Your Garage Might Be a Gold Mine

Your Garage Might Be a Gold Mine

Don’t retire yet. You won’t be able to plan a trip to Tahiti with your profits, but you might make enough to go for a weekend getaway or help pay the bills.You've probably been thinking about what you are going to do with those old train cars of Dad's you've been thinking you would set up someday but never got around to. You may be thinking if you hold on to them a little longer they'll get more valuable. Probably not.

Harness the Potential For Huge Selling Power

An estimated 1.5 million individuals sell their unwanted items on Ebay to help supplement their income.  Are you ready to start selling? Don’t have time or desire to do it yourself? Art of Downsizing is  here to help you. Our staff is here to make sure your selling goes smoothly. We work with you on a sliding scale commission basis depending on selling price. We have 100% feedback on Ebay and have been selling since 1999.  Contact Us if we can help. We’ll let you know if your items have any real value or not and arrange for pickup or delivery.


If Ebay is not the right platform for your item, we have several others to choose from such as Estatesales.org and Artspace. We also can incorporate some or all of your unwanted treasures into one of our upcoming estate sales.


Lighten Up Your Inherited Load

Are You a Statistic

According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods--in other words, items they do not need. Mini storage and storage warehouses are making a fortune off of your inability to decide what to do with all the stuff Uncle Bert left to you.

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Got the Probate Blues?

Have you inherited too much stuff, need help with liquidating an estate or are planning a move to a more manageable retirement sized home where you can enjoy your most valued things and transition to a clean, efficient minimalist lifestyle?

It is a proven fact that minimizing your own or inherited personal property accumulations has many physical and emotional benefits, including less stress, greater peace of mind, easier navigation, smaller financial expenses for maintenance and upkeep, and fewer health issues from stuff-related stress, dust or mildew.

Art of Downsizing estate sale services is an affordable solution: an art refined from years of professional and personal experience. You deserve to live the simpler life to which you’ve aspired and dreamed of.  Our Design and Organization Specialist Cindy will help you declutter and freshly organize your home, while our Owner and Consultant Michelle will help you financially leverage the possessions you no longer want using onsite or internet sales, connections with national auction houses, and online targeted marketing strategies.

Maybe You Just Want to Declutter Your Home

Need to get a home cleared, staged and put on the market for sale? A cluttered home or work space is an eyesore and a drain of energy, not to mention a safety and health hazard. Our Downsizing experts will teach you how to create a personal space that welcomes, energizes and frees you!

Art of Downsizing provides a professional fresh perspective to go alongside you and help make difficult decisions about what to keep. Specifically we:

  • Sell marketable estates and furnishings using local and national venues

  • Arrange for pickup and route usable goods to charities

  • Schedule recyclable and  disposables pickups that keep over usage of environmentally toxic landfill waste to a minimum.

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Maybe you’re just not sure what to do. After all this stuff has been in the family for a long time. Art of Downsizing is  more than happy to come out and help you assess your situation at no charge. We’ll give you straightforward answers to help you decide when is the right time, what are your options, how to lighten your load and get out from under the responsibilities that go along with owning too much stuff. If we are a good fit, you will be given a step by step plan with a timeline you can trust. If we can’t help you we will see that you have reliable information to get the job done.  (828) 772-5959 

The Value of Selling at an Online Estate Auction

Wondering how online auctions can benefit you, as a seller? Why are they one of the best ways to sell property? There are a number of reasons:

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  • Speedy Process, Quick Turnaround
    An online estate auction is immediate. It happens during a set time- less than a week, and is completed during that time. It’s structured, quick and efficient. You are paid within 30 days.

  • You Set the Time and Place of Your Sale

  • It’s as simple as that. You work with the auction firm to schedule what works best for you.

  • You Can Watch the Item Being Sold
    We give you a link to the auction, and you can view a gallery of photos of your items and see final results.

  • You Know Exactly When Your Property or Goods Will Be Sold
    There’s no wondering whether or not your property will sell. It WILL sell and it will sell during the set auction time.

  • Comprehensive Marketing of Your Property
    Part of conducting an online estate auction is marketing it to the general public to get as many people interested as possible. We subscribe and compile comprehensive mailing lists to market your items to qualified buyers. We run advertisements, distribute fliers and more. We are marketing specialists.

  • Buyers Come Prepared to Buy
    Online estate auction-goers come with money in their wallets, pockets and hands. They’re prepared to take away your property. It’s a win/win.

  • No Negotiations
    There’s no haggling over price or merchandise. The auction method is quick and efficient. When people bid, they make a commitment to buy the property without discussion or debate.

  • Your Proceeds Are Held in a Trust Account until Distributed
    No need to be concerned about your proceeds being secure. Art of Downsizing acts as your fiduciary and is licensed through NC Auctioneer Licensing Board with high ethical standards.

  • Few Leftovers and Little Clean Up
    Remember your last garage sale? When you finished, you had to spend hours packing up what didn’t sell and looking for places to store it. With an online estate auction, every item goes up for bid and most items are sold. If there’s anything left over, the auction firm can distribute it to the charity of your choice. This means everything is handled for you.

  • Competitive Bidding
    People get caught up in the competitiveness of the bidding, which often drives the price of items higher. To some, it’s like a game, and they want to win at all costs … or hopefully for you, at high costs!

  • Auctions Work Well in Both Good and Bad Economic Times
    People love auctions because they love sales. Statistics show auctions remain a steady force regardless of the economy. In bad times, the auction industry doesn’t feel the impact: people still flock to auctions.

  • Online Only or Timed Online Bidding
    When a property is being offered with online only bidding (sometimes called “timed online bidding”), bidding takes place over an extended period and all bids are placed online. There is never actually a live auction event. The auction firm monitors all bidding throughout the bidding period, usually five to seven days. Bidders register to bid for a specific property and can place bids at their convenience. For added convenience, bidders have the option of entering a “maximum bid” which allows the computer to automatically advance their bid anytime they are outbid. At the bidding deadline, the highest bidder is declared.

Hiring an Auction Company

When you make the decision to sell by auction, the most important thing to do is hire a qualified and experienced auction company to handle your online auction. There are thousands of auctioneers throughout the United States who offer a wide range of auction services to consumers. So what do you look for when hiring an estate auction firm?

Auctioneers abide by a code of ethics that guarantees high standards to customers and fair business practices. In short, this means you have made the best choice when it comes to liquidation services.

When Meeting With a Potential Auction Company:

  • Ask about their contract or written proposal to provide you services. Get details on what is included.
  • Find out how the sale will be marketed. The success of the sale depends a great deal on the marketing effort behind it.
  • Ask about setup and cleanup of your property after auction.
  • Ask for references. And when you get them, check them out!

You work hard for your money. Most people spend the majority of their waking hours working. Your money pays for your home, your automobile, insurance, clothes, food, all of your possessions and so much more. So when it comes to selling those possessions, the smartest thing you can do is let an auctioneer help you continue to get the value the market allows.

Originally posted by the NC Auctioneer Licensing Board of which Art of Downsizing holds firm license# 10088