So Sandy how did you originally get into the estate sale industry?
I saw an ad posted on the local message board and knew this job was right up my alley! My extended family has been in the antiques business for years so I knew I could finally apply my knowledge from my love of going to estate, garage, flea markets and antique sales over the years.
How long have you been working for BHM Estate Sales?
I started Jan. 2013 and have never looked back! Looking forward to my 5 year
What was the hardest thing you had to do for an estate sale?
Clean out a basement in a haunted house!
What are your favorite things about working in the estate sale industry?
Having the opportunity to see all different homes and their contents and allowing
me to be creative in the prepping and staging process to better showcase
homes. I also enjoy meeting new customers and cultivating relationships with repeat
What are tips you can share to potential clients about what they may need to do
in order to get ready for an estate sale?
1. Know what you want to sell after family has agreed and what you will need if
you are relocating, downsizing or tearing down.
2. Understand the true value of your home goods and not the personal
attachment you may have. Probably the toughest part emotionally in difficult
times. We do our own research to ensure pricing is in realistic range.
3. Don’t donate, give-away, or throw away anything prior to the sale. We sell
most anything and everything and those decisions can be made after the sale.
4. It is not necessary for you to organize, stage or price since you have many
other things on your plate while moving.
5. Here’s my plug: Allow BHM Estate Sales to help alleviate your stress and do
what we do best. Jill will be completely honest with you!
Are you a shopper of estate Sales?
It never gets old!! To the chagrin of my husband…
If so, what is one of your most favorite pieces you've purchased?
I bought a stainless steel chef island for wine and beer making in my basement and
it’s now in my shiny new kitchen! Love a good bargain!
Is it hard work when you are prepping a sale? What is involved?
Yes, it takes physical stamina since you are cleaning out some homes that some
have never been touched in years. So, I would say sweat equity, since we begin
by pulling all of the household contents out and then strategically putting
everything back in a presentable/sellable/staged way in order to achieve the best
outcome for our clients.
What is a tip you'd give customers when shopping at an estate sale?
Haggle for it, we love a challenge. If you are really interested in something, buy it
then since it could be gone within seconds.
Sandy is a mom of two teenage baseball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, loving boys. She is a
bargain shopper and freelance graphic designer specializing in print and online
ads/logos/branding/marketing/collateral. She is also the designer of the BHM Logo. If interested in her graphic services feel free to reach out to her at: