This weekend, me and some friends hit up our first ever estate sale, and I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone without them for so long! Have you been to one before? If not, let me just tell you about the magical, vintage paradise that is the estate sale…
Contrary to what you might think, an estate sale is much different than a yard/garage sale…and much better! Generally, they happen after someone passes away; occasionally they happen when someone’s simply doing a long distance move that they can’t take their stuff on. Either way, pretty much everything in the house is for sale — and amazingly priced!
When you attend an estate sale, you walk through the person’s home, digging through their treasures until you find what you’re looking for.
Because estate sales are generally put on by a third-party company, it’s not too difficult to haggle. After all, since it’s not their stuff, they’re not attached to it. Plus, whatever isn’t sold in about 2 days gets donated, so they’ll likely take what they can get — especially if you wait until the last day of the sale.
Of course, what you find inside is completely dependent upon the person who lived in the home you’re rummaging through. In our case, we found awesome vintage items like a milk glass plate (that I turned into a dessert pedestal this weekend) and old hardcover books (which would work great if you’re looking to re-create my autumn centerpiece).
I wish I had discovered estate sales before my wedding, because I’m sure you could find some amazing wedding items at one — from vintage decor to jewelry and more!
If you want to attend an estate sale in your town, check out EstateSales.net. And in the meantime, I’ll leave you with some eye candy — my first estate sale find and subsequent creation…
About Nicole Denton
With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.