Estate Sale Life is fun! Whether estate sale shopping is a monthly, a yearly, or a once-in-a-lifetime event, finding unique and valuable items at great prices is likely! Here are some tips for successful estate sale shopping.
Research Estate Sales: Look for estate sale listings in your area. Websites, newspapers, and local ads often advertise upcoming sales. Look for sales in desirable neighborhoods or ones that mention items of interest to you. Sign Up for Estate Sale Alerts for notification of our upcoming sales.
Arrive Early: Estate sales often have limited quantities of popular items, so arriving early gives you a better chance of finding unique and valuable items before they’re gone.
Bring Cash: We accept credit cards, but some sales do not, so bringing cash is always a good idea, especially for smaller items or if the sale has a “cash only” policy.
Come Prepared: Bring your shopping bags, measuring tape, and any necessary tools for dismantling or inspecting items. This will help you carry your purchases and make informed decisions.
Scrutinize Items: Thoroughly examine items you’re interested in. Check for any damages, missing parts, or signs of wear. You can negotiate a lower price if something isn’t in perfect condition.
Be Ready to Haul: If you find more oversized items or many smaller ones you want, be prepared to transport them home. Bring a vehicle that can accommodate your purchases or make arrangements for delivery if needed.
Negotiate Prices: Estate sale organizers often expect some negotiation, especially on the last day of the sale. Be polite and respectful when negotiating, and don’t be afraid to ask for a better price, especially if you’re buying multiple items.
Prioritize Your Interests: Estate sales can have a wide variety of items, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. List items you’re specifically looking for and prioritize them during the sale.
Know the Value: Research the items you’re interested in before attending the sale. Knowing the approximate value of things can help you make informed spending decisions.
Be Mindful of Crowds: Estate sales can get busy, especially during opening hours. Be patient and respectful of other shoppers. Avoid rushing or creating chaos while searching for items.