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!
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.
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.