Frequently Asked Questions

What is an estate sale?

An estate sale is the professionally organized sale of the full or partial contents of a home, hosted on-site over the course of 1-2 days.  Hiring a professional to organize an estate sale is a great choice if you are moving, downsizing, or in need of someone to help you sell the contents of your home, your family member's home, or a furnished property you have acquired or inherited.

Why Stem to Stern Sales?

Stem to Stern Sales is known throughout the Cape and Islands for our friendly staff, professional organization and fair prices. We take care of all the details so that shopping at our sales is easy and fun.  We've been in business for 20 years, we're fully insured, and have conducted nearly 1,000 estate sales on the Cape, Islands and Southeastern MA.  Check out some of the testimonials we've received over the years from our many, many happy customers.

How can I arrange an estate sale at my property?

Just get in touch with us via email or phone (508-362-6570, 8am - 8pm ET) to schedule a free consultation. We'll be happy to help you figure out whether an estate sale is right for you.   

Why shop at an estate sale?

Estate sales are a great way to find high-quality items for your home at well-below retail prices. They're economical and eco-friendly. Plus, it's just a lot of fun to come to a sale and see what treasures you might find! The better question is: why buy retail?   

What types of items are typically for sale?

Many people associate estate sales with large pieces of furniture and antique pieces, but estate sales typically include the entire contents of a home, from the basement to the attic and the garage. Depending on the sale, you may find everything from living room and bedroom furniture and antiques to artwork, rugs, clothing, towels and bedding, kitchen items, power tools, exercise equipment, sporting goods, musical instruments, cars and boats. 

Do you deliver?

Yes, we can arrange delivery for large items. Just let us know that you're interested in delivery at the time of purchase. 

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept major credit cards at our sales. 

Are you insured?

Yes, we are fully insured against any damage that may occur to your property during the setup or running of a sale. We also carry liability and workman's comp insurance. 

I'm interested in an item I saw online. How much is it? Can I buy it before the sale? 

We don't advertise or privately give out the prices of items online or offer items for sale before the first day of the sale itself. This is to ensure fairness for everyone involved; items posted online are available for sale first-come, first-serve for patrons who are there in person on the first day of the sale. If you're interested in an item you see online, the best way to ensure that you get a chance to buy it is to arrive at the sale early on the first day.