Category Archives: Buying at an estate sale

Estate Sale Friday – What’s Selling At Estate Sales Today?

Here is a look at some of the items at estate sales this weekend across the country.  You can find theses items and more at EstateSales.Net, EstateSales.Org, & Please tell them you heard about them from Estate Sales News. Oh and please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If it’s Friday, It’s estate sales. Shop and save $$$.

































Need A Halloween Costume? Create Your Own With Clothes From Estate Sales

Halloween is two weeks from Friday and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a Halloween costume.  Clothing can be repurposed to become fantastic costumes. All it takes is a little imagination. If you aren’t an imaginative person check out Pinterest.

Here is a link to Brit + Co for couple costume ideas

Here are two costumes created by your editor’s daughter for last year. For the Zombie bride and groom.

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Vintage clothes make wonderful and fun costumes.

vintage gownvintage hat with bird feathers















Take a look at the estate sales in your area and let your imagination go wild. Fun, lower cost, and green.

Columbus Day – Tole Painting – It’s Not New

photo-47Tole Painting has been around since the 18th century. It started in New England as a form of painted decoration. It was also popular among German Immigrants in the Amish countryside. French tole paint, also started in the 18th century is usually done with black on on a solid back background and still very prized.

5 Years ago or so it was very popular along with chabby chic.

Today it depends on the part of the country and what the painting is. Some is very colorful (the magazine rack was painted by your editor’s mother in the 1950’s) some is done with just gold or white on a solid background and some was done in black (popular) with French tole painting.

Tole painting was originally done mainly on tin and some wooden items.  As time passed many different metals as well as wood were used. Everything from coffee pots, magazine racks, as well as hope chests, planters, and a variety of items are tole painted.

Look for different and great pieces of tole at estate sales, from lamps to trays, coffee pots to waste baskets.

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Here are some samples of tole painting from Pinterest,,  Ruby Lane, and






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Estate Sales Friday – How Many Sales Are In Your Area?

earthOctober and estate sales are up and going. Estate Sales News is looking at the numbers and they may surprise you. These numbers represent the totals listed not all of which are this weekend, however, the figures are still outstanding.

In the metro Baltimore/Washington DC area there 281 sales listed.

In the Chicago metro area 251 sales.

In the Detroit metro 204 sale.

In northern New Jersey 204 sales are listed.

In the Dallas/Ft. Worth/Arlington 122 sales showing.

Phoenix 88 sales.

Los Angeles 131 sales are listed.

These are just a few of the areas in the country with estate sales.

To view sales in your area checkout EstateSales.Net., and

If you attend estate sales please tell them you read We appreciate it and we write for you!

Throwback Thursday – Estate Sales News Visits 1930’s Las Vegas

Slide1At an upcoming estate sale in Lincolnshire, IL in November Above & Beyond Estate Sales will have this 1931 Jennings Century Mint Vendor – triple jackpot sloth machine with original fortune telling reel strips for sale. The photo next to is Las Vegas 1930’s.

1931 Jennings Century Slot machineboulder clubWe thank to show you the Boulder Club from the 1930s. Be sure to check out their website.

Gesso and Ormolu Decoration – Estate Sale & Auction Finds to look for

When shopping at estate sales or auctions you often come across items that attract you, but you have no idea what they are.

Let’s take a look at two forms of decoration.

Gesso is a white paint mixture made up of chalk, gypsum, a binder and some pigment.

It has been used for over a century and originally was called Italian gesso. The original binder material was glue made from rabbit skin. The color of the gesso was usually white or off white. It could be applied and manipulated much the same as cake frosting and then would harden.

Gesso is often gilded or painted. As it ages, it becomes fragile. You will find some articles with gesso that may have cracks. If a piece of gesso comes off (depending on how it breaks) you may be able to glue it back on or find a restorer. Today you can even find jars of gesso being sold for repair or added decoration.

Here is an excellent example of a mirror with gilt gesso that will be in an upcoming auction.

mirror with gesso decorationOrmolu is a French word for ground or pounded gold.

Originally the process known as mercury gilding or fire gilding involved a solution of nitrate mercury that could be applied to bronze, copper, or brass.

No true ormolu has been produced in France since 1830 because of a law that was to stop the danger of using mercury. Prior to this law the average gilder did not live beyond the age of 40. Other methods came into use including electroplating. A later substitute called Pomponne came into use with a mixture of copper and zinc and sometimes tin.

Craftsman apply ormolu for decorative mountings. It can be found on furniture, porcelain, lighting, and clocks.

Here is an example of a double inkwell in with ormolu frame and ornamentation from an estate sale.

double inkwell in ormolu frame

Shopping at estate sales and auctions presents many opportunities to find old world style craftsmanship. Keep your eyes open.

What’s selling at estate sales tomorrow?

Estate Sale signIt’s Estate Sales Friday and that means that there are 1000’s of estate sales out there.

To attend an interesting sale which required research and knowledge by the estate sale company and auction company working side by side you can go to 10525 Frost Rd., Portland, MI 48875. The estate sale is run by Wonder Women Estate Sales and the Saturday auction by Epic Auctions and Estate Sales. Here is a link to the sale and auction.

To view other estate sales and auctions we include the following links. Please tell them you heard about it from


To our friends observing Yom Kippur starting this evening we wish you a good fast.

We will return on Monday to discuss estate sale listing websites for estate sales and what you should ask and expect from them and why it is important to sellers, estate sale companies, and buyers. Monday on

Happy shopping and remember shop an estate sale, save $$$$ and go green.

Estate Sale Find For Throw Back Thursday – Did You Use One Of These?

Did you use one and do you know what it is? “Hint” It use to pop your buttons!Vintage Wringer Washer

Estate Sale & Auction Working to Sell Houshold and Taxidermy in Portland, Michigan

Barbara Stevens Jersey, Wonder Women Estate Sales and Bob Howe, Epic Auctions & Estate Sales are teaming up to sell a home with much general household and approximately 150 taxidermy mounts. The estate belonged to a well known sportsman in Portland, Michigan the estate sale begins Friday. The auction will be simulcast as well as live and starts Saturday morning. The mounts that are being auctioned are legal to sell under law. Estate Sales News visited Barbara and Bog (a licensed auctioneer) at the property on Wednesday, September 24th. We are grateful to them for their time and inviting us to this unique event.

Barbara has been a speaker at both the 2013 and 2014 EstateSales.NET conference. Bob is also a contributor.

Here is a link to view the estate sale

Here is a link to view the auction

Guest Article From Lela Of Trash Find Redesigned – Why Buy At Estate Sales

10505188_661676120592763_2462403117424468603_oEstate Sales News is happy to have a guest article by Lela, Trash Find Redesigned, a New Jersey Mom and estate sale chaser who has found a way to bring her love of estate sales and what can be found and done with the items at estate liquidations.

Here is an introduction from Lela.

“Hello, my name is Lela. I am happy to admit… I am totally hooked on Estate Sales. I have a fabulous husband, 3 awesome kids, one beautiful daughter-in-law, and 2 adorable grand-pups. I am on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my own website all of which are called Trash Find Redesigned.

Estate Sales are fabulous places to find unique and interesting items. I really enjoy finding items with potential and creating something special with them. I don’t do this for profit. I really do it in hopes that my family, friends, and others will enjoy. Wait, who am I kidding… I do it so that I can enjoy!

Two summers ago, two of my bigger finds were featured on ABC’s Good Morning America! Lara Spencer (also host of Flea Market Flip) transformed my $10 Estate Sale vanity into a treasure along with a vintage Amish bench that I also found.

My husband and I had hosted an outdoor engagement party for my son and his fiance two years ago. Most of the items that I used were bought at estate sales which I had transformed into something special for the party. Many people had asked where I got all of the vintage pieces. When I told them estate sales, they were totally intrigued.

As I sit here on my couch, I count 44 items that were all finds from various Estate Sales. To name a few: a vintage iron, farmhouse windows, Mason jars, vintage glass door knobs, an antique chalkboard, a wrought iron parlor chair, a wooden toolbox, and so on and so forth.

I myself am a lover of vintage items, but Estate Sales can have everything from brand spankin’ new to barely used to modern, vintage, collectable, or antique.

If you’re new to shopping at Estate Sales, I would suggest spending a day trying to visit a few different ones. Map out your choices, leave early with coffee in hand, and head out for a fun day of shopping like you’ve never shopped before. Oh, don’t forget to pack a lunch, drinks, and snacks. You won’t want to stop once you get started. I also pack an ESS KIT. I never leave home without it… you’ll have to visit my website to see what an ESS KIT is.

So my son tells me he is moving to a larger apartment next month and desperately needs furniture. Hmm, wonder where I can get a great deal on some pieces of furniture. My mission for the next several weeks, if I choose to accept it – bedroom furniture, a kitchen table, coffee table, a couch and some knick knacks. What fun, wish me luck!