When clients have a large number of items that they do not want to move to their new home, Changing Spaces SRS will organize and run an estate sale (or “tag sale”) for them. Having an estate sale with Changing Spaces SRS is a stress and work-free solution to emptying out a home.
We take pride in our estate sales, beginning with bringing in our own tables and tablecloths so items can be displayed in an attractive way. Changing Spaces SRS provides professional organization, set-up, and researched pricing of every single item in your home—all the way from the fanciest piece of antique furniture, down to the napkin rings and Tupperware. Beyond our own pricing expertise, we also work with a well-respected local appraiser to ensure that our clients get the best price for their items.
We have a team of 18 staff members, giving us the ability set-up and run even the largest of sales, while still maintaining proper staffing and supervision of the home before and during the sale. We have developed quite a following during our nine years of service, resulting in over 5,500 people that have requested to receive our regular notifications, emails, and postcards. In addition to our mailing list of regular customers, Changing Spaces SRS also uses every available resource to market our sales and get shoppers through the door.
We extensively photograph all our sales, posting those albums on Facebook and Google Photos so shoppers can see what is available. We also post ads online, in the Lincoln Journal Star, and place signs at the major intersections to catch drive-by traffic. These marketing efforts result in an average of 1,500+ shoppers through the door on any given weekend, further ensuring a successful sale for our clients. After the sale concludes, our clients receive a final accounting sheet, including a typed list of the items sold, and a check for their portion proceeds. In the span of one week, Changing Spaces provides complete management of an estate sale from start to finish!
A note about getting a number on Friday morning:
Numbers are handed out on Friday morning of each sale, as a way to properly accommodate all the “early bird” shoppers who wish to be one of the first folks through the door. Our number system allows shoppers to enter the sale in an orderly fashion when we open the doors at 8:30 a.m. Shoppers begin lining up (very) early in the morning, and sometimes even the night before. A Changing Spaces staff member arrives at 7:00 a.m. and will begin handing out numbers to folks in line at that time. Number “1” goes to the first person in line, number “2” goes to the second, and so on. It is our policy to not give out more than two numbers to any one person. Once the sale begins at 8:30 a.m., we call out the numbers and let shoppers through the door in the order of their numbers.
If you arrive before 7 a.m. and wish to wait in line, you must either physically stand/sit in line, or you may use a “placeholder” (such as a folding chair) but you must stay on the premises (either standing in line or waiting in your car, parked in front of the house). If you drive off, you forfeit your place in line. Once our staff arrives at 7 a.m. to hand out numbers, you must physically be in line and ready to receive your number. We hand out no more than two numbers per person.
Depending on the size of the house, we let anywhere from 15-25 people in at a time. After that, it is generally one shopper in, one shopper out. We do our best to get all shoppers waiting in line through the door as quickly as possible, but we must also be mindful of crowding inside the house. Once all numbers have been called out and there is no longer a line waiting to get in the door, shoppers are free to come and go as they please. There are no numbers handed out Saturday morning.