Tips and Tricks for Estate Sale Shoppers

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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.

Thrifty Gift Shopping Ideas

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Here’s a great tip when it comes to gift shopping for your loved ones:  estate sales.  With a little luck and a bit of planning, you can find all kinds of great deals in one place—a good estate sale is the ultimate in thrifty one-stop shopping.

Mother’s Day is coming up in May, so how about showing mom how much you appreciate her by gifting her with a something unique?  How about a lovely porcelain bowl, Fenton glass, or a vintage brooch?   Looking for presents for the men in your life?  Think power tools, antique appliances, or baseball cards.

Some finds need to be fixed up and shown a little love, so if DIY is your thing,  get ready  to dive in with tools and paint!  Not into getting your hands dirty?   That’s alright, many items at estate sales have been gently used.

Whatever you end up going home with will be personalized and unique, not something from a big box store.   And just think, not only are you helping your bottom line, but the planet as well, by re-using and recycling!

 

Estate Sale in Montclair, NJ, This Week

pexels-photo-247929.jpegCome 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!

Decorating With Vintage Electronics

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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.

 

It’s Not Old, It’s Vintage

pexels-photo-461830.jpegLove 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.