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For selling anything more than just a few items, we’d prefer to offer you a free consultation at your location. During our visit we can determine the value of your items and discuss that with you, along with figuring out the best way to sell them whether it be on-site or moved to our facility. From there, we can establish the labor costs to pack and transport your items, as well as the services you may need to help with your project. All of this information will allow us to build a comprehensive plan for your project and create a proposal outlining all costs and specifics.

Our favored method of payment for auction services is a flat or incremental commission rate that ranges from 0% to 50%. The specific rate is determined by the value of the goods being sold where high-value items such as jewelry, fine art, rarities, and vehicles will have a much lower commission rate than general estate goods. In cases where the value of the lots varies greatly, we may recommend an incremental or sliding fee commission rate, discounting higher values.

In situations like a recent project we completed for a hoarder collector, we offered a flat 50% rate which may seem high, but it covered the expense of emptying and cleaning two homes, which was a daunting task for the owners. In the end, they received over $50,000 for their personal property, with more expected to come. We solved their issue in a win-win situation: they got a significant amount of money for their property, and the two real estate assets were opened up to reach their full value potential for lease or sale.

Keep in mind that when EDS does turnkey projects like cleaning out and preparing homes for sale, as well as selling the real estate, we often offer discounts on all of our fees, making it a very cost-effective alternative for parties in need of selling everything to clear an estate. One contractor, one phone call, and we do everything correctly down to the finishing touches. 

We pride ourselves on no hidden costs or add-ons. When possible, we charge a straight commission covering all costs including packing and transport. 

For auction clients, the entire commission structure is based on the value of the items we are selling. Do you have high value personal property, fine jewelry, vehicles, high value art, or a rare collection? We offer our best rates on high value estate or downsizing goods. 

Household furnishings and common, used furniture may be subject to higher rates. We will not quote auction rates until we see the items to sell. 

The best answer to this often asked question is to schedule a consultation—call us or send an online inquiry today!

You have come to the right place! We know every project is different. The best thing you can do is get a professional out to discuss your project. Our consultation is free and provides you an opportunity to better understand what lies ahead. Even if you don’t use our company, the advice is free and will prove very helpful.

Just fill the contact form at the bottom of the page or call our office at (812) 822-2508. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and set up a consultation at your convenience.

Items we love –

  • Special Collections of Any Kind
  • Fine Quality Goods
  • Rarities
  • Native American & Tribal Arts
  • Vintage & Antique Toys
  • Fine & Estate jewelry
  • Coins & Currency
  • Antiques
  • Fine Art
  • Firearms & Related Goods
  • Mid Century Modern goods
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Estate Vehicles, 4 Wheelers, Big Boy Toys & Equipment


Items we don’t love –

  • Common used furniture & furnishings
  • Large and aged furniture
  • Pool tables
  • Common household goods
  • Large desks and office furniture
  • Low value items of any kind
  • Heavily soiled items
  • Most upholstered furniture that isn’t new or antique


If you aren’t sure or just want an opinion the best way for us to determine if your items are saleable is for us to come and see them, call us today to set up a consultation.

Our senior staff have been involved in the world of selling for over 30 years. We know what sells. The best way for us to determine the salability of your items is for us to come and take a look at them in person. This way we can make a determination on the condition and value of the items you are wishing to consign. If you have a smaller collection or something that can easily be transported like coins or jewelry, you are welcome to call and make an appointment to bring them in for us to view.