Saturday, June 10
"Cool is the Rule" is the theme for our online estate sale. It has been a funny spring. We have gone to a handful of houses that have nice items, but for whatever reason the situation wasn't right for an onsite estate sale, so we picked through them and brought the most interesting back to our storage facility to comprise a fun online-only sale.
The first part of our journey to put it all together took us to a remote corner of Elmore, Vt. You know it is going to be an interesting home when you pull into the driveway and see a full size pirate ship with a water slide into the pond. The deceased owners were from an old Philadelphia family and had strong ties to Nantucket. The distant heirs wanted nothing to do with the contents so we sifted through pulling out things like the James Madison & Monroe document, fine furniture, and countless Nantucket related goodies.
From there we went to down to Rutland to retrieve items that had been put in storage from a local doctor's estate, primarily taxidermy. If you are familiar with taxidermy you may know it is an art form, and not all the artists are created equal. In this case we were delighted to see that it was done by a master craftsman with exceptional quality and detail throughout.
Other stops on our journey took us to a retirement home in Stowe, a stunning home on the golf course in South Burlington, and a country property in East Montpelier.
The final stop was a bit of an unusual estate in Essex. The gentleman was a prepper, and assembled a mass quantity of goods in case the day of reckoning ever arrived. He bought quality items, and for the most part never used them or even took them out of the original packaging.
The fun thing for us about a sale like this is every lot has merit of some sort. If something is broken or damaged it doesn't make the cut to be loaded into the trailers. The result is a sale packed with quality and interesting items.
If you are not familiar with how our "Stay-at-Home" sales work, please read the following: HOW IT WORKS -On Saturday, June 10, at 9:00 am we will be releasing prices on the pictures below on this website. The sale will run from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm. just like a regular estate sale. At 4:00 pm the sale will end and pictures will be taken down. (As a reminder we know people are using a variety of different devices to view the sale so you may need to refresh your browser often).
-Prices will appear in the caption box when you click on the photo after we publish our website at 9:00 am. Saturday morning
-Items will be sold to the first person who responds via email at email@example.com. There will be no holding items. All sales are final.
-Responses must include the item number, brief description, PRICE, buyer's name, and a contact phone number. SAMPLE: John Smith (802) 876-7120 --H-102 Lamp $50. PLEASE ONLY SEND EMAILS ON ITEMS YOU WANT TO PURCHASE. If you are a dealer on record with us and tax exempt you must state that in every email or you will be charged sales tax.
-Successful buyers will be sent an invoice via email. Most invoices are sent out within an hour but earlier in the day it may be a few hours before we are able to catch up - please be patient. Occasionally invoices may end up in a spam folder, please check those often.
-Payment Methods: Credit Card (via Square) is preferred. If you would like to pay via check or cash please contact us prior to bidding (we do not have a problem accepting cash and checks, we actually prefer it, but need to know for our billing software).
-You will only be contacted if you were successful (we wish we could respond to everybody immediately but with 800-1200 emails per sale we haven't progressed that far technologically yet). We have heard of some emails going to spam folders using the Square processing system so please check all your folders.
-Yes, buyers may submit more than one "commitment to purchase" on a single email. Please note: as an example - if you submit a "commitment to purchase" on five items at 9:05 am, but somebody already purchased two of the items at 9:01 am, you will get the three items that have not previously been purchased.
-We will make every attempt possible to remove pictures of items after they have been purchased but expect a little lag time for technical reasons, especially in the first few hours.
-Purchases must be paid for immediately. Our software allows us to see who has viewed invoices.
-Items MUST be picked up within 48 hours at our storage facility in Essex There will be three pickup windows for this sale. Saturday, June 10, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 11, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Monday, June 12 , from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. At pickup, please present your receipt to one of our staff members, and the items will be made available to you. Buyers will be expected to load their purchases (bring your own packing material and help if you purchase furniture). If multiple vehicle are picking up at the same time, please stay in your vehicle and we will assist you when it is your turn. PLEASE NOTE: ON SUNDAY WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE LABOR TO HELP LOAD FURNITURE. YOU MUST BRING ASSISTANCE. If you are not able to arrange pickup in these windows, please do not participate in our sale.
-We take a commitment to purchase seriously. In the event someone does not pick up an item they have purchased in the designated time frame, or does not pay for an item, they will not be allowed to participate in future sales, either online or onsite.
-We will try to do our best to answer questions about items prior to the sale (we will not disclose prices). Please email or call our office at (802) 876-7120 during business hours Thursday or Friday if you have questions. We have a few limited windows available for in-person inspection by appointment only. Please contact us directly.
-We have tried to include pertinent information in the picture captions about the items, this includes what we were told about mechanical items (last time they were used, etc.). If an item says "untested" it means we believe the item is in working condition, but have not tested it. Descriptions relating to age, authenticity, and character of items are our best judgement and do not constitute a guarantee.
-Pickup Location: 12 High View Drive in Essex. From Rte. 2A turn onto Gentes Rd. proceed over the bridge and at the "Y" bear right onto Lamore Rd. In 100 yards High View Drive will be on your left. We are the first left on High View Dr. and signs will be up directing you to the pickup area.
-Sales Tax: As per Vermont laws this sale qualifies as a multi-owner sale, so a 6% sales tax will be charged. If you have a Vermont tax-exempt certificate we are happy to add you to our file. If you are already on-file with us, YOU MUST mention you are a dealer in EVERY email or you will be charged sales tax.
-Bonus Lots: In our online format we try to emulate the on-site experience as much as possible. We know there are many people who prefer to come to a sale later in the day or check back often to see what may have been "discovered" in a hidden cabinet, or under a mattress. To simulate that experience we will add 10-20 unadvertised "bonus" lots to the sale throughout the day so check back often.
-Depending on what remains late in the day, we may decide to adjust prices on some items. We do not guarantee this and will review it on a case by case basis. If we make this decision adjusted prices will be posted. Please do not submit offers. Little hint: For our June 10 sale we have several cool bonus lots.
We truly appreciate all of our customers and strive to bring a fun atmosphere to our sales.
Reminder: Emails must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the item price, number, and brief description. Dealers on file must include "tax exempt" in every email.
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