Frequently Asked Questions
Why work with Elizabeth Jackson?
Elizabeth Jackson LLC is one of the oldest and most well-established estate sale companies in Connecticut and is considered the premier Fairfield County firm. In 2010, Elizabeth Jackson LLC made tristate history with an estate sale grossing $1,000,000.
What if I don’t have enough for an Estate Sale?
Our services cover estate sales of all sizes. Clients are often amazed at just how well even an average home’s contents can and does sell when presented in a professional way. But, for those clients who don’t have enough for a “whole house” sale, one of the unique advantages of working with Elizabeth Jackson is her versatility in accepting items for her Showroom retail consignment store located just over the bridge from historic South Norwalk.
What’s the best time to contact Elizabeth Jackson for an Estate Sale?
The best time to start discussing a sale is in the 6-8 week period when your house is under contract. When you contact Elizabeth’s Jackson’s office, you will be asked if you know when you’re closing, and a few other questions about the kind of things you wish to sell before scheduling an initial complimentary consultation at your home.
What are your charges for estate sales?
Our charges are highly competitive and based on a percentage of the gross sales. The on-site estate sale fee is 35% commission to Elizabeth Jackson LLC and 65% to the client.
What should I know when considering your services?
Elizabeth Jackson offers several unique services. First and foremost, we are expert at pricing items to maximize our client’s profits. Our qualified team of experts research and appraise antiques, art, jewelry, vintage clothing, etc. as part of pre-sale services at no additional cost. Also included are the services of our staff restorer who will assess condition and put everything in top saleable condition, such as replacing missing veneers, touch up painting; fixing ceramics, etc. The result is a beautifully staged, professionally organized and fully staffed three day event. We also provide delivery services for sold items after the sale (at buyer's expense) to encourage purchase of hard-to-move pieces. Post-sale clean out services is optional and available for an extra fee.
How do you market and advertise?
An email is sent to our subscriber list of over 3,000 customers, collectors, dealers and interior designers the week of the event. The email - which features a complete description of the sale and select photographs - links to the Elizabeth Jackson website Preview Gallery page of up to 200 images. Elizabeth Jackson sales also receive a featured listing with images on EstateSales.net, achieving an average of 1,000 plus page views for a sale. Print and display ads with photos are also placed in Antiques & Arts Weekly plus local newspapers; these costs are charged back to the client.
What are your charges for consignment sales?
The charge for consignment sales is 45% to Elizabeth Jackson LLC with 55% paid to consignor. That includes showcasing the item in our Showroom, photographing and posting on the Elizabeth Jackson ecommerce website product pages. When you contact Elizabeth Jackson’s office, you will be asked to send photos of key pieces for consideration. If your items are appropriate, Elizabeth or a member of her staff will come take a look, or ask you to bring the pieces to the Showroom located in Norwalk.
What do you do with unsold items after the estate or consignment sale is completed?
We work with our clients to determine the best disposition of unsold items after a sale. Arrangements can be made to sell to an estate liquidator and/or donate to charitable nonprofits for a tax deduction to the client. For items in the consignment showroom, owners can pick up after six months or, we can arrange for donation.
Why should I work with Elizabeth Jackson LLC rather than an auction house?
An estate sale almost always generates more revenue for a family than sending household contents to an auction house which will “cherry-pick” your most lucrative pieces. Pieces viewed “in context” yield better prices than at auction when an item is seen isolated, and proceeds from in-home sales are not taxable! Plus, having a private sale at your home allows everything you don’t want to be put up for sale, not just your fine furnishings and antiques: linens, out-grown children’s toys, seasonal decorations, kitchen contents, books, garden tools, etc.
Do you have references I can check?
Elizabeth Jackson has presented more than 150 sales in the fifteen years since the company was founded. Contact us and we are glad to provide a list of past clients for references.