952 Winter 2020 So You Want to Hold an Estate Sale? It’s Very Different from a Garage Sale!
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 27
Instructor: Carol Oshinsky
Coordinator: Mark Weinstein
Have you noticed street signs announcing an estate sale? Are you curious as to how this differs from a garage sale? An estate sale requires detailed planning and possibly the hiring of an experienced agent. Tasks include preparing a complete inventory of items to be sold, accurately assessing their value and pricing them to sell, planning how to display the items, deciding how many sale days to schedule, and possibly having pre-sale showings for antique dealers or known collectors. Overseeing the actual sale involves arranging parking, advertising, hiring sales help, developing a price reduction scheme to help sell as many items as possible, and security. Permits need to be obtained and state sales taxes must be charged. Estate sales typically occur to settle an inheritance or because the owners are moving and want to take very little with them. Since everything will not sell, disposal of unsold items must be planned and organized. The instructor will also discuss her experiences, including some exciting discoveries she has made for her clients and some of the characters she encountered in three-plus decades in the business.
Carol Oshinsky, now retired, has over 30 years’ experience as a professional estate sale manager in the metropolitan area.