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, NJ, 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!

Estate Sale Tomorrow!

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!

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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.

Junk or Treasure?

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The old saying still rings true: “One person’s junk is another’s treasure.” That is why it’s best to let professionals decide what to save and sell, or what to get rid of.  Never simply assume that your possessions are not valuable enough for an estate sale. There can be very good cash in everyday household items, plain furniture, daily dishware, and even things like old and rusty tools.  It is amazing what people will buy—everything from post cards and matches to car manuals and weight training equipment.  And again, when in doubt, consult with a professional.

Tips For a Successful Estate Sale

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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.