Estate sales have become a trendy venue for shopping, as folks discover great finds in furniture, art, jewelry and household items and spread the word to others. Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in estate sale popularity, and it has certainly captured mainstream buyers. During the winter months, the yard sale season may be over, but for estate sales, it's a great time to shop for great finds!
Estate sales are no longer just the disposition of property due to death or divorce. In fact, baby boomers are responsible for the large growth in estate sales. As empty nesters downsize to a smaller footprint, these sales are an effective way to sell off personal property effectively and profitably. They are fun to shop, and you stay warm! Estate sales are typically held indoors, and you may even find one right in your neighborhood. The best places to find sales are on estate sale exchanges such as estatesales.net, in local papers and on craigslist under garage sales.
Estate sales are often a total liquidation of a residence, and will encompass just about everything you would find in your own home. Furniture, rugs, decor, books, kitchen items and everything else can be purchased. We have sold everything from Stickley to Roche Bobois and Charles Webb furniture, fine jewelry and designer handbags, to taxidermy mountain lions and moose heads. It's a great way to get kids items at bargain prices, or to furnish a second home, or even to upgrade your home to a newer style. It is never the same "store" twice, and the range of items can cover antiques to the newest furniture.
You can generally expect to find items priced at 25% to 50% of original prices. Some companies even take credit cards. Discounts may be accepted, but are often granted at the end of the sale. If a sale spans more than one day, the second day is typically discount day. A word of caution--most estate sales are final sales, so be sure to check your purchases thoroughly, as there is no return policy. Get ready to shop and have fun!