- Preview the sale online. I look at online photos and decide if I want to attend. I subscribe to www.estatesales.net. You can narrow the search to within whatever mile radius from your address that you wish. Mine is set at 100 miles. I am notified three days prior to the sale.
- Take a box with newspaper or bubble wrap. Often my hands cannot hold all I want to buy and the rooms are crowded with people.
- Get to know the estate sale agents in your area by name. Greet them by name. Ask about items you are interested in.
- Ask the estate sale agent what their best price is nicely. Remember they are trying to make the most amount of money for the family they are selling for and for themselves. The agents I know routinely reduce prices for me.
- Ask if there are any out buildings, barns, or garages that have items for sale in them. I have found some of my best pieces in outbuildings in dark dusty corners.
A larger pitcher bought on Saturday from an estate sale priced at $36.00. The estate sale agent reduced the price almost by half when I asked for her best price. I have been shopping her sales for many years. I will be selling this artist signed pottery piece later on.
Thanks to all of you for your comments and well wishes yesterday.
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