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How To Start

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM

1. Call us first!

2. Our visit is no-obligation, and there is no fee for our assesment as long as the home is in Durham Region.       (There is a nominal fee for travel outside of Durham Region.)

3. Don't throw anything away! What has value and is saleable is always the most interesting aspect at our sales.

4. Don't waste your time and energy donating items before the sale. Any items left unsold at the end can be donated, and if we sell it all, any charity of your choice will gladly accept a cash donation. A2B Estates Sales and Services proudly supports SickKids Foundation.

5. Isolate important family documents and photographs the family is intending to keep. We will also set aside anything we uncover in our "digs".

6. We will organize your home prior to the sale, and set up the inventory as if it were a retail store, with our staging and presentation. Save yourself the time and stress, and let us do the work.

7. We prefer to accept sales based on the items in the home, as this is how we estimate our potential commission. Please be very clear with us what the family is intending to keep and remove from the home prior to the sale. If necessary, we can secure items you are keeping in an area of the home that is not accessible during the sale.

8. Let us help you determine the best way to achieve your goals and meet your schedules. We are extremely flexible and will work hard to meet and exceed your expectations. 

We look forward to answering any questions you have, and to helping you achieve the best results.

Estate Sale Treasures

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 12:25 AM

Shopping at one of our A2B Estates sales often means finding something you didn't even know you needed. :) 

Sure, there is almost always a few good items that you could update your home, cottage, or dorm room with, but there is also an abundance of opportunities to be found as well.

In this economy, people are looking for more ways to earn extra income, and the re-sale market can provide a good source of $$$.

Buying and selling online is "easy".  If you have a computer, or even just a very smart phone, you're well on your way. You also will need to know how to buy "low" so you can sell "high". This requires a bit of research, time, diligence, and consistency, and again, all of the information you need to begin is available online. There are apps for that, and numerous websites devoted to the "how to" of re-selling new and used items successfully.

Here are few of my own tips to get you started.

1. Buy things you love, but won't mind parting with down the road. This means you get to enjoy the item as part of your own "collection", and still feel good about mailing it off when it sells.

2. Find a "niche" or specialty catagory to help others find you more easily when your items are up for sale.

3. Take advantge of all the free social media platforms to help you advertsie your items for sale, i.e. twitter, instagram, facebook, etc. Use lots of #tags, and pictures to help you describe the item to potential buyers.

4. Look for treasures that fit withiin your niche, but don't limit yourself. Adding variations of a theme are always good.

5. Keep your eyes open for bonus rounds. Many items at our sales are often brand new in box, still with tags on, and these are quite easy to re-sell quickly at a profit. Use those apps, and see what we mean! 

Shop our A2B Estates Sales and Services Estate, Content, Moving and Downsizing sales early for the best selelction, and come back when we are selling at half price or better for the best deals! We look forward to helping you any way we can!  See you soon!

Most Frequently Asked Question?

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 12:35 AM

The first question most people ask when they walk in the front door of one of our A2B Estate Sales is, "Who died?"


The answer, 50% ish of the time, is "No One!"


Of course, discretion and privacy will always wrap any answer we do give, but the reality is is that many of our clients are homeowners who have decided to downsize to a smaller home. This may be due to retirement, divorce, or debt, but they are alive, and may just be at the sale, helping out shoppers and staff!

 

A2B Estate Sales are designed to sell off a large portion (or all) of a home’s contents quickly, so that the next stage in a person's life can begin.


At our A2B Estate Sales, we sell an all-encompassing range of possessions, from the cheapest (used board games and towels) to the most expensive (antique sterling silver, cars, and high-end furniture). What is junk to one person may be a gem to another (folk art, obscure collectibles, a vintage 60s miniskirt, out-of-date travel guidebooks, etc.) 


A2B Estate Sales are an excellent way to ensure that while you are living, you and your family can, with our help, start your new life, free of unwanted possessions and proceeds in hand.   

Ready To Let it Go?

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 10:20 PM

"If you can bear to see the things you gave your life to..."  sold, by A2B Estate Service and Sales of Durham Region, then you are ready to let us help you.


But -  if the thought of letting things go - of selling your prized possessions and collections and clutter and stuff - gives you cause to pause, or if you are counting on the proceeds of the sale to retire in Bali, or if you want to sell it all so you can just buy more, or if you really just can't imagine your used paint ladder selling for less than the original retail sales price, please be sure to ask Lisa about what the realistic expectations of an Estate, Content, or Moving Sale really are.


We are motivated sales people who work hard to ensure that at the end of the sale we have sold the items that you and/or your family don't need anymore. We know what the current market conditions are for re-sale items. We take a percentage of the total sales, so we want to sell what we can for as much as possible. We also know that in most cases, second hand items are not going to sell for anything close to brand new retail value. We will ensure that all antiques and collectibles are researched so that even though they are "old" and "dated", you get the best possible revenue for anything and everything.


Many of the shoppers at our sales are buying so that they can in turn resell at a profit, but we take this into consideration with all evaluations, and price everything fairly and equitably. Unless you have extremely rare and highly collectible items, it is unlikely that you will be able to live the life of the rich and famous after the sale, unless you already can. ;)


If you have having uncertainty about selling anything, (or everything), then please, wait, rethink, recalculate, rent a storage unit. When you are ready to let it go, send us an email or give us a call at (289) 928-8790 and we will help you any and every way we can.


And now, the poem

"If" by Rudyard Kipling.

If you can keep your head when all about you  

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

 

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;

If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same:.

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings,

And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!


February Fun

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Ok so the snow won't stop us from enjoying some spectacular indoor Estate Sales.

As long as the plows are out, we can get there. Two sales in Feb all ready lined up and under way. Stay tuned for pics and more details!

And please email me, Lisa, at [email protected] for special early bird invitations, which offer exclusive shopping times. 

Resolution 2015 Updates

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 3:05 PM

I made these Resolutions on New Years Eve, and today I thought I'd check in and see how I am doing. 

I will do more (and everything I can) to avoid landfill - ongoing - taking lunch in washable containers with me every day really helps

I will keep my car clean(er) - my on the road all the time office needs a scrub!!! but at least it's not piled high...

I will (try hard) to walk the dogs every day - even when it is too cold - struggling with the cold...

I will do more yoga - this one is easy - loving the "hot" classes this time of year

I will do more A2B social media work - Jan 8th update, 1st of the year... well, will keep trying

I will cook from scratch as often as possible to avoid pre-packaged food - this is tough with crazy schedules, but we are 7/8 so far

I will take my vitamins and not forget - ummm....

I will write in my diary EVERY day - or get caught up the next :)

I will take more pictures of family and friends and store them safely - my new phone has an awesome camera, so grateful for that

I will help you and your fmily any way I can !!! - another easy one, give call me and see...


Did you make any New Year Resolutions? How are you doing with yours? Maybe your resolutions are to be more organized, or even better, to retire to Bali?

Do you need some assistance keeping them?

Let us help you live a life less cluttered and more organized. We can help you create the space you really need.

A simple call to Lisa at (289) 928 8790 can help you reach your goals and succeed with your every resolution.

Storage Wars

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Storage lockers - a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

We have too much stuff, and no room in our home lives to keep it, so we pay someone else to hold it for us.

I had to rent one - in between one house and another. All of my beloved possessions and household items were in boxes, stacked high, and very difficult to access. In the short term, while waiting for the renovation to be completed, anything we needed on a daily basis was re-purchased. When we were finally able to move into our home, having doubles of many things made for a great garage sale! But really?

Storage units are a great help for short term situations, but I quitte often hear about people who have had the same things in the same storage unit for years and years, and the monthly fees keep going up, and they keep paying.

This monthly bill is reminder that, in many cases, we just have too much "stuff"!

If you have one, and really dislike that reminder, try asking this...

Should your storage facility have a fire, what would you want saved from your unit?

If you can't answer that question, it's time to consider getting rid of it all. If you can answer, bring it home today, and let the rest of it go. When you think about it, paying rent on stuff we really do not treasure is absurd, and very expensive. Perhaps you are hanging on to things from the past, an inheritance, or boxes of unknowns from your grandparents basement. Maybe you use storage units because there is no room for this stuff at your home.                                                                                      

Maybe we need to ask ourselves... is it really worth it.

Can we help you answer that question? We have the knowledge and expertise, the brains and the brawn to help you deal with all of that unknown. If there is anything of value in the locker, A2B Estate Service will let you know, and find the right buyer for it. If you don't even know or remember what there is in all those boxes, we can sort it for you, providing you with an itemized list, and help you determine your next course of action.                                      

We can also help you to clear it out, for delivery to your house, or donation, and sweep it clean, so you can end that monthly fee once and for all. 

Durham Region's Estate Service is ready to help you every step of the way. Call Lisa today at (289) 928-8790.                                                     Our initial assessment is free of charge, with no obligaion to contract with us. 






Choices

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM


You have chosen to redesign a room, or maybe even your house.                                                                                                                                

You have chosen a clear vision of what you want.                                                                                                                                                        

Now what?

Creating the space you want means making just a few more choices. No one said it would be easy, but with a clear goal, you are ready to make your space your own. 

Choose the furniture and decor for the space because you love it and find it beautiful. If it is useful and functional as part of the goal, it works! If it has value to you, sentimental or otherwise, and it has a place of honour in the new space, it works!

Choosing form and function that works for you ultimately comes from one place - you!

We can help eliminate the obstacles that stand in your way - time, emotions, and feelings that items may be worth something to someone else. This is what we do best. Give us a call! It may be the easiest choice you'll ever make.

:)


 

Dealing With Dealers

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The "what do I do with all this stuff" dilemma.

It can really be over-whelming, and sometimes it seems like the only way out is to pack it all up and head to the nearest donation center. But wait! Consider first that there are some other options. Donations are good - for lots of reasons, but in today's economy, who couldn't use a little extra in the wallet.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Before you pack it all in, take a deep breath, and check out this article on WorthPoint. Lots of great information and options! 

Household items, textiles, kitchenware, small glassware, toys, paperback and hardcover books will sell at your indoor content sale. So will large pieces of furniture, art, antiques, and lots of everything else. Having a successful content sale in your home is a heck of a lot easier then you might think, and you will be amazed at what people will pay very good money for. Hiring a company like ours makes sense, and at the end of the day, you have money in your pocket to do with what you like.

Ask yourself what your time is worth, call us, and we'll take care of everything!  ;)


Flux

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

flux, n.

The natural state.

Our moods change. Our lives change. Our feelings for each other change. Our bearings change. The song changes. The air changes. The temperature changes. The temperature of the shower changes.

     Accept this. We must accept this.


Change is hard! No question. A2B Estate Service to the rescue. We are skilled to help you sort through the emotional, mental, and physical difficulties of "flux" and make it as easier for you and family.  Relax, and let us help you through. We work for YOU!


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