I've only watched 3 or 4 scenes of this show, and even in that short time I've always wondered, "Where is she getting people who'll pay those 'relatively' high prices for used items.
I know she calls it an 'estate sale' but, still, she sells things I could get at a weekend yard- or garage sale (or TAG sale as some others might say)... Or even a Thrift Shop.
People on this show are paying WAAAY to much for what they're getting. Reminds me of Sarah Richardson who'll pay HUNDREDS for an item I could get less than $100 - and justify it just
because it's 'VINTAGE." (Forget about the fact that she thought it was an 'antique' and it's not.)
All I know is the people in MY area will bargain you down on paperbacks you've already got priced at just .50, jewelry priced at 5.00, and DR sets at 100.00!
We will see, I am having a garage sale, and most of my items are between 50-3.50 but there are items that I am asking 15.00 10.00 20.00. They are small appliances almost new, watches with new batteries. small refrigerator, Silver plate items. Silver custom jewerly.
So, let's see what happens, I will not have clothes or shoes,
But there are things that if they don't want to pay the price that I have set. so be it. I won't sell them.
I saw a show this past weekend, where she had a 1950's two-tier side table, line wood (ash or birch).
I missed some of the show so she either bought it for 40 bucks (which was already too much) or was saying that with out fixing it up that it would only go for 40 bucks, because that was a 'before' price.
She cleaned it up, sanded, refinished with polyurethaned -- and priced it at 180.00. Are you serious?
Around here she wouldn't have even gotten the original 40 bucks for it. A side table? 40 dollars. Really? Uh, don't think so. Her "estate" sales are basically yard- or fancy garage sales. MAYBE a legit antique shop could get the 180.00 if some sucker didn't know any better. And there IS always that person.
But HER prices are way too high. I think they're crazy high.
Sometimes I laugh at the madness. The problem is the sellers don't want to waste time on a yard sale or donate the stuff and watch shows that make them think their stuff is fabulous and worth something. I have to say, estate sales are good sometimes if there is death and majority of the family lives out of state. But for the most part, what the seller gets after the commission and expenses is just about what they'd have made in the yard sale.
For the most part I find that if the family doesn't want it, no one is going to pay antique shop prices for that stuff. Estate sales should be called liquidation sales and price accordingly.
I startd this thread a while ago....and the point still stands.
I was channel surfing and caught Cari saying she should get 350.00 for two table.
Who pays those prices for what's basically yard sale and garage sale stuff? Those buyers are getting taken to the cleaners.
I guess there are suckers born every minute.
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