Why 2nd Generation?
We are exactly what our name says. A 2nd generation led estate sale company. We learned from the best and through practical experience. Our mother was one of the areas estate sale pioneers and ran a successful and highly regarded company for 25 years. We honed our knowledge and skills through many years of sales of all types and sizes.
Compassion, integrity, knowledge and thoroughness are characteristics we carry forward with 2nd Generation Estate Sales. Yet, we are bringing a few new and groundbreaking aspects to meet the demands of today's clients and customers - technology and eco responsibility.
Our goals are simple: To offer the best service in the business and help you accomplish your goal of liquidating household goods at a fair price.
Estate Sale Q & A
Where do you hold sales?
We conduct estate and liquidation sales throughout the metro Detroit area. Macomb County, Oakland County and Wayne County is our primary base, but we also cover Washtenaw and Livingston counties for larger sales.
How much do you charge?
There is no out-of-pocket expenses for you with an estate or moving sale. We work on a percentage commission depending on the size and amount of work required to set up the sale. Consultations are no cost and no obligation. We can determine if your situation is right for a sale or if other liquidation options would make more sense.
What do you mean by other liquidation options?
Not every situation is right for a public open house type estate or moving sale. Public sales are ideal when a home is full of items that need to be cleared out in a limited amount of time. Some homes & condominiums, due to neighborhood associations or parking logistics are not candidates for public sales. Some homes may not have enough for a sale. We have also assisted in cases where children move back into the family home and wish to clear a parents belongings.
There are many other options in cases where a public sale is not suitable. Private appointment only sales, direct marketing of items and auctions are just a few of the liquidation options available depending on the end goal.
How do you price things?
Household goods, antiques and collectibles are priced at fair market value to ensure as much is sold as possible during the 2-3 sale process. For very rare or high value antique and collectible items, we often recommend sending to auction to ensure maximum exposure and to obtain the best return for you.
What do I need to do before you start?
The only thing you need to do is remove items you plan on keeping before we begin setup. We recommend not to throw anything away or pre-clean. Often times families will discard items not realizing they are things that have sale value. Estate sale shoppers will buy things from non-perishable foods & toiletries to furniture sets - and everything in between. We do all the work for you in our cleaning and staging process and before we open the doors to the public, everything is cleaned, organized, nicely displayed & priced.
What if you find personal items and photographs while organizing?
We set aside all items deemed personal (papers, photos, financial records) as we are organizing and turn them over to you at a time that is most convenient to you - before, during or after the sale.
What happens to the leftover items?
This is completely your choice. Of course, our goal is to sell as much as possible for you, but realistically, there are always some items left at the end of a sale. You have several options available that can be discussed at the consultation. Each client represents a unique situation.
Our Exceptional Services Include
We have over 35 years of experience in antiques and collectibles. While no one can know everything about everything, we have access to several databases and a network of specialists to ensure your items are properly identified and priced accordingly.
Integrity and Professionalism
2nd Generation Estate Sales is a tax paying registered Michigan business, a DBA of Fresh Start Ventures LLC.
Upon hiring, we will present a contract tailored to your needs. Each sale is unique and all details will be mutually agreed upon and included in the sale agreement.
Your belongings are in good hands with the 2nd Generation team. We strive to make a worry free and pleasant experience for you from beginning to end. You will receive payment and a detailed accounting for the proceeds of your sale within 7 days after the end of sale.
2nd Generation Estate Sales can answer your questions
We believe in offering our clients personalized customer service and will go the extra mile for you. If you're asking the question "How do I find really a great Estate Sale company?" then we hope you consider partnering with 2nd Generation Estate Sales. We're here to work for you.