Estate Sales for the Wine Collector

Estate Sales for the Wine Collector

Collecting WineThere can be some truly amazing finds to be discovered at a Colorado estate sale. Among the more interesting finds would be rare and exotic wines. Many homes have been built with wine cellars and these cellars might be filled with bottles upon bottles of wine. Certain selections might not necessarily be very rare or unique, but there just might be a few gems to be found. As long as you know what to look for, you just might come across a brilliantly rare selection of wines. Who knows? You may even discover a bottle of wine so rare there might be very few of those bottles in the world.

Experienced wine collectors are going to know immediately what to look for. Their experience allows them to take quick note of the very obvious signs that a wine is a rare or exquisite vintage. Novices to the world of wine collecting do need to educate themselves on what to look for when seeking out a truly rare item.

There are scores upon scores of different wines and vintages. The narrowing process begins with familiarizing yourself with wines that are known for being both rare and collectible. In the old days, the way to do this was to purchase an annual guidebook that revealed the price figures on wines. Some bottle listings may have come with an illustration depicting the wine and some might not. Today, the entire process is a great deal easier. There are scores of outstanding online resources capable of providing information about rare vintages along with hot selling items.

In truth, finding a very rare vintage is going to be, well, rare. Finding a bottle of wine that is over 100 years old at an estate sale might be possible when the person who owned the estate was a person known for collecting extremely rare and valuable ones. The average collector of wines likely collects reasonably priced and hot selling wines. Being familiar with what are the top hot sellers in terms of name of the winemaker and the year the wine was made can greatly enhance your ability to procure a decent wine.

Again, a little bit of research can go a long way towards determining whether or not a wine has value.

Estate Sales for the Wine CollectorValue can also refer to how great the wine tastes and not necessarily the wine comes with a very high collectible value. Reading reviews about what particular brands of wine have a great taste definitely can aid in your decision to search out the best possible ones to own.

Certainly, you do want to visit estate sales of persons who were active and serious wine collectors. Not everyone with a wine seller is honestly all that interested in wine. The wine cellar is simply built for decorative home improvement value. The selection of the wines that fill it are hardly anything special. A person who is a true lover of fine wines is going to have a great many excellent selections in his/her collection. When the estate sale features this type of collector’s array of wine bottles, the chances of finding amazing wines increases immensely.

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970

Dos and Don’ts of Denver Estate Sales

Dos and Don’ts of Denver Estate Sales

Dos-and-Don'ts-of-Denver-Estate-Sales3Estate sales can be a great place to find unique items at low prices that you cannot find anywhere else. However, there are rules and estate sale etiquette that you should follow whenever you are looking to make a purchase at such an event. What are a few of the dos and don’ts of buying at an estate sale?

Do: Wait Until the Last Minute

You can usually get the best prices on goods at an estate sale on the final day of the sale. In fact, waiting until the final hour of the sale could result in getting rock bottom prices on everything from vintage jars to a painting of Jimi Hendrix.

Don’t: Try to Talk the Price Down on One Item

If you are only buying one item, you should be prepared to pay the full asking price for that item. This is because the company running the estate sale needs to make a profit and the family holding the sale needs the money to pay for funeral and other expenses for the deceased. Therefore, it may be considered insulting to try to haggle on purchases of a single item.

Do: Take Notes of What You See

As the estate sale will last for several days, you should take notes of anything that you are interested in and its original price. This allows you to canvass the sale for items that others may have overlooked because they did not take notes or do a thorough inventory of what was for sale.

Don’t: Expect a Refund

Sales are final at estate sales. This means that you cannot return or exchange what you have purchased for a refund or another item at the sale. In addition, you should be prepared to pay in cash for all of your purchases. While some estate sale organizers may have credit card processing software on their phones or on a computer, it is rare for that to happen.

Do: Inspect Purchases Before Buying Them

If you are buying a couch at an estate sale, make sure that you inspect it for any holes in the fabric or any mold or mildew under the cushions. If you are buying a work of art, do your best to authenticate its authenticity before you buy it. By inspecting your purchase ahead of time, you reduce the odds of buyer’s remorse after you hand over your money.

Don’t: Assume That the Small Boxes Don’t Have Anything InterestingDos-and-Don'ts-of-Denver-Estate-Sales2

The smallest boxes sometimes have the biggest rewards inside of them. Small boxes containing coins, jewelry, or old watches could have items in them that are worth thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Attending an estate sale is a great way to find items that aren’t available in stores or in typical auctions. If you know what you are doing, you can get interesting items for reasonable prices that can be proudly displayed in your home or donated to a museum.

 

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970

Checking Out Denver Estate Sales for Antique Typewriters

Checking Out Denver Estate Sales for Antique Typewriters

Checking-Out-Denver-Estate-Sales-for-Antique-Typewriters3You never, ever know what you are going to find at an estate sale. No matter what you might like to collect, an estate sale could end up being the perfect venue to add to that vaunted collection. Even those who have a love for old, classic typewriters might find the rarest of rare gems at an estate sale.

Yes, there is a great market for old typewriters.

In the modern era of computers and tablets, the memory of classic ribbon based typewriters is a fading one. Some might only be familiar with old typewriters based on what they have seen in classic movies. While the old version of typewriters might not have much modern applications, these old typewriters just might have great collectible value.

The rarest of rare typewriters are going to be the ones from the late 19th century. This is not to say models made in the early 20th century are going to have little collectible value. They surely do. Models made in the 1970’s and the 1980’s are likely going to have less value, although there might be a few exceptions. Generally, the older and rarer models are going to be exactly that: very old and rare.

Checking-Out-Denver-Estate-Sales-for-Antique-TypewritersOf course, its condition is factored into its value and collectibility. Very rare models still might be worth something even in somewhat worn condition, but the value is going to diminish when it is not pristine. This is not to suggest you do should not buy a worn out collectible typewriter, but you should not pay full price for it either.

This brings us to the next very important point about searching for the elusive collectible typewriter. Read up on the current values of classic typewriters based on their condition. Finding information on rare selections such as a Ford, a Munson, or a McLoughlin Brothers online should not be too tough since these are the most famous of antique typewriters. Now, you are not going to possess expertise on grading conditions just by reading up on the subject. A lot of experience is required to be able to make good assessments of quality. Those without experience can increase their knowledge base somewhat by reading about grading and common sale prices. Taking these steps is going to help you avoid paying too much for a particular antique model.

The big question many are going to have is “How do I know if an estate sale is going to have antique typewriters up for sale or auction?” The chances you might accidentally come across an 1893 Munson while looking for a new table are pretty remote.

Finding antique typewriters is going to require reading the various print and online publications that cover the topic of typewriter sales. A mention of an estate sale of a recently departed antique typewriter collector could lead you to a treasure trove of excellent models for sale. You might be able to expand your already impression collection quite a bit or, for that matter, start one.

 

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970

Denver Estate Sales a Bargain for Coin Collectors

Denver Estate Sales a Bargain for Coin Collectors

Denver-Estate-Sales-a-Bargain-for-Coin-CollectorsEstate sales can be a terrific place to find collectible coins. If you are someone who already collects coins, or you want to get started, then an estate sale is a great place to find interesting coins. One of the advantages of buying coins at an estate sale is that it will often times be much cheaper than buying coins from dealers.

When you go to an estate sale you will often be the only person looking for coins. This is good because you will not have to worry about a lot of professional coin dealers outbidding you. Also, the coins themselves will often times be undervalued. This means you will be getting a great bargain. When you go to an auction you will be bidding against serious collectors. An estate sale is more casual and you won’t have to deal with professional coin dealers snatching up all the coins before you get a chance to look at something.

There are some things you should do before buying your coins. First, you should have a copy of a coin-grading book with you. The most popular book in the numismatic world is The Official Red Book by Whitman. It lists coin values according to grade. If you don’t own a book, then you should make sure to research the coins online. If you have a smart phone, you can check the value online once you are at the sale.

Denver-Estate-Sales-a-Bargain-for-Coin-Collectors2Once at an estate sale make sure to take a look at all of the coins. Some collectors have really organized collections. Other collectors had their collections cataloged in a more haphazard way. You want to always look at all coins so you don’t miss out on something amazing.

Sometimes you might see a particular coin you like, but it is offered as part of a set. Should you pass on the set because you only want one coin? That depends on your budget, but keep in mind that often times the best deals are found when buying a set. Most savvy coin dealers buy sets for single pieces. You can always sell the other pieces to a local coin dealer if you really don’t want to keep them.

So check out the estate sales that you are interested in. You can call the organizers if you don’t see coins online. Sometimes items are offered for sale that are not shown. That will often be to your advantage because other coin collectors will not have heard about the sale and you will have your pick of the offerings.

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970

Great Deals, Bargains, and Unique Items Can Be Bought at an Estate Sale

Great Deals, Bargains, and Unique Items Can Be Bought at an Estate Sale

dresserThe cost conscious are always on the lookout for good deals and special offers. This is not a bad idea, but many fumble because they only look for things in traditional venues. A better idea is to take the road fewer travel: estate sales. An estate sale just might prove to be the perfect (and least costly) place to shop for housewares, consumer electronics, antiques, artwork, home improvement items, and more.

An estate refers to all the belongings the recently deceased once owned. Likely, the person owned quite a number of things you may be looking for. If the belongings were properly maintained, then they are surely in good working order and condition. This makes acquiring them a truly beneficial acquisition.

On Cost Savings at an Estate Sale

If you venture to an estate sale to buy rare items or collectibles, you might not find very low prices. The reason is that rare items have a higher market value and the seller can be willing to hold out for a better price. For common house ware items, getting an amazing deal is going to be a lot more likely. Furniture, dish sets, kitchen appliances, and more can IMG_5663be acquired at 30% to 50% off. These are items that those who have inherited the estate want to get rid of and do so quickly. Selling the items at a huge discount is a far better plan that throwing them away. Sales of such merchandise at tremendously reduced prices make a lot more sense when looked at through this lens.
And for those who might be short on funds, sales of this nature can be an awesome way to save money while still buying a host of things you really do need for the home. A visit to an estate sale might be the perfect time to stock up on things you need. Constant trips to a retail store might help keep you well stocked. The problem with trips of this nature is they can slowly, but surely drain your funds. Estate sales deliver the much better, budget saving prices those who are short on funds can appreciate.

Keep an Open Mind

Sometimes, when you visit an estate sale, you may wish to keep an open mind about what is being sold. An old door might seem as if it has no value, but to those who are both creative and have a little woodworking skill, that old door could end up being turned into a table or something else of unique stature. A little creativity can go a long way towards turning that somewhat overlooked bit of merchandise into just the thing you would want in your home.

As always, you can surely buy a number of unique and overlooked house ware selections at an estate sale. These things can be purchased either via a straight sale or on the auction block. No matter how you acquire what you are looking for, the bottom line is you can acquire something truly excellent at a very reasonable price. That means your currently strained budget no longer has to remain an impediment.

So, why not visit the next estate sale that occurs in your neighborhood?

Prestige Estate Services
2201 Kipling Street, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970