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1julyBack-to-school season may be a welcome event for parents, but for a lot of kids, it’s not always such a joyous occasion. But you can make the transition a little easier by creating a great study space for your kids that promotes good study habits while also making homework a lot more tolerable. In fact, studies show that kids who have a dedicated space to do homework – whether it’s a space in their own room or a quiet nook elsewhere – are more likely to stay organized and to do better in school. And with estate sales, you can do it without breaking the bank.
Estate sales are great for low-cost back-to-school items, and you’ll find lots of items that can be inexpensively customized so your child can create a space that’s uniquely theirs. Items to look for:

  • desks
  • desk chairs
  • desk accessories
  • lap trays for laptops
  • filing accessories
  • desk lamps
  • frames that can be turned into bulletin boards (click here for a tutorial)
  • CD players (research shows listening to music can help some kids focus better)

A2B_July2017_2Look for themes or colors, or find items you can transform with a little paint or vinyl adhesive wallpaper or shelf liner. Younger kids might like to decorate their own items or pick their own colors.
Younger students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from estate sales. They’re also great places to find goods that can help spruce up an empty dorm room. With a little searching, you can find plenty of items that can make that boxy dorm feel a lot more like a cozy and welcoming nook after a long day of classes. Items to look for:

  • bedding
  • lamps
  • storage items, like carts and decorative boxes
  • folding chairs
  • desk accessories
  • mirrors, frames or other wall accents
  • throw rugs

3julyOf course, like any redecorating project, you need to start with a plan. If you can get your child on board, that’s great – you can even have them accompany you to sales to choose their own items. Otherwise, search the internet for study space ideas you can incorporate into your own home or your child’s dorm and get started. Those first days of school will be here before you know it.

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1juneJust about everybody can use a little extra cash, especially with the weather warming up and so many things to do in and around Dallas. You could potentially make some extra green by working overtime – but if you want that cash to spend more time enjoying the Texas sunshine, that’s kind of counterproductive. A better option: Have an estate sale.

Estate Sales: They’re Not What You Think

Despite their name, estate sales aren’t just for people with big, costly homes or for families liquidating the possessions of a relative who’s passed. As a buyer, you can think 2juneof an estate sale like a really well-organized, fun-to-shop yard sale or garage sale, with plenty of bargains and treasures and without the piles and boxes of worthless junk typically found at most yard sales. Estate sales usually run two or three days, so you have plenty of time to stop by and browse. And because the sale items are collected and “curated” ahead of time, you have a much better chance of finding something you just can’t live without at an estate sale – and a much lower chance of leaving disappointed.

As a seller, an estate sale is the way to turn those possessions into cash without the hassle of cleaning, organizing, pricing, advertising, setting up and hosting a sale. Heck, you don’t even have to clean up afterward. All you have to do is call Attics to Basements, and we’ll handle it all.

What to Expect from Your Estate Sale

When you call Attics to Basements, we’ll get to work right away, helping you gather your items and arrange for appraisals of any really valuable items. Every item will be cleaned up so it looks its best, then we’ll use our experience as a leading Dallas-area estate sale company to price each item so you feel confident you’re getting the best value.

Next, we’ll display items using our own tables or yours (we even have display cases for smaller items), arranging the sale area will be designed to attract buyers and motivate sales. And we’ll arrange for advertising so your sale gets plenty of attention.A2B_June_2017_b

Finally, on the day of the sale, we’ll provide the sales staff so you can go about your own day. We even bring our own boxes, bags and paper, and clean up afterward. Our employees are bonded, so you can feel comfortable knowing your sale is in good and trustworthy hands.
Sound good? Then let’s get started! Call Attics to Basements today and get ready to hear that piggy bank squeal.

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image_34398312600_oSummertime evokes lots of images – relaxing in the backyard, enjoying an impromptu picnic or barbecue, maybe heading to the beach or camping – and most of those images involve family and loved ones. For kids, the summer months are met with great anticipation and excitement – after all, two or three months without school is, for most kids, a major reason for celebration.

While a lot of families plan at least one or two special events during the weeks of summer vacation, there’s no denying even a modest vacation or a day spent at an amusement park or boardwalk can be costly, and for plenty of hardworking moms and dads, summer vacations and even one-day outings may stretch their budgets well beyond the breaking point.

Of course, one of the best ways to make the most of summer without breaking the bank is finding ways to make summer fun more affordable. And estate sales can help you do that in two ways:

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This one’s pretty obvious: Holding an estate sale to purge your home and garage of all the goods you no longer use – from clothes and collectibles to tools and furniture to toys and games your kids have long since outgrown, you probably have quite a bit of cash stowed away in your basement, attic, garage, shed, or even in your closets and cabinets. Hosting an estate sale is a great way to pare down your possessions so your home looks and feels more spacious and less cluttered, while also pocketing some serious dough. Then you can earmark your earnings for a special vacation, day trip or special item like a canoe, tent or game the whole family can enjoy. For more fun and excitement, get your kids involved in planning how the earnings will be spent, or keep it a surprise until you’ve counted up your cash and can anticipate how much you can spend. Or, let your kids earn their own pocket money for the toys and games they sell (just make sure they don’t go overboard and sell items they’re still using).

As a Buyer

may2Even if you’re not into the idea of having your own estate sale, you can still reap the benefits of low-priced, like-new goods by visiting estate sales in your area, looking for sports equipment, bikes, new toys and games, camping equipment, or maybe even a canoe or kayak for some family adventure and fun. Once again, you can get the kids involved by giving them a small budget to spend on items for their own summertime pleasure, or you can have them do chores to earn their spending money in the days or weeks before a sale.

And there’s another advantage to using estate sales to fund your family fun: When kids see you working hard to make their summer more enjoyable, they learn the value of selflessly working for others to meet goals and make dreams come true. And that’s a lesson that’s a great buy at any cost.

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apr1Summer vacations are just around the corner, and if this year is anything like last year, Americans will spend about an average of $1,000 per person for a little R&R under the summer sun. Whether you plan to head to the water, the mountains, an amusement park or some other destination, travel costs can add up quickly, and no one wants to be left with a spending hangover once they get back home. Saving for vacation is a great idea, but lots of us have trouble enough paying the bills without carving out additional money for vacations. And even if we do have a little financial breathing room, we may have it earmarked for other costs we deem less “frivolous.”

apr2But guess what? Taking a vacation is important for relieving stress and reducing health risks caused by chronic stress and anxiety. Plus, they’re a great way to create lasting memories. That means you want to do all you can to get away – without breaking your budget in the process.

The good news is, estate sales can help you take that relaxing, fun-filled vacation by providing you with a mini windfall you can funnel right into a dedicated vacation savings account. Unless you have a lot of really valuable items to sell, you’re probably not going to bring in enough to fund an entire vacation for a family of four. But you can dedicate your profits to a specific aspect of your vacation – like the cost of your room, transportation or meals. Or, you can take your estate sale earnings and put it toward an extra fun “surprise” you might not otherwise have splurged on. Not only can earmarking your estate sale profits help you afford “more” vacation with less impact on your budget, but it’s also fun to consider your sale earnings as money for fun instead of money to go toward the day-to-day expenses of living. Plus, when you know you’re earning money for a treat, you’re more likely to work harder at decluttering your home and getting rid of the excess stuff you’ve accumulated. That means when you come home, it will be to a cleaner, more spacious, better organized and more relaxing place … and that can take the sting out of returning to work, school and the daily grind.

apr3To get the most “bang” from your sale – and the most cash for your vacation fund – let Attics to Basements organize and host your sale for you. We know all the tips and tricks to draw in customers and present and price your items so you get the best value. Plus, we keep the entire sale experience free of stress so you can focus on those vacation plans. Learn more about our services. Explore our site, then give us a call at 469-396-4696 today.

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1For most people, spring and summer are the times of the year most closely associated with yard sales and garage sales, mainly because of the warmer, sunnier weather, and also because those are the times of the year when people are more likely to perform a little “spring cleaning” of their attics, basements and garages to clear out their excess items. The weather also tends to be more pleasant (and more stable), and that means people are more likely to look for ways to be outdoors on a weekend, enjoying the sunny weather and maybe snapping up a few bargains in the process.
That’s great for buyers – but for sellers, the spring and summer can be pretty competitive when it comes to getting the most for your stuff. And from a seller’s perspective, hosting a sale during the winter months can be a really good way of getting the most interest, the most buyers, and the most cash for unwanted items.

During winter months there’s less competition, and that means buyers have fewer places to look for great deals. As a result, hosting a sale now means more people will attend your sale and items will sell faster and with less bargaining. Plus, during the winter, kids are in school, so you’re likely to have more interest if your sale includes a weekday like Friday in addition to one or more weekend days.

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And there’s another benefit: Because they’re less common, winter sales have a psychological advantage over the more commonplace sales of spring and summer. Winter sales are “rarer,” and that means buyer enthusiasm and interest can be at an all-time peak, making sales more fun and exciting. After all, who doesn’t like a little bargain-shopping to break up the gray days and monotony of winter?
But what about the weather? Yes, outdoor venues benefit from the warmer, milder weather of spring and summer, but with an estate sale, you don’t have to worry about cold, damp weather turning buyers away from your sale. Instead, your buyers can shop indoors in comfort without worrying about the weather.

3Of course, hosting a successful winter estate sale doesn’t just “happen” – it takes planning and expertise to make sure your sale attracts the attention of as many people as possible, and then delivers on what it promises. And that’s where Attics to Basements Estate Sales comes in. As a leading estate sale company in the Greater Dallas area, we help sellers orchestrate their sales from start to finish, from determining which items to sell and for how much to advertising the sale so it gets plenty of exposure to setting up the sale and hosting it, we do it all. Plus, we can arrange for appraisals for antiques and other costly items, and we even clean up afterward. If you’re ready to capitalize on all those eager winter buyers, give us a call and let us help you host a great sale right now so you can relax and enjoy your spring and summer months, and maybe have a little extra cash for a few warm-weather splurges.

Holiday Debt? Sell Your Stuff! Posted January 15, 2017

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1janThe fun and excitement of the holidays are over, the decorations are all put away – but there’s still one lingering memory of the 2016 holiday season: The credit card debt left from all those overindulgences that tend to go hand-in-hand with holiday merrymaking. Statistics show the average person added nearly $1,000 of new debt on their credit cards this past holiday season, and by the time they pay it off, the added interest could mean they’re paying hundreds more.

Those Pesky Resolutions!

Of course, all that holiday debt comes home to roost at just about the same time as we’re making our New Year’s resolutions to save money, be debt-free and live a more organized life. It’s like we’ve broken our resolutions as soon as we’ve made them. But guess what? There’s a solution that can help you achieve BOTH those resolutions at the same time – and best of all, you hardly have to do anything to accomplish it. What’s the solution? Sell your stuff. After all, not only does selling your stuff help you pay off those credit card bills, it also helps you declutter and organize your space and your life – win-win!
Now for the excuses:

But I don’t have any stuff to sell.

2janNonsense. An article in the L.A. Times reports the average American household contains about 300,000 items, and lots of those items are crammed in closets, cupboards, basements and attics, just taking up space. Other items are cluttering up bookcases, china cabinets and bureaus. What do they all have in common? They can all be turned into cash that can help you pay down your debts and improve your overall financial picture.

It’s not yard sale season.

That’s right! And that means now is the perfect time to sell. Why? First, there’s less competition – fewer sales means your own sale can attract more people. And second, it’s been months since the height of yard sale season, and that means people are craving deals. Supply is low and demand is high – what could be better?

I don’t have time to host a sale, let alone prepare for it.3jan

Guess what? You don’t have to. At Attics to Basements, we do all that work for you, from advertising to pricing items to hosting the actual sale – all the way through the clean-up at the end. We eve provide the bags and wrappings. All you have to do is collect your money at the end.

I’m out of excuses. What’s the next step?

The next step is easy too – give us a call at 469-396-4696 or shoot us an email at mwhitneyp@gmail.com and we’ll help you get started. Buh-bye, debt!

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Buy it and sell it: 5 ways to make some extra holiday cash

Yes, having your own estate sale is a good way to make money for the holidays; but what if you don’t have a lot of stuff to sell? You can still make estate sales work for you by looking for sought-after items at local sales, then reselling them online for a quick profit. Here are five items with great holiday resell potential to help you see a little more green this holiday season.

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Jewelry: Jewelry is, and probably forever will be, one of the most popular gift ideas for pretty much any occasion, and buying and selling costume or fine jewelry is a great way to turn a profit during the holiday season. Look for vintage pieces, classic watches, designer items or birthstone jewelry for the biggest “bang for your buck” and make sure any items you buy are in great shape. If it comes with a box, so much the better, but you can also get boxes from ebay and some dollar stores to increase the chances of a quick sale.

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Game systems and video games: Not everyone is into the latest releases; in fact, today there are more people than ever before turning to vintage game systems and games. If possible, ask for a demonstration of the system to ensure it powers on and loads games. Even if a game system isn’t in pristine shape, it can still bring a good price among collectors and those who make a living fixing up and reselling systems.

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Buying and selling popular-to-collect Collectibles and collections: Buying and selling popular-to-collect items like action figures, sports memorabilia (Go Cowboys!), model cars, childhood toys from the 1970s through the 1990s, vintage fashion and, of course, Star Wars collectibles are all hot, and in pristine shape, these items can fetch top dollar. Doing a little homework and finding out which items are selling on ebay – and for how much – can help you develop a money-making strategy.

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DIY items: If you’re handy with a paintbrush, estate sales can be great places to find furniture and other items that can be creatively restored with chalk or blackboard paint (Pinterest is your friend!), or offer to personalize items like jewelry boxes or children’s chairs through an ad on Craigslist.

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Vintage holiday décorVintage holiday décor: Christmas ornaments, creepy-looking elves, glittery “Putz” houses and other decorations from the 1960s and earlier are hot right now. Even if you don’t sell them, they make great gifts and you can always use them in your own home and try selling them again next season. If you plan to sell on ebay (where you’ll get the best prices), buy early to leave plenty of time for shipping.

Even if your reselling plans don’t make you a fortune, you might still earn enough to offset those January credit card bills – and who knows? You might even discover a new career!

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Forget Black Friday: Make Estate Sales Part of Your Holiday Shopping Tradition

For millions of shoppers, Black Friday marks the kick-off for this season’s holiday shopping, with shoppers of all ages sprinting from one store to the next to score bargains on gifts for friends and family members. And unless you’re a diehard shopper, you’re probably not looking forward to ridiculously long lines, overcrowded parking lots, or the pushing, shoving and downright rudeness of your fellow shoppers. Then there’s the ridiculously early start time you need to adhere to if you hope to get any of the best deals. Plus, no matter how great your “score” is, there’s a good chance the gifts you’re buying are fairly predictable. In short, Black Friday can help you save some money, but you pay a big price in terms of convenience and hassle.

So how can you avoid all those headaches while still getting great deals on really one-of-a-kind, unique and personal gifts? By hitting up some local estate sales.

Make Estate Sales Part of Your Holiday Shopping Tradition
Attics to Basements estate sales over lots of advantages over Black Friday shopping. First, they start at normal times – there’s no need to line up hours in advance to get great deals. Second, you can count on a much more relaxed shopping experience, with a friendly sales staff ready to help if you need it. And perhaps most importantly, estate sales are sources of one-of-a-kind gifts you just can’t find at any mall, online retailer or “brick-and-mortar” store, which means your gifts are sure to surprise and delight any lucky recipient. It’s a much more personal, more thoughtful way to give.

Of course, estate sales can also be good places to find holiday decorations or funny, “oh-my-gosh-where-did-you-find-THAT” white elephant gifts, as well as smaller items to stuff stockings or fill out gift baskets. And don’t forget: Buying gifts from an estate sale is the environmentally-friendly way to shop, which means you can really feel good about the items you buy.

spending your day rushing around from one place to anotherOne more great benefit of doing at least some of your holiday shopping at an estate sale: It’s family-friendly, too. Because you’re not spending your day rushing around from one place to another, you can afford to spend a little extra time enjoying a pre-sale breakfast or stopping for a holiday lunch afterward. Involve your kids, your mom, your sister-in-law – even your spouse. Make it part of your family’s holiday tradition, and make your holidays more unique, more special and more memorable.

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Selecting an Estate Sale Company: 7 Steps to Making the Best Choice

There are lots of factors that contribute to a successful estate sale, but one of the most important is the company you hire to promote and handle your sale. If you’re considering an estate sale, here are a few tips to help you select the best estate sale company:

Do your homework. Before you even start looking for an estate sales company, take some time to learn more about what an estate sale is and how it works. You can read all about estate sales on our blog, and if you have more questions, we’re just a click away.

Go online. The internet is a great place to find out about estate sale companies in your area, and visiting companies’ websites can help give you an idea of the types of services they offer and the fees they charge.

Set up a meeting. Estate sale companies can answer many questions over the phone or via email, but to get a complete picture of the company, what they do and the services they offer, you’ll need to meet in person. During the meeting, the company representative will need to view the items you’re interested in selling in order to give you a clearer picture of what you can expect, including any fees that may be associated with your sale. You can also get a good idea of how professional the company is during your meeting.

Ask lots of questions, Attics to Basements Estate Sales CompanyAsk lots of questions. Before meeting with any estate sale company, think about all the questions you want to ask and write them down. Having all your questions in writing ensures you won’t forget any concerns or issues you want to discuss, and if you’re comparing more than one company, having a list of questions lets you compare both companies fairly and effectively.

 
Ask for references. Established, successful companies should be able to provide you with at least a few references so you can learn what other customers’ experiences have been like. Follow up by going online to look for additional reviews.

Visit a sale. If you’re really interested in seeing how an estate sale company stacks up, visit one of their events and watch them in action. You can find a complete listing sales hosted by Attics to Basements on our events page.

Attics to Basements Estate Sale Company is just a click awayMake sure you have a contract – and read it carefully before signing. A contract spells out everyone’s obligations clearly so there are no misunderstandings, including the sale dates and times, the costs associated with the sale and other critical issues. Make sure you both have a copy of the contract once it’s signed, and do not hire a company that wants to hold your sale without a signed contract.

Follow these tips and you can enjoy a hassle-free estate sale from start to finish.

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Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale?

In addition to helping you find new “homes” for items you no longer need or want, estate sales can be a great way to earn some extra cash. And like any sale, you want to be sure you get the most for your items – especially for those that might be valuable. Unfortunately, determining the value of many of the items we own is a skill most of us don’t possess. And every year, there’s at least one story about someone scoring an amazing deal at an estate sale, yard sale or thrift store, turning a few dollars’ investment into thousands of dollars (or more) profit. That’s great news for the lucky buyers – but for the sellers, not so much.
Should You Have an Appraisal Before an Estate Sale
If you’re planning an estate sale, one of the wisest things you can do is to have an appraiser review any items you believe might be of value. But what do you do if you’re not even sure which items might be valuable? How can you decide which of your possessions should be appraised? That’s when working with an experienced estate sale company like Attics to Basements is especially important.

At Attics to Basements, we’ve had loads of experience reviewing and assessing all kinds of items, from furniture and artwork to clothing and jewelry and everything in between. That means we’ve had a lot of success at determining which items should be appraised prior to sale to ensure our clients get the most money for their items. We work with top professional appraisers with extensive experience in assessing the current market values of a broad array of antiques and collectibles, and when a valuable item is identified, we can help you find the best way to sell that item to help ensure you receive the fairest price.

Of course, you could rely on guidebooks to antiques and collectibles, and there are plenty of websites devoted to collectibles and what to look for to help determine if a specific item might be valuable. But those sources are hardly foolproof, and even then, assessing an item based solely on a written guide is hardly infallible.
Determining the Value of many of the Items
For the most accurate and reliable results – and the most peace of mind – having a professional appraisal is the way to ensure you get the value you deserve for your antiques and collectibles.

To learn more about the appraisal process and all the services Attics to Basements provides for its clients, call us today at 469-396-4696 or send us an email at mwhitneyp@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.