Eclipse Estate Sales
Eclipse, LLC
. . . from one phase to another
Conducting Estate and Moving Sales

Margret Gleich Sowash
314-420-2574
Maggie@EclipseEstateSales.com

We recycle!
We recycle!

Who Needs a Moving/Estate Sale?

How is the Sale Managed?

How is the Sale Advertised?

What Happens to Any Items Remaining at the End of the Sale?

Eclipse Will Recycle Some Items For You!

Client Appreciation

What is Eclipse’s Fee For This Wonderful Service?

How do I Prepare for the Sale?

How Do I Schedule a Complimentary On-Site Visit?

Eclipse is a professional, full-service moving/estate sale company managed by Margret (Maggie) Sowash who lives in Webster Groves.  In addition to managing a very honest, safe, efficient and successful sale, Maggie can also provide you with names of recommended realtors, moving coordinators, movers, clean-out services, house-cleaning companies (including one "green clean" company) and others.  With client support, Eclipse will also recycle specific items remaining at the end of a sale by donating them to local and national organizations that would find them extremely beneficial and avoid landfills at the same time!

Each sale is unique.  Maggie will customize the sale according to the client’s needs.  She and her associates have conducted many sales and are very pro-active in addressing concerns.  Their objective is to take the stress away from the client and prepare a sale that is successful at all levels!

Who Needs a Moving/Estate Sale?
Often times, when people are downsizing or moving out of the area, they require a sale of all or a portion of the contents of their home.  Other times, clients may want to sell furniture and accessories so they can totally redecorate.  Of course, there are those sad occasions when a loved one passes away.  The family or trustee of the estate must liquidate the contents of a home before or after it is sold.   Vehicles belonging to the estate can also be sold at a sale.  A separate motor vehicle contract with a lower commission rate is available.

How is the Sale Managed?
Maggie and her associates professionally prepare the sale using an inventory of tables, tablecloths, glass cases, signs and an actual cash register for accurate processing of each transaction.  The tables are used to display merchandise such as glassware, porcelain, crystal, silver and kitchenware.  Small valuable items like jewelry, figurines and coins are placed in display cases and monitored by an attendant.  Each item is actually tagged and priced before the sale is conducted.  Research is done, as necessary, to determine history and value of specific items.

How is the Sale Advertised?
Eclipse’s approach to attracting buyers for the merchandise involves several methods of advertising:

  • A room by room description and photographs of every sale are released to over 1,200 Eclipse customers on Maggie’s private e-mail list.   This is a complimentary service for the client which allows regular customers to see exactly what is presented and where it is located. (To be added to the customer e-mail list, send a request to: Maggie@EclipseEstateSales.com.)
  • With client approval, the sale can also be advertised on “Estatesales.net” which is a site that posts sales in the St. Louis area and nationally for a fee.
  • The sale will also be advertised on “Craig’s List,” another complimentary service.
  • Maggie will write and submit a client-paid ad to appear in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch which has a Metro St. Louis circulation of over 384,000 newspapers as well as thousands of on-line viewers.
  • If appropriate, fliers may also be distributed to various locations around St. Louis to notify people of the sale.
  • To attract drivers-by on the day of the sale and to guide customers to the location, numerous custom made “Eclipse Estate Sale” signs are displayed en route to the location. You’d be surprised at how many people cannot pass up those signs!

What Happens to Any Items Remaining at the End of the Sale?
Every attempt is made to sell as much as possible during the sale.  However, there are always some unsold items.  The remaining merchandise still belongs to the client who has various options:

  • Keep the items
  • Consider allowing Eclipse associates to donate specific items to various organizations for recycling (see below)
  • Contact a charity of your choice to donate the items and assume a tax deduction
  • Schedule an independent buy-out/clean-out service to remove all remaining items

Eclipse Will Recycle Some Items For You!
Maggie is dedicated to helping local and national organizations that can benefit from items remaining at the end of a sale.  Below is just a sample of items that can be recycled or disposed of properly to avoid landfills.

  • Backpacks/Waterproof Binoculars/etc. - sent to a scientific birding facility in Colorado
  • Cell Phones - given to a local shelter for abused women
  • Crayons - sent to a national organization in Wisconsin that recycles them
  • Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids - given to local “Lion’s Clubs”
  • Fabrics/Linens/Yarns - given to “Newborns in Need” where volunteers will create loving blankets, afghans, pads, quilts, burp pads, bibs, diaper bags, mother's slings, booties, bonnets and sweaters for newborns who live in poverty or face critical illnesses in under-served shelters in the Eastern Missouri Chapter
  • Fire Extinguishers – returned to the local fire department for proper disposal
  • Greeting Cards - given to a local church for children’s holiday projects   
  • Hangers – given to specific thrift stores or dry cleaners who have requested them
  • IPODs–returned to an “Apple” store where they are dismantled and disposed of properly
  • Stuffed Animals – given to a local shelter for abused women’s children 
  • Wedding Gowns – also given to “Newborns in Need” where volunteers will create bereavements for babies who did not survive
Note: Donations are only made with client support.  Any applicable tax deductions will be assumed by the client.

Client Appreciation
Setting up the sale, researching prices, preparing the ads and managing the sale require a lot of organization, hard work and dedication.  Clients are very appreciative of the labor involved and the sensitivity displayed by Eclipse associates who are dedicated to this service.  Clients always express their appreciation orally, but many have also written wonderful notes as reflected in the excerpts below.

“Wow! Your power of positive thought worked! Congrats and THANK you. You execute a very professional sale. You clearly know how this industry works and excel at it. . .” (July 2011)

“Maggie’s involvement made this process exponentially easier because of the professional initiative and personal sensitivity she exhibited. She completely oversaw the staging and conduct of the sale, then coordinated a complete clean-up of the house. Moreover, she astutely identified a number of small, but important heirlooms my siblings and I had overlooked and, with the help of capable subcontractors, auctioned a valuable set of books that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.” (December 2010)

“What an excellent, excellent job you did with the Vaughn estate!  There were no surprises.  You did everything you promised.  We are very impressed! . . .” (March 2008)

"Thanks so much for your expertise and handling the estate sale of Mom’s home . .  . I was very impressed with your professionalism and your respect in handling the contents, many of which I had grown up with over the years. . .  ” (September 2006)

“You were so very thoughtful, so professional, and so experienced.  You did such a nice job setting up the sale, communicating with my neighbors, as well as the follow-up and all the communication.  The results were even better than all of us predicted and it was such a joy to work with you and your company . . .” (May 2006)

What is Eclipse’s Fee For This Wonderful Service?
Because every sale is indeed unique, no commission is negotiated until a complimentary, on-site visit of the premises and contents is conducted.  The merchandise and location are always different.  And, the amount of work and staff requirements to prepare and conduct each sale varies.  It would be unfair to both parties to establish a fee before visiting the location.

How do I Prepare for the Sale?
There is very little that a client needs to do to prepare for the sale.  The first rule is: 
Don’t Throw Anything Out—let Maggie and her associates make those decisions as they have a better idea of what is "sell-able" and what is not.  The best thing a client can do before Maggie arrives for the complimentary consultation is to remove any items [or be able to identify the items] that will not be included in the sale.  It is always a good idea to have the family choose the keepsakes they want before a sale is considered.  If family members are to purchase items from the estate, a private family pre-sale can be scheduled after the sale is completely set-up and priced but before it is advertised.  There is no need for the client to pack, clean or polish the items to be sold before the sale's set-up begins.  Just remove the items to be kept and leave everything else right where it is!  Maggie and her associates will place them in the appropriate areas when they begin setting up the sale.  

How Do I Schedule a Complimentary On-Site Visit?
Call Maggie Sowash at 314-420-2574 if you want an organized, well-prepared sale managed by an honest, professional staff that is sensitive to your needs and believes in giving back to the community through various recycling efforts.  A mutually convenient meeting will be scheduled to view the premises.  You will be given a  packet of background information about Eclipse which includes a brochure, current list of references, letters of appreciation, and a copy of an April 2002 Ladue News article that featured Maggie and estate sales.  She will review the contract with you and answer all of your concerns.  The sale is scheduled once a contract is signed by both parties.  

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Eclipse Estate Sales
Eclipse, LLC
. . . from one phase to another