An estate sale or a tag sale is when all items in a home are sorted, priced and sold by an estate sale company such as McHugh's Estate Sales.
Here is how our process works:
You've called us and set up an appointment.
On our initial meeting we will take a walk through the property and give you ideas and options.
At that time we will be able to give you an idea on how long it will take to prep the property, sale length and work out sale dates with you.
What we want you to do...
Don't throw ANYTHING away, stop, don't even consider it.
The worst possible thing we want to hear is "We've already thrown a bunch out or this is our 5th trip to Goodwill."
All you need to do is take what you are keeping from the home and leave the rest, that's right, leave the rest to us. Let us decide what is trash and what isn't. You would be amazed at what people are willing to purchase. More often than not, it is the small things that make all the money at estate sales. You don't need to clean out closets, drawers, rooms, garages, ANYTHING! We do it all!
Once we have a signed contract and key to the property, we will begin organizing the house. We will throw out what needs to be thrown out, clean up glassware, furniture and items to make them presentable and saleable. We will price and tag EVERYTHING in the house that will be sold.
Once we have finished pricing everything, you will have a chance to come back through and see if you missed anything that you want to keep. We understand, you can't have seen it all and you may see that special Christmas ornament your mother gave you as a child.
We photograph everything and post photos online, here and on estatesales.net as well as on our 2 Facebook pages. We usually film and post short videos online about the sale. We put a sign outside and directional signs through out the area.
We hold a 2, 3, or 4 day sale (depending on amount of items to be sold). We staff the sale with our employees throughout the house and building(s) and they are available for questions or help to any of the customers.
At the sale we accept cash, checks with ID, and all major credit or debit cards.
Our goal is to empty the house and sell everything. Granted there is usually something left over- that something is usually similar to that last box of odd things when you move. We can take care of any and all of that too.
We have been in the antiques business since the early 1970's and dealing with household items for longer than that. We specialize in dolls and we have a very broad knowledge in porcelain, glass, collectibles, furniture, artwork, books, silver, and coins. If there is ever anything we are uncertain about, we will not hesitate to research it or have an appraiser come in.
Still have questions? Give us a call, we are happy to answer any thing we can.
According to Oxford dictionary, an auction is a public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder!
We offer gallery, online and onsite auctions.
Online and onsite auctions are usually offered selling collections or when a tag sale is not feasible. Online auctions are timed and can be accessed and bid on by any registered bidder located anywhere. We lot, photograph, describe and list each lot then run the online auction for a period of time. At the end of the auction, each lot will end in timed increments and sell to the highest bidder. We take care of everything and you get paid with in 30 days of the auction end.
Gallery auctions are located in our building in Waverly Virginia. Waverly is undergoing many amazing changes and include a coming brewery (right next to us), Claremont Candle Company, MeMaw's Eatery and more. We are excited to be a part of all of this growth!
In our gallery you can come and consign one item to sell or an estate. We will get your items ready to sell and display them for preview. We will sell them during a LIVE and IN-PERSON auction where bidders can sit next to their neighbor and put their paddle in the air and vie to be the winner!
You will be paid within 30 days of the end of the auction.
Every estate is different and every estate has a different volume of items. There is a minimum amount of items that are needed to conduct an estate sale. We can tell you that on our first appointment with you. Estates can range from antique to modern and have just normal household items to collections of dolls, figurines, tools, records, collectibles, artwork, glass or any number of things. We are able to sort through it all. We don't throw it out unless we really feel it is trash. Believe it or not, someone WILL buy the half used bottle of dish soap.
Every auction is different!
Onsite and online auctions require a minimum amount of items to be sold and we are happy to meet with you to see what you have.
At our gallery auctions you can consign one item or many. Gallery auctions are often made up of multiple consignors. Call us to discuss what ever you would like to sell!