Sale Tales

Can’t wait to know

Estate sales are a phenom I don’t always understand, even though it is what I do for a living!

Our customers are incredibly passionate about obtaining that special piece of furniture or a nugget of days long ago.

They get there (sometimes) hours in advance to be No. 1 in line for admittance to the home we are representing. When we open the doors, there can be up to 150-200 people in search of that certain treasure, or simply to see how another person lived.

Sounds like a cool job, right?

For the most part, it is cool, rewarding and an honor to be entrusted with someone’s lifetime accumulation. It’s also hard work physically and mentally. And SO worth it. And customers will do  just about anything to “win.” 

Inevitability, someone will call me at insane hours of the morning to ask if that TVs still there, or what is the discount going to be, etc… and when I say insane, I mean 6:30, 6:52 and that rare, later call of 7:23. And yes…A.M. It takes a great deal of discipline to NOT answer. I’m dying to know who’s calling at that hour!! (I should disclose that I am an early riser.) I’m very curious as to what is so darned important!!

Meanwhile, the Purple Van People keep selling along!

Can’t wait to know 2018-06-20T09:36:12+00:00

It’s not always about the stuff

It’s not always about the “stuff,” ya know.

I went to meet “Mark.” He had explained on the phone that he had lost is wife of 44 years to cancer two years before…And had only been back to the house twice since that time. Very personable is the first impression I received from him. And my nose smelled liquor on his breath.

The home was a wreck. As we walked through the home, I asked questions as to his history….. How long were you married, did you have children, where did you work, etc… And the only thing I remember was that he spoke of how he had taken care of her in her last 7 years! And my next step and the next was respect for this gentle man. I no longer saw the mess, couldn’t smell the years of neglect… I only felt the love this man had for his wife no longer here. The broken spirit, the struggle to keep going…

So before we judge, we should think of someone else’s journey…

It’s not always about the stuff 2017-10-25T13:42:45+00:00