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Welcome to Estate Sales and Auctions Toronto

Let us Catalog, Photograph, and run your Online Estate Sale or Downsizing Auction

WHO should use us.

Home Owners or Tenants who are Downsizing and need to clear a house, condo or apt.

Executor’s who want/need to have an Estate Sale

Professional Organizers looking to add value to their Services.

Real Estate Agents looking to clear a Home before or after Sale or Staging

Stagers looking to clear a Home before Staging

WHAT we do differently

We work to a Higher Standard because we can

We use Social Media to promote items from your Auction directly to people with an Interest in those items.

Where appropriate, we shoot Video and post links in the catalog to show the working condition of electronics or appliances.

WHEN

We’re flexible, we’ll take the time it takes to do a proper job

WHERE

Toronto and the GTA (at least until Kingston becomes part of the GTA 🙂 Feel free to ask us.

WHY use us

We take pride in our work.

Save on “Junk” fees. We can sell almost anything

We take photos with Cameras not phones

Free consultation.

If we don’t feel we can help you we will recommend someone who can

The Process

During the Free Consultation we’ll determine the size and complexity of your sale.

If it’s a fairly small or simple sale we, or you can organize the items and we’ll catalog and photograph the items and prepare for the online sale.

If your sale is large or complex we can recommend a Professional Organizer, and we’ll catalog and photograph the items and prepare for the online sale.

We work with a few Professional Organizers in different parts of the GTA.

It may be that you just want to get rid of stuff and we can do that too, just about anything that can legally be sold, can be sold.

In an Auction there are no guarantee’s on price which is why you want consistent quality Cataloguing and Photography.

Browse a few of the local Online Downsizing Estate Auctions and you will see vast differences in the quality of Cataloguing and Photography. Also browse some of the completed Auctions to see what things are actually selling for, some of those items that sold for $1 or didn’t even get a bid might have sold, for more if they had been properly Lotted. Cataloged, and the Photos weren’t blurry or sideways or too dark or too bright.

Sometimes the quality can be widely different in the same Auction. Are you looking for a “Blouse Rave Radio”? Anybody searching for Bose is not going to find that item. Autocorrect can be elvis at times but we endeavour to make sure that someone selling a Bose Wave Radio does not lose their shirt.

There’s no point in reinventing the wheel so we use the Maxsold platform for the online auction, at least until eBay gets into the Market. They are good at clearing out but since the increase in the Min. Wage the best way for them to control costs is to limit the amount of time their employees spend on an Auction.

We control Costs by working smarter.

Some of your items may do better on Consignment than Auction.

Donating to Charity for a Tax Receipt may be a better option for some items.

We believe that thorough and thoughtful Lotting, Cataloging and Great Photography is the best way to get you fair value for your items.

You only get eBay prices on eBay. People all over the world are their market and the Sellers don’t usually have a Closing or Moving deadline. If you’re willing to wait, pack, and ship an item but it’s just not practical in a Downsizing Estate Sale situation. That being said, we’ve seen items sell for more than fair market value at Auction. It doesn’t happen very often but it only takes 2 people who want an item to drive up the price. We know, we have the T-Shirt 🙂

About

We have years of experience in Estate Sales, Downsizing and Professional Organizing.

The traditional Estate Sale or Moving/Downsizing Sale has moved online (like everything else). Some of us are former employees of Auction Houses, Antique Stores and Gallery’s.

We know the Market, we know what sells and what doesn’t.

Unlike some of the other companies out there we believe in putting quality Cataloging and Photography ahead of speed.

Contact us for a Free Consultation

Blog

OK, so you’ve decided you want to have a Downsizing sale or unfortunately need to have an Estate Sale. You think “I can do this” and you can, but it’s a lot more work than you think. Even your Cat  realizes this and not just because they’ll lose that favourite______ to sleep on.

Seriously though, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips if you want to start on your own. We’re sharing these not just because we’re nice, and we are, but because you can call us in at any point for help.

  • Decide what you want to keep before you do anything else
  • Gather together and group items that are similar
  • Create Lots (Lots can be a single item or group of items)
  • Measure (just about) everything, use WidthxDepthxHight (WxDxH) in inches
  • Artwork is measured Height x Width
  • Catalog and Photograph the Lots you’ve created
  • Get some Family or Friends to help with the Pickup

It sounds simple but on average it takes most people about a week just to get to the point of Cataloging for an average home. Cataloging and Photography will take another day or two for two people if they want to do a good job.

  • Deciding What to Keep

Wether it’s an Estate Sale or Downsizing, this is truly the hardest part. One of the things that makes us Human is our ability to form emotional attachments beyond the instinctual. My Mother couldn’t part with my Father’s clothes for almost a year because they still had his smell.

We have favourite mug’s or cereal bowl’s, that was always her or his chair. It’s ok to not want to part with these things but memories live in the heart.

Unless you’re Upsizing, we don’t seem to have room anymore. The “Children” probably have families of their own now and though they would love that China Cabinet, quite simply can’t find the space.

 

To Be Continued