First time at an Estate Sale

I didn’t know what an estate sale was until today when my mom brought me along to two of them to look for a few household items. After two weeks we are pretty much settled into our California apartment, and we are now working on getting little things now like bookshelves (we don’t have books yet) and decorations for the walls.

Estate sales are basically like garage sales but for everything in the house (and sometimes the house is put on the market as well). I went to two houses today and only the second house allowed buyers into the house.

One interesting thing that I learned was that people hire estate sale companies to run their estate sales. At the first house we went to, there were ~10 workers that covered a wide spectrum of race and age that all wore black aprons and ran around arranging items and pricing them. At the second house, there were three latino ladies that ran things. Here are some photos from that second house:

Each company has their own way of pricing and labeling items. At the second house, they used colored buttons, which was much simpler than the first house’s method, which was having a worker come and stick a custom price onto the item.

The second house was actually really amazing and had a beautiful pool in the back and a spacious garden area right behind the front doors.

The only thing that I dislike about estate sales is that most of the items are old, dusty, and depressing, and since there are so many items in an estate sale, the house tends to look way too crowded. Some people see a bunch of cheap stuff that can be cleaned off and reused but to me it seems like a waste of time to buy them, unless you really like the item or are on a tight budget. By the end, I almost got a headache from looking at all that clutter!

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4 thoughts on “First time at an Estate Sale

  1. Interesting. I’ve been to many estate sales and none of them were run by a company. I know there are companies that will do it for you, I just haven’t been to one like that, and we never had anyone following us around. They just kept the really small items and jewelry in a place where someone was sitting to keep an eye on them, to make sure they paid for the items. I do know that the best time to go is right when they open. I look forward to following your blog. Take care. I enjoy blogs of all different varieties. Have a good day. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the comment and follow! Estate sale companies might just be a Californian thing, because ever since we moved to California, it seems like everyone’s really busy compared to people in the Midwest.

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      • Oh God, yes. I’ve been to California and it was too damn crazy, crowded for this midwesterner. Too many people. Don’t get me wrong because I love people, but I get very impatient standing in long lines, oh and the highways there are super crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know a lot of people that just love California, but it wasn’t for me. I had my one visit and I’m now done. Got that out of my system. Have a great day! 🙂

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  2. Estate sales, both those run by professionals or those held by family members, are quite popular all across the US. Some areas call them tag sales or other local names, but even still, they are all estate sales. They are a great place to find bargains on anything you might need, from linens to furniture to dishes to collectibles. For listings of estate sales in your area, try looking on estatesales.net. It’s the perfect was to recycle and save money.

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