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Estate Sales: Find Your Hidden Gem

by Taunee English 03/22/2020

Photo by MoneyforCoffee via Pixabay

Online tools make it easy to find good estate and moving sales. Here's how to catch the best of the local offerings.

Your Smartphone Can Keep You Posted.

Do a search for find garage sales near me and you'll immediately see online apps that work on your phone to tell you about yard sales and estate sales in your area. These even show you the photo albums, lists of major available items posted by sellers, and routes to the sales.   

Use the app you like to set up a free, weekly alert. You can request a listing of all sales within 10 miles of your home. 

Except for a few weeks in the winter, you'll get more listings every week than you can possibly plan to hit in a weekend. Choose about three sales within five or six miles of each other, and hit them all in one foray. If one is so-so, another may be just what you wanted. 

Extra Weekend Time? Hit the Sales!

We're big fans of local estate sales, and here's how we make the most of them:

  • Look for cues in the listings. When you see the term "huge, multi-family," it often isn't. The real gems generally turn up in the architecturally interesting or older homes.  
  • Look through the pictures posted online by the seller. These will show you whether the focus is knickknacks from the attic, office furnishings, antiques, or something else.
  • Bring cash. Most sellers take local checks, but a limited wad of cash helps you get a nice bargain for the items you pick out.

Weekend events run by professional estate sale companies are more expensive. All items have price tags. But the professional sellers managing the sale often have permission from the homeowner to bargain.

What Are the Top Estate Sale Finds?

Top finds are chairs, tables, and desks. Estate and moving sales are fabulous for offering older furniture. Well-made furniture can last generations. Focus on pieces 20 years old or more. Worn upholstery or mildly scratched wood can usually be renovated. 

Estate and moving sales can also be the source of beautiful dishware and like-new kitchen gadgets. Some are treasure troves of Tiffany lamps, fireplace tools, useful touches for home offices and gardens, or vintage albums.

Meet People. Appreciate Their Stories. 

The early bird is overrated. Get the best bargains on overlooked finds late in the sale schedule. It's a less hectic time, and a time when sellers are most willing to let their hair down.

Hear seller's stories, appreciate their life changes, and, if it feels right, you may be able to pitch in with a little moral support.

About the Author
Author

Taunee English

Taunee English is both a Principal Real Estate Broker and a Business Broker of Lions Realty Group Dba Business Caretaker Inc

She is a third-year award winning Real Estate Broker experienced in Trust and Probate transactions. Taunee is deeply passionate about helping families after a loved one has passed away because she had personally experienced the unexpected challenges of settling both Probate and Trust estates for her family. 

Besides representing families as their Realtor, Taunee also has acted in the capacity of Personal Representative/ Administrator and Successor Trustee of Probate and Trust Estates for both family members and clients due to her 20+ years of experience in real estate, accounting, business management and trust administration. She was an Enrolled Agent certified by the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Specialist and ran a CPA firm for six years before starting Business Caretaker Inc., with a Real Estate Division - “Lions Realty Group” and Business Brokering and Management Division - “The Business Caretaker”.

Taunee proudly served our country and is an U.S. Naval Veteran.

As devoted as she is to our country, she is AS devoted to the IMPORTANCE of EDUCATION and has over eight Real Estate Designations which includes: Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert and National Commercial Real Estate Advisor designation. She provides monthly real estate educational classes as Chair of Professional Development Committee at Beverly Hills/ Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors®. At the state level, Taunee is a State Director of California Association of Realtors® and serves on the committees: Taxation and Government Finance, Investment Housing, Education and Communications Advisory Committee.

A side note, Taunee is a avid fan of Shark Tank which has earned her three social media titles of #1 Fan of Barbara Corcoran ,#1 Fan of Marc Cuban and Shark Tank Social Media Guru.