8 Reasons Why Estate Sales Rock | Thriftanista in the City

7.19.2013

8 Reasons Why Estate Sales Rock

Last week, I ventured out of the city for an estate sale. My belief is that the further you are away from the city the better the estate sale. Remember the vintage bracelets from the January giveaway? That one was farrrr too. It took over an hour for me to get to this one and there was a wait to get in. It was worth it though. It was a gold mine for seamstresses and vintage lovers. Me being both, my eyes were popping out of my head!

Every time I leave a good estate sale, I wonder why I don't go more often. They rock. I paid $20 for this thrift haul of goodies. Staying within my thrift budget makes me happy. Here are some other reasons why estate sales rock:

1. No thrift store stink. There's a distinct smell on clothes from the thrift. If you're a thrifter, you know. If you're not, don't let that deter you. Thrifting is still awesome. The smell comes right out with a wash or disinfectant spritz.

80s boots found at an estate sale

2. You can preplan visits with craigslist or estatesales.net. I like to map out the sales and look at pictures of what's at the sale. Estatesales.net is also helpful when I'm out and about. I can check the site on my cell for good sales in the area.

black and gold vintage purse from an estate sale

3. Less wear and tear. Since these items are fresh from someone's closet, you're more likely to find mint condition or new items.

green sequin blouse from an estate sale

4. Prices are negotiable. There aren't price tags on everything and you can still make an offer or bundle a few items together and make a deal.

estate sale jewelry haul

5. You can really clean up on last day. Usually prices are 50% or more off on the last day of the sale. Possible 75% or more off in the final hours of the sale. Your special items may be gone but you can still find gems if it was a jam packed house.

vintage patented italy sunglasses


6. The jewelry is awesome. The previous owner has probably been curating a collection over several decades. You can find high end pieces for a substantial discount. Sometimes the estate sale facilitator brings jewelry from previous sales too so there's more to choose from.

beaded necklaces from an estate sale

7. Estate sales are a collector's paradise. You know that oddball fascination you have with animal jewelry? There's someone else out there with the same fascination and has amassed every animal you could probably think of.

vintage sequin crop top from an estate sale

8. Easier to find vintage. These are the belonging of someone who may have lived in one house for the past 30 - 50 years. Sometimes the entire house is a time capsule. The prices are going to cheaper than your local vintage shop especially if you bundle!

baubles from an estate sale



What do you think about estate sales?

17 comments

Mimi said...

I wish I was going to BlogHer this year. Just couldn't swing it. I know you all will have a great time!

Great finds. I have never ventured into an estate sale. Maybe I need to put that on my list of things to do very soon.

Anonymous said...

Will that sequin tank ever make it to eBay or a giveaway or even a swap

Eat.Style.Play said...

Ha, don't spill all of the secrets hahaha I'm going to a few of them soon. You got some amazing pieces there!

Ashleigh said...

Thank you for the tip! I'm going to check out estatesales.net right now!
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Natasha said...

I wish I lived in an area where there were fabulous Estate Sales...those finds are amazing!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Can't wait to see you rocking these...super cute!

Kenya L Fashion Blog said...

What an awesome haul! Great finds! Can't wait to see you rocking them!

xo, Kenya

www.kenyalfashionblog.com

LeTroy Cooke said...

Do it! You'll love it.

LeTroy Cooke said...

Possibly....

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks! Happy estate sale hunting!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Hope there are some good sales in your area. Check craigslist too.

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks! No estate sales? Boo.

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thank you!

LeTroy Cooke said...

Thanks Kenya!

Terri Dailey said...

Unfortunately I've NEVER checked out estate sales. But you have inspired me to change that! I'm on the search now! Great pieces!!

Ally @ Fever Thrift said...

I have never been to an estate sale! Ashleigh (stylizedwannabe.com) asked if for our next get-together we could do an estate sale instead of meeting at a Goodwill and I was kind of nervous but this gets me excited to go. I'm just not that into vintage clothes, but maybe I can find some good jewelry deals! Do you have to be cautious of offending the people who are selling? I think I would feel badly buying things that belonged to someone who had passed or something...that's what an estate sale is generally, right?

YUMMommy said...

I've never really been to an estate sale. However, it's on my list of things to do. I'm loving all of the jewelry you got!

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