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Down-sizing? Moving? Need to empty a house?
Bear and Mary can assist with a wide variety of estate services including buy-outs, hosting estate sales, and facilitating on-site auctions. Our goal is to make the process simple and no stress for you!
Buy-outs: We buy everything from single items to the entire contents of a building or estate. Call us to come visit and offer a bid once you are ready to sell.
On-site Auction: In some circumstances, an on-site auction is a great way to clean out a property. Let's talk about if it is a good fit for you.
Estate Services FAQ
What do you buy?
The short answer is... everything! We have buyers for everything from microwaves to antiques and from DVDs to heavy equipment. As a business, we need to make money on our purchases so price point is a deciding factor but try to do so in a win-win manner!
How do you buy?
We can buy specific items (i.e. just the things we really want), specific rooms / buildings (i.e. everything in the shed), and whole estates (i.e. all contents but no permanent fixtures.) Price will vary based on the quantity and quality of the items as well as the amount of work (e.g. will things need to be cleaned in order to be sellable? how long will it take to pack up?).
If I want to sell something, what do I do?
You can always text a picture to (520) 709-8738 to get a quick, on the fly answer. When Bear is around, you are welcome to bring the items to one of our locations! If it is a lot of items or an entire estate, we are happy to set an appointment for a visit.
What do I need to do to be ready to sell?
We know the seller is "ready to sell" when they are 100% clear on what is for sale and what is not. That often involves a bit of prep work on the part of the seller. Some of our past sellers have marked items that aren't available with blue tape or grouped them into one space.
Do I need to clean or organize the stuff that is for sell? Should I throw out the garbage?
From our perspective, no! In fact, we prefer that you don't throw things away. Some things you may think of as worthless actually have value to us! For example, we use old photos as price tags. If you are comfortable selling it as is, we are happy to buy it as is! Also, please know that we have seen all kinds of environments...from hoarders to happy clutter to hyper tidy folks. We can handle whatever situation you have!
Can I donate to Bear's Vintage Thrift?
Yes! We gratefully accept donations of all kinds and are blessed to pour back in the Willcox community in a variety of ways.
Do you do consignments?
We tend to buy most of what we sell. There are a few exceptions so it is best to ask Bear!
Where do you get your stuff?
We like to tell people that we have a secret cave! But, the truth is, we buy from all over southern Arizona and in all sorts of venues! Mary's favorite is "barn-picking" and good old-fashioned yard sales. Bear was raised at the swap meet and is a packing mastermind for large estates. Since we have so many outlets to sell, we are buying daily!
What do you collect?
Mary likes old hand-shaped things (glove molds, jewelry displays) and blown glass balls. At the moment, Bear is on a sign kick, loves old-school Nintendo, and is drawn toward copper. We like rusty metal...a lot...and when there is enough time, Bear welds interesting creations out of metal scraps. Bear likes to say that he collects human interactions...and it's true. If given the time, Bear loves a meaty conversation.
Page, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
"My dad passed away out in rural Arizona. I live in Florida. I didn't know where to start. As luck would have it, I met Bear. Bear and his team were amazing! Living so far away, I was overwhelmed. Bear made a difficult situation easier. He met me at the ranch, evaluated the personal property, made me an offer, and went to work. Bear was fair, transparent, and trustworthy. He explained the process and lived up to his word."
Kevin, Chandler, Arizona
"I heard on the radio that Bear's Vintage Thrift conducted estate sales and property buy-outs. Our mother-in-law, Lil, who had lost her husband months before, had a property in Cochise County with TONS of tools, tractors, trucks and miscellaneous items that were no longer of use to the family. Bear and Mary assessed the property and we quickly agreed to have them manage an on-site auction.
Oh my Gosh!!! Their team cleaned up the property, set up all the items, advertised the sale and within a few weeks we held a hugely successful auction.
Bear, Mary and their team are incredible to work with. They're highly professional, organized and kept us informed almost daily about progress. Lil was thrilled with the results and a significant burden has been lifted. Bear and Mary are the BEST!"