What a client can expect from Sisters Antiques (and what we expect from you)

Have some questions about working with Sisters Antiques? Wonder what’s involved with having Sisters Antiques manage your estate sale? Read below for some general information on what you can expect from us, as well as our list of dos and don’ts for what we expect from you.

Before the sale

We will ask you to sign a letter of understanding which sets out our general responsibilities, including our commission.

When we enter a house, we would like complete and exclusive access, because we go through all closets, cupboards, containers, and set out the items for sale so customers can see what is available.

We will bring in extra display tables. The better the sale is staged, the more things sell, and the higher the price customers will pay.

We bring in marking and cleaning supplies. If we deplete some items from our inventory, we replace it at your expense. We do not charge for all the marking supplies used, only the items we need to replenish. We may use materials in the house when possible.

We have signage and experience in advertising on and offline, and we do have a loyal following of customers!

Also, we do not estimate the expected gross amount of sales as there is a great variation in numbers of customers based upon time of year, weather, and other variables.

During the sale

Our goal is to sell everything in the house at the best price we can get in a single weekend. We know what things sell for in this area, and sometimes negotiate prices with the this in mind.

After the sale

We will do the accounting within a week, generally within two days of the end of the sale. We’ll call you and give you the specifics of amounts realized. We provide this to you in a report, as well as the breakdown of expenses and the commission.

There will also be items left in the house. It is up to you to decide how to handle those items, by donation or some other means. We do have the name and number of a person who will usually make an offer at the end of the sale, it is up to you whether you wish to accept it or not. We will generally take all our tables and supplies with us when we leave on Sunday night.

What we expect from you

Do…

  • …take away all the items that you do not want us to sell ahead of time.
  • …keep insurance on the house and contents through the dates of the sale.
  • …feel free to publicize the sale among your acquaintances. We encourage it!

Don’t…

  • …throw out anything! We’ve seen valuable costume jewelry, boxes for old toys, vintage clothing, etc. tossed out. We can advise you whether to obtain a dumpster or whether or not to should dispose of such items before the sale.
  • …remove anything from the sale once it’s been priced. Once we ensure an item is clean enough to have a tag stick, the item is priced. From this point forward, we do charge a commission on items that are withdrawn before the start of the sale.
  • …be present at the sale. The possessions of your loved ones may have sentimental value to you, but may mean something different to a prospective buyer, and it can be easy to misinterpret the discussions or bargaining by the customers.

And remember: all our efforts are intended to provide the best possible result for you, which includes building good will among our customers. We’re here to help! If you have any questions, or would like to contact us about setting up your estate sale, please feel free to get in touch with us!