We have been asked a lot of questions over the years so we pulled together a list of the most common ones. If you don't find your answer here, give us a call at 802.238.9574.
I'm having a garage/yard sale. Can I list that with you? Call us first! Many times, we are called after a sale when the family has the leftovers. The real treasures were more than likely sold at much less then their real value, or thrown in the trash. We will evaluate what you have and give you some suggestions on whether a garage/yard sale or our services would be your best route. We might discover a few rare items we could purchase outright or sell for you on consignment. Our business is designed for traditional estate sales where most of the items of a household or business are being liquidated.
How do I get started on my estate sale with you? If you would like to meet with us for a free evaluation, to have us handle your estate sale, or try to find buyers for certain pieces from your collection, simply call us at 802.238.9574 or send us an email.
What information should I provide in the sale description? It's best to examine the items in person. If you can, provide good images and a detailed description of the item, including as much information as possible. For example, if you have furniture you would like to sell, describe its approximate age and type of wood. Include the maker's name (if known), the color, size, etc. If you have any historical details about your item, be sure to include that as it may add value to your sale.
How do you market my sale? If you are selling individual pieces, we notify our private collectors list first if you are selling items they may be interested in.
If we are coordinating your sale, we design both print and electronic ads to send to our general mailing list which contains over 1,000 names throughout Vermont and New England. Depending on the amount of lead time we have for the sale, we start generating interest in your event a month prior to the sale and send periodic reminders throughout the month.
Leading up to your sale, we send out several email blasts to over 1,000 potential customers.
What's my item worth?
The market fluctuates continually so there are many factors that work together to determine the value of your item. We can provide you with an estimate of what we think it will sell for, and also a value of what we would give you if we purchased it outright.
Estate Sales & Consignments
I. Use of Site This is only to be used while abiding by these listed Terms and Conditions. Please note that once you have completed the registration process, you have opted-in to receive notifications of future sales. You must continue to agree to receive emails from us in order to remain active on this site.
II. Membership Eligibility This site is readily available to those who are 16 years or older who have not been removed or suspected by KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments for any reason. When becoming a member, you are indicating that you are of legal age. As a member, you are agreeing to provide us with the utmost honest, current, and accurate information about yourself, as requested by the sites required registration forms. Also, as a member, you must agree and acknowledge that you will maintain valid credit card information within your membership profile until you may no longer have an account with KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments.
III. Buyers Contract Bids placed on KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments website are an irrevocable contract and you are responsible for paying all amounts due to KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments. Please do not bid if you are unable to pay for the item or pick it up in the specific time period for each sale, event, and/or auction. Items not picked up on the scheduled dates will be considered as forfeit.
IV. Item Description KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments will indicate specific previewing times, so please utilize this time to inspect items you may be interested in bidding on.
All items are used, vintage, and/or antique and are being sold as is. You should expect that all items will have wear commensurate with use and age. We do our best to describe condition, list damage, repairs, or restorations. Any and all descriptions of condition are given as complimentary. We are not responsible for omissions or errors. Absence of description condition must not be taken to imply that the lot is in perfect condition. For some auctions, preview times are available for the sole purpose of allowing bidders the opportunity for personal inspection before placing bids. If you have any doubts or questions about lots being offered, be sure to reach out directly to us BEFORE bidding. Bidders are responsible for performing their own due diligence prior to bidding in regard to inquiry of condition, wear or working condition. All bids are final regardless of any statement of condition. No returns, credits, refunds, or exchanges.
* Please review the photos and feel free to ask questions prior to purchasing.
V. Payment A valid credit card is required to be on file for all registered bidders. KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments utilizes an auto debit system for payment. When providing KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments with your credit card information, you are authorizing KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments to charge your credit card for all outstanding auction invoices. This will also include the buyer's premium and all applicable taxes. This is the ONLY payment form accepted. If you do not agree to utilize this option, you will not be able to make purchases.
TO ALL TAX EXEMPT BUYERS, please email your tax exempt certificate prior to the start of the sale.
If your purchase(s) exceed the credit limit on your credit card, contact us with other forms of payment to include wire bank transfers and/or cash.
VI. Buyer Premium A Buyer's Premium of 15% will be added to the hammer price of all auctions.
VII. Sales Tax All sales are subject to applicable sales tax laws. Tax exempt buyers must provide the appropriate state sales tax exemption certification prior to the end of the sale. Upon receipt of such information by KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments, your future purchases will not be taxed. Your profile name and address must match your reseller certificate for it to be honored.
VIII. Shipping and Pick-up KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments does not provide packaging and/or shipping methods. All winning buyers will be provided with a specific time and date to pick up their item(s). Shipping services are to be arranged by the winning bidder at the bidder's expense unless special arrangements have been made with KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments via email prior to purchase.
IX. Forfeiture of Items All unpaid items, in accordance with the site's Terms and Conditions, will ultimately be forfeited by you. KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments will re-offer the item or donate them to charity. KATSAM LLC dba Estate Sales and Consignments is authorized to report your account to collectors for any unpaid charges. Please Note: Your membership will be revoked unless all past due invoices are paid in full.
If you fail to pick up your items within the timeframe set after the closing bid, your item will be assumed to be forfeited.
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