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.

Upcoming Estate Sale: Garfield, NJ

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We are in Garfield, NJ, this week, from May 3 to 5!  Click here for the hours, address information, and additional details.  Our basement-to-attic sale features antique furniture, kitchen items, tools, books, vintage appliances, milk glassware, army uniforms, and much more.  Join us!

Becoming a Collector: Milk Glass

 

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With its origins in 16th century Venice, milk glass comes in a range of colors, among them white, pink, green, and yellow.  The white kind, often seen at estate sales today, became popular during the Victorian era.  At the time, it was seen as a cheaper alternative to porcelain.  Due to wide-spread production in the 50s and 60s, mid-century pieces from companies like Fenton, Westmoreland and Anchor Hocking are readily available today.  One way to make sure that a piece is the real deal (60’s and earlier) is to hold it up to the light.  Antique milk glass was made with iridized salts, and this produces a halo effect of iridescent reds, blues and greens.

 

 

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.

 

Getting Creative With Vintage Suitcases

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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.   Watch a DIY tutorial on turning a suitcase into a side table here.