Online-Only Estate Tag Sale
Featuring the Estate of Walter Ungermann
Saturday, September 30
Every now and then in our business you come across a situation where you wish you had the opportunity to me the person whose estate you are selling. Such is the case with Walter Ungermann.
From the moment we walked into his home in Chelsea it was obvious he was a man who appreciated detail. The meticulously-restored farm house sat at the end of a half-mile driveway with sweeping views overlooking the valley below. Inside every item had it's place. Fly rods were neatly stacked in a safe, reels all labeled in boxes, and art tastefully hung with care on the walls.
It turned out Walter divided his time between this home in Chelsea, another on Cape Cod, and one in Palm Beach. The Chelsea house was more of his "retreat" he used periodically, primarily on fishing trips and to get away from things. In fact, he purchased the home because as a young man he enjoyed fishing a particular spot on the First Branch of the White River, and would sit on the porch of what was then an abandoned home to put on his waders before hiking to the river. When the property came up for sale it was an easy decision for him, and not long after he went to work purchasing and preserving surrounding land.
To say Walter was a "fly fisherman" is a bit of an understatement. He was captain of Team USA Fly Fishing in the early 1990's, traveling the world to compete in premiere events. Among other accomplishments he won the Jackson Hole One-Fly competition twice (the Superbowl of fly fishing).
On his travels he purchased things that caught his eye. Not just regular tourist trinkets but hand crafted items done by the best of the region's craftsmen, whether it be a carved fish, local painting, or interesting antique. Everything in the home speaks of quality.
He was a passionate supporter of the Vermont Land Trust and served on countless boards for conservation organizations, with a special interest in getting kids involved in fishing.
We are honored to be handling the estate of a man who truly left Vermont better than he found it.
If you are not familiar with how our "Stay-at-Home" sales work, please read the following:
HOW IT WORKS -On Saturday, September 30, 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 under the items when 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 let us know upon viewing your invoice that you will be paying at pickup.
-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, September 30, from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Sunday, October 1, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Monday, October 2, 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 vehicles are picking up at the same time, please stay in your vehicle and we will assist you when it is your turn.
-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. Dimensions on art are measured to the outside of the frame.
-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 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.
We truly appreciate all our customers and strive to bring a fun experience to everyone.
Note: We are currently working on our website and expect to have descriptions and other information posted by Wednesday afternoon, September 27.
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