Fully furnishing a house can be quite expensive. On average, homeowners will spend thousands of dollars on beds, sofas, couches, chairs, dressers, and other pieces of furniture.
But as anyone who has attended an estate sale can tell you, there’s no need to buy your home goods from a store. Often, the best place to purchase new furniture or antiques is directly from one of the local estate sales in your area!
But wandering into an estate sale can be intimidating for a newcomer. What should you expect? Are there any rules?
No need to worry! We’ve come up with five great tips for local estate sale newcomers.
For Best Results, Go In With An Open Mind
You may have your heart set on finding a gorgeous new chest or some fancy new silverware. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re guaranteed to find it.
One of the best things about local estate sales is that you never know what you’re going to find. Walk in with an open mind and an open heart and you’re sure to find something you’ll love!
Set Your Budget Beforehand
Walking into an estate sale with an open mind is one thing, but walking in with an open checkbook is a recipe for financial disaster.
In order to get the most for less, try and set a hard limit for yourself. That doesn’t mean you can’t splurge a little, but setting a budget ahead of time should keep you from making too many impulse decisions.
Research The Sale
If you’ve never attended one of the local estate sales in your area, you’re in for a treat. But take it from us, doing a little bit of homework can save you a ton of time.
When perusing the net for estate sales, be sure to get the details. There are a few key details to look for.
What time does the estate sale open?
Remember, estate sales are popular. You can’t arrive 15 minutes late and expect to get the best piece of furniture.
Are there any rules?
Most estate sales have certain expectations regarding what is and isn’t allowed while shopping. For example, bringing in a big bag inside typically isn’t allowed. Read here for more estate sale do’s and don’ts.
Are items auctioned or simply purchased?
Not all estate sales feature fast-talking auctioneers like you’ve seen on TV. In fact, most sales let you buy items outright on the spot. Go into the sale knowing what it is and isn’t. That way you can maximize your time around the estate.
Ask About Payment Terms
Remember, not all estate sales have the same rules, and this extends to purchase terms. Some sales, for example, may only accept cash for items. Others will happily accept credit card information.
Often this info is located on the event flyer, but it never hurts to ask ahead of time.
Prestige Estate Services accepts cash and cards, and requires wire transfers for large/expensive purchases such as vehicles.
Check Item Conditions Thoroughly
Imagine coming home from an estate sale with a gorgeous antique mirror. It looked perfect and you can’t wait to put it up!
Prestige Estate Services Sarasota/Tampa
941-893-3431 or 1-844-EST-SALE