I love to shop Estate Sales! Believe it or not there is an etiquette of knowing that you do not try and “bargain” at an Estate Sale. SO why not?
Here is the difference! An Estate Sale is when someone has passed and the items are being sold from their estate-It is a culmination of their lifetime and typically the items would not be up for sale unless a family member were lost. On the other hand, it could be from a home that has been abandoned. You will typically find nicer items, thus, they will be more expensive. Also, there may be a company running the sale and they have committed to getting the family the most from their belongings and are not going to be willing to bargain the first day-The second and third day you will get the best deals but probably not the best stuff. There is nothing that is more annoying to me than to watch someone try and beat up Professional Estate Sales Companies over pricing. These professionals work hard to get these sales ready. Realize that it is a business! If you cannot afford the prices then do not go to Estate Sales OR wait until the last day for the bargains.
If you don’t want to pay the estate prices then you should be at Garage Sales. What is the difference? A garage sale is typically the sale of someone’s “UNWANTED” items. Usually held in a garage or driveway. It is a way for the homeowner to purge their belongings or to make way for new stuff. Therefore, they have more reason to bargain with you and are there to make some extra cash. It is NOT a business for them as it is for the professional estate salesperson.
Cash is King (or Queen) so be sure to hit the ATM! Have fun and dig deep because that is how you will find the true treasures.
Never hurts to have particular items in mind so that you don’t overshop and overspend, too.