I’ve been going to Estate/Yard/Garage/Rummage Sales since I was a kid. My mom always dragged us along and I hated it, but now… I’m an addict. Every weekend my husband and I hit estate sales. I’m going to break down our strategy for estate saling for you to help you make your experience as fun and care-free as possible.
The Planning Stage
1. Know the difference between Garage Sales and Estate Sales.
Garage Sales: great if you have kids. A lot of people sell lightly worn children’s clothing, toys and various other things at garage/yard sales. Other than that, the chance finding anything of value is really quite non-existent. Most people use garage/yard sales as a way to sell their garbage. Literally. And that is why we frequent Estate Sales instead.
Estate Sales: Mostly, estate sales happen after someone passes away. It’s a way for the family to liquidate whatever items are left from their loved one. Often, you’ll find antiques, furniture, china, collectibles and clothing at estate sales. The best part of Estate Sales... they happen ALL YEAR LONG!
2. Know your source for ads.
3. Choose your locations.
When hitting estate sales it is absolutely imperative that you choose a good neighborhood. Upscale neighborhoods usually offer the most worthwhile items. But, it depends what you are looking for. Sometimes we hit the artsy areas of town and find some pretty interesting things. In the Pittsburgh area we frequent Upper St. Clair, Peters Township, Squirrel Hill, Sewickley and Mt. Lebanon.
6. Always have cash, checkbook and credit card with you.
I usually always have at least $60 in cash on me, plus a checkbook and credit card. I try to only use the cash, but sometimes there’s a huge piece that you just CANNOT pass up. It’s best to get your cash the night before.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting part 2 of this series: Estate Saling - Being Prepared
If you guys have any tips or tricks that you want to share with us, let us know!