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Old 12-09-2015, 03:50 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I went to 5 estate sales today, 2 of were upset that shoplifters came through and took many cd's and dvd's. And they couldn't catch them. One sale they tppk the cd's and dvd's out of their jackets and keep them in envelopes at the checkout and insert them back in when paid for.
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:56 PM
Location: CO
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I went to a nice estate sale today. I immediately saw the new and very direct "Rules of Behavior" sign:

- No Children- no exceptions (OK, that is some what reasonable. Mine just played in the big yard.
- Shoplifters will be immediately arrested and proscecuted (Off duty police officer was directing parking)
- No "hoarding" (sign defined hoarding as walking around with things you are not buying and not letting others see them). My guess is that this was due to arguments between customers.
- No haggling, Any posted discount being offered is final.
- No bags, of any kind

I knew the employees and intended to ask if they have had an increase in problems, but I ran out of time. My bet is that they have. I don't know how they intended to enforce the "no hoarding" concept though.

They do that here is Dallas as well, but only for the most exclusive estate sales. I avoid those anyways as there are too many professional buyers.
The "no hoarding" rule is interesting. Why would anyone walk around with stuff they aren't going to buy?

There's an estate sale a couple of doors down going on now. The house is utterly packed with stuff and it's difficult to move around, even so, I've been impressed with all the "excuse me, sorry, and "let me get out of your way" phrases that I heard. I think people are so astounded by the amount of stuff they're just gobsmacked!
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:44 PM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Wow, I used to go to a lot of tag sales in Ohio. Numbers were given so that a limited of people were in the house at any time.

Workers were in all the rooms and they would write down everything I wanted to buy on a ticket. I carried the small things with me, and the ticket with me. If it was a big piece of furniture, and then they put a sold sticker on it.

If I felt something was over priced, I left a bid in a bid jar, and if the item was not sold, the sellers could choose to sell to me at my bid price. Once in awhile they called me and I went and got the item.

It seems to me that a professional tag sale has enough employees that the customer's possessions are protected.
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