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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

It’s common knowledge these days, that if you have unwanted stuff or if you’re looking for more stuff without paying full price, a garage sale is a good place to start. Bargain hunters spend much of any given weekend looking through neighborhood garage sales for the deal that will make them happy. Besides garage sales, you should also check out estate auctions. The idea is quite similar. People who have things they can’t use anymore try to sell to those people who need them. Below are some differences in an estate auction and a garage sale.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Shabby chic borrows from everything and anything and brings them all together into one modern design. This design is all about making new furniture look old, and utilizing antiques for a fresh look. Be ready to find shabby chic items anywhere from your grandmother’s house to your local estate auction.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Many people love to shop estate sales or auctions with the hopes of finding a rare item for a bargain price. However, for the average person or beginner collector it can be hard to know what items are worth. Get some background information on the item in question. Look for manufacturer and designer marks. Check the condition of the collectible, whether it has been repaired or is in its original condition. With the background research you do for the item, determine if it is a common or rare piece. If you are still unsure of the value of a collectible, ask an expert. With some information and a little practice you will be able to determine the fair value of the collectibles you’re interested in.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Have you ever wondered about those speed-talking skills of an auctioneer? The energetic, entertaining chant, or bid calling actually started many years ago and is still a fixture in auctions today. This hypnotizing, rhythmic, fast-talking cadence has a specific purpose and over time, can be learned.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Taking part in a live auction is about much more than profits; it’s simply a good time. Ready to schedule your own and be a part of the action? Choose an experienced auction house that takes care of every detail. You don’t want to be left with purchases that aren’t paid for or more than one buyer. Assess the items you plan to put up for bid. An experienced auction house will have an idea of which items will bring you the most profit. You will also want to market your live auction to ensure a good turnout. The more your advertisement is seen, the more chances you have of organizing a large crowd at your live event.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Estate auctions have many of the same elements that you are already familiar with and most likely enjoy at garage sales. Your advertisement for this event should include some incentives. Have the estate auction outdoors, weather permitting, with plenty of food for your guests. These events can also be social when you enjoy things such as fresh air, fun, and finding those special items. With these tips, your estate auction can be a social event that people of all ages can enjoy!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

In days gone by, crocks were used for multipurpose food storage, holding everything from dry goods to vegetables. Today, antique crocks offer your home a rustic, shabby chic, country farmhouse look and they are functional for many purposes, including storage and home decoration. Enhance your kitchen, dining room, bathroom and other areas of your home with this unique type of earthenware pottery, which you can usually find at an auction.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Always wanted to participate in the live action of an auction, but aren’t sure what to sell? Start by assessing your belongings and keepsakes. Determine which items may garner high bids, netting you a profit and cleaning out your garage or storage space at the same time. Some popular ideas for live auction items include antiques, artwork, jewelry, equipment, and real estate.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The fire ate through Melanie’s house, taking most of the structure in a life-changing early-spring event. Of course Melanie was upset about the loss of the house where her life had been staged for so many Christmases, Easters, and birthdays. But the absolute heartache came when she realized the blaze consumed irreplaceable heirlooms from her family, part of her own personal history. The insurance would take care of the house, but no amount of money could recover Grandma’s bed or her Aunt Sally’s armoire that had been lost in the fire. She was devastated at the loss of those and other family heirlooms. How could she replace family heirlooms and keepsakes? Why are those heirlooms so important? Can the keepsakes even be replaced?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

According to regulations put in place in 1968, an antique gun is any firearm produced before December 31, 1898. These rifles that are over 100 years-old are sought after for their historical significance more than their performance. To understand why, you will need to look closely at early design and operation. Then, look at the benefits of owning antique guns and where to find them.