I have just returned from the first ever conference for estate sale professionals. The good folks at EstateSales.NET (one of the sites where I advertise upcoming estate sales) put together a great line-up of speakers for the 230+ attendees from all over the country. We met at the Hilton Double Tree at the old Union Station building in St. Louis on March 26-27, 2013.
In addition to fabulous presentations, the networking opportunities were priceless. I got to meet the Fulton & Coard team from the Chicago area. They hold 5 to 6 sales a weekend and have a staff of 80 people. At the other end of the spectrum, I enjoyed chatting with Judi Cole out of Lafayette, Louisiana. She and her daughter are just starting their company and haven't held a sale yet. There were also some friendly competitors from the Dallas Metroplex there, too.
Some of the topics I found most interesting:
- Appraising for Estate Sales
- I Love Social Media
- Selling Guns (presented by a senior investigator from the St. Louis office of the ATF to a very inquisitive audience)
- Selling Fish & Wildlife (presented by a Special Agent from the US Fish & Wildlife Service)
- Insurance, Who Needs It?
- EstateSales.NET Usage
- Estate Sales and Estate Law (presented by a probate attorney)
- Commissions & Discounting
Conference attendees were treated to an evening of trivia on Tuesday, with prizes awarded in each round. My team wasn't any good at listening to a half second of music and naming tunes, but we did win Starbucks gift cards for getting the most correct answers in the U.S. geography round!
I returned home filled with enthusiasm and am looking forward to applying many of the interesting things I learned. Will I be there for the next estate sales conference? You bet I will!