FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

10 FAQ's from Buyers and Clients

• Do I have enough stuff to hold a sale?

Contact us for a free appointment, where we will assess your household contents and determine if an estate sale is appropriate for your circumstances.  Do not throw anything away!  "One man's trash is another man's treasure."  Before the contract is signed, family should remove items from the house that they want to keep..


• How long does it take to prepare for a sale?

On average, two to three weeks is ideal - although we have successfully completed sales in 7 days, from start to finish!


• How does Ashes to Beauty get paid?

We keep a percentage of the total gross sale receipts.   At the end of the sale, you will be given an accounting of total sales. Our commission includes all expenses, from labor to advertising, with no hidden fees.  We do not require a deposit to get started.


• How do you advertise your sales?

Ashes to Beauty promotes sales using various forms of social media, including Facebook, Craigslist, our own website, our private email list and estatesales.net.  We post signage at major traffic intersections near your location, in compliance with local ordinances.


• What happens when the sale is over?

We can arrange pick up of unsold items for local charities and clean out of the house.


• How do I get to be first in the door?

We honor street numbers when we open in the morning.  This means that the first person to arrive at the estate sale address is Number 1 in line, and that person is responsible for handing out line numbers to others in the order that they arrive.  If you are given line numbers 2, 3, 4, etc., you do not need to stay and wait. You may come back prior to the opening time of the sale, line up in numerical order and enter.  Depending on the size of the house, we may restrict the number of people allowed inside at one time.


• Do you accept credit cards at your sales?

Yes, we accept cash and credit cards with no added fees.


• Do you have people to help move large items?

We have able-bodied, strong women working at our sales.  Very often we're able to assist carrying and loading your vehicle with purchases.  However, it is the buyers responsibility to arrange removal of furniture and other large, heavy items from the house.  We have moving company referrals, if needed.


• How does your pricing work?

On our first day, prices are as marked.  Prices are partially discounted on the second day and usually 50% off on remaining items by the end of the sale.  We also accept offers and will contact you by telephone if your offer is accepted.


• I saw a picture online of something I want.  Can I buy it before the sale starts?

In order to be fair to all of our buyers, we do not pre-sell estate sale items.  We want all of the posted items to be available when our sale begins. If you can't attend on the first day, ask a friend to come by and purchase it for you.   We will do our best to answer questions about items before and during the sale and return telephone messages promptly.



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