Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale

Cash Short For Christmas – Shop At An Estate Sale, But Not Just To Save Money

presentChristmas is a very stressful time for many families. Parents who have been laid off with children, senior citizens on fixed incomes with grandchildren, siblings, and many others.

We usually suggest shopping at an estate sale to save $$$ and we still do, however, estate sales offer more than that.

If you have limited to little funds take a big step when you walk into an estate sale and ask to see the manager or owner of the estate sale company. Don’t be afraid to let them know you are looking for items of very low cost that can be a token to a family member or child. Most estate liquidators have big hearts and will point out some areas or items that may fall within your budget.

Remember it isn’t the gift, it is the thought and/or love that accompanies it. Estate liquidators have families too and most will understand. Some may have even been in your position a few years ago. Big hearts are everywhere.

Making friends with your local estate sale companies can be helpful throughout the time you are facing financial dilemmas. If you need something to assist your family ask them if they will let you know about any sales that might have what you need. This is not to suggest that they will give it away (remember they are working for a seller), however, the majority of estate liquidators started in this difficult business to help others.

There is one weekend left now before the holidays, so although you may want to hesitate, don’t. Step inside, smile, and talk to your local estate sale company.

Christmas 2 Weeks From Today – Estate Sale or Not? ThrowBack Thursday

Vintage ChristmasThis is the last weekend before Hannukah and two weekends before Christmas.  The decision whether to run estate sales at this holiday time is a tough one for estate sale companies.

The area you are located in, the retail shopping available to the community is a consideration. Another concern is how does your staff feel about working so close to the holidays. Each company must make their own decision, but a word of advice to estate liquidators, especially newer ones in the industry, ask them. A cheerful smile and a happy tone in their voice helps create sales. If they are tired or feeling remorse about not being able to share in pre-holiday family events can add frowns to faces and even make some people cranky. This time of year can be stressful for many and hopefully you have give consideration to this before accepting sales. You also want to consider the results your clients may expect.

Again it depends on what part of the country you’re in and the community as well.

Be sure to check out our new additions to our Christmas and Estate Sales Pinterest Board.

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Changing Trends in Decorating Often Determine What’s Hot & Not At Estate Sales

What’s in vogue for home decor plays a large part in what is selling at estate sales.

About ten years ago anything from the Victorian era was a guarantee sale. Marble top dressers, tables, silver, silverplate, floral and animal oil paintings, and all the various decorative accessories that Victorians liked to use. Middle and upper class Victorians had something for everything and left few spaces on table tops and walls. Most of the wood used was medium to dark in color and in many instances was black. Items as decorative as dining table top folding screens, velvet covered boxes for gloves, etc. were all part of their decor.

A few years after that came the 1930’s & 1940’s mahogany furniture period. Bedroom sets, dining room sets, and end tables were extremely popular. Items like dressers, chest of drawers, dining tables, and chairs were reproduced the in styles such as Duncan Phyfe, Chippendale, Sheraton, and others dating from the 18th century.

Also popular not long ago was the Art Deco period with waterfall style chests and a sleek streamline in furnishings and even barware (vintage Farberware for instance used for cocktail shakers, martini glasses, and even coffee pots).

Shabby Chic was hot not long ago. Just 5 years ago or so, rusty iron pieces, peeling paint, crackled wood, and items that showed their age and wear were or could be distressed to give this appearance.

Today Mid-Century Modern is the hot seller at many estate sales across the country. recently covered a large estate sale filled with collections of Mid-Century Modern in Midland, Michigan.

Another look that is popular is the minimalist look where furnishings are reduced to just necessary elements.

Every area of the country has a hot and what’s not trend, but estate sale companies keep informed on what’s selling in their area and can and should showcase any of those items if they are in your sale. It is an important way in attracting buyers to your sale. Knowing what’s selling and being able to project possibilities of items that may not be the most in fashionable right now is just another hat that the experienced estate liquidator must wear.

For more information we suggest you visit Wikipedia for more detailed information on the various decors we have discussed. You can also Google them.

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Identifying Fake Roseville Pottery – Informative Article From

From the Collectors Corner of Jackie Fimbres wrote an in depth look at identifying fake Roseville pottery from the genuine. Made in Roseville, OH this pottery has seen ups and downs in popularity, but is still a prized collectible pottery today.  To learn more visit via the link below. Knowledge empowers. Enjoy – Identifying Fake Roseville

Black Friday – Shop At Estate Sales and Avoid The Chaos

Go green – save $$$ – avoid chaos and “possibly” pay no sales tax depending on your location.


4 Days Until Black Friday – Estate Sales Are You Ready?

Slide1The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday.

The name Black Friday started in Philadelphia before 1961 mainly because of so many shoppers, pedestrian and vehicular trafffic, but the term started to be used more on a national basis around 1975. The reason given was that traditional retailers spent the majority of the year operating at a financial loss and the day after Thanksgiving signaled the day their accounting went from red to black. Hence Black Friday.

This has not been the case for estate sale companies. Due to the nature of the estate sale business most companies must operate in the black to stay in business, however, Thanksgiving and Black Friday present challenges to the estate liquidator.

Those that hold sales on this weekend know that they must be creative in their advertising and the way the sale is handled.

Many will offer some type of modest refreshments (cookies and perhaps cider), their sales are published not only on estate sale listing websites, but on all forms of social media, some in print, while many estate liquidators have started walking the surrounding neighborhoods leaving flyers about their upcoming estate sale and some may even offer modest gift wrapping.

Estate Sales News wishes you happy shopping. Remember to check out the estate sale ads and websites today to see if a good buy can be had without all the pushing and shoving that can take place at the big retailers. Save $$$$ and go green this Friday.

Estate Sales News Investigates – Watching Out For You – Buyers, Sellers, and Estate Sale Companies

MC900433850As we start another estate sales Friday and the last before Thanksgiving Estate Sales News wanted to let you know we are watching and listening to what’s happening at estate sales. From buyers that try to walk out with unpaid items, threaten estate sale staff, pass bad checks, to estate sale companies that don’t pay their sellers and fail to account.

Estate Sales News cannot take legal action, nor do most states have regulations, however, we will follow up on complaints and do our best to alert buyers, sellers, and estate liquidators to people that give a black eye to an industry providing such an wonderful opportunity and hopefully fun and enjoyable experience.

We will notify estate sale listing sites of companies that fail to pay and we will notify estate sale companies of buyers that create serious problems.

Do you have a provable concern about a buyer or estate sale company. EMAIL US at Be sure to leave us your name, phone number, and pertinent information.

We have provided a variety of companies with tips and information on estate liquidations, and we want to provide you with our printable list within a week.

Today as you attend and shop at estate sales across the country is your source for estate liquidation information, news and tips from an experienced former estate liquidator. Happy estate saling.

Majolica – ThrowBack Thursday For Estate Sales From the 19th Century

Slide1Today Estate Sales News is throwing back to the 19th century to some beautiful earthenware pottery that we call Majolica which was first created in 1851 by Mintons Ltd. in England. It was created for the Great Exposition then and known as Palissy ware. Palissy was a tip of the hat to Bernard Palissy a 16th century potter who used naturalistic and animal motifs with bold splashes of color.

Tin glazed pottery had been made by Mintons for sometime which was opaque, white, shiny, and painted with color. This was in the Italian Renaissance maiolica which they Anglicized to majolica.

Wedgwood began manufacturing majolica 10 years after Mintons and soon numerous smaller Staffordshire potteries around Burslem and Stoke-On-Trent and specialized in green majolica wares. According to Wikipedia majolica was influenced by the design of old “Cauliflower” and “Pineapple” teapots made by Thomas Whieldon.

As time passed European potteries started making majolica and then it was started to be made in the United States in the 1880s’.

Here is the link to the complete article, makers, and more on Wikipedia.

Here are some current samples available at estate sales starting today across the country.




Buying At Estate Sales – Keeping Up With Technology, Credit, Cash, or Check

MP900422348Estate liquidators are continuously having to keep up with market conditions and changing technology such as social media and now with the ability to use credit cards to further assist and provide even more services for their clients and customers.

Up until 5 years ago most estate sale companies accepted either cash or in some areas checks too. The technology to accept charge cards at a private residence was mostly unavailable and was not able to be accepted by most liquidators. Today that has changed. A vast number of estate liquidators now accept credit cards.

Recently Estate Sales News asked 700 plus estate sale companies about how they accept credit card payment.

We gleaned much from their answers and the input they provided.

The number one provider from the responses we received is Square. This can be used by iPhone or Android and depending on the companys’ choice of reader they can either swipe or read a chip from a credit card.

The number two choice was PayPal. A triangular reader that can work with iPhone, iPad or Android along with their app.

Intuit QuickBooks Go Payments also works with iPhone, iPad and Android.

Other companies that are used by estate liquidators are Amazon, First Data, Merchant Warehouse, SharkPay by Capitol One, Bank of America and EPN Resellers.

There was discussion among the estate sale companies that responded as to why they chose the company they use and one fact stood out more than any other. They have researched and done their due diligence.

In today’s fast paced world of estate liquidation keeping informed and providing additional services such as credit card acceptance is key to helping be a successful estate sale company.

** Consumers please note that when you use a credit card at an estate sale simply disliking the product you received isn’t grounds for a chargeback – as the National Consumer Law Center notes in it’s guide to credit card rights “You cannot raise a complaint about the quality of merchandise or services you bought with a credit card in the form of a billing dispute”. While being disappointed with the quality of your purchase it will usually be covered under the retailer’s (estate sale companys’) return policy, which can be hand written or printed on receipts as All Sales Final, No Returns, No Refunds or Exchanges, All Sales As Is. This is an alert to let you know that if you try to receive a credit back on your charge card, it probably won’t happen.  It’s not grounds for getting your bank involved. This information was derived from



Estate Sale Finds – Know What You Are Looking At – French Tole Planter

photo 2-22photo 1-22On estate sales Friday, we thought we would share one of our estate sale finds from years ago that we collect.

This is a signed French tole planter. The feet and support are brass. One side of the piece has horses pulling a chariot and the other side has a staff swirled in ribbons holding trumpets with botanicals.

The base metal is strictly a gold tone planter an the painting is done in dark browns and black.

A most unusual piece of tole.

It’s estate sale Friday – happy shopping.