Estate Sales and Seller Ignorance, The Baby Boomer Reality.

Update: After several days of reflection and dealing with sellers ignorant of true value of their personal belongings I decided to add to this post. I might not make friends but I will at least make a point.

Baby boomers are downsizing. Baby boomers are a huge portion of society, much larger then the Generation X right below them. Boomers are starting to dump their belongs and collections on the market. The issue is that, for years, they thought or were told that their collections and items had (X) amount of value. But now their kids don’t want the items and their buyers market (other boomers) are doing the same thing and getting rid of their stuff. Those of us in the resale business (antique stores, used furniture stores, thrift stores, etc) have the ability to pick and choose what we want to buy and almost offer anything to get the item we want, whether or not we get the item, because we know that around the corner is another sale. The charities (Et Cetera Shop, Salvation Army, etc,) are even refusing items like most glass and some furniture and a lot more. You know if you have tried…

This creates an issue for those of us that do or have tried to do both, owning a resale shop and an estate sale company. You can be the most honest and well meaning person in the world but if you have one jack hole neighbor tell a seller that they think something is undervalued and it puts that thought into the sellers head that you are being dishonest with them or taking advantage of their property and that ruins their perception of you and your business. Even though you were doing everything you could to help them make the most money possible for their belongings. This ignorance destroys reputations and livelihoods.

If you plan on having an estate sale do your own research. Look on eBay SOLD items, not just “Buy It Now” there can literally be THOUSANDS of $’s price difference.

If your kids don’t want it for their house then maybe realize that their might not be a strong market for it anywhere. But do your own research.

Just because you build something does not mean other people will want it or will want to pay a lot for it.

In this day and age it is very hard to run a resale shop of any kind. The younger people want curtain styles and types of antiques that THEY remember, NOT the items that appeal to the boomers for the most part. I’ll sell a GI Joe a lot quicker then a Butter Churn to someone under 50.

When you come to the final hours of a sale you make deals to get stuff off the premises. Those deals might not be to the sellers liking but it is better then hauling the items to the dump when you have been asked to do that at the end of the sale. Something is better then nothing. Would rather recycle than rot.

Most older furniture is a hard sell right now. Some styles have no interest at all. The kids are buying mid century modern but it still has to be the right stuff and affordable for them. Brown natural vintage furniture is doing ok. It’s hard to give away newer bulky brown wood furniture. But of course there are always exceptions. Do your own research.

Most “collectables” that were pitched to the baby boomers in the 70’s and 80’s are close to worthless. Franklin Mint, Hummels, Fenton etc, etc are hard to sell and do not command the value non antique educated people expect for them. There are some exceptions.

Once again, its your money, do your own research.


Troy Vogt.

After several years of having auctions and estate sales and running our antique store I have come to a crossroads. Between running Emma Creeks Antiques in Hesston and doing auctions and estate sales. There are positives on both sides and negatives of course but the one thing I know more than any other is that I will not be able to do both at this time. With some long term health issues on my wife’s side of the family and the fact that dad needs to spend time when and how he wants to I have decided to back off doing Estate Sales for the time being. I will still be happy to appraise items and even offer buyouts on entire households but will not be taking estate sales at this time. I can refer you to my friends who are starting their own estate sale company. Thanks for understanding and if you have any questions please ask. I have always chose quality of life and sanity over pursuit of money and this is another one of those choices. I will be completing several more sales I have with a family I have been working with. And I am always available for appraisals, buyouts or real estate auctions. Thanks!

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SOLD. Bisby Estate Sale Newton KS. Sept 25th & 26th. 606 Autumn Ridge, Newton KS, 67114

Dennis and Pamela Bisby Living Estate Sale. Not many smalls. Everything is super clean and nice!! Hand made furniture, quality chairs & couches, kitchen, tools, Serta Trump Home bed, 2000 Gravely O-Turn mower, mid century modern furniture, shop equipment and… UPDATE:  2 matching sets of Lay Z Boy chairs, Patriotic pieces, some fishing equipment, blankets, Tools, Spray Paint, Kitchen, Vintage Cameras, Very nice computer desk, live plants, Nice Whirlpool Fridge, lawn furniture, sturdy tool bench, clean hide a bed Left Handed Callaway Strata Golf Clubs and more!!

2 day Estate sale:

FRIDAY: 9am to 1pm: Full Price, 1pm to 4pm, Everything 25% off.

SATURDAY: 9am to 2pm 50% off list price

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SOLD. Jones Family Estate Sale Pt.1 at Emma Creeks Antiques Sept 17th, 18th and 19th.

Lifelong collectors from Newton Kansas will be moving from the area and have a massive collection of Vintage… Art prints, Military, hunting supplies, 12 piece place setting of Madrid Depression Glass, Blue Onion china, Vintage Civil War reloading tools, photographs, postcards, art glass, clocks, advertising, Newton Pop bottle, Reese’s Drug Store Newton Kansas pieces and so much more! Vogt Auctions will be having two sales. This first “smalls” Estate sale at 100 N. Main Hesston Kansas, Emma Creeks Antiques. It will be held in the back room and be conducted 10am to 5pm each day. Estate Sale Items will be sold auction style so no tax will be collected. (tax will be collected for store items) The second will be at the home of the sellers where the real estate will be offered by Vogt Auctions and GLC Realty of Hesston. Including vintage furniture, engines, and so much more!!

1st day: 10am to 1pm Full price. 1pm to 5pm 10% off.

2nd Day: 10am to 1pm 20% off. 1pm to 5pm 30% off.

Last Day: 10am to 1pm 40% off. 1pm to 5pm 50% off.

Nothing can be held in hands till price drop and room will be cleared before price change. 

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SOLD. July 17th & 18th Rambo Estate Antique Sale Newton Kansas

Friday and Saturday July 17th and 18th Rambo Estate Antique Sale @ Washington School, Main Street, Newton Kansas. Look for signs. Church entrance in parking lot. Antiques, High End Glassware, Fostoria, HUGE Blue Blenko Decanter, Photographs, 1940’s New York Yankees Bobblehead, Red Thumbprint Service for at least 6, Postcards, Newton Books,  Vintage Toys, Coleman Cooler, Cast Iron, Christmas, Cookbooks. Only the best of the best!!

This sale is mostly comprised of Antiques and Antique Glassware. We are also working with limited space so if possible please leave your children at home. If they come with you they must remain by your side at all times and “you break it you bought it” is in effect. Thank you for understanding.

2 day Estate sale:

FRIDAY: 9am to 1pm: Full Price, 1pm to 4pm, Everything 25% off.

SATURDAY: 9am to 2pm 50% off list price


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SOLD. Diller Estate Sale 404 N. Weaver, Hesston Kansas Friday & Saturday May 22nd & 23rd 2020

SOLD. Sale will be held at 404 N. Weaver in Hesston Kansas.

Troy Built Tiller, Quality Ladders, Tools, Weber Grill, Collectables, Household, Furniture, Wicker Set, surround sound stereos, Wrought Iron Outdoor table & Chairs, NEW Snowblower, Lawnboy Pushmower, Extra Long Single Bed (clean) Kenmore Washer & Dryer, and more!! If you know the Dillers you know everything is SUPER Clean and SUPER Nice!! Smaller sale, will be a Garage/ Estate Sale.

2 day Garage/ Estate sale:

FRIDAY: 9am to 1pm: Full Price, 1pm to 4pm, Everything 25% off.

SATURDAY: 9am to 2pm 50% off list price



SOLD. Schrag Estate Sale McPherson Ks Feb 21st & 22nd, 1440 Homestead Place.

Sold!! Thanks for coming out!

Schrag Estate Sale McPherson Kansas Friday Feb. 21st and Saturday 22nd Household, Kitchen, Oak dining table, Furniture, Nice Dixon Mower, Yard supplies, Flat Screen Tv and more! Very Clean smaller sale.

Located at 1440 Homestead Place, McPherson Kansas, 67460

2 day sale:

FRIDAY: 9am to 1pm, Everything as priced. (Will clear House for 10mins before reopening) 1:10pm to 4pm, Everything 25% off.

SATURDAY: 9am to 1pm 50% off list price (Will clear House for 10 mins before reopening) 1:10 to 4pm 75% off or Taking offers


SOLD. Leland & Alda Wedel Living Estate Sale 210 Kings Way, Hesston. Oct 11th & 12th

Two Day Living Estate Sale. 

Friday opens at 9am full price, 25% at 1pm till 4pm, Saturday opens at 9am. 50% off and 75% off from 1pm till 3pm.

Incredible sale! Everything is in SUPER SHAPE! Clean pet free home! No dust, no dirt and everything is high end, from the furniture to the collectables! Vintage Rugs, Oil Lamps, Clocks, Whirlpool Washer & Dryer, Broyhill  Continental Tapestry Oak Bedroom Set, Kitchen Misc, Vintage Wicker Furniture, Entertainment Center, Sony TV, “Koppy” Painted Decoys, Amazing Canoe Table, Amish made Tables, Yard Art, Christmas Decor, Byer’s Choice Christmas Carolers, Jim Shore Christmas & Thanksgiving Pieces, So Much More!!!

Lots of Super Nice ladies clothes!! Size Med to Large!!