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Industry Guidelines: Estate Sale Etiquette

You never know what you’re going to find at an estate sale. From gorgeous 18th-century oil paintings to unique furniture, the treasures you can discover are endless. For first time shoppers the process can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what to expect. At Blue Moon Estate Sales, we want all our shoppers to feel comfortable and welcome when visiting one of our estate sales. 

Industry Guidelines

When visiting an estate sale, it’s important to remember that you’re a guest in someone else’s home—proper etiquette matters. We’ve compiled a list of simple guidelines to follow and keep in mind the next time you attend an estate sale.

Set a Bid Limit

Bidding can get intense and overwhelming, especially if it's your first time at an estate sale. In order to ensure you don’t get caught up in the bidding frenzy, set a limit on the amount of money you’re willing to spend. If the bidding goes higher than what you originally planned for, take a moment to reflect on whether or not you can afford to go over the spending limit you previously set. The worst thing you could do is leave an estate sale with buyer’s remorse.

Read the Catalog

Depending on the size of the estate sale, there is usually a catalog supplied before the auction begins. Within the catalog, you’ll find detailed information about the items available for purchase, the size and condition of each item, and the terms and conditions of purchasing. 

Staying informed on the items being auctioned at an estate sale will bring you a quicker response rate when the auction begins and a higher chance of leaving with everything you had your eye on.

Customer Payments

As a rule of thumb, most forms of payment are accepted at an estate sale. Smaller private estate sales typically only accept cash, while others accept cash and credit card payments. Checks are not considered a valid form of payment as estate sale professionals cannot take the risk of encountering insufficient funds. 

There are always rare circumstances where exceptions are made for the acceptance of check payment—usually for reliable return customers.

First Come, First Served

As the saying goes, first come, first served. Based on the items up for sale, customers will line up before opening to make certain they get the items they want. Although each estate sale sets their own guidelines on how to handle the bidding process, you should arrive sooner rather than later.

Estate sales typically have a no-hold policy in place, so be sure to keep your eye on the items you plan to purchase.

Item Removal

Make sure you have access to a vehicle with adequate cargo space if you plan to purchase large items. A majority of estate sales don’t allow for moving trucks or next-day pick-up—plan accordingly.

Varying Estate Sale Regulations

Since estate sale professionals can create guidelines at their own discretion, you’ll likely find some have rules that others don’t. Those regulations can include the following:

  • Restroom availability
  • Allowing children to attend
  • Price negotiations
  • Shoes off while inside the home
  • Large backpacks or purses allowed

Estate Sale Etiquette with Blue Moon Estate Sales

Understanding proper etiquette for an estate sale can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the process. At Blue Moon Estate Sales we provide all our customers with high-class service and a memorable experience. Begin your next treasure hunt with Blue Moon.

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