How To Navigate An Estate Sale…

I had a pretty amazing weekend — my first weekend “off” in months! 🙂  Saturday was all about thrifting, Sunday was all about DIY.

I attended by first estate sale on Saturday with Dwell by Cheryl.  Read her post about the sale here.

I love these silver pieces!  And those placemats?!

I love these silver pieces! And those placemats?!

 

You don't see pieces like this at Goodwill. ;)

You don’t see pieces like this at Goodwill. 😉

I tend to be a nervous type when it comes to something I have never experienced.  I have been dying to go to an estate sale for over a year.  Either I wasn’t too convincing in my asking of friends, or I was just too scared to go by myself.

Caring Transitions was hosting an estate sale in Lake Norman.  That is in my backyard and decided I was going.  I asked Cheryl if she was interested and boy am I glad she said yes! Her decor eye was necessary for me.  You see I need to update our apartment with some decor love.  I’m functional not fancy so I have no idea what I am doing here.

Estate Sale | Kitchen Items for Sale

Back to the sale … I digress. 🙂

Mari over at Crab+Fish gave me some great advice regarding the sale:

  • Take some bags so you can cart your finds around
  • Be sure to negotiate
  • The more you are buying the better your negotiating power
  • Take cash (if a smaller sale)
  • Credit cards are accepted (usually) if ran by a company

BTW – if you don’t already, then I highly recommend following both Dwell by Cheryl and Meandering Mari on Instagram! 🙂

Love this picture!  Needs a mat and better frame.

Love this picture! Needs a mat and better frame.

We arrived at the sale and the house was rather packed.  Be prepared to be overly stimulated.  Between the items laying around on ALL surfaces and navigating through the house with all the people, I was a bit overwhelmed.

Cheryl was digging through some piles. :)  That print came home with me btw. ;)

Cheryl was digging through some piles. 🙂
That print came home with me btw. 😉

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but had a fabulous time imagining what “grandmaw” did in the house.  I guess that is part of the experience of buying up someone’s house basically.  I would say “Grandmaw liked scarves!” or “Grandmaw picked an interesting wallpaper”.  I had a good time. 😉

I loved these pictures!  Must do project?

I loved these pictures! Must do project?

If you are in the market for something particular, then I would recommend going the first day.  We went on the second day and everything was half off.

So what did I come home with and how much did I spend?  I spent $31 and got all this plus some twig/branch stuff:

Estate Sale finds

The books are either for my coffee table or for my gallery wall.  I like “stuff” on the wall and adding pictures from books is a great way to get said stuff on said wall.

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Frames

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Books

Estate Sale Project | Frames plus Picture Book

The frames were $2.50 each.  The Seashell book was $1.  This went in my bathroom to kick start my bathroom decorating project! 🙂  And yes I notice it is upside down, some yahoo pointed that out on IG.  😛

After looking through my pictures and knowing that everything was half off — I’m kicking myself for not buying more.  I guess we should ask first about any sales. 🙂

I started the day looking like this:

Jennifer | Estate Sale Day

And ended the day like this:

Jennifer sick at end of estate sale

I clearly cannot hang with Cheryl.  Must.Bring.More.Snacks!  We thrifted several other places .. stay tuned. 🙂

To learn more about estate sales in your area, sign up at EstateSales.net.

I might try another sale this weekend. 🙂  Have you been to an estate sale? Got any recommendations?

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

 

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3 thoughts on “How To Navigate An Estate Sale…

  1. Hi Jennifer! Great blog about going to estate sales. As owner of Caring Transitions of Charlotte we are always looking for feedback on your experience! It’s a delicate balance as I’m sure you experience of providing a much needed service for the family going through the transition and making sure the buyers are enjoying the experience!! Looking forward to seeing you guys again

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