There's a lot of work that goes into estate sale digging, and it pays to know the ins-and-outs of how to find things and to know what you should be looking for. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn 3 major tips for finding great treasures at estate sales.
Look For Reputable Companies
The primary thing you should be on the lookout for — in the papers and online — is reputable companies that are hosting estate sales. There is something to be said for quality, and when you see a company with a high quality name, chances are, the quality of the products will also be top notch. The prices of the items at said estate sales, through either auction or direct sale, are usually a bit higher than other places, but you can be assured that you won't have to wade through a veritable sea of junk to find that Mickey Mantle rookie card for which you've been searching high and low.
Manage Your Time
It is generally recommended that you show up to estate sales early in the day, usually before the start time so you can be one of the first in the door and are able to pick up the best items. However, remember the best items are usually a subjective opinion, so often times that won't be the case.
The biggest rush happens to be at the very beginning of the day, as most people want to see every item available before the estate has been picked through.
However, showing up later in the day means you won't have to deal with a crowd and that haggling for items for a fairer price is a much easier proposition. Showing up later in the day can mean less stress and anxiety, receiving better deals, but at the expense of not having the widest range of items available to purchase.
Scrounge The Entirety Of The House
Remember that estate sales are not like yard sales. Not all of the purchases are delegated to the outside area. Rather, as the name indicates, it is essentially the entire estate that is for sale.
Do not be afraid to wander the premises to see what it is that you can purchase. There are plenty of areas in estate sales that are left relatively unscathed by other buyers. It is highly recommended that you explore the basement or the attic of the estate in order to find items that others might very well have looked over. Unsuspecting former owners who were not aware of the high resale values of such items leave plenty of gems behind in these areas.
Finding treasures at an estate sale can require a bit of digging, but with these four very helpful tips, you'll be picking with the best in no time flat. Hunt away!