What are the main differences between garage/yard sales and estate sales (tag sales)?
While the goal of both sale types is the same – to sell items quickly and efficiently – there are clear differences between them. A “garage sale” or “yard sale” is simple … gather together the things to be sold, put them out, place a sale ad, wait for people to show up, pick up, and buy.
“Estate sales”, (or “tag sales”, “liquidation sales”, “personal property sales”, “moving sales”, “salvage sales”, or “estate tag sales” as they’re often known) are personalized sale strategies. Estate liquidation done through an estate sale is designed to present and show your items to their best advantage in order to bring the highest possible
prices for them – whether they are simple, practical household goods or fine quality antiques and collectibles.
Estate sale companies work to attract a large audience by promoting and publicizing estate sales through all channels appropriate for the items to be sold and the people you need to attract; this includes creating interest in unique, hard to find, specialty items or collections through targeted marketing. Researching what there is to sell is an important factor in what can be charged and potentially – and realistically – realized.
An estate sale encourages an atmosphere that creates a sense of anticipation and excitement. It’s common to see commaraderie and friendly competitiveness develop among sale-goers. And that makes customers stay a little longer and spend a little more – different from a garage sale in which it’s more important to get what you’re after and quickly head off to the next one to buy the “good stuff” before someone else has that chance. An estate sale is about buying and selling, learning, socializing, exploring and discovering the unusual, “telling stories” associated with certain sale items, and yes, it’s about entertainment, too.
Once you’ve decided that an estate tag sale is the right option for you, consider next the kind of person you want to entrust your items to. Go to www.centralcarolinaestatemanagement.com to read more about what to look for when searching for a reputable, competent estate liquidation company.
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