We Seldom have presales any longer but when we do…the follow information would apply
What to Expect on Presale Day
Please read this entire document, especially if you’ve never been to one of our presale days. By reading this document you’ll have a much better understanding what to expect and what is expected of you. This is necessary due to the large number of shoppers who attend these presales. There have been presales where over 200 shoppers begin shopping when the door opens.
With rare exception, we let everyone in at once when the door opens. This can result in wall-to-wall people for the first 15-20 minutes. If you don’t like crowds you should avoid entering when the door opens. We never know how many shoppers will show up for a presale so we can’t limit the number entering when the door opens as this would be unfair to everyone not getting in at the official start time. If we are holding a sale in a small place and plan on limiting the number of shoppers inside we will publish this information in the email notice so you can arrive earlier than usual if you have a particular item you are seeking.
At most sales very few, if any, items will be priced. Given the massive number of items at most sales, we simply don’t have time to stick a price tag on every single item. We do two sales a week and can’t spend time on pricing each item. While shopping, please do not ask us for the price of a particular item as we WILL NOT give you a price. You’ll get one price for the entire lot of items you choose to buy at the time you reach the person doing the pricing. If you aren’t comfortable with this approach, you should not attend our sales.
And, there is no book hoarding for purposes of scanning allowed on presale day. If you insist on making a pile of books and scanning them you have to return on Friday.
At every sale we have “HOLD” tables outside. As you shop, take your items outside, place them in an open space on one of these tables and mark your pile or box with a piece of paper bearing your name. Ask a worker for assistance if you can’t find a piece of paper or sharpie pen. You can continue adding to your pile until you are ready to checkout and pay.
Here’s where it is very important that you understand the pricing and checkout process and stay and shop only if you understand that you may spend a long in line waiting for checkout. We have only one person pricing and she or he can price only one shopper at a time. Unfortunately, within about 30 minutes of opening the door, the line for pricing and checkout grows quite long as you can imagine. During the presale we’ll have someone outside at the hold tables handing out numbers. Once you’ve stopped shopping, get a number as quickly as possible so you know your place in line. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in a hurry, you’d better shop quickly and get outside for pricing so you can pay and leave. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait in line. There have been sales where this wait can be an hour or longer. So be advised of this wait. We can have only one person pricing – no exceptions.
While standing in line, keep track of how close you are to being the next person priced. When you are close, please remove all of the items from your box and spread them out so the pricing person can quickly scan them and give you the price for your lot. This helps speed the line.
If you have jewelry items at the payment table, please tell the pricing person so he or she can grab the items before giving you a final price amount. You cannot retrieve your jewelry items while standing in line waiting for pricing.
The pricing person will write the total amount owed on a piece of paper and hand it to you. Give this paper to the money collector who will take your payment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: After getting your price, if you aren’t willing to pay the amount stated, you can select the items you must have and the pricing person will give you a new price. But, we can’t afford to spend time negotiating over the price of every item. It’s not fair to all the other shoppers standing behind you waiting for their turn at pricing. If you can’t make a quick decision, you’ll have to drop back further in line to do your decision making.
As for payment methods, we prefer cash. We do take credit and debit cards but we usually offer a cash discount of around 10%. If you plan on attending our presales, please come prepared to pay with cash.
And, once you reach the payment table, please don’t ask the person collecting the money for a lower price. He or she is not authorized to give you a better price.
Finally, if you plan on attending these presales on a regular basis, please remember to bring your own boxes. While we try and provide boxes, we can’t predict how many we’ll need and we already spend too much time driving around getting boxes to make your shopping easier. And if you are a glass or pottery buyer or someone who buys lots of small, breakable items, please bring your own wrapping paper. We rarely have a sufficient supply of wrapping paper. We can bring only so many items to these sales.
Doing two sales a week is extremely time-consuming due to all the preparation and staging that’s required. Therefore, we ask that you do your part in helping make the shopping experience as enjoyable as possible. Remember, you are attending an estate sale, not shopping at Macy’s or Walmart.
Estate sales can be a lot of fun and a great place to find bargains, but you have to remember that some effort on your part is required to make it all happen as smoothly as possible.
Please ask if you have any questions about what happens on presale days.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU PARK. YOU DON’T WANT TO GET A COSTLY TICKET WHICH HAPPENS IF YOU PARK ON A CURVE, BLOCK A DRIVEWAY, OR PARK NEAR A BUS STOP OR FIRE HYDRANT. DON’T PARK WITH WHEELS ON THE SIDEWALK OR YOU’LL GET TICKETED. DON’T PARK ON THE BUMPER OF THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU. LEAVE SPACE FOR OTHERS TO MOVE THEIR CARS OR TRUCKS.
Thanks for your cooperation,
The EstateSalesHelp team