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Common Questions


WHAT DOES AETHER MEAN, EXACTLY?

ÆTHER is an ancient word that gave understanding to the material that fills the region of the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere. It's also the name of our founder's daughter. Strange, sure, but it's good to be a little eccentric.

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Common Questions


WHAT DOES AETHER MEAN, EXACTLY?

ÆTHER is an ancient word that gave understanding to the material that fills the region of the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere. It's also the name of our founder's daughter. Strange, sure, but it's good to be a little eccentric.

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WHY HAVE AN ESTATE SALE?

A FEW REASONS:

1. Estate sales are the best way to maximize the sales price for most personal property found in a home.
2. Estate sales are the most direct and profitable way to sell personal property to the general public.
3. Estate sales are an incredibly efficient way to clear a house of possessions and make it ready for sale. 


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WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

NOTHING! 

Once an agreement is signed, we will begin preparing for the sale. You will not need to lift a finger! We take care of everything. All you'll need to do is cash the check after the sale!


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WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?

THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES

We provide estate liquidation services to Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri, with offices in Naples, Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis respectively - but we conduct sales in other states as well.


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WHAT ARE THE UPFRONT COSTS?

THERE ARE NONE!

We require NO investment in our process from you at all. Not even time! We pay for all setup expenses, including marketing and staffing.


CAN YOU SELL THE HOME AS WELL?

YES!

We not only sell the possessions in the home, we can also sell the home itself - either through a traditional listing, or an auction. We will help you decide which option is best. 

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EXPECTED ATTENDANCE?


HOW MANY PEOPLE COME TO YOUR SALES?

We are very effective with advertising, and regularly see from 400 to over 1000 people at our sales. 

EXPECTED ATTENDANCE?


HOW MANY PEOPLE COME TO YOUR SALES?

We are very effective with advertising, and regularly see from 400 to over 1000 people at our sales. 

PRESALES

DO YOU ALLOW PREVIEWS OR PRE-SALES?

We do not offer previews or pre-sales. By leveling the playing field, we have built a large following of shoppers who know that they will always have an equal chance to purchase the most sought after items in each sale. 


SAFETY AND SECURITY

WHAT DOES AETHER DO TO PROTECT MY PROPERTY?

 For all our sales, we take every precaution to protect your home and contents from damage. We do the following for all sales:

  • Provide signage, safety warnings and policies throughout your home
  • Staff your sale to match the size and needs of your home
  • Control traffic flow into the house and designate one exit only
  • Promptly address any customer behaving in a manner that could cause damage to your property

INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIP

DO YOU BELONG TO ANY ORGANIZATIONS?

We are a proud member of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA). You can also find us on estatesales.net, estatesales.org, and estatesale.com. We are also a member of SeniorAdvisor.com, who works with families to equip them with the best information available so you can make confident choices about senior care and services. 

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HOW DO YOU PRICE THE ITEMS?

Our pricing procedure is based on years of combined experience in selling and buying art, antiques, collectibles and fine furnishings. We utilize a wide range of resources to conduct research and will consult with experts for specialty items. Each item in your home is professionally tagged with a unique bar code. 

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HOW DO YOU PRICE THE ITEMS?

Our pricing procedure is based on years of combined experience in selling and buying art, antiques, collectibles and fine furnishings. We utilize a wide range of resources to conduct research and will consult with experts for specialty items. Each item in your home is professionally tagged with a unique bar code. 

WHAT ABOUT PRECIOUS METALS?

LIKE GOLD AND SILVER

If we think a piece of jewelry is more valuable than melt price, it will be sold at the estate sale. If we think the best decision is to have the piece melted, we will reach out to one of our refinery connections, where we receive some of the highest percentage payouts in the industry. We do not buy your precious metals - we bid it out to receive the highest price, all in your favor - so there is no conflict of interest. 


DO YOU DO APPRAISALS?

WE DO NOW!

Aether's appraisers are experts at determining value. We have access to hundreds of thousands of previous auctions, and will do our due diligence to make sure your appraisal is accurate.


WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ITEMS THAT ARE NOT SOLD?

IT'S REALLY UP TO YOU

We average a very high sell-through rate. It's up to you what you want to do with leftover items. You have a variety of options that we can assist with. You can choose a charity to have the items donated to. We can include a donation receipt that you can use for tax deduction purposes in your final settlement. Another option is to have all leftover items transported off-premises and consigned with a third party. It's up to you! Regardless of which option you choose, we will leave you with a completely empty home. 


DO I NEED TO BE MOVED OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR THE SALE?

NOT EXACTLY, BUT WE WILL NEED ROOM TO WORK

We prefer that when our team arrives we transform the house into a shopping environment and maintain a no resident policy, but this is not absolutely necessary.  We ask that the owner or estate executor not be on the premises for the set-up or during the sale, as things can get emotional.


HOW LONG ARE YOUR SALES?

USUALLY 2 DAYS 

Our sales are usually 2 days - Friday and Saturday. If a sale warrants more time, we can extend the sale through Sunday. 


DO YOU DISCOUNT ITEMS ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SALE?

SOMETIMES, UP TO 50% OFF

Most items that have not been sold yet are discounted 50% on the last day of the sale. One of our goals is to sell everything, so there is nothing left behind for you to worry about. We find that having a day with half off prices keeps the estate sale busy and entices customers to return, maximizing your profit.

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Is Aether LEGITIMATE?


We are a family-owned company, and we carry all of the required state licenses. We are also bonded to $20,000, and carry a $2 million liability insurance policy. We've honed our technique over hundreds of sales and have redefine cutting edge every time our company grows.

Is Aether LEGITIMATE?


We are a family-owned company, and we carry all of the required state licenses. We are also bonded to $20,000, and carry a $2 million liability insurance policy. We've honed our technique over hundreds of sales and have redefine cutting edge every time our company grows.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

WE HAVE OFFICES ACROSS THE US

We have offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Naples, and St. Louis. Check out our CONTACT page for more info.


HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE THE SALE?

WE ARE MARKETING AND DESIGN EXPERTS

We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our advertising process. Everything we do, from choosing appropriate wording for ads to deciding which streets to place signs on, is done with the intent of making a sale successful.  We advertise on our own website and all of the main estate sale websites - estatesales.net, .org and .com. We have a following of regular customers, and we notify past clients by utilizing our extensive email list.  

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HOW WILL I BE PAID?


WITH A direct deposit WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE SALE

We will directly deposit the total net proceeds of the sale, along with complete accounting and sales numbers, all within 5 days of the sale. 

HOW WILL I BE PAID?


WITH A direct deposit WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE SALE

We will directly deposit the total net proceeds of the sale, along with complete accounting and sales numbers, all within 5 days of the sale. 

WHAT IS YOUR RATE?

WE ONLY CHARGE 35% FOR OUR SERVICES, AND THERE ARE NO ADDED COSTS. .

Our rate is 35 - 40% of final sales, depending on how much the sale grosses. We pay for all advertising, signage, merchant processing, employees, administrative costs and transportation of consigned items. There are no hidden costs. 


ARE YOU BONDED? HOW ABOUT INSURED?

DON'T WORRY, YOU ARE COVERED!

We are bonded to $20,000 just in case anything were to happen. If we could not fulfill our end of the contract, you would be covered. We are proud to say that because of our hard work and dedication, this has never happened. We also carry a $2 million dollar liability insurance policy covering accidents that were to happen on your property, and protection in case your items were damaged, destroyed or stolen, as well as protection on the property itself, in case it were to be damaged. 


DO YOU HAVE ANY REFERENCES?

CLIENT SATISFACTION IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

Of course! CLICK HERE to see what people are saying about Aether.