These are trying times right now for all of us. The coronavirus is saturating our entire country. Businesses are forced to close for the time being - people are losing their jobs. It has affected every phase of our economy, our lifestyle, and estate sales. Currently, I have 4 contracted estate sales that we were starting to work on when all of this took place. Our state - Alabama - has a "stay at home" order - as well as to date, 24 other states.
Today, EstateSales.NET sent out an email to all of us who are a part of their wonderful organization and said that after a lot of thought, planning and prayer, they had to make the decision to from this date, they could no longer advertise in house estate sales/by appointment sales in the states who have the 'stay at home' order. I totally agree with them. The only way we as a country will get over this is for people to stay at home so that we do not continue to spread this awful virus.
I had already several days ago made the decision that I could not and would not put my staff or my customers in harms way by trying to work on and host a sale. I posted my decision on my Facebook page. It was a hard decision to make but one I felt was needed. I am praying that all of us all over the country will be able to get back to our normal routines within the next few weeks.
Meanwhile: what happens to those of you who had needed a sale due to selling your home with a deadline to vacate? Or you had planned a move, needing to dispose of items you did not have room for in your new home? It was people like me who offered those services to help that now have no way of helping. I wish I had an answer. I know that if we all work together, solutions can be found. If you find yourself in that situation, please do not hesitate to call me. I cannot promise you I can help but together we may be able to come up with a solution for you.
There is an old saying: "When the going gets tough - the tough gets going". I think that is something we can all hold onto and embrace. We are tough and we can get through this. I am praying for our country right now and hope you will join me. We will get through this.