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EstateSales.NET Blog

We love estate sales, and we love writing about estate sales! The EstateSales.NET Blog covers topics such as DIY, Bargain Hunting, Collecting, Memorabilia, How-To Guides, and Website Updates.

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Shopping for Bicycles at Estate Sales

I need a bike. More importantly, my kid needs a bike. We’re getting ready to move to a very bikable town, and I failed as a parent by letting her go too long before learning how to ride. She’s getting the hang of it now, on a bike we bought at a big-box store a few years ago. It’s now too small and falling apart, despite the fact that it’s barely been ridden. Something has to be done. But the idea of buying one bike is daunting, let alone two. I don’t know anything about bicycles, except how to ride one. (Assuming the adage is true, that one never forgets how to ride elephants and bicycles...that's how it goes, right?) And when we do have the bikes, will we actually ride them, or will they ultimately end up collecting dust in our basement? This is a distinct possibility. I know. It’s happened before So my hope is to find our bikes at nearby estate sales . With a little patience, I’m sure I’ll come across a couple that will suit our needs: something inexpensive and not lame...

Hey, Remember the 70s?

It seems like the 1970s were only 40 years ago, doesn't it? Take our quiz and test your memory. Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale? Go to our Hire a Company page to find a company in your area. Find a Company Get Notified Sign up to receive free email notifications of estate sales in your area! Subscribe Now...

Estate Sale Finds: Vintage Rain Lamps

You guys? I got a rain lamp. This won’t mean much to some of you. But those who appreciate the glory that is a vintage rain lamp understand what an accomplishment this is. What made the whole experience even more magical is that it appeared at an estate sale down the street from the EstateSales.NET office, but was not featured in any of the pictures on our site. So it was a surprise to me, and to all those who saw me walking around with it at the sale beaming with pride. They were clearly jealous of my discovery. And rightfully so. Look at it! Did it work? I didn’t know. But it was only $10, so it was a chance I was willing to take. It was grimy. It was missing two strings. It was comically heavy. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I brought it back to the office and immediately plugged it in to see if I could hear the motor. I couldn’t. But the lightbulb worked, so at least there was that. I scrubbed it quickly with soap and water. I had to be gentle, because a firm hand resulted in the removal of the original gold paint...

Spotlight on Collections

Here at EstateSales.NET, we love collections. Many of us have our own collections—from Paul’s pipes to Rachel’s Pyrex to Matt’s Pop Vinyls...and even some that start with other letters of the alphabet. Over on Facebook , we asked you to share some of your own collections. And you did not disappoint! There was an awesome Holt Howard collection. You showed us an army of floral frogs (Did you know a group of frogs is called an army? I didn’t!) as well as an army of toy soldiers...mushrooms, pottery, political memorabilia...you name it, someone collects it. In case you’re not following us (which is something we need to have a talk about, frankly) or you just happened to miss the great discussion we had, here are a few of the collections that were shared. Feel free to add yours to the conversation on Facebook! I only wish we could have included them all here. Beverly Mausbach, Lakewood, CA Beverly Mausbach’s beautiful glass bird collection started innocently enough, after she inherited a pair of cobalt blue birds from her mother...

Hey, Remember the 60s?

Take our quiz to find out. Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale? Go to our Hire a Company page to find a company in your area. Find a Company Get Notified Sign up to receive free email notifications of estate sales in your area! Subscribe Now

New website updates

As you know, EstateSales.NET is going through a series of updates. After all, we’re always looking for ways to better the way you interact with our site. Phase one had some subtle changes aimed at making it easier to find sales or companies within a specific city or metro area. Phase two will be a bit more obvious. Our goal is to make it easier to find sales in your area. So we’re prompting you up front to search by city or ZIP code. Though the map is no longer front-and-center, you still have the option of searching by state, and you can still easily search for specific items, if that’s how you prefer to use our site. In fact, finding specific items is about to become even easier! When you are looking through sales in a metro area, you will have the option of performing a keyword search within that area. So if you’re looking for an Arne Jacobsen egg chair, you can search the entire site, or you can limit your search to a specific radius...

New and Improved Search is Coming!

At EstateSales.NET, it’s our goal to connect you with estate sales that interest you specifically. We’re always looking for new ways to improve our site and the way you interact with it, so in the coming months, you might see some changes. “But wait,” you might be saying. “EstateSales.NET already works for me. Why fix something if it isn’t broken?” As a website that lists estate sales across the United States, we need to make sure every visitor can easily access the sales on our site. Due to the difference in the volume of sales between geographical areas, we are making an effort to make EstateSales.NET better for everyone. For this first phase, we’re updating the header and improving the search function so you can more easily find sales or companies within a specific city or metro area. This will be particularly helpful for users in densely-populated areas. This new search bar will allow you to focus your search as you go. You can easily choose to search for companies and estate sales in your area...

How to Clean Silver

The internet is amazing. The world’s knowledge is right at your fingertips. If you need to know how to change a tire, clean out your dryer ducts, or properly brine a turkey, there’s probably a video tutorial about it. There are people ready to weigh in with their “life hacks” to make mundane household chores easier or cheaper. Sometimes they’re great ideas. Other times, not so much. When we found some tarnished-to-high-heaven silver-plated dishes at a recent estate sale, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out some different methods of sprucing them up. Do a quick search, and you’ll going to find all sorts of articles about how to best clean your silver. And, here’s another one! We’ve tested out several home remedies for tarnished silver that the internet suggests, to see if they actually work. Turns out, sometimes things you read on the Internet aren't true. I believe it was Joan of Arc who originally said that...

Happy Holidays from EstateSales.NET

This has been an exciting year at EstateSales.NET—a year of growth, change, and great estate sale finds! So as 2018 comes to a close, we wish all of you have a Merry Christmas, and we hope you find just what you're looking for in the new year. Searching For a Company Looking for a company to conduct your sale? Go to our Hire a Company page to find a company in your area. Find a Company Get Notified Sign up to receive free email notifications of estate sales in your area! Subscribe Now...

Christmas Cookies

The holidays are well underway, which it means it’s time for the most delicious of traditions: cookies! For generations, families have gathered in kitchens every December to bake together. It’s a custom I share with my daughter—one I shared with my mother, and she with hers. It’s magical, precious, and extremely exhausting. But while the ritual has remained the same, the recipes certainly have changed—at least in my house. My daughter sends me links to recipe videos on Instagram showing cookies and cakes baked in a literal snap through the magic of video editing. She advocates for “unicorn poop” cookies she saw on YouTube alongside our traditional hand-cut and sprinkled sugar cookies and snickerdoodles. But many of the treats my mother made, and even more my grandmother made, are absent from our kitchen and from the snack trays and cookie swaps I have been privy to over the last several decades...

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