Tips for finding estate sales and auctions. You guys have seen a few of the things I buy at estate sales and auctions. I get some good deals. A lot of you comment that you can’t find good shopping spots in your area. That’s sad.
Maybe I can help with some resources you may not know about. This information doesn’t include garage and yard sale sources. I figure you’re up on that.
Tips For Finding Estate Sales And Auctions
I bought the pretty little nosegays (or posies) at an estate sale when we were in Florida last month taking care of our grandson. The nosegays were only $2 each. That’s a steal. Look at those pretty flowers, they look real. Now I just have to find vases or plant containers for them. I tried out a few things I had in the shop but nothing worked. I saw a bouquet of flowers similar to the size and style of these on TV the other day and they were in short square containers. I’m on the hunt!
I bought this antique wood wrench holder box at another estate sale in Florida. It was $1. I need to clean it up. There was a bit of wood missing on the bottom edge but for a buck I can live with that.
1. Search Estate Sales Online
I found the estate sales in Florida on EstateSales.net. I use this site to search sales near our home too. All you do is put your zip code in the box and a list of cities in your state will come up. Just click on the one nearest you and hope for good results! The estate sales are held in the home of the person downsizing or moving or whatever. There will be photos of some of the items for sale under the individual listings.
For the most part the estate sales listed on this site are run by professional estate sale companies. They go in to the home and price everything. Usually the first day everything is full price, the second day (or third day depending on length of sale) everything is 50% off. This is what I’ve found. It may not be true for every sale.
Craigslist is another online source for finding estate sales, auctions, yard sales, and freebies. Check your local listings for upcoming sales.
Garagesalefinder is another great online resource. Just type in your zip code and find estate sales, garage sales, etc. in your area.
I’ve visited enough estate sales in my area to know some estate sale companies price things reasonably and some are a bit high. There is a learning curve to these sales. Also (sorry, I keep thinking of new stuff) if the estate sale starts at 9 a.m. there will be a line of people at the door waiting to get in at 8:45 or earlier.
The plastic coated wire tray and the steel casters came from the same estate sale as the nosegays posies (sounds so much better). The casters were $15 for all four and the basket was $4. I plan to spray paint the basket to look like metal. Hope it works.
Estate Sale Listings From Facebook Search
2. Find Estate Sales And Auctions On Facebook
Another place to find estate sales is on Facebook. Just type estate sales and your city or nearby city in the Facebook search box and see what comes up. The above screenshot shows the listings that came up when I searched for “estates sales Nashville”. I like Michael Taylor Estate Sales. His prices are very reasonable.
You can also find auction houses on Facebook. My friend Greg has a weekly auction and the Facebook page is Red River Auctions. The auctions are live and online. You can live in another state but still bid and have your items shipped straight to you.
Estate Sale Mirror
3. Search Newspaper Ads For Estate Sales And Auctions
I bought the antique mirror at an estate sale several years ago. This estate sale was listed in the local newspaper and was being handled by the family, not a specialty company. Family ran estate sales are tricky. Usually the reason for the sale is the death of the homeowner. The relatives handling the sale may not have a clue about pricing and the prices will be way too high or way too low. When the prices are really low it makes me sad. The relative didn’t do their homework or either they didn’t care.
4. Look For Local Advertising Circulars
We also have a advertising paper that comes out weekly and has lists of estate sales and auctions. The paper is free and can be found in stands at the drugstore, local restaurants, etc. Maybe your area has something similar. Local antique shops and flea markets are a good source for estate or auction listings too. They often have flyers on upcoming sales that people have dropped off.
I bought the blue metal cabinet at an auction while in Arkansas several months ago. The cabinet is still sitting under my Dad’s shed. I need to get it home.
Find Auction Listings
5. Search Auction Zip
AuctionZip.com is a great online site for finding auction listings in your area. Just type in your zip code and select the mile range in the search boxes and see what comes up. You can also filter by categories. This site will have a big list of online only auctions along with local live auctions. You don’t have to be present to bid on and buy items from the online auctions. This is great for small items but watch what you’re buying because those shipping fees can add up. Most of the listings on AuctionZip will also have photos of the items for sale.
When we lived in Florida there was a great auction we went to several times a month. Sadly it isn’t open anymore. We do go to a weekly auction here in Clarksville on Thursday night and the JTS and a friend go to Saturday auctions all the time. I can’t take the Saturday auctions. Spending all day at an auction is not my thing.
When I looked at the auction listings over the weekend I found an auction house we haven’t been to before. We made the hour long trip Monday night but didn’t buy a thing.
This place had really good prices but the items Monday night were vintage toys and things we really weren’t interested in ……….or maybe interested in but sure didn’t need. The site had photos of the items so we knew what would be there. Just checking it out plus we weren’t doing anything else Monday night.
6. Storage Units
There are several websites with listings of storage unit sales but I found most of them to be rather useless. The CubeSmart storage auction listings though were right on the money. They actually have the sales listed by state. When you click a state listing it takes you to the StorageTreasure website with all of the storage listings but I tried going directly to the Storage Treasure website and clicking in the state and came up with no listings. So start with the CubeSmart website first. You can find listings for online storage unit auctions and in person live auctions also.
I bought the cobalt blue oil lamp base at a local auction a month or so ago. We had to glue the top round part of the lamp base to the bottom. I knew it was broken when I bought it but who could pass it up. If the piece didn’t have any flaws it would sell for $100+. I paid $17.50 for it and another piece.
That’s all I’ve got. I hope this information helps you guys. Have you used any of these sources or know of sources you could share with us? If I run across new places or if I’ve forgotten anything I’ll update this post. Thanks for being here, Kathy