I love a good estate sale. It’s one of the few opportunities in life to walk into someone’s home, look around and take away whatever catches my eye. Who could resist?
My love of estate sales started in Chicago, a city where weekend “estate sale-ing” is practically a contact sport. Twenty years later, it’s still my favorite way to discover new treasures for my own home and for my online resale business.
If you’ve never been to an estate sale, make it part of your summer bucket list. Nearly every town has one or two sales every weekend, and in major cities there can be dozens.
Find them by scouring ads in your local paper, scouring online classifieds sites like Craigslist, or just keeping an eye peeled for posted signs.
Estate sales are sometimes referred to as “tag sales” because everything that’s for sale is tagged with a price. But some estate sale deals are better than others.
The following are several things I always buy at estate sales.