How to properly shop estate sales

Estate Sales / September 5, 2016

Estate sales have become popular among everyone from art collectors and antique furniture store owners to interior decorators and home owners. You can find many gems and treasures at great prices by frequenting estate sales. Here are a few tips to properly shop estate sales:

Be open to new gadgets and gizmos

Don’t go to an estate sale with a set list in mind. Be open to browsing through interesting gadgets, appliances and gizmos that you find. Many times, you will find useful tools that you didn’t even know existed.

Collectors should go to many estate sales

Whether you collect jewelry, watches, hats, clocks or pens, an estate sale will open many doors for you to add to your collection. You might only get one or two items from every ten estate sales that you visit, so free up your time so that you can attend as many as possible.

Take your time

With estate sales, everything is usually for sale. Take your time to go through all of the bedrooms, living areas, storage spaces, attic and garage so that you can get a good idea of what is on offer. Don’t rush to the kitchen or dining room and disregard other areas of the house or property. Only decide on what you want after you have been through the entire house.

Take a measuring tape and calculator

If you are looking for furniture items, for example, know how much space you have available and bring a measuring tape along so that you can measure chairs, tables, desks or any other item that you are interested in buying. It’s also a good idea to bring a calculator (if you don’t have one on your phone) so that you can add up the costs of your purchases and ensure that you stay within budget.

At Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales we service the entire Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania). We provide the utmost in professional estate liquidation or estate sale services, ensuring each estate sale or liquidation produces the highest yield possible.


Contact Jerry, your local estate sales professional, for upcoming estate tag sales or estate appraisals.