EBTH Hosts Estate Sales For The 21st Century

The easiest estate sale you’ll ever experience (photos: ebth.com)

What comes into your mind when I say the phrase, “estate sale”?

What did you see?  The first thing I saw was dust.  The second thing I saw was someone running around a crowded home with sweat in their eyes and a fatigue all over their face.  The third thing that popped into my mind was people haggling over the price of a $5 salt and pepper shaker set.

In the past many estate sales have come to mean glorified garage sales … and no one likes a garage sale (unless you’re the one haggling over the $5 salt and pepper shakers).

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were a company that took items in an estate, photographed them, and uploaded them on a classy website where millions of interested buyers could see them?

It’s not a fantasy. It’s Everything But The House.

Estate Sales For The 21st Century

Founded in 2008, Everything But The House  is the premier online solution when looking to hold an estate sale. Today, the company sells furniture, jewelry, art, coins, cars, collectibles, and more in 27 cities. The online company holds over 400 sales and regularly facilitates over 1 million bids per month!

This 1902 S. Silver Morgan dollar is currently available for $66 with 2 days left on www.ebth.com

Now the hassle of sorting, pricing, identifying items of value, promoting, negotiating, and shipping estate sale items can be done for you with the utmost of ease and professionalism.

Whether you have rare collectible items or quality every day household goods, EBTH.com  should be the first company you contact.

“Interested sellers or real estate sales professionals can also call 682-307-7841,” explains David Sheehan, North Texas Sales Specialist for EBTH.  “It’s very easy to start the process and when sellers realize how we can expose their items to so many people worldwide, it makes a ton of sense.”

Estate sales made easy!

Wurlitzer Butterfly Baby Grand Piano available online at EBTH.com All items start at $1.

The Process

Contacting the Everything But The House is simple, and having their consultants review your items is entirely free!

Raphael Abecassis Lithograph “Adam and Eve”

Once your items are valued by the trained staff of professionals, they are removed from the estate, photographed, cataloged, and a detailed description is entered for every item onto the EBTH.com website.

All sales are active for a total of five days. There is no reserve on any item.  That means tremendous deals could be found if an item is not bid upon by multiple shoppers.  All items start at $1!  The business reminds me a lot of what eBay was when it first started — an online auction where the public sets the market.

“It gets pretty hectic toward the end of the auction,” explains Sheehan.  “If an item has a flurry of activity at the last minute, we have the right to continue the auction so it’s not always the last person to click before time expires.  We want to give everyone a fair shot at the items.”

Once the auction has closed, all sold items are packaged and shipped by Everything But The House.  This means no potential broken items or losing money on shipping costs.

Currently $350 on EBTH.com

Late 19th Century New York State National Guard Dress Helmet

According to Sheehan, sale proceeds are typically three-to-five times higher than the traditional estate sale or garage sale.

After The Sale

Not all cherished keepsakes have value to others.  Should some auction items not sell or not have any value, Everything But The House will load them and take them to the donation station for someone else to enjoy them.

Estate sale has never been easier

Everything But The House will remove all items from your estate — whether they go into the auction or not!

It can’t get any easier than this.  An online auction that does all the work, promotes the sale and items in order to maximize visibility, and tidies up after they’re finished.

This definitely beats the all-day Saturday garage sale!

If you are in need of the easiest and best online estate sale option out there, please contact David Sheehan, North Texas Sales Specialist for Everything But The House.  Mr. Sheehan can be reached: 682-307-7841 or david.sheehan@ebth.com

Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen!  Bring it.

Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  Statements and opinions are his own.  Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 14 years.  Also, Seth loves bow ties.  You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.

2 Comment

  • Additionally, because EBTH sales take place completely online, the property is not open up to the public. This allows EBTH to operate in gated and condominium communities where traditional estate sales are often prohibited.

    Sales with extraordinary items or stories behind them can sometimes be extended up to 10 days to allow for additional marketing efforts.

  • I am with Long and Foster Real Estate in the Washington DC area. I have used EBTH for listings when all things in the house were not being taken by the Sellers; for small estates, larges estates, and for myself when I was moving from a large house to a small house.
    It was wonderful to have someone come in, walk around, pick the things that would sell, have some one come and pick it up, see it on the computer, and within weeks, receive my check.
    No question it is better than a garage, yard, or any other sale when so much work and time is involved.