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What’s Hot And What’s Not At Estate Sales?

At the Estate Sale Conference in Memphis a few weeks ago there was a lot of discussion amongst estate sale companies about what was and wasn’t selling in their areas.

Mid-Century Modern seems to be the most popular with general antiques being the least desired in the discussions. This is not to say antiques do not have value, they just aren’t what the majority of the public is interested in at this time.

Estate sales like any other businesses experience cycles. Your editor remembers when oak furniture from the 1900-1940’s was hot, mahogany furniture from the same period took over the number one spot from oak and now mid-century modern. At one time Victorian furniture was flying out the door and anything with marble was stickered sold shortly after the door would open. This is generally not the case today in most areas.

As buyers and times change so does what is selling at estate sales. 20 years ago clothing from the 60’s and 70’s was more likely donated than sold, but now vintage is hot.

One of the reasons preferences are changing are the age of the buyers. Baby boomers in most instances are at a stage of life where they have most of the things they want except for collectors. The groups buying at estate sales tend to be 20-40 year olds. Of course every community, county, state, and section of the country is different, but estate sale companies take this into consideration when pricing their sales.