Providing complete coordination of full-house estate sales.
Gale Curcio takes her many years of experience holding her own sales and attending sales to provide homeowners with a hands-on experience. Unless otherwise agreed, Gale is on-site for all of her sales.
Gale analyzes the contents of the client home and determines if it warrants a one, two or three-day sale.
She sends a detailed contract which the client reviews and signs – questions or comments are always welcome.
SALE by GALE has a staff of 10 competent and professional assistants, who work with customers to ensure a great shopping experience. They are well-known in the Northern Virginia area and have an extensive mailing list.
SALE by GALE organizes, arranges and displays all items to be sold. If, during that process, they encounter items that appear to be of special sentimental value, or they encounter especially valuable items the client have not told us about, they will consult with the client. They use available tables, shelves, and other areas for display purposes and provide additional tables and display cases, as necessary. To a limited extent, they also clean the area where the sale is to conducted, gather and dispose of items that cannot be sold. Some additional items (small pieces of furniture, etc.) from SALE by GALE’s inventory may be included to improve the robustness of the sale – proceeds from these items will go directly to SALE by GALE and will not impact the proceeds of the original sale.
SALE by GALE will appraise all items to be sold and will mark prices using price stickers, tags or signs that they will provide. Staff has expertise in pricing tools, jewelry, purses, fine china, sterling silver, vintage items, collectibles and furniture. If they believe there are items of value that are not within their area of expertise, they may choose to engage an outside appraiser having the necessary expertise, at our expense. They welcome the client’s input regarding the value of specific items; however, given their substantial experience in this area, they reserve the right to make all final pricing decisions.
Select Items are photographed and placed strategically in ads. SALE by GALE pays for advertising in estatesales.org and estatesales.net. They send the information to their extensive mailing list, neighborhood listsrvs and post ads in Craigslist, yard sales.net and yardsalesearch.com.
In addition, they place a sign in the yard during the sale, and additional signs in the vicinity of the sale, if permitted, with regard to local ordinances.
They conduct the sale in a professional and efficient manner. To assist with the sale, they use individuals from a pool of honest, experienced, and reliable individuals familiar to them and with the integrity they demand for our services.
Unless the client instructs otherwise, they will conduct the sale with two objectives:
- To sell every available item; and
- To maximize the proceeds from the sale.
During the course of the sale, they may negotiate prices with customers and accept bids as they consider appropriate in order to achieve the two objectives stated above. However, the client may establish minimum prices for a small number of items, if desired. On the second and third day of the sale, they will reduce the prices of the items being sold, except on specific items which minimums have been established.
Disposal of Unsold Items
At the end of the sale, the following options are available:
- Owner chooses to handle the disbursement of items.
- Large items will be left in place.
- Small items will be boxed.
- They will gladly suggest names of charities and disposal companies that will pick up the unsold items.
- They will also do a complete pack-up of the house for an extra fee.
- Items will be picked up for auction (check will be sent for the sale of these items within a month).
- Items that are not acceptable for donation will be brought to curb (if special pickup is available) or junk pick-up service contacted.
- Donation pick-up will be coordinated.
- Specific items may be purchased by SALE by GALE. after the sale.
- Other items may be placed on craigslist, EBay or local listsrvs.
Records and Receipts: Payment
Within five business days after the conclusion of the sale they will make available to the client a written summary of sale results showing the gross sale proceeds, itemized fees and expenses deducted, and the net proceeds distributed to the client. At the same time they will deliver a check to the client in the full amount of the net proceeds, payable to signature on Estate Sale Agreement.
Cash, checks and Credit cards are accepted at all sales.