7 tips for mastering estate sale shopping & the BEST estate sale ever: day 2

estate sale find - metal "antique" sign

After leaving my job job to go full time with my not so alter ego, Atomic Hostess, life is wonderfully different. I now get to focus on writing, posting to social media (actually using the tools I pay for), and one of my favorite things I do is learn all those tasks a soloprenuer needs to know in order to survive. It has also been a lot of fun sharing and stirring up a little interest in the world of estate sales. I’m excited to report that I’m actually seeing some results; people are asking questions. Along with other new skills, my skills as a thrift & estate sale shopper have reached a new level; I now qualify as a “Gourmet Thrift Shopper”, says me.

For sharing day 2 of the BEST estate sale ever I went way back to look at a couple old blogs I wrote about “Mastering Estate Sales”. I grimmaced, and smiled all at the same time. No, I’m not going to link the old post since I’m a little embarrassed; what a world of difference 3 or 4 years make. Below are estate sale shopping tips and images from the BEST estate sale ever: day 2, the continuance of the BEST estate sale ever: day 1.

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

I think this may be my favorite find at the BEST estate sale ever: Vintage Chandelier

estate sale, vintage pottery, black Bauer Pottery Ringware Bowl, tips for finding and shopping estate sales

the BEST estate sale ever: day 2 – so much beautiful vintage china and this black ringware bowl by Bauer Pottery

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

Vintage square platter with blue bird

the BEST estate sale ever: day 2 - so much beautiful vintage china, depression glass, and vintage pottery

the BEST estate sale ever: day 2 – so much beautiful vintage china, depression glass, and vintage pottery

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

This little piggy. One of those things you find at an estate sale you are not sure why, but you bring it home.

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

Estate sale finds – vintage pottery and this pottery pitcher with painted apple and leaves

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

estate sale, mix and match china, Franciscan dishware collection Autumn, Franciscan dishware collection Coronado, chandeliers, vintage pottery

Mix and match china; the Poppy flower plate kinda has it all. The colors, the scalloped edge, the texture and the image.

estate sale, vintage pottery, black Bauer Franciscan Coronado Dishware vintage pottery china silver and tips for finding and shopping estate sales

the BEST estate sale ever: day 2 – came home with gobs of Franciscan Coronado Dishware and serving pieces. I love the colors.

estate sale, vintage pottery, black Bauer Franciscan Autumn Dishware vintage pottery china silver and tips for finding and shopping estate sales

An amazing collection of Franciscan Autumn. I sort of cut it off, but the set even includes the large ashtray.

Here are my remastered “Top 7 Estate Sale Shopping Tips”

ONE You do not need to be the first in line or in the door. This was on my original post 2 years ago, and I think this one still holds true. There is one exception; if you are looking at the sale info online and you see a picture of an item that has been on your “I can’t live without it” list for years, then get moving. Otherwise, get ready, get your coffee, relax and go have fun.

TWO Something for everyone: most of the estate sales I have been to, it seems that everyone there has a completely different agenda and shopping list. There is something for everyone and almost always plenty to go around. If someone does happen to get an item you wanted, just be patient, you just might see it at the next estate sale or on your next thrift store stop.

THREE Shopping Totes: if you’re looking at EstateSales.org or EstateSales.net be sure to read the “rules” of the company hosting the sale. Some do not allow large purses; however, if they do allow shopping totes be sure to bring one or two, especially if you are shopping solo. Shopping totes make it so much easier on you. Seems like most estate sale companies do have “holding” areas for people to put their claimed stuff, but if you’re in a zone with a ton of whatever it is you want, you are not going to want to risk it. A shopping tote is your friend. One additional note, some estate sale companies will have staff members walking around. They are often super helpful, ask your name and take your findings to your holding pile for you.

FOUR Don’t second guess yourself: if you see something that catches your eye, you pick it up and it’s in good condition, buy it. You will kick yourself when you get home if you don’t buy it. Chances are the item you want is only a few dollars anyway. You know the saying “Nothing haunts you more than the vintage items you didn’t buy!”.

FIVE Estate sale pricing: the last day of the estate sale is typically 50% off all items. They want to sell out. Two tips: 1. just because it’s the second day doesn’t mean that everything is sold out. Sometimes it’s the timing, it’s the weather, I don’t know, but attendance isn’t always huge. Don’t rule out attending day two. 2. If there is something that you see in the online pictures that is on your “I can’t live without it” list, go the first day and don’t worry about holding out for a deal on day 2.

SIX Skip those estate sale companies that price items retail: once you go to a few estate sales, you’ll get an idea of pricing. For whatever reason there are some companies that want to sell everything at retail. It’s not reasonable; we’re all there for the deal of the century. Be sure to jot down the company name and skip them on your next outing.

SEVEN Finding estate sales in your area: I listed EstateSales.org & EstateSales.net above with their respective links. You can sign up to receive emails daily, weekly for all the sales in your area. You can also just pop on there when you are in an estate sale kind of mood. I personally like the emails so I can scan to see what’s happening in happy land. I’m sure there are other websites that can tell you all the sales in the area, but I haven’t looked. The Google machine can provide additional options.

Happy Hunting!

Atomic Hostess

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