Legacy Appraisals & Estate Sales, LLC
A Complete Estate Sale Service Company
Personal Property Appraisals
*the only accredited appraisal, inventory, and estate sale company in Amarillo and the Texas panhandle!
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Each home or business or estate is set up like a department store within a model home, in which everything is for sale. This can be a home with or without antiques.... It can contain vintage, contemporary, or new items.
There is value in every estate!
Whole estates (or businesses) can be sold in total estate liquidations where the entire house, garage, closets, kitchen, cabinets and each nook are straightened and displayed. LEGACY's staff goes from corner to corner and from ceiling to floor to find and display items. LEGACY can hold transition or down-sizing sales. If the size of the estate requires extra displaying spaces, either furniture or covered tables (matching table coverings), will be brought in. If the estate has spots that need to be filled, those areas will be filled and staged with items that complement yours, and the entire home will looked lived in. LEGACY has the ability to fill these spaces with other estate items or from our extensive warehouse. The more items in the estate - the more successful the sale! Experience has shown that the more there is for people to look at - the longer they will stay & the more items will be purchased. LEGACY is here to work for you, the client, in the best possible way.
Pre- Sale Before the doors open
By the time the doors are ready to open for a public sale, the client’s home looks loved and lived in, and at the same time, the items are displayed to catch the eye of the customers in the home and on our website. This does the former client justice and the household honor. When potential sale attendees see the estate displayed in photos on line, they can see that it is worth coming to. They can also view items they may be interested in purchasing. This also provides a picture for the family, heirs or legal trustees to see what the estate once was.
In many cases, the client has automobiles, motorcycles, boats, trailers, or RVs for sale. We can assist you with these larger items, also.
Our clients receive the benefit of our experience in the antique business and in the estate sales business (Amarillo, San Antonio, Albuquerque, & Santa Fe). Some of our sales have included museum quality art, fine jewelry, firearms, coins as well as antique and contemporary furnishings. As an accredited personal property appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers, I not only have my personal expertise but have a wealth of contacts nationwide. ISA's network includes major auction houses, Replacement's buyers, art brokers in Amarillo, Santa Fe, Taos, San Francisco & New York. Legacy was also represented at the 2014 National Estate Sale Conference in Memphis, TN.
NO DEALER PRE-SALE DAYS
There are no dealer pre-sale days! We do not cater to dealers, but they are always welcome at our sales. This ensures that in the opening hours of the first day of the sale there is no exclusive cherry-picking (or sold tags on photographed merchandise) leaving the house unorganized and with gaps in the display of items. I do not, nor does my staff members shop before the doors are open. They may shop after the closing of the first day as regular customers. I do not have a store or booth nor do I sell on-line. My attention is on selling the estate items for the client and not feathering my own nest as some companies do.
* Some estate sale companies hold illegal silent bid auctions during their estate sale on the more valuable items.
This is not only illegal in Texas, without a licensed auctioneer present with an advertised license number, it puts the homeowner in potential financial jeopardy as an illegal act is being committed on the seller's property!
The sales are conducted as first come, first served. We open to the public that has been notified by newspaper ads, advertised on our website, a national estate sale website, and through LEGACY's extensive email list - now at 850!
MAXIMUM VALUE OF THE ESTATE
We don't sell only to get the job done, but strive to get a fair market value prices in the secondary marketplace. We bargain throughout the final sale days in order to reduce the amount of unsold estate items. After the doors close, if there are unsold pieces of furniture, these may be offered to furniture dealers. This helps clear the estate and make the move or dissolution of the estate easier.
We are equipped to handle major credit & debit cards if you so desire. ($50.00 & over)
Do not throw anything away! If you think you should help shorten the process - don't! The only items we ask you to remove are the personal photographs, items with names, addresses, social security numbers, & phone numbers on them, and any prescription medications.
Many of our estates include second homes. We can go anywhere in Texas & New Mexico and will also travel anywhere in the United States to handle large, substantial sales where our services can be given in your behalf of your family’s estate. Our travel fees are quite realistic and never inflated. We are located in Amarillo, TX with satellites in Angel Fire, NM, and San Antonio, TX.
Are the companies you interview insured?
Rest assured, extra liability insurance is carried on each and every sale conducted by LEGACY. Although LEGACY requires you have current homeowner's insurance in place, our insurance adds another level of security and peace of mind.
Spread sheets are provided for sterling silver flatware, gold, fine jewelry, coins, furs, high-end collectibles, cars, firearms, and fine art. At the end of the sale you will receive a balance sheet of with the total dollar amounts of sales by day & the sales taxes collected & paid (required by the state of Texas).
Our security may include a doorman, if desired, to meter how many people are in the home at a time. We have watchers in certain rooms or wings of homes and are constantly circulating during the sale. The jewelry, fire arms and small collectibles are displayed at our check out area (in locked cases if needed) and shown one piece at a time .
No cash, fine jewelry, coins, sterling, or firearms are ever left overnight at the sale site.
Due to the recent estate sale break-ins, and if the estate is not equipped with a security system, LEGACY can provide overnight security. We also have up to 8 surveillance monitoring cameras we can place in strategic spots during the sale so everything is not only monitored, but also recorded.
No strollers, walkers, large bulky coats, or large handbags (or covered drink cups) are ever permitted!
Accidents have happened!
Shopping baskets and holding area containers are provided to our customers for their convenience and for an added measure of control.
One of the best parts of our service is the excellence of our staff. Our people are compassionate, thorough, and honest. They are efficient at staging/displaying and keeping the estate straightened during sales. We may move items during the sales to keep the house from looking picked over. Our friendly and often humorous staff is there to assist the public. Let it also be known that we also have the ability to be very firm and refuse service to any daunting dissemblers who wish to cause a disturbance or are rude or disrespectable to the estate, any staff member or any of LEGACY's customers.
At some sales we may have a gentleman who may assist you in moving and loading items.
***He works for tips so please be generous!***
NO BOX LOTS
Box lots are not sold - each item is priced individually, with professional price tags or stickers with the exception of small like items such as sewing notions, small kitchen items, decorative groupings, and small garage items - usually items that would be priced no more than $.50 each.
(I never have or will never in the future ever use masking tape!)
RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE
As a personal property appraiser, LEGACY not only has the education but the experience of pricing items in the secondary sales market. Many hours of education plus the resources available to personal properties appraisers, assure you the pricing guidelines are correct for this area. Values are not guessed at, they are researched.
Our sales can be tailored for a lot of ‘hoopla’ or none at all. We tailor each sale to your desires, but we will suggest the best way to market and ultimately divest your estate’s possessions. For estates that may have blank spaces, we enhance them from orphan estates or our warehouse, we can ‘marry’ the smaller estate to the larger one to help two clients at once. We endeavor to make a task profitable for the clients and LEGACY Estate Sales. We want to help the clients, families, heirs, and friends comfortable making closing chapters remembered in a good light with positive results.
LEGACY will never take on more sales than is physically possible. Your estate will have LEGACY's full attention before and during the sale process.
We offer competitive client pricing and you benefit from our expert qualifications, education, and experience.
LEGACY Appraisals & Estate Sales, LLC is a Texas LLC. We are not associated with any other company using the name Legacy. Should you have any questions about Legacy's credentials, please feel free to call or email.