Charleston Estate Auctions

Charleston's Premier Fine Art & Antique Auction House

In Home Estate Sales

Estate sales are an efficient & profitable way for individuals to liquidate unwanted, unused, or extra furniture, antiques, art, silver, collectibles, and, in some cases, jewelry.  

Our estate sales are conducted as tag sales, as opposed to an auction.   We distinguish ourselves from other local estate sale companies in our knowledge of finer antiques and dedication to fully researching and marketing these high value items.  

We recommend a tag sale for a large number of items, with at least a few being of significant value.  Contrary to many beliefs, estate sales are not limited to a death in the family; they can also be applied to moving, downsizing, or settlement purposes.

Our sales are conducted with two goals in mind:
1.  Earn as much revenue from the sale as possible.
2.  Sell as many items as possible.

We understand that many estate sale situations may be due to emotionally difficult circumstances; our promise is that we will accommodate you and any family in every possible way and be respectful of your wishes. 

Water front home in Mt. Pleasant- Spring 2015 Estate Sale.

Set up of our Spring 2015 Sale in Mt. Pleasant  & Summer 2014 Estate Sale at Elizabeth Street, Downtown Charleston.

Our Process

Every estate sale we have conducted in the past and will conduct in the future is operated along basic guidelines to allow for the most efficient and profitable sale.

Before any estate sale we like to discuss your needs over the phone, and schedule a preliminary consultation.  This consultation is when our sales team meets you, at your residence, to discuss your circumstances and how you would like to conduct the sale; look over and photograph your items; and discuss our fee, sales agreement, and potential dates.  

Once an agreement has been reached, our research begins; we identify as many items as possible from our preliminary examination; however we will require additional time at the residence to conduct a more in-depth investigation of every piece.  While we are in your residence, our primary goal is to work with you as efficiently as possible. This is also the time when detailed photographs, inventory numbering and tagging, and cataloging occur.  

At this same time we begin to advertise and promote your sale!  With the photographs we take, we create a – unique your sale – print & electronic brochure which is mailed/emailed/hand delivered to our customers/dealers/local antique stores. We also advertise online at auction sites and other related sites, and in local print media, such as Skirt! Magazine, The Post & Courier or other area specific publications.

In preparation for the sale, we will clean items if needed and the sales area.  We will use available tables, shelves, and display areas as well as provide tables & displays, as needed.  Our sales team will arrange and stage items in the most aesthetically appealing, organized way.

The Sale

Sales normally take place on a three or two day weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, if needed.  Every morning we will come in, inventory items, and set up an hour before the sale; start times may vary, according to your schedule.  The sale is structured to ensure the sale of the most items and to make you the most money.

Clients are welcome to be present during the sale; however due to the sometimes emotionally difficult situations, many clients choose to leave during the sale.  You, the client, will have no work-related obligations during the sale; our experienced sales team will handle everything from customer interface to the final transaction.  

We are based on the belief that our clients' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a very high percentage of our business is from past client referrals.