GREAT businesses are created because of a problem that is realized or a fundamental market demand that needs to be solved. Our story comes out of that realization and need.
Over the past 5 years, we have successfully completed over 1,500 downsizing projects, senior moves and estate liquidations. Each of these projects have involved opportunities for reselling and/or liquidating items.
Problem #1: Over 75+ years of treasures, collections, ceramics, art, high-quality furniture and household goods are being downsized and liquidated due to the aging population.
“Many of my belongings need to find a new home.”
Problem #2: Those looking to liquidate and resell their belongings typically want to clear their homes as soon as possible.
“My home needs to be cleared out so we can get it on the market as soon possible.”
Problem #3: Retail consignment and non-profits have significant space and staffing limitations. In-person tag sales can be limiting, both with who can attend and access to the property.
Most of our clients want their entire homes liquidated in short order, not just certain items being “cherry picked” by a bunch of different consignors, auctioneers, and eBay sellers.This takes time and money.
“Isn’t there another option than just a few items being selected for retail consignment, having an on-site tag sale, attempting to sell ourselves in various online marketplaces or sending a bunch of things to donation?”
Problem #4: Many solutions fulfill only a small portion of our clients needs: some focus on high end collectibles, others focus only on books, other on gold and silver for example – leaving you to coordinate all of the research, meetings and find respectable partners and solutions.
“I want someone who will work on behalf of my best interests as a seller.”
The Consignor’s Solution:
We have developed a solution to be a clearinghouse for ALL of your needs.
Many of the items in your home or estate will be marketed regionally to both buyers and resellers through our on-line estate auction and this solution will be ideal for reselling many of those goods. For items of higher monetary or historical value, we simply charge an hourly rate to vet items and facilitate their sale through trusted, 3rd party experts and specialists — auctioneers and appraisers of antiques or art, authenticators of collectibles, gold, silver, fine jewelry and/or valuable books. This will maximize your realized income from the process.
Simply put, if we believe your item will yield the best value through another venue — a high end auction house, speciality consignor, precious metals or gems buyer, or our own on-line estate auctions, we will work on your behalf and in your best interests. If those venues fall outside our direct services, we facilitate the sale and have proceeds sent DIRECTLY to you.
For example, while liquidating your estate, you may inform us that you have two original pieces of artwork and a collection of comics, in addition to all of the normal household goods. In this case, we may facilitate the sale of your art through a global auction house where it can be appraised and authenticated and your comic collection may be best positioned with eBay or another global, on-line marketplace.
In these examples, we would only charge an hourly fee to handle the preparation, shipping, and facilitation of the sale of those goods. For the remainder of the items, we would work diligently to sell all of the other assets using our on-line estate auction and/or a consignment offering.
We have crafted an easy-to-use platform that is both web-based and app-based. Buyers can bid while on the go!
Most households have A LOT of items to resell. Most of these items will be marketed and available through our on-line estate auction solution through The Consignors where many items start at $1 — and the auctions last 9 days so many bidders have time to engage! Our marketing team will get your treasures to qualified buyers, leading to a higher yield for you.
Our Creative Director will use creative lotting to make your on-line estate auction the most desirable to buyers. We will market to and attract buyers and bidders who recognize quality, value, and the uniqueness of these lots.
We are a team of critical-thinking and passionate individuals who care about your experience as a seller and as a buyer. We have created a solution that is efficient and effective for both the buyer and seller.
The Consignors is a woman-owned business. Elizabeth is also the founder and owner of The Downsizers, the Triangle’s leading downsizing and senior move management team and The Shuttle Movers, a small but mighty team focused on moves for the senior population, as well as the pick-ups and deliveries for The Consignors.
These businesses offer the complete trifecta of all things downsizing, senior moves and estate liquidation, as well as consignment and on-line estate auctions. Our team is here to be your trusted, one stop resource. Now serving both sellers and buyers in the greater Triangle Region (and offering pick-up of items located in Chapel Hill, conveniently off of I-40!)