Estate Sales and Auctions?
We like these too but prefer Auctions to Estate Sales. Estate sales are great for both large and small items but have their own rules for access to the premises. Lining up for numbers at 6 am is not unheard of. Auctions generally occur during the work week and we just cannot get there and maintain our day jobs. We have been pleased with those items we have seen and bought at estate sales but prices will be set by those who are familiar with the market so bargains will not be usually be found but the prices will generally be fair. Auctions are easier for us to get too and offer very good prices to the consumer but you will be bidding against dealers and other ‘antiquers’. Set an items value to you before you begin bidding and stick with it as it is easy to get caught up in the moment and overpay. Also know the house rules as most auctioneers add a ‘buyers fee’ of around 10 percent to the hammer price. When setting your auction budget, include that buyers fee in the total cost of the ite