Congratulation to our sister company “4Life’s” on receiving the “Circle of Service”

Contact: Susan Kemp
(519) 340-0236
info@4Lifes.ca

 
4Life’s Transitions
Receives The National Association of Senior Move Managers
Circle of Service Designation
Cambridge, Ontario – March 15, 2017 4Life’s Transitions Inc. has been awarded the , Circle of Service designation by the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). The Circle of Service designation is bestowed on Senior Move Management companies that have been NASMM members, in good standing, for a minimum of five years, and have shown consistent dedication and support of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and the Senior Move Management profession.

“This special designation is awarded to Senior Move Management companies attaining an elevated level of experience and expertise,” said Mary Kay Buysse, NASMM’s Executive Director. “4Life’s Transitions Inc. has been instrumental in the development of the Senior Move Management industry and has worked to increase the professionalism, credibility, and visibility of this emerging senior service.”

Over 50 Senior Move Management companies from across the United States and Canada received the Circle of Service designation this year. The awards ceremony took place during the National Association of Senior Move Managers 2017 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN in early March.

4Life’s and its sister company have been serving the Waterloo Region and the surrounding area for many years now.

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association of its type devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later lifestyle transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults. NASMM is internationally-recognized for its innovative programs, leadership and expertise on issues related to Senior Move Management, transition and relocation issues affecting older adults. For more information, visit www.nasmm.org

 

 

Valentine’s Day Jewelry & Collectibles Online Auction


Auction Opens: Thurs. Feb. 2 at 7pm
Auction Close: Thurs. Feb. 9 at 8 pm

Preview: Tuesday, February 7th from 7-9 pm
27A York Place
Cambridge ON

Pickup: Sat. Feb. 11 – 10:00am till 2:00pm
Pickup Location: 27A York Place
Cambridge ON

Your Online Auction SolutionJust in time for Valentine’s Day gifting

For more information call 519-266-6785 and to place a bid visit 4Bidding.com

 

 

Included in this Online Auction: Fine & Costume Jewelry, Rare Carved African Artifact, Antique “Macey” Sectional Wooden Bookcase w/leaded glass doors, Gate Leg Table, Spode Copeland “Briar Rose” pattern China, Wm. Rogers Silver Plate & chest, 14kt Gold Sapphire (1.10ct) and Fresh Water Pearls Earrings, 10kt Gold Amethyst Earrings, 14kt Gold Amethyst Earrings, Cornflower Glassware, Royal Doulton “Pastoral” pattern China, Antique & modern tools, Sterling Silver Jade Buddha Pendant, household, collectibles & decor items, Sterling Silver Sapphire, emerald & Ruby (3.00ct) Bracelet, Sterling Silver Tanzanite Earrings mid century memorabilia, Sterling Silver Diamond Pendant, dining room table & 6 chairs, Barbie Dolls, quantity of records, and much much more.

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TERMS: All items are sold “AS IS” and “WHERE IS.” our best efforts are made to accurately represent all items in the descriptions and photographs. No responsibility is assumed by 4Bidding and 4Bidding is not responsible for any errors or omissions of the Seller All fine jewelry appraisals are only confirmation of metal content and gemstone identification. Valuation is appraisers own opinion for the insurance replacement purposes.

Cash, debit, Visa, M/C. 10% Buyers Premium HST applies on all items sold.
Auctioneer or owners are not responsible for loss or public liability in connection with this sale.

The Grief of Saying Goodbye…to our stuff

This is a repost from Laurie Blaikie, Many Thanks

January 6, 2017Grief and LossGrief, Letting Go, Loss
We often think of grief and loss as relating to life events such as the death of a loved one or being let go from a job…but what about, through financial difficulties, divorce or aging, we lose our stuff.

There’s help for the physical process.

I recently met with Susan Kemp of 4 Life’s Transitions (www.4lifes.ca). Susan and her team help families and older adults deal with the issues and challenges of dissolving a lifetime of residential accumulation. A large part of Susan’s work is supporting individuals to sort through their belongings with the goal of moving their treasures on to new owners.

As we talked, it became clear that often the most difficult part of this process for people isn’t the physical moving of the items, but the act of letting go. A table isn’t only a table; it’s the location of countless family dinners and the associated memories. Even simple items such as a collection of sewing fabric is a reminder of when each piece was purchased, or was left over from making a child’s cherished prom dress.

There are ways to cope with the emotional process.

Some people have no problem saying goodbye to their things as they choose to move them on to others. In fact, individuals practicing minimalism or simplicity report that the act of downsizing their possessions is emotionally freeing. The important word here is “choose”. How do we cope when we are forced to say goodbye to our treasurers or possessions by events beyond our control?

Recognize that the process is difficult.

The process of letting go is hard, so be gentle with yourself. You know the healthy things that make you happy and help you relax, so make sure you have easy access to these things. Have trusted people ‘on call’ who are aware of what you’re doing and can offer support.

Be sure to take frequent breaks–nothing can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed than being tired or hungry. I often encourage my clients to create a ‘self-care box’ that houses items that they can use to help with calming. While the contents are individual, some people include a favourite movie, tea, bubble bath, journal, list of phone numbers of supportive friends/family members, etc.

Share the task with a friend or family member. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of “The Minimalists” describe hosting ‘packing parties’, where they enlisted friends with task of boxing up Ryan’s possessions. In this way, many people are there to help, and it was a party.

It’s not just about stuff—some items are emotionally loaded.

It’s easy to get blind-sided by the memories of our possessions as we sort through them. Not only can this add a lot of time to the process, it can also leave us emotionally drained. Besides tapping into the self-care ideas/box mentioned above, what are your other healthy coping strategies?

Have a ritual for saying goodbye. Some people take pictures of their possessions before putting them in a box. This way, they can visit their ‘things’ whenever they want. Other people will write a farewell note to items that hold special memories.

Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, encourages her readers to imagine the new life that their possessions will have when they meet their new owners. When I chose to donate many of my children’s toys when I downsized my home, it helped to think about the children who would be able to enjoy them. Especially since my adult children had outgrown the Fischer Price castle!

Control who receives your items.

I recognize that choosing who is to receive your possessions can be tricky. In some families there is little argument about who is to take home Dad’s stamp collection or Grandma’s favourite china cup. In others, disagreements about who takes possession of possessions can cause permanent cut-offs between family members. If you think that your family may fall into the second camp, it’s a good idea to work with a therapist to help sort out the underlying feelings that are leading to these arguments. Often, the fights are not about the family china, but deeper, undisclosed issues.

On a more positive note, when my grandmother decided to move into a senior’s home and pass on her possessions, she chose who was to receive each item and then spent many years visiting her ‘things’. Nana reported feeling great joy at seeing how her belongings took on new lives in her grandchildren’s homes.

Tap into your values by supporting a charity.

Donating our items can be a wonderful way to say goodbye. For some people it gives the process of letting go a sense of meaning. If your favourite charity doesn’t accept physical items, selling your belongings and donating the money is an alternative. Some agencies, such as the Mennonite Central Committee will even pick up large items such as furniture.

At the end of the day, it is only ‘stuff’. As Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff says in the 1938 Academy award winning movie “You Can’t Take It With You”; “As near as I can see, the only thing you can take with you is the love of your friends”.

Brantford Living Estate Online Auction

Brantford Living Estate Online Auction

Online Auction Very Nice Offering of Collectibles, Furniture, Gift & Household Items

 Features over 200 quality lots!!

Auction Opens: Thursday March 24 at 7 PM</p>
Auction Closing: Thursday March 31 at 8 pm.
Preview will be held March 29 from 7-9 pm EST
1 Coachwood Road,
Brantford, Ontario
N3R 3R3 

For more information call 519-266-6785 and to place a bid visit www.4Bidding.com

Partial Listing: Signed Stuart Abelman Glass Paperweight & Vase, Noritake “Garden Empress” China, Royal Doulton China, Royal Bayreuth Fine China, 2 Decoy Ducks by D. Runge, Kaiser Porcelain, Lustre Craft Stainless Steel Cookware, Signed Oil Paintings, Retro Mid-Century Modern Zenith Radio, Ethan Allen Drop Leaf End Table, 2 Antique Wood Yokes, Pearl Washboard, Advertising Posters, Roxton Dining room Set, Sklar Peppler Pedestal Desk, furniture, household goods, collectibles & gift items new in the box.

Don’t Miss Out!!!

Auction Pickup: 11:00am till 3:00pm on Saturday April 2, 2016 ONLY!
1 Coachwood Road,
Brantford, Ontario
N3R 3R3 

TERMS: All items are sold “AS IS” and “WHERE IS.” our best efforts are made to accurately represent all items in the descriptions and photographs.

Cash, debit, Visa, M/C. 10% Buyers Premium HST applies on all items sold.
Auctioneer or owner are not responsible for loss or public liability in connection with this sale.

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Auctions are too Expensive Part 1

In the course of our auction business often come across situations where people feel that our services are too expensive or that we will not get enough money for their things at an auction.  One of my favourite sayings is that no one get rich at an auction.  This refers to both the seller and the auctioneer.

You have to ask though what are the alternatives?  The first one that comes to mind is I could put the things in public storage.  This does make the problem disappear, at least out of site is out of mind.  This seems to be everyone’s go to solution.  Here are some statistics from the US

Storage Revenue in the U.S. self-storage industry according to IBISWorld

2014 (estimate) $29.8 Billion

2015 (Estimate) $31.6 Billion

2016 (Forecast) $32.7 Billion

In Canada the current estimate is $2 Billion with a 5.1% growth from 2011-2016

 

Seeing that our population is approximately 1/10th of the US that number falls right in line with their numbers. These are Staggering numbers, with the Population of Canada at 35 million this means approximately $60 for every Man, Woman and Child per year. This is big business and growing bigger.

How much storage do we really need?

 

Number of self-storage facilities in the U.S.                           54,009 (2015 forecast)
Amount of rentable self-storage space in the U.S.               2.63 billion square feet (2014)
Amount of self-storage space per capita in the U.S.           8.32 square feet (2014)
Percentage of U.S. households that rent a self-storage unit        8.96% (2013)

What is the cost of a storage Unit.  There are many variables determining the cost of a storage unit.  The first is the location.  Smaller towns are cheaper than larger cities.  Then there are considerations of where you are in the city.  Like houses some areas are more expensive than others.

The next thing is how much storage do you need. A medium (10′ x 20′) unit is the most common and will hold approximately the things from 3 rooms in a house. Note I did not say a 3 bedroom house I said 3 rooms of a house.

S – Smaller market (pop: 50,000 – 80,000)

Mid-sized market (pop: 500,000 – 800,000)

Large market (pop: 1.5 million and up)

 

5×5 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $20 to $35 M – $33 to $55                        L – $50 to $85

5×10 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $20 to $35 M – $33 to $55                        L – $50 to $85

10×10 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $80 to $100 M – $90 to $120          L – $140 to $160

10×15 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $100 to $120 M – $125 to $150        L – $175 to $200

10×20 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $100 to $150 M – $175 to $200        L – $250 to $280

10×30 Storage Unit Prices

  • S – $165 to $175 M – $200 to $220        L – $275 to $300

 

Then there are the addons:

Addons

Climate Control Add 15%

Indoor Structures Add 50%

Term length Monthly is more expensive than yearly or even longer terms are available

Now storage rental as a short term proposition, you’ve sold your house and are looking for a new one or waiting on a close date makes sense.

Spending over $2000 a year to store things does not.  This in most cases is close to the worth of the items and trust me they are not likely increasing in value.

We’ve all seen the TV shows Storage Wars… and a host of others.  There is usually a clause in the storage contract the says if you default on payments for than a certain period.  The goods in the locker are considered  abandoned and the storage operator will sell the contains quickly and cheaply to recuperate their costs. If this does not cover their costs you could still be on the hook for the balance!

I never did find numbers for how many are rental units are abandoned but you can find monthly auctions featuring several abandon locker just in the KW area!

 

Perils of Preposterous Pricing, Part 2

Older “die-hard” collectors are passing away and selling their massive collections all at once.  So who is going to buy all these items?  Some will be sold to today’s collectors, though far fewer in number than serious collectors years ago.  Hence, these collections are saturating the market, driving prices and values lower.  Too much supply, not enough demand.

Let’s return to the seller wanting to sell items they believe are valuable just because mom paid a fortune for them.  They believe what they have is special and unique.  Most of the time, figurines, china, collector’s plates, glassware, Victorian furniture and the like have saturated the market because millions of our moms and dads are passing away.  Boomers are downsizing.  Generation X and Y don’t want these items.  Millennials are into themselves, not material possessions.  These younger generations collect virtually, not materially.

When an heir is looking to sell Lenox, Waterford, Hummel, Franklin Mint, Depression glass, antique furniture, large wardrobes, entertainment centers, and china hutches, the estate experts only have to show how very flooded the market is to get the consumers to understand that these items are now worth very little.

When I look on Ebay and see a “sterling silver lot of 50 grams,” I wonder why on earth one would attempt to sell it for $200 when it would barely get $30 with the current spot price of silver, unless it was a unique designer piece or desirable manufacturer.  Asking outrageous prices for items that are clearly not worth it any longer will backfire on the seller.

It is what it is.  No expert, myself included, can alter these trends of simplification, downsizing, and squeezing more bang out of a buyer’s buck than we already do.  The market is speaking and we need to listen.

Another issue?  Many people with a smart phone in their hand believe they are an expert.  I can assure you they are not.  They just Google over-inflated prices, unless they are wanting to buy.  If they are buyers, they search for the lowest possible prices in hopes of getting an item at a small cost.  These issues are just the tip of the iceberg for what experts are dealing with as they handle personal property while managing clients’ expectations.

It takes an expert many years to understand trends, observe patterns, know how to maximize value, and offer the best value for the client.  Do-it-yourselfers often do themselves a disservice by not enlisting the assistance of a professional who is experienced in all of the above.

©2016 The Estate Lady®

Julie Hall, The Estate Lady®, is the foremost national expert on personal property in estates, including liquidating, advising, and appraising. http://www.TheEstateLady.com  She is also the Director of American Society of Estate Liquidators®, the national educational and resource organization for estate liquidation. http://www.aselonline.com.

No part of The Estate Lady® blogs, whole or partial, may be used without Julie Hall’s written consent.  Email her atJulie@TheEstateLady.com.

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Valentine’s Day Fine Jewelry & More Online Auction (Cambridge)

Jewels Auction 33

Auction Opens: Wed. February 3 at 7 PM
Auction Closing: Wed. February 10 at 8 PM

Preview will be held Mon. February 8 from 7-9pm EST

27A York Place
Cambridge, Ontario
N1R 3P6

For more information call 519-266-6785 or visit www.4Bidding.com to place a bid.

This auction selection includes bracelets, necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings sets & more. Something for everyone!

Jewels Auction 33Partial Listing: 9kt Gold Sapphire (1.4ct) and Diamond Hoop Earrings, Sterling Silver Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby Bracelet, Sterling Silver Rhodium Plated Diamond Amethyst Earrings, Sterling Silver Sapphire (6.30ct) Bracelet, 14kt Gold Amethyst Quartz (4.00ct) Pendant and Hoop Earrings Set,10kt Gold Amethyst Earrings, Sterling Silver Ruby & Diamond Ring, Collection of Mary Kay products, Cups & Saucers, 6 Milk Glass York Peanut Butter Jars, Glass Bonsai Trees and more

TERMS: All items are sold as is where is.

Cash, Visa, M/C. 10% Buyers Premium HST applies on all items sold.
Auctioneer or owners are not responsible for loss or public liability in connection with this sale.

Auction Pickup from 11:00 am till 2:00pm on February 13

27A York Place
Cambridge Ontario
N1R 3P6

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Jewels Auction 33

Valentine’s Day Jewelry & Collectibles Online Auction (Woodstock)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day gift giving.

 Jewels Auction 33

Auction Opens: Thursday February 4 at 7 PM 

Closing: Thursday: Thursday February 11 at 8 pm.

NO Preview will be held for this auction

 

For more information call 519-226-6785 and to place a bid visit www.4Bidding.com or directly to the Auction @ Valentine’s Day

 Jewels Auction 33

Auction Pickup: 11:00am till 2:00pm on Sun. February 14, 2016

 Pickup Location: Oxford Movers & Storage Unit 11 – 225 Bysham Park Dr. Woodstock Ont.

 

Included in this Auction: International Harvester McCormick Farmall H Diecast Metal Tractor, Daisy BB Air Rifle Model No. 155, Wooden Robertson Bagpipe Chanter, 10K Gold Ruby(1.15ct)& Aquamarine Heart-shaped Pendant, 10K Gold Aquamarine Heart-shaped Earrings, DeVilbiss Commercial Spray Guns, Sterling Silver Tanzanite Pendant Necklace, Jade Buddha Necklace, Sterling Silver 7 Diamond Ring, Antique Small Copper/Tin Skaters Oil Lantern, Foxton Diary Round Quart Milk Bottle, Gone With The Wind Knowles Collector Plates Series, toys and more

TERMS: All items are sold “AS IS” and “WHERE IS.” our best efforts are made to accurately represent all items in the descriptions and photographs. No responsibility is assumed by 4Bidding and 4Bidding is not responsible for any errors or omissions of the Seller All fine jewelry appraisals are only confirmation of metal content and gemstone identification. Valuation is appraisers own opinion for the insurance replacement purposes.

Jewels Auction 33

Cash, debit, Visa, M/C. 10% Buyers Premium HST applies on all items sold.
Auctioneer or owner are not responsible for loss or public liability in connection with this sale.

 

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Perils of Preposterous Pricing, Part 1

by Julie Hall “The Estate Lady”

Where do people come up with these prices and values? Understanding the difference between what was paid for an item and what you can sell the item for in today’s market is like the difference between buying a new car and selling it used. Depreciation has taken place in most cases. Much has changed in the secondary marketplace. Sellers must realize that there must first be someone who wants the item (demand) in order for it to have and hold value.
People still call my office to inform me of what their items are worth, even though they are hiring me to find out. I don’t normally mind when they say they already know the value because they “found it on the internet.”. Many of them have it wrong or have searched incorrectly. They see an “asking” price – a ridiculously high dollar figure that came from someone else’s head – which is now stuck in their head. They would like to believe and hope that this is the value.
The responsibility for sharing valuation knowledge with clients falls to all estate experts. We have to help clients set reasonable expectations. Some people will heed what we have to say, while others will continue to believe that if it was valuable in 1982, it must be more valuable today. These individuals are in for a rude awakening, resulting in anger and frustration which they will probably take out on the individual selling their items for them.
Who comes up with values? Ultimately, it used to fall on the serious collectors who set trends and values. Marketability and collect-ability are somewhat related. If an item belongs to a category of objects that people desire and collect, then logically that item’s value increases. However, we need to consider that the current market is fairly saturated with many of the collectibles that were highly sought after 20, 30, 40+ years ago, back when our parents’ generation paid top dollar for them.
Older “die-hard” collectors are passing away and selling their massive collections all at once. We’ll look at how this complicates the market and depresses the values next week in “Perils of Preposterous Pricing, Part 2”.
©2016 The Estate Lady®
Julie Hall, The Estate Lady®, is the foremost national expert on personal property in estates, including liquidating, advising, and appraising. http://www.TheEstateLady.com She is also the Director of American Society of Estate Liquidators®, the national educational and resource organization for estate liquidation. http://www.aselonline.com.

No part of The Estate Lady® blogs, whole or partial, may be used without Julie Hall’s written consent. Email her at Julie@TheEstateLady.com.

Julie Hall | January 18, 2016 at 10:49 am | Tags: heirloom values, personal property,

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Empty nesters enjoy the freedom of downsizing

As more baby boomers see their adult ­children move on and out, they are ­increasingly paring down — selling furniture, donating clothes, and handing down beloved items to their offspring.

Whether leaving the suburbs for the city, heading to warmer climes, or relocating to smaller homes in the neighborhood, empty nesters are finding the challenges, strain, and sometimes elation of dismantling homes they have lived in for decades.

“It can be time consuming and stressful to edit belongings, but going through possessions, files, and books prior to moving really helps people when they are setting up their new space,’

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Boston Globe (Bostonglobe.com) Dated: Apr 23, 2013

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