To tell if pearls are real or not, chose a pearl that is not visible when wearing somewhere toward the back of a necklace and scrape it across your teeth. If the finish comes off, they are not real.
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To tell if a gold piece is solid gold and not plated, take a small file or emery board and gently buff in an area that will not be noticeable. If you see silver or copper, it is not solid gold.
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To clean out a vase that you can’t reach your hand in, fill the vase with warm water and drop in a couple of Efferdent tablets until dissolved. This will take out most of the stain.
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Store old purses, hats and linens with one or two used dryer sheets. It keeps them from getting an old musty odor.
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If you have books or magazines with a musty odor, put them out in the hot sun for a few hours and then seal in a bag with a used dryer sheet.
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If you have a smoke odor in a doll or any fabric, spray with Carpet Fresh No Vacuum Foam Carpet Refresher for Pet odors. Let dry outside and within a few days, the smoke odor is completely gone. Do not saturate in case your colors run. It is better to do it two or three times than to chance ruining your piece.
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For cleaning acrylic paintings and artwork not under glass: Every once in a while take a clean damp cloth (like an old cotton tee shirt) and gently wipe the surface of an acrylic painting off to remove grime that has accumulated. This is only for artwork that is not under glass. First gently try an inconspicuous corner before progressing to be safe. Watch out for areas that are raised with little mounds of paint. Be careful that you don’t catch them with your cloth and rip them off.
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To polish brass make a paste of equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar. Rub on brass with a soft cloth. Rinse completely. Shine with a clean, dry, soft cloth.
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If you scorch a textile while ironing, rub a cut onion over the scorch, then soak cloth in cold water for one hour. Rewash and try again.
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Never polish dark antique bronze or you will destroy the old patina and lower the value of the piece.
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When storing any battery run item, remember to remove the batteries first.
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For dusting very intricate porcelain pieces, use a fluffy blush brush.
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Old steel needles found on a Victrola should be changed very often to avoid damage to the records.
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Never store waterglobes in the dark. Light is necessary to keep the liquid inside clear.
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To stop an antique leaky vase from leaking water if you are using it for flowers, roll the inside with parrafin wax and it will seal the leak.
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Never store a bisque piece in newspaper. The print will rub off on it and it is almost impossible to remove.
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When storing any glass or porcelain piece with a lid, secure the lid in place with tape before wrapping. When you reopen the package, you are less apt to have it fall off and break.
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When packing a hollow piece to mail, pack the inside tightly with tissue or plastic bags as well as bubble wrap on the outside. This will help protect it from shock if dropped.
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To remove wax drippings from metal candlesticks, put the candlesticks in the freezer for a few hours.
Our primary service is conducting complete estate and liquidation sales throughout north Florida , southwestern Georgia , and southern Alabama . We also do estate buy-outs, consignment sales, home clean-outs, and on-line auctions.
The loss of a loved one is never easy, and many families don’t know who to turn to for help during this difficult time. And sometimes people need to downsize their property for many other personal reasons; divorce, bankruptcy, moving into assisted living or a nursing home, moving out of state. Canopy’s specialty is selling estates on behalf of families and companies. We understand the many varied emotions our clients often experience as they deal with the process of selling the personal property of a family member, friend, or client. Let us help you manage this life event in the simplest and quickest way possible. Contact us today to arrange for a free estate analysis .
FULL SERVICE – Our complete service allows you to sit back and relax. We are fully staffed and prepared to handle every aspect of your sale. We will pull-out, clean, professionally merchandise items to stimulate buyers interest, and price each item, all to provide you with a trouble free experience. We’ll bring in extra merchandising tables, cases, and racks as needed. Prior to the sale, we will thoroughly evaluate and research all items to assure they are appropriately priced to obtain top dollar.
ADVERTISING – Canopy Estate Sales will publicize your sale to get the best possible results. We notify our established contact list of dealers and retail buyers with an email announcement of your sale. We will provide proper signage and published advertising to maximize exposure for your sale. We’ll provide pre-sale visual advertising through our website, and other affiliated websites.
STAFFING – Canopy Estate Sales provides a complete and prepared staff to conduct a professional sale. From sales staff to handle buyers questions and assist with purchases, to a cashier to control funds and record transactions, to delivery staff to handle moving larger items, to security staff to control parking and to protect the value of your property, we provide it all. Every estate sale will have a Sale Administrator on hand to assure that all aspects of your sale are conducted properly and professionally. An appropriate staff could be from 2 to 15, depending upon the size of the estate.
DETAILS – We take care of all the details such as permitting, contacting local law enforcement with traffic concerns, handling the removal of remaining goods to your instructions, providing a detailed list of items sold after the sale. After the sale, we’ll leave your property in broom-clean condition.
COMMERCIAL LIQUIDATIONS – We also have experience dealing with commercial liquidations, and have worked with bankruptcy courts to provide liquidations for merchandise, products, and equipment. Whether your estate is residential or commercial, we can help!
Get more details about our complete, trouble-free estate sale services at our FAQ page !
When an estate sale isn’t possible or preferred, we will consider making an offer to directly buy the contents. Buy-out services are offered on different levels, including buying individual or small groups of items, buying an entire estate, and providing complete home clean-out. Contact us today for a free estate analysis to see if our services will meet your needs.
Perhaps your home needs to be emptied, but is filled mostly with debris and/or other items that lack resale potential. We provide a complete home clean-out service so you can prepare the property for sale or closing. Our clean-out services include emptying all rooms, attics, basements, porches, and any outbuildings. Complete debris removal including lawn debris, food goods, building materials, appliance removal, and paper shredding of personal documents. We will arrange for dumpster delivery and pick-up, if needed. Home will be left in ‘broom clean’ condition, with all floors swept, mopped, and vacuumed, and all walls and counters wiped. Contact us to get a free estimate for clean-out services.
We’ll be happy to consider selling your item or items on consignment. We have several resources available, including many associations with auction houses, antiques and consignment dealers, and on-line auctions. We will even arrange for shipping and/or delivery of item(s). Contact us today for details on our consignment plans.
Canopy Estate Sales can sell your items through online auction sites, such as eBay. Online auction services are fee-based, and depend upon the level of service provided. Let us provide you with a free evaluation to determine the best marketing strategy for your item(s).
Canopy Estate Sales is proud to offer these professional services. We are never satisfied until you are satisfied. At Canopy, we understand that your referral is our best source for new business. That’s why we believe “success cannot be measured in dollars and cents, but in your complete satisfaction”. We encourage you to compare our services to that our competitors and make an educated decision.
Still have questions? Then look on our FAQ page !
Who needs estate sale service?
There are various reasons people need to have estate sales. Anyone downsizing, moving to a retirement home, nursing home, or assisted living, executors of an estate, anyone who needs to sell most of a home’s contents.
Why can’t I just do my own sale?
You could, but it’s usually not recommended. Often an individual having an estate sale will under price valuable items and the less desirable items will not sale. Individuals hosting an estate sale usually have no experience in crowd control, security, local permitting, proper merchandising techniques, credit card acceptance, or how to attract buyers. When using our estate sale services you get our experience, our knowledge of what items are worth, how to sort and organize property to encourage the buyer’s interest, crowd management and security. We will fully advertise your sale to attract many interested buyers. We’ll also comply with any local and state ordinances and make contact with local law enforcement with any traffic concerns. We’ll take care of every detail.
What kind of things do you sell?
We call sell virtually anything that is safe and legal to be sold. Common estate items are antiques, contemporary and used furniture and furnishings, jewelry, artwork, collectibles, kitchen items, clothing, tools, household items, automobiles, books, and just plain junk. Almost everything has some value, and we try to attract a buyer for all items in a sale.
What should I throw out and what should I keep?
We recommend you don’t throw anything any before consulting with us. The old saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is very true. Let us determine what items have resale value and what items don’t.
What if I only have a few things to sell?
We’ll be happy to consider accepting your good items on consignment or possibly a complete buy-out.
What services does your commission include?
Our services are almost too numerous to list and can vary by the size and situation of each estate. A partial list of our services include—
A free estate analysis and estimate.
Research and appraisals for all items to insure a price that reflects the current market value.
Pricing, packaging, arranging and displaying all items for optimal marketability.
Complete promotion of the event through various advertising mediums including, but not limited to, newspaper, flyers, email notifications, websites, and professional signage.
We conduct the sale, furnishing a fully-prepared staff and all supplies.
Arrange for alternative liquidation for any items that do not sell.
Clean up after the sale.
Handle delivery and pick-up arrangements with buyers of larger items.
Provide crowd and sale control during the event to protect your property.
Accurate accounting of all sales proceeds and a quick settlement.
Obtain any necessary permitting that might be required. We also consult with local law enforcement about any traffic concerns.
How much do your services cost and are there any other costs?
In most cases there are no up-front costs. Canopy works on a percentage of the total sales. The fee is deducted from the monies collected at the sale, and a settlement check is provided to you within 7 to 10 days. There are other services Canopy provides if you don’t elect to have a complete estate sale, and some of these services are fee-based.
What about items that don’t sell?
Most items will sell during the estate sale. There are several options for items that do not sell during an estate sale. Items can be donated to charity, retained by the owner, placed on consignment, or discarded at the owner’s discretion.
What do I need to do to help?
You don’t have to do anything! We do all the work. Canopy provides complete estate sale services, from beginning to end.
May I attend the sale?
Of course! We are very comfortable having you attend the estate sale. Many times family members will find it emotionally difficult and prefer to do something else.
What about clean-up after the sale?
Usually our agreement will call for the house and property to be left completely empty and broom-clean. We’ll assist you in making sure the property is ready for sale or closing.
How much notice do you need for a sale?
We recommend 2 to 4 weeks notice as our event schedule can fill up rather quickly. Usually two weeks notice is sufficient to prepare, plan, and advertise a sale.
What is the best time to have a sale?
Any time is a good time to have a sale, as people enjoy shopping estate sales year-round. Winter may be often overlooked as a good time for estate sales, as there will be less competition from other sales.
Why should I choose Canopy Estate Sales?
You’ll notice the difference when you choose Canopy Estate Sales. We take pride in offering services with the highest degree of professionalism. Some of Canopy’s unique features are…
You’ll enjoy the professional difference. All event staff members are uniformed and prepared. Customers will know who to seek out for help with questions, parking, delivery, etc. Our cashiers don’t use a cigar box or apron to secure your money. Instead, we record all transactions on a cash register to insure greater accuracy and safes are used to secure sale proceeds.
Canopy accepts major credit cards. This helps in the sale of higher value items, as potential buyers are not limited by the amount of cash in their pocketbooks and wallets.
Canopy provides all the extra display pieces needed such as tables, racks, jewelry cases, etc., and we’ll organize your items to encourage the buyer’s interest.
Canopy will promote your sale, and we don’t mean just throwing a classified in the paper and some hand-written signs put up the day before the sale. Canopy will begin promoting your sale several days in advance using many advertising mediums.
Canopy offers different levels of service. We realize that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and we have options for you to choose from. Canopy will suggest the service that’s appropriate for your estate sale, not what best benefits our bank account. We realize that your referral is our best source for new business.
We will meet and often exceed our estimates. In most cases, the sale proceeds will exceed our pre-sale estimates. We don’t estimate low, we just work hard to insure a successful event.
Canopy is licensed and insured. We are also members of the Chamber of Commerce and Associate Members of the International Society of Appraisers.
There are no surprises or hidden costs. Our services and costs are clarified in advance with a written contract.
Canopy works for you, no one else! When hired to sell your estate, that’s what we do! Beware of contractors who bring in outside merchandise to your estate sale. Advertising an event as an estate sale and then bringing in merchandise from outside that estate is nothing less than fraudulent business practices.
We’ll promote your property, too! Perhaps you are also selling the property where the contents need to be emptied. If so, we’ll promote the sale of your property with professionally-designed flyers available at the day of the estate sale, and also by providing a 3-month link to our website.
Now it’s our turn for a question! Are you ready?
We are ready to assist with your liquidation needs. If you are ready to put Canopy to work for you, want to get a free estate analysis, or maybe you have more questions, just contact us by CLICKING HERE!