You never know what treasures you’ll find at an estate sale. Below are some pointers to help you make the most of your 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.
Ask if there are for sale items in the garage, yard or garden shed. It’s easy to miss these areas if you’re focused on what’s in the house.
Inquire about pick-up policies. At most sales, you can return for big, heavy pieces 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.
Find out if any window treatments, lighting, or other fixed objects are also for sale. Often, the house is being stripped bare before being put on the market.
Come join us at our estate sale in Montclair, running April 12 to 15. Click here for our hours, address information, and to get a preview of our items. We are selling everything from contemporary, antique and garden furniture, to books, tools, mirrors, rugs, tribal baskets, prints and more. Hope to see you there!
In an age of planned obsolescence, all electronics eventually die or get replaced. So what to do with with those no-longer-useful gadgets? Recycling is a great idea, but up-cycling is even better. How about turning an old floor radio into a mini bar or an old TV set into a funky book shelf? Vintage typewriters, phones, record players and cameras add an element of the retro and unexpected to your home. For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at some of these boards on Pinterest.
Styled vintage suitcases have been popping up in decor magazines and chic storefronts for a while now, and it’s easy to see the appeal. Well-worn and traveled luggage conjures up all sorts of images in the mind–exotic locales, romance…adventure. The great thing about these popular pieces is that they are still fairly easy to find at estate sales, and that they offer all sorts of decorating possibilities for your home. They can be stacked in corners and simply used as storage or they can be painted and re-purposed into coffee tables, nightstands, and even medicine cabinets. For more ideas, see the DIY video above.
We’ve been having a lot of fun this week putting together an estate sale in Bogota, New Jersey. The sale starts tomorrow, March 1st, and ends this Sunday, March 4th. Click here for the hours, address information and more details. The sale features four floors of antique furniture (Victorian to Depression era), plants, prints, oil paintings, rugs, Star Wars toys, vintage radios, China figurines, Wedgwood pieces, cast iron toys, and so much more. Check out some of our pictures below. Hope to see you there!
Love shopping for vintage clothes, retro items or household goods? Adore going to thrift stores and flea markets? Well, what you may not know is that a lot of these re-sellers often find their unique treasures at estate sales. Unlike garage or yard sales which are filled with cast-offs in bad condition, estates are often down-scaled due to unforeseen circumstances. That often means that the things for sale aren’t items people no longer want— they’re things they can no longer keep. This makes a big difference in value. The wonderful thing about estate sales is that they offer a glimpse into someone else’s interests and life, giving those finds you end up bringing home a new layer of meaning.
If you’ve been thinking about selling your own or a loved one’s possessions, consider doing so through an estate sale. To begin with though, find out if the stuff even warrants going through such a process. So, find a reputable estate sale professional to give you a valuation. Sites like estatesales.net let you locate firms locally. You’ll want to be sure any company you select carries liability insurance. Also, ask for references you can check before making any kind of commitment. Above all, do not throw away anything! Sometimes, what may look like junk to you may be a treasure to someone else. Estate sale staffers are trained to know what is collectible and can assist you in determining what to discard or donate.