* Dave and Michelle have been Docent's (Tour Guides) at a History and Art Museum in Salt Lake City for 27 years.
* Dave's Major in College was Communications with Sales and Marketing as a Minor.
* Collectors 30 years
* Selling at Antique Stores and ebay 10 years
* Dave as a Picker 10 years
* Buying and Selling Estates 4 years
* Conducting Estate Sales 6 years
For the most part we are a family business, and while some of us us like the discovery and staging process others prefer the interaction and excitement of the Sale.
We are an experienced team and are committed to making this sale a wonderful experience for everyone
involved. We are here to help you succeed especially when emotions may be high and time is of the essence. We have been in business long enough, both on the buying and selling end, and have implemented what we feel adds to the overall success of your Estate Sale. While our Number One Priority is to get the most value for our clients , our genuine concern that the buyer's are enjoying themselves makes for a wonderful sale.
Our ability to get along with everyone involved in the sale, even when the family we are representing doesn't get along with each other, is priceless. We also provide family mediation if needed, because we feel that family is more important than possession's.
We have made contacts and connections of experts in various fields who help in the appraisal process to insure that you get the most return on your items.
It really is an honor to be apart of helping to make your old memories, new memories, for the next generation.
Selling Fine Antiques and Junk... And Everything In-between.
*** Emerald Estate Sales LLC is a Utah based Company which is Licensed, Bonded and Insured. ***
We started collecting early on. Michelle and I fell in love with all things Victorian and started buying whatever we could. Eventually we designed and built our dream home in Layton, a Queen Ann Victorian. After working all day I would spend
all night building, sometimes as late as one or two in the morning.
Michelle was pregnant at the time with our daughter Victoria (How
original) and I would come home late and tell her that I just finished
building a turret and she would respond, “That's nice Sweetie, I just
finished building a brain!” and go back to sleep. So that was the
family joke, Michelle could build a baby quicker than I could build a
house. Luckily they both turned out great.
We furnished the house with period antiques. They didn’t have to be
expensive, just unique. It was a great hobby which included our
vacations spending more time at historic homes looking for design
ideas, and going to Antique stores and Estate Sales looking for that
certain item you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Later we bought a 110
year old farm house and sold our home going from four bathrooms
to one. Best thing we ever did! And yes, we had 4 children living
there at one point. (The 2 boys eventually found a favorite tree...
Just in case.)
Then a friend, Lance Lewis, and I started Picking. We would knock
on someone's door and within minutes of getting to know them we
were digging through their entire house, sifting through their closets,
climbing on their kitchen cabinets, and going through their attics,
garages and barns. It is amazing the trust and friendship that could be
developed in such a short amount of time. When we found something unique we asked if they would consider selling it, if
so, we would negotiate on a price. Many of the things we bought, the people had forgot they even had them or thought it was worthless. It was fun to see what people would pay for those items we found when we listed them on eBay.
We each had our strong points in knowing what to look for, and negotiating skills that complimented each other. I would tell people "I could either bring a computer with me or Lance, but he was better company." (Then again, A computer never ate the last doughnut!) It was a great time and I don’t know who had more fun, us, or the people we were buying from. That progressed into buying and selling complete estates with their furniture and household items. Eventually his dream to have a large Antique Store was bigger than mine. I helped him as he opened it and have enjoyed watching it grow. He has an amazing store in Ogden, The Estate Sale, that I highly recommend.
As time went on people began asking me for advice and help with items they had to sell, or when they had a parent pass on, what they should do to liquidate their estate, and the best way to do it. After a few years of doing Estate Sales “Pro Bono,” Michelle and I decided that this is something we could do that not only helps people, but we really enjoyed doing.
On a purely selfish note, we love getting to know our clients and customers. I have to admit, we have met some pretty interesting, and/or amazing people doing this. So for us, doing an Estate Sale is not just a job, it's a field trip experience in Anthropology, Psychology, and Barterology (The study of peoples buying habits and negotiating skills.)
We feel like matchmakers. Seriously, we find items that have been boxed away for years or buried in a garage or barn and someone buys it and proudly displays it in their home. The saying “Find a job you love and you will never work another day of your life,” really is true... But I have found that we sure put in a lot of hours for that love.
Each of these Items below have helped in preparing us to run fun and successful Estate Sales.