Although I talk about it a lot, I'm still pretty new to estate saleing. It wasn't until recently that I even knew what it was. I thought it was just a fancy name for a yard sale. However, a few months ago, my friend Brooke (who has frequented estate sales for years) asked me to join her one morning. We drove around the nicer area of town looking for signs. The first one we came upon was in a more historic part of town. I was a little confused at first. At a normal yard sale, you'll see tables set outside piled with junk and hidden treasures, and people wondering and haggling. Not this time. Brooke led me right inside the front door. That's when i realized what we had stumbled upon. Everything in the home was for sale, and everything was vintage.
Since I had no idea what to expect during my first experience, I thought i'd share with you a few tips I've picked up along the way.
There will usually be price tags on each item. If you like it, grab it. You can carry it around with you as you continue shopping and check out with everything together. If there is a larger item that you have to have, they can put a sold sign on it until you are ready to take it away. If there are no price tags, ask them how they handle transactions. Some sales will charge you less the more you buy. I once walked out of a sale with two handbags, a pashmina and a flower pot for $12. Still be sure you have plenty of cash on hand.
You don't want to hit up a sale if you are on a tight schedule. Since you are going through the whole house, there is much too see, and much to miss out on if you are rushing through. I even go through the whole house twice just to make sure I didn't miss a hidden treasure.
If you have any tips of your own, I would LOVE to hear them in the comments below.