Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale

Estate Sales Friday – Have All Your Student Needs?

In many parts of the country school is already back in session, however, many colleges and universities haven’t started yet.

A quick reminder that if you still need items such as towels, blankets, kitchenware, linens, etc. today and tomorrow is a good time to visit your local estate sale and shop for those last minute items that will save you $$$ and keep the world green.

A reminder that our news worthy estate sale from earlier this week run by Judy Martin, The Perfect Thing is on day two of this three day sale. She is at 10910 S. Prospect, Morgan Park, IL 60643. Check out our videos from last Friday and this past Monday to see how things started yesterday.

Don’t forget your estate sale kits, drive safe, have fun, and save money. If it’s Friday it’s estate sales.

Estate Sales In August – Good Time To Start Your Holiday Shopping

vintage dressMercedes Benz for sale





It’s only August 14th, but now is a terrific time to shop for the holidays. With so many estate sales out there, you’re sure to find some treasures and good buys.

Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, or Christmas decorations or now is the time. Especially with several months to go.

Clothing from high end to vintage is abundant at sales. From a Louis Vitton bag or wallet, to a 1950’s swirl skirt or ruffle top apron and don’t forget shoes, ties, shirts etc.  So much to choose from at a variety of prices.

Looking to change out your end tables, bedroom set, get an additional sofa for your living or family room, what a selection. Better than most furniture stores and everything from designer to the very inexpensive, leather or material.

How about a car, for the new teenage driver or to replace your old gas eater.

Looking for jewelry. Fine gold and silver, great vintage costume, Native American, so much can be seen at so many estate sales and the prices are right.

So now is the time to make your list, check it twice and go estate sale shopping.

Oh and please tell them you heard about them from Estate Sales News. Your estate sales online resource  and please Like Us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Twitter.


What’s Selling This Week At Estate Sales?

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating, unique, fun, or useful items that you will find at estate sales this week. We will include the estate sale company name. To find estate sale you can check out these websites as well as others not included here. EstateSales.NET,,, and You may find that many estate sale liquidators will have their sales listed on all of the above sites.

Simmerling EstateCrucifix GuatamalaThe Perfect Thing, Chicago, IL






Vintage Disneykitty tapestryDeal’s Estate Sales, Royce City, TX



Patio setDanish coffee setCalifornia Estate Sales, San Marcos, CA





China cabinet & glassrefrigeratorStepp Estate Sales LLC, Longwood, FL






mid-century moderneAsian figuresWorthwhile Estate Sales, Dayton, OH





A note for football fans Expert Estate Sales will be holding an estate sale for former NFL defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis starting August 15 in Rancho Cucamonga with designer furnishings.

This represents a cross section of the 1000’s of estate sales taking place this weekend across the country.

Estate Sale Video Part 2 with Judy Martin – Chicago Historic Home

Here is part two of our interview from last week with Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP at the Simmerling estate in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. The sale beings Thursday, August 14 and concludes on the 16th.

In this video Judy will describe many of the collections for sale and what has happened to values of many items. When we visited Judy the staging of the estate sale was a work in progress.

Here is a link to Judy Martin’s website for more information on her, her company’s services and The Perfect Thing Shop in Wheaton, IL.

Estate Sales Friday – What You Can See And Learn

Estate Sale signEstate Sales News has received many comments on our part one interview with Judy Martin, ISA, CAPP. Our dialogue will continue with Judy on Monday where she takes us on a tour of the home in Morgan Park Chicago. It should be pointed out that this sale was in the process of staging, cleaning, and hadn’t been priced. It provides a good perspective about the work it takes to prepare for an estate sale.

When you walk into an estate sales today take the time to look around at how it’s been staged, whether the items have been cleaned, and if the electronics have been tested. Remember that the items sold at estate sales are usually sold as is and most estate sale companies have a no return no refund policy.

There are thousands of estate sales across the country starting today. If you’re looking for items, this is a great source. If you are interested in having an estate sale and finding a liquidator go check out your local sales to see how they are handled and who impressed you.

Judy Martin’s video on Monday.

If it’s Friday, it’s estate sales.

Estate Sales News Will Be In Chicago Tomorrow With Judith Martin

Judith Martin, ISA CAPPTomorrow Estate Sales News is traveling to Chicago to interview and visit nationally known ISA appraiser Judy Martin. We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Martin at the estate sale conference in St. Louis in 2013. Her article on USPAP always available here on

Judy and Kate Martin are the owners of The Perfect Thing, an upscale consignment boutique in Wheaton, IL and also conduct estate sales and appraisals.

We will be visiting them in Morgan Park, the historic Chicago Home of for the upcoming estate sale of the collections of John (Jack) and Marjorie Simmerling. Jack Simmerling was a well known Chicago artist.

Here is a video done last year for Windy City Live with Judy. We will have more on Judy and this fascinating sale upon our return from Chicago.

What Are You Buying At Estate Sales? What You Should know

A writer from the Huffington Post earlier this year wrote an article about the five items you should buy at an estate sale and three items you shouldn’t.

The big items they said you shouldn’t buy are large appliances. Their explanation was because you can’t test them.

Many estate sale companies test electrical appliances before they are sold. Unlike buying a new appliance they rarely come with a warranty and are usually sold as is, however, most liquidators will let you test the appliance for that reason. They cannot control how you move the appliance or the way it is maneuvered into it’s new location.

One of the reasons it is important to have electricity at the estate sale property is to test appliances from toasters to washers and all in between.

We recommend that you decide in advance of attending an estate sale whether you want to purchase an appliance that will be sold “as is”. It could last 10 years or 10 hours. Most important is to understand that purchases at most estate sales are as is and final. The estate sale company does not have a history on most appliances so all they can do ask the seller and allow you to try it out.

Many a good buy is had at an estate sale so be a knowledgeable customer and know before your go.

Estate Sale Friday, Last Shopping Weekend Of July

Estate Sale signAnother month has passed and even with extreme heat in the west, storms in in the central, south and eastern part of the country estate sale companies and estate sale buyers have persevered.

Both are a hearty bunch. Staging liquidation sales in properties without air conditioning, buyers waiting to enter a sale in the sunshine and heat or pouring rain.

Shop those estate sales, save $$$, help keep our planet green and have fun.

Have a great weekend.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales This Weekend?

Here is a brief look at some of the items for sale starting today at estate sales around the United States.

antique wooden trunk





model ships





canopy bedold wicker chairs

Check Out Time After Shopping At The Estate Sale

antique cash registerThis is always an interesting subject, because depending on what area of the country you are in everyone does it differently.

For example, in central Florida, many (not all) estate sale companies have you enter through the front door and exit through the garage where you will find the cashier(s) table set up usually under a tent with computer and cash register, along with credit card receptors of some sort. Again not all do this, but it seems to be the most favored way. It keeps the flow going through the property and prevents exiting with any unpaid for items.

On that topic we will switch gears for a moment and talk about what you can or cannot take into a sale. In many large metro areas (Orlando being one) most liquidators put out several signs in the front yard letting buyers know that they will not allow large purses or pocket books inside. You lock them in your car, take your keys, glasses (if needed) loop or magnifying glass and that is all. As you select the items you wish to purchase a staff member puts them aside and they will have you exit from the property to return with your bag and wallet. At that point you have finished your shopping. If you wish to return you again lock your purse in the car and start the process again. This is done to help eliminate theft problems. Not everyone uses or needs to use this method.  It is up to the estate sale company as they are responsible for protecting the items for sale. Buyers, please remember the estate liquidator is working for the seller, not for you and as professionals they are keeping their fiduciary with their client.

In other areas of the country, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia to name a few you often enter and exit the same way, however the cashier is next to the entrance and you may expect to be asked to produce your receipt and have your bag or box checked. Again each estate sale company has their own procedure.

Keeping the flow of people going through the property orderly and protecting the items for sale is the concern of the estate sale company. If you don’t like their policy try another estate sale. They do not need to have your irritation or frustration to distract them from their assignment or cause other shoppers or the estate sale staff discomfort.

Sellers, when choosing your liquidator ask how they handle checkout and remember it depends on where you are located. There is no right or wrong way, it’s what works best for your benefit and theirs.