What to Do with Aunt Effie’s China, Silver and Crystal

What to Do with Aunt Effie’s China, Silver and Crystal

What to Do with Aunt Effie’s China, Silver and Crystal

So, you’ve just lost your beloved Aunt Effie, and now you find yourself in charge of her estate. She entrusted you with the responsibility because she knew you always did the right thing. Now what?

You may have no clue where to begin or no energy to start. You may not even know what your options are or think you have too many choices. No matter how prepared you are for the death of a relative, no one taught you how to liquidate an estate. You don’t remember ever hearing about a class in school that prepared you for this nerve-wracking task.

The internet is a great place to turn to with your questions. And lucky for you, your preferred search engine has lead you to us. When you’ve just inherited an abundance of china, silver and crystal — as well as a houseful of other items — turn the tough decision making over to folks like us who make it our business to help. Don’t put it away in storage for another 10 years hoping the value will increase. We will rally to your cause and work alongside of you to devise a unique, savvy, customizable plan for all or some of your heirlooms. No worries! Art of Downsizing has experts on how to liquidate an estate.

When Charitable Donations Make Cents

When Charitable Donations Make Cents

When Charitable Donations Make Cents

True charity is something we do out of the kindness of our hearts. Whether it’s something you do every year for your favorite nonprofit or a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, it’s always an altruistic act. To amend the famous saying, when life blesses you with an abundance of lemons, make lemonade and donate the proceeds to charity!

When a loved one passes away, we often choose to honor their spirit by donating in their name. Turning your personal loss into something that can benefit people in need is one of the most selfless acts possible. So, it makes “cents” that your kindness be rewarded with a deduction when this Tax Day rolls around!

A Few of Your Options

At Art of Downsizing, we believe that it’s a perfectly viable option to opt out of having an estate sale for your estate liquidation. If it works for your situation, donating all of your loved one’s items to charity can be a positive outcome for you and for those in need. We can also arrange to have unsold items left after the an estate sale donated for you. Talk to the experts at Art of Downsizing or your CPA to learn your options.

Hidden Treasures: When Appraisals Lead to Profit

Hidden Treasures: When Appraisals Lead to Profit

Hidden Treasures: When Appraisals Lead to Profit

After a family member’s death, the last thing you want to think about is selling their remaining belongings. Give yourself the time to grieve — it’s one of the most important steps in the process. When you’re ready to take the next step, check out estate sale services to get the help you need in this overwhelming time.

When you have a close relationship with the person who passed away, even the most irrelevant objects hold meaning. Letting go of anything personal <Link to Letting Go blog post> can feel like a betrayal. It’s during these times that a compassionate, but objective third party can be of the utmost service.

Finding the Right Appraiser

At Art of Downsizing, we believe in the importance of connecting you to the right appraiser for your specific situation. Long before any items are sold through an estate sale service, consider letting us help you identify items that may need an appraisal — it can be a make or break moment for you.

With help from some of our trusted connections, you can find that hidden gem and make the process worthwhile and maybe a little less painful. Appraisers are trained specifically to have a keen eye for what current market trends are yielding. And they always give you a reasonable idea of what you can expect to make. When paired with the right appraiser, you not only have someone looking out for your best interests, but someone who also becomes a key part of all estate sale services.