advertise sales to draw not just the most customers, but the right kind of customers who are truly interested in what you’re selling.
Getting started is easy, too: Just give us a call at 469-396-4696, shoot us an email or use our online contact form and we’ll do the rest. It’s the easy, no-stress, no-hassle path to extra cash and less clutter.