Jeanne Dunay, Owner

Jeanne Dunay has been an antique dealer, appraiser and collector for over forty years . . . More

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High Praise!

Jeanne exceeded my expectations at every turn--in her communication, honesty, energy, attention to detail, depth of knowledge, network of contacts, and attitude. I consider it my great good fortune to have found someone who was not only a pleasure to work with, but who treated a life's accumulation of "stuff" with consideration and a knowledgeable eye. She made the process totally painless--exciting, in fact--as she reported valuable finds. Her staging of things for the sale was so appealing that I was tempted to buy some of it myself!

What an incredible service--a professional who will, in effect, thoroughly clean out your house and pay you to do it. What's not to like about that? I recommend Jeanne and her team without reservation!

With heartfelt thanks,

Margaret Berthold
Atlanta, Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions . . .

  1. What is a Tag Sale?
  2. What can I expect from a professionally run Tag Sale?
  3. What is your commission?
  4. Are there any other charges involved?
  5. Is there a charge for the home visit to see if I have enough to hold a tag sale?
  6. Why can't I have my own sale?
  7. Should I clean out and throw anything away before the sale?
  8. What if I have only a few items I want to sell?
  9. Can a tag sale be held in an occupied home?
  10. How much notice does Camden Estate Sales require to prepare for a tag sale?
  11. Do you allow previews of the sale?
  12. Do you take checks and credit cards?
  13. What about cleanup after the sale?
  14. What happens to unsold items?
  15. When will I receive a check from the sale?

 

1. What is a Tag Sale?
A Tag or Estate Sale is an in-home sale of household goods, usually necessitated by downsizing, moving to a retirement community or nursing home, or the death of a family member. Individual items are tagged with prices.

 

2. What can I expect from a professionally run Tag Sale?
We first visit the home, appraise and assess the items to be sold, advise the client about options, discuss dates for the sale and agree on the commission. Upon signing the contract, we take it all from there - cleaning, organizing, researching, staging and displaying all items, advertising and promoting, pricing and hiring of staff, security personnel (if needed), providing locked cases for small valuables, and cleaning up after the sale.

 

3. What is your commission?
The commission is based on the total value of the estate and usually runs 35% of the gross sales.

 

4. Are there any other charges involved?
There might be an additional charge for unusual cleaning, moving or unpacking to be done to prepare for the sale. This would all be discussed and agreed upon prior to signing the contract.

 

5. Is there a charge for the home visit to see if I have enough to hold a tag sale?
No

 

6. Why can't I have my own sale?
You can. But the results of a professional sale far outweigh the outcome of a sale run by an individual. The advantages of a professionally run sale are experience, knowledge of fair market values of antiques and household goods, including yard equipment, garden statuary and vintage vehicles, extensive advertising both on the internet, direct mail to hundreds of regular customers, newspaper advertising, crowd control during the sale and sales staff to assist buyers. It takes a great deal of expertise and hard work to run a successful sale and to maximize the income received.

 

7. Should I clean out and throw anything away before the sale?
Please do not throw anything away. There is a value for almost everything!

 

8. What if I have only a few items I want to sell?
We can suggest several options. Your items can be combined with other small estates, or individual pieces can be brokered to collectors or auction houses.

 

9. Can a tag sale be held in an occupied home?
No.

 

10. How much notice does Camden Estate Sales require to prepare for a tag sale?

Depending on the degree of difficulty, it can take 15 to 30 days to put a sale together. As soon as we take possession of the house, we plan and stage each room, move furniture if necessary, polish, clean and display the items to be sold. We arrange for postcards and posters to be printed, mailed and distributed and place ads online and in local publications.

 


11. Do you allow previews of the sale?
It is our policy not to allow anyone to preview prior to the sale. It is important that all our customers have an equal opportunity to buy.

 

12. Do you take checks and credit cards?
Yes, with proper identification.

 

13. What about cleanup after the sale?
The home is swept and vacuumed. Counters are wiped down, garbage taken out and all our display property removed.

 

14. What happens to unsold items?
Unsold items may be returned to the estate, placed on consignment or sent to a reputable auction house. Household "stuff" is usually donated to charity with a tax deductible receipt going to the client.

 

15. When will I receive a check from the sale?
You will receive a business check within five to seven days after the sale. This allows time for all checks to clear and charges to be completed.