Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale
If you are attending an estate sale and see an item of interest that you would like to purchase if the price was lower, ask the estate liquidator in charge if there is room to negotiate. If the answer is we don’t discount on the first day inquire what their policy is. Do they discount on the 2nd or 3rd day, except bids etc.
When you go to an estate sale or tag sale looking for furnishings, sometimes thinking of how repurposing an item can save you dollars. If you watch HGTV’s Flea Market Flip with Lara Spencer this show focuses on how to take something you might pass up because it wasn’t what you were looking for and with some creativity and elbow grease create that special piece and hopefully at a significant discount.
Mid century furniture (1950-1970 approximately) are often golden opportunities to repurpose. Recently my daughter and son-in-law were looking for a display cabinet. These photos are the before and after of the cabinet they found and transformed from a 1960’s so so china cabinet into a 2013 modern lighted display cabinet. The cabinet cost $50 + paint and supplies and new lighting.
You can find something special or unique, valuable, affordable or just keeping it green.
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Buying and treasure hunting at an estate can be interesting, exciting and challenging. This video by Lela aka TrashFindRedsigned may provide some helpful hints if you’re heading out to go estate sale shopping.
Lela also works with EstateSales.net and is featured by Cindy Price EstateSales.net Communications Manager.
Whether you are selling furniture, lighting, clothing, dishes, general household, or toys, reselling these items keeps them from the landfill a little longer and helps keep the earth green.
If you are planning on remodeling look at selling windows, doors, garage doors, sinks, bath tubs and even appliances (as long as these items are in good and working condition). There are several stores across the country from California to New England that acquire these items and have them available for resale. Old doors and sinks can add character. It is also possible in many cases to have an old sink or tub resurfaced. Here is a link to a site that offers architectural salvage shops across the country
Vintage clothing stores are popular across the country featuring accessories and even costume jewelry.
Whatever you’re looking for consider an estate sale to go green and sellers, DON’T THROW ANYTHING OUT until you have had a professional estate liquidator evaluate what you have.
When you are just starting out buying furniture, pots and pans, linens, and many general household items can really take a chunk out of your budget.
Try doing your shopping at estate sales. Most are held on Fridays and Saturdays or Saturdays and Sundays so hopefully the timing is right for you. Because most household items at the sale unless truly vintage or antique are priced to sell you can pick up some wonderful bargains. Most times you will find items at 30%-50% below full retail. Those savings add up. Plus if you attend the sale on day two most estate sales companies will discount what did not sell on day one. You can always leave a bid as well.