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Our Initial Meeting
What should we know first?

It is important to us that you be happy with our service.  Above all, we recognize that in entrusting your sale to us, you are relying on our honesty and integrity. We have always operated with the highest standards of both.  If you ever have any concerns in these regards, please let us know.  We are happy to provide testimonials on our behalf.

In addition, we recognize that every sale is different, and we will make every effort to be flexible, fair, reasonable and understanding.  We trust that you will do the same.

When is the best time to hold and estate sale?

There is no bad time to hold an estate sale.  There are 52 weekends in a year and all of them are great for an estate sale.  We generally will hold your sale for 2-3 days depending upon the amount of items we need to sell.  Sales are conducted during the day and our goal is to sell everything.  Sales are held in the homeowners’ residence and provisions are made for parking and security.

How does an estate sale work?

Little River Antiques & Estate Sales is a full service company. The first step is for us to meet with you and determine what your needs are and how we can help. Once an agreement is made and needs determined, our staff will return to sort, organize, display, research, price, advertise, arrange for permits and sell the contents of your estate. There are several options available to you for those items that do not sell.

What do you charge?

Our fee structure is two-fold.   First, we charge a competitively established commission for any and all items we sell. Secondly, a Pre-Sale Setup Fee is applied.  This charge is variable, reflects ONLY the activities leading up to the sale, and is dependent upon the size and scope of the preparation needed.  Additionally, in States where sales tax is required, the customer pays the sales tax and not our clients.  Credit card fees are assumed by the client.  We pay all staffing needs during the sale from our commission.

When will we get paid?

Little River Antiques & Estate Sales will send you a check within 10 business days of the sale.  Prior to issuing you your final check we will send you a Financial Summary of the sale for your review.

How do you know how to price?

We price items according to fair market value. Pricing considerations are based upon the condition, age, provenance of the piece and current market trends. We have many resources that we draw upon including online references. We also consult with professionals who specialize in particular fields of expertise.

Will I receive the same amount for my items as I originally paid for them?

Probably not.  Many items loose or gain their value over time.  Although we make every effort to price your items at fair market prices, the actual value of your items is determined by the individual willing to pay a certain price for it at any given time or geographic location.  Often times clients place a much higher value on items because of sentimental values attached to these items.  As a result, there may be a large discrepancy between what is considered to be an item’s worth, compared to its actual value at the time of sale.  We are very sensitive to these situations and work with clients to help them understand the difference.

Will we have a contract or agreement for the sale?

Yes.  If you would like Little River Antiques & Estate Sales to conduct your estate sale we will ask you to sign a contract which outlines many of the topics you read about here.  During our initial meeting we will review with you the contract and make sure you understand and are aware of the terms and conditions for the sale.

Once I sign the contract, can I cancel the sale?

Either party for any reason may terminate the contract at any time prior to the commencement of the sale.  If Little River Antiques & Estate Sales terminates the contract, we will not be entitled to any compensation unless you have agreed otherwise.  If you terminate the contract, you agree to pay Little River Antiques & Estate Sales for ALL services provided prior to the time you notify us of the termination, at the hourly rate of $25/hour/person and any incurred sale related expenses (advertising, supplies, professional consultations, etc.) up to the date of termination.  In that event, we will provide you with an itemized list of the expenses, including hourly rates and would expect reimbursement for these charges within 7 business days from the date of the reimbursement filing.