Shopping Estate Sales is a great way to find unique items at great prices! A well organized sale will have something for everyone! However, for a successful shopping experience, there are some things you should know before you go.
Estate sales are “As is, Where is.” This means that items are literally sold exactly where they are, as they are. It is the buyer’s responsibility to break down, dis-assemble and pack up and load his or her purchases. Be prepared to do some heavy lifting and make sure you bring your own shopping bags, boxes, bubble wrap and tools!
Know how to negotiate. Prices at estate sales and tag sales are usually negotiable. For a three day sale, prices generally will be firm the first day and negotiable the second day, up to 25%. The final day will typically be a “clearance” day with prices being reduced up to 50%. Feel free to leave your best offer if you see an item of interest.
Estate sales are not kid friendly. Spaces are tight and accidents happen. Mature Content is not always censored. Sharp objects abound. There is no public restroom. If you must bring children with you to the sale, make sure they are closely supervised.
Leave the pets at home. We love pets, but they aren’t the best companion to bring to a sale. You do not know how other people will react to seeing a pet – they could be allergic, frightened, or on the flip side overly excited to say hello and scare the animal. A pet could distract the owner and they cause an accident. The pet could have an “accident”. The most unfortunate incident would be that the pet hurts another person. So please leave the pets at home.
Be prepared to wait in line. It’s a good idea to arrive 15 minutes prior to the advertised opening time. Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella.
Cash is king. Bring cash, but make sure you have some small bills.
Always be mindful of where you are. The most important thing to remember when attending an estate sale is that you are a guest in someone’s home. Be respectful of your surroundings at all times, and refrain from making comments on interior of the home and its contents. You never know who is listening.