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Everything You Need to Know About Estate Sales


Estate sales have their own unique following of people. There are some who have spent years tracking down estate sales in their area and getting the best deals on various items. There are also some people who have been to one or two estate sales, but they’re looking to learn more about them and get more tips for how to make the most of an estate sale.


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At Grasons Co Estate Sale Services, you could say we know a thing or two about estate sales, and we are here to provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to have fun and score some deals. Whether you’re brand new to estate sales or you’ve been around the block a time or two, we’ve got the tips for you.

Have you been an estate sale expert for years and now you’re interested in hosting your own? We can help with that too! At Grasons, we offer estate sale services where we will be there with you every step of the way. From inventory and pricing to clean up, our team can provide you with expert estate sale services, ensuring that your sale goes off without a hitch. Reach out to a Grasons franchise near you, and continue reading below for more information about estate sales.

Is This Your First Sale? What You Need to Know

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Short description/caption goes here.Perhaps you’re someone who’s attended estate sales sporadically throughout the years or you recently went to one and now you’re hooked. Whatever the case may be, at Grasons, we have all the tips and tricks you need to become an expert at no time at all. To help you on your way to becoming an estate sale aficionado, here are our top three tips for beginners:

Estate Sales vs. Garage Sales

The most important thing you need to know about estate sales is that they are vastly different from garage sales. Garage sales typically occur when a family wants to purge some belongings they’ve outgrown, to help make a little extra pocket money, or to help eliminate unwanted items before a move. An estate sale, on the other hand, typically happens after one of the three Ds — death, divorce, or debt. Estate sales provide people with an easy way to part with a family’s member’s entire estate, as opposed to various trinkets that have beens sitting around for ages. They are also more formal than garage sales and often take much more planning, which is why they have such a following in the first place, as you can find great deals on interesting and unique items.

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Another important tip to keep in mind is the old saying, “the early bird gets the worm.” When it comes to estate sales, this saying is absolutely true, especially if you want the first pick of everything the sale has to offer. If you wait to attend the sale after it’s already been going a couple days, you may not find as many interesting offerings as you would on the first day. That’s why we recommend going to the estate sale as early as you can on the very first day of the sale. If you can, it’s best to wait in line before the doors even open so that you know for sure you won’t be missing out.

No Haggling

Another big difference between garage sales and estate sales is that when you attend an estate sale, it’s likely that you won’t be able to haggle the price. This is especially true if you attend the sale on the first day. Typically, the price listed on the item is the price you will have to pay, and it’s best to go into the sale with the idea that haggling is off the table. However, if you attend the sale on one of the final days, there may be some wiggle room in the price of the item, especially if the family hosting the sale really wants to sell as much as they can.


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Tips for the Experienced Estate Sale Junkie

As an experienced estate sale junkie, there’s a good chance you’ve seen it all. You know all the great tips for finding amazing items, such as sniffing the upholstery before making a purchase and checking the condition of vintage pieces before you buy. That being said, you can never have too much knowledge about estate sales, and we have just a few more tips to share:

Inquire About Lighting and Window Treatments

When it comes to really getting the best items an estate sale has to offer, it’s usually safe to assume that all items are for sale, even if they don’t have a price tag. Most houses are stripped bare before they are sold, so if you see window treatments, hardware, or even light fixtures that catch your eye, don’t be afraid to ask if they are for sale. The worst that can happen is that they aren’t, but if they are, you could walk away with something nobody else thought to even ask about.

Ask About Sale Items In Other Parts of the House

It’s easy to focus solely on the inside of the house during an estate sale, so it’s possible you may miss some sale items that are outside, in the garage, or in the backyard. Before you get caught up in everything the inside of the house has to offer, it’s a good idea to ask someone who is hosting the sale if there are any other areas you should be looking at so that you won’t miss out on anything really good.

Get Started With Grasons

These are just a few tips to keep in mind for both the novice and expert estate sale goer. If you have any questions about estate sales, need more tips, or you’re interested in hosting your very own estate sale, don’t be afraid to reach out to our team at Grasons. We are more than happy to help answer your questions and be there every step of the way to assist you with your very own sale. Give us a call and find a Grasons location near you today!


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