How to Prepare for the Best Estate Sale Shopping Experience, Like Ever
But first, what is multi platform estate liquidation?
Earlybird Estate Liquidation and our parent company, Hughes Estate Sales, work together to yield the best results for our clients. The key to our success is selling items in a way that maximizes value. Higher grossing items are removed from the onsite liquidation setting and featured in our auctions.
Wide Audience, Wide Wallet
Items selected for auction and pulled from the home have the potential to reach a broader audience during auctions thanks to our online platforms. These hand picked items are not only available for shoppers to bid on in person at our live auctions, but also online, over the phone, and through absentee bids. Bidders from around the world will see the merchandise and can have the items shipped straight to them.
Take Me Up!
In the auction environment, the item is more likely to gross more because it is no longer in a liquidation atmosphere. At onsite sales, it is standard procedure to discount items in order to clear the home. During an auction however prices go up, not down.
Because we deal with high end items, we have a network of appraisers on standby ready to make sure auction items are identified and priced accurately. We work hard to not to let anything auction worthy slip through.
We Meet Your Needs
Multi platform estate liquidation means we can cast a wide net and assist clients in a variety of situations. Whether you have a home with many high end auction items or a house that just needs to be cleared out quickly and efficiently, Earlybird Estate Liquidation and Hughes Estate Sales are here to help!
So get that coffee percolating, the perky Earlybirds are here!
When work equals play on Father's Day!
Some of the crew spent Father's Day transforming a gently used table into a pristine looking piece of furniture. In between sips of coffee, the Earlybirds enjoyed quality time with Dad while they sanded and stained project. Best of all the table turned out great!
It's awesome being able to give items a new life and have some fun doing it. Whatever you do this weekend, do it the Earlybird way!
2017 was a pretty awesome year for the Earlybird crew! We got to go to all sorts of new places and met some wonderful new shoppers. With every sale we learned something new about this business, the world we live in, and the people we love to help. We're ready for you, 2018! And look forward to what this new year has to offer.
Take a look at our Earlybird Best of 2017 video here
5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE BUYING YOUR HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM
1) You’ll find unique gifts you won’t find in any department store. Well…at least, not
one that’s still open.
2) You’ll be able to check off your list under budget. Estate sales are the best places to
find good deals and save a few bucks.
3) You’ll be able to find gifts that are perfect for that hard to shop for person in your life.
Estate sale gift shopping is the way to go!
4) You’ll be supporting a sustainable lifestyle by repurposing items and giving them a
second life. And that’s a gift all on its own!
5) All your friends will say, “Wow, I love it! Where did you find this?”, and you’ll be
able to proudly respond, “I bought it at an Earlybird sale.”
Shopping during the holiday season can be stressful. But don’t worry, Earlybird
is here to help! You’ve still got two more sales to shop at before the end of the year!
12/16 in Alhambra
12/23 in La Cañada-Flintridge
Take a peek at our calendar for more details!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Have you been handed the task of liquidating a loved ones estate? Not sure what to do next? Here are a few tips to help get you through it:
· Are you going to clear the home out on your own? Or are you thinking of hiring an estate sale company to do the work for you? There are pros and cons to both, but the number one thing to think about is, do you have the time to get it all done? Clearing a home of its contents is a monumental task, and not one to be taken lightly. We’ve seen it countless times where an individual family member tries to do it all on their own, only to be swamped with work and unsure of what to do next. While not impossible, liquidating a home on your own can turn into an incredibly emotional, time consuming, and frustrating job.
· When making a decision on an estate liquidation company, ask for referrals and do your research. There are several things for you to consider. Are you liquidating the whole house or do you only need to remove a few items? Do the belongings warrant going to auction or should they be a part of a charitable donation for a tax write off? Many companies have several options for you to choose from, including onsite estate sales, auctions, showroom sales, and buy outs. Some companies do all of these things, while others focus on only one or two of them. Just know that you have options, and take the time to do some research before you sign the contract. The best thing you can do is attend one of the perspective companies sales, but a quick search online can also do the trick. After everything is said and done you’ll be very glad you did.
· If you’ve chosen to hire an onsite estate sale company like Earlybird Estate Liquidation, it’s a good idea to do some prep before they get there. If you’ve opted for a complete liquidation of the home, make sure to pull out anything you or your family wants to keep before the company gets there. That includes everything from small pieces of jewelry to large pieces of furniture. Once set up on the home has started, everything will be offered to the public for sale. There may be some exceptions, such as large appliances and/or window coverings, but this needs to be made very clear to the company if those items are staying onsite through the sale date and not being sold. If you remove items after the crew has begun set up the value of the item may come out of your portion of the sales.
· Understand that the company is there to help, so it’s best to sit back and let them do their job. Your presence onsite while the crew is working will be a distraction, so it’s best if you stay away for those few days. We know it can be hard and you’re going to be very curious about what’s happening, but there’s a lot to do, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to just let the company focus on their work so they can get the job done on time. Take that time to relax and know that you’re in good hands with Earlybird looking after your loved one’s belongings.
· The sale is not something you should attend. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that your attendance will be a distraction. Similar to set up days, it’s best to let the pros do what they’re good at: liquidating the contents of the home. In order to do this successfully items will be discounted, sometimes very deeply. Trust that the company you’ve chosen knows what they’re doing and will do everything they can to meet their goals.
· What do you do with the items that don’t sell? There will undoubtedly be some items that don’t sell, and you’ll have to make some decisions about what to do with those items. Some companies will clear them out for a fee while others will include it in their buy out, and you can always opt to take care of it yourself. In our experience, it’s best to go for the clean out, that way the home is totally clear and ready for the next step. It will be a weight lifted from your shoulders to walk into a cleared and cleaned out home when the whole process is complete.
Clearing a loved ones home is something you hope to only have to do once in your life for a reason, it’s not easy. But thankfully, companies like Earlybird Estate Liquidation and Hughes Estate Sales exist to help you with all the work that comes with removing decades of belongings and finding them new homes. From the set up, to the marketing, to the sale, to the clean out, we can help you move onto the next step. It may seem like an overwhelming task, but just know that you are not alone. Earlybird is here to help.