Below are some pointers to help you make the most of your estate sale shopping experience.
Check estatesales.net for scheduled sales in your area. Most companies list their best merchandise online during the week of the sale, and even post photos.
Find out if any window treatments, lighting, and other fixed objects are also for sale. Often, the house is being stripped bare before being put on the market.
Ask if there are sale items in the garage or backyard. These are areas that are easy to miss if you’re focused on shopping inside the house.
Inquire about pick-up policies. At most sales, you can return for big pieces such as furniture on the same or the next day, but it’s best to make sure.
Don’t expect estate sale organizers to help you load your large purchases into your car. Some sales do have helpers, but it’s always best to bring your own muscle.