What is it?
An estate sale is the sale of items from an estate of someone who has passed. It also includes the sale of items from a home that has been abandoned or foreclosed. Sometimes estate sales are held by living family members of the deceased, who are trying to get rid of unwanted items. But often you’ll see estate sales run by companies hired by the living family members, to help with the burden of emptying and selling an entire home of possessions.
What should I expect?
To us, estate sales are the best sales because you’ll find a wide variety of items that have been collected over a lifetime. This is your best bet for antique furniture, vintage clothing, fine china sets, and one of a kind pieces. Often times everything in the home is up for grabs, so you’ll simply peruse every room in the home and come back downstairs or to the front of the house with any items you want to purchase. Most large items will be marked, but don’t expect everything to have a set price. Because of the high quality goods, estate sales are often the most pricey.
How do I get the best deals?
Estate sales typically run for 3 days… Friday-Sunday. Many advertise well in advance, and our go-to resource is estatesales.net. Here you can find any upcoming estate sales in your local area. The nicer the neighborhood, the nicer the stuff inside the home… so keep that in mind.
Also, sometimes they’ll have pictures of big items online so you can get a sense of the goods before stepping inside the home. When estate sales are run by professional companies, there are some rules to consider…
So there you have it, the difference between garage sales and estate sales. Even though they can be very different shopping experiences we still have a couple tips that apply to to both.
Receptive to receiving Estate Sales, or someone who wants to provide Estate Sales, or both. A provider can create a Estate Sales event for 74 interested poeple (no guessing at all).
Without guessing, trolling, or annoying people by blasting tons of emails or social posts out, Bridges allows you to reach out to people that have a specific interest in this topic as a receptive, provider, or person who is both