Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Darlene McClelland. I was raised with Antiques as my parents dealt in the business. I went to school in Connecticut to specialize in appraising antiques and residential contents. I conduct usually 40-50 Estate Sales a year. Yes that means sometimes 2 in a week. If anyone is interested in seeing the referrals that I have received from past clients, I have a whole book of them that I would be happy to show you. We not only do Estate Sales where someone has passed away but we do moving sales as well. I also do Appraisals for Antiques and Residential Contents when I have the time. With the Estate Sales I have worked in five different counties, Macomb Oakland, Wayne, Huron, Washtenaw, and there may be a couple others.. I'm not sure of the counties that some of city's have been in.
My motto is: We work hard for our customers to make them as much money as possible. Of course the more I make for them, the more I make for myself. How? I get paid a percentage of what we bring in. Out of my percentage I pay for all the advertising, newspaper ads, website, photo's etc unless it is a special situation. Classic supplies all the tables, shelves, jewelry cases and what ever we may need to set up. We price everything. We also strive to make it as easy as possible for the families in such a hard time dealing with a death and disposing of their loved ones personal belongings. We ask that the families do not start donating or throwing items away.
We try to sell everything including clothing, magazines, food, matchbooks, postcards, old manuals from cars, old appliance manuals, oil cans, lawn fertilizers etc.
The only thing that the family has to do is take the items they want or we can have a presale for the family.
We will put personal items such as photo's, immigration papers, wills, life insurance policy's etc. that we find that the family may have missed, aside for the family. We take care of the familys belongings with the upmost respect.
One more thing... PLEASE... Don't let another Realtor tell you that the house has to be sold with the furniture and items in them. I always suggest that you list the house 2 days before the estate sale. That gives the Realtor time to put it in the multi-list, and not enough time for a lot of Realtors to bring people through while all the items are laid out so we can prevent theft. The GREAT part is, how many open houses can get 1,500 to 5,000 people to go through? Only the estate sale end can do that.. What great exposure to sell your home. Approximately 60%-80% of homes have sold because of someone that came through the estate sale.
We strive to be the best. I was the first in Michigan to sign up with EstateSales.net years ago. I beleive that I was the first to start emailing for the sales in Michigan. My email list was so extensive that I was accused of spamming. When this became a problem...we solved it... EstateSales.net does all the emailing for me. They host my pictures, keep addresses confidential until I tell them to post it to avoid breaking and enterings, and they are a national Estate Sale sight, so your sale can be viewed by the entire United States.
"Thank You" for taking time to read this. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me anytime.
"Thank You" to all the customers that come to the sales and the past and future clients to be.
Darlene McClelland 586-295-4695
Two of many ..Sept 2005-Feb 2006
"Darlene and her team at Classic Estates were absolutely wonderful in running our mother's estate sale. Everyone was extremely helpful and professional. The sale was highly successful due to the team's hard work in planning and organizing every detail of the event. What impressed me most of all was Darlene's willingness to help us not only before and during the sale but also help us out after the sale was over. This is one raving fan of Darlene and Classic Estates. If anyone is considering an estate sale you have to contact Classic Estates."
Rick S., Madison Heights, Michigan
"Darlene" made this an actual pleasure in such a hard time in our lives. Two other companies refused the sale because there were no antiques. The money was double of what we thought it would be. Thanks to Classic for a GREAT JOB!
Donna T St. Clair Shores
THERE ARE MANY MORE REFERRAL THROUGH THIS TIME PERIOD. IF ANYONE IS CONSIDERING HIRING ME, I WILL BE GLAD TO GIVE YOU ALL OF THEM...
Need to sell your coins, stamps, or high end antiques? Call George W. 248-379-5265
Need an appraisal or an estate sale? Call ME Darlene at above numbers.
Need your Dolls repaired? Call Elaine 586-777-37778
Need a handyman? Call Jason 248-789-3467
Need to sell high end paintings or antiques? Classic can handle putting your items in the right auction house. Call Darlene 586-295-4695