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Furniture Designers to KnowMatt Ellison, posted 11/17/2022
Ok, I have to admit it. I love unique furniture. Since starting at EstateSales.NET ten years ago, I have seen my fair share of funky furniture for sale at estate sales. My favorites, the pieces that make me want to buy a bigger house and drive across the country to wait in line, usually have some hi
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What Do Your Estate Sale Finds Say About You?Rachael Long, posted 10/27/2022
What Do Your Estate Sale Finds Say About You?
Sunlight flooded the window-lined breakfast nook of Leslie Shain's 1952-era John Boardman home on a warm September morning in Southeast Missouri. The traditional prairie-style home, flawlessly decorated to fit its mid-century modern design, seemed to stretch out in all directions, begging to be expl
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Back to the Past: Retro Gaming at Estate SalesMitch Gentry, posted 10/14/2022
Back to the Past: Retro Gaming at Estate Sales
Video games can be vintage. We know – we’re just as shocked as you. It seems like yesterday; we were digging out the suspicious PlayStation-shaped box beneath the Christmas tree. But before you lament the inexorable passage of time, consider this: old consoles and games are very in vogue these days.
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Instagram Reselling With Thrifted Home CompanyTim Morrison, posted 9/1/2022
Instagram Reselling With Thrifted Home Company
Thrifting and reselling isn’t a new concept, but something we see more and more of is reselling on Instagram. Joining me today is Heather Turner from Thrifted Home Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Heather is a thrifter, an estate sale shopper, and a successful Instagram reseller. We’ve been fortun
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Twenty Years Already?Matt Ellison, posted 7/29/2022
Twenty Years Already?
This July marks the 20th anniversary of EstateSales.NET! We can’t believe it has been 20 years already! Over these past two decades, EstateSales.NET has become a nationwide website servicing around four million monthly users and 14,000 estate sale companies. It would not have been possible without a
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Nine Tips and Tricks to Make Your Next Estate Sale Trip Even Better!Matt Ellison, posted 4/22/2022
Nine Tips and Tricks  to Make Your Next Estate Sale Trip Even Better!
Let’s face it; estate sales are as addicting as they are fun. What can make them even better? Try out these nine tips and become an estate sale shopping pro.1. Get To the Sale EarlyIf you can, get to the sale before it opens and find your place in line. Being first can have its advantages. Not only
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Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Micky McQuade, posted 12/21/2021
Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas from EstateSales.NET!Loving estate sales is nearly a prerequisite for working at EstateSales.NET. We each shop them for different reasons but can agree it’s all about the thrill of the hunt. For our Christmas “card” this year, we shared some of our favorite estate sale finds.None of
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New Bidding Updates Come to Marketplace!Tim Morrison, posted 11/9/2021
New Bidding Updates Come to Marketplace!
As the Marketplace grows, we recognized the need for improvement to our bid management system.Our goal was to streamline the bidding process and how you manage your bids on the EstateSales.NET Marketplace. With these new updates, you can now manage your bids at a glance. We've even added new search
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Identifying Authentic Vintage ClothingErica Hendrix, posted 9/1/2021
Identifying Authentic Vintage Clothing
Vintage fashion is making a serious comeback. But with designers coming out with vintage silhouettes, how can you tell the difference between vintage and reproduction? I spoke with Selena, or the Vintage Bombshell, known for her vintage fashion and jewelry. She shared a few tips to help distinguish
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Trash to Treasure with Maggie McGaughErica Hendrix, posted 8/6/2021
Trash to Treasure with Maggie McGaugh
What started out as a hobby became a full-time job for stay-at-home mom Maggie McGaugh. The hobby? Flipping old unwanted furniture.After leaving her office job during her pregnancy, then the pandemic hitting shortly after her son’s birth, Maggie felt the need to scratch that creative itch with simpl
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Summer Fun - Vintage Mini BikesMatt Ellison, posted 7/30/2021
Summer Fun - Vintage Mini Bikes
Eight months ago, I got a call from my father, “We’re going to Portland, Indiana!” The annual Vintage Bike Show for vintage motorbikes, mini bikes, scooters, and bicycles was in full swing, and he wanted to go to relive a piece of his childhood. For many men in their 50s and 60s, the mini bike was a
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A Cut Above: Vintage RazorsTim Morrison, posted 7/23/2021
A Cut Above: Vintage Razors
I was recently in a brainstorming session with our in-house graphics designer and video extraordinaire Kyle, and he brought up something that he saw at his grandfather's house. He told me about an impressive collection of antique razors that his grandfather has, and it sparked the idea for this arti
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Six Tips for Buying and Selling Secondhand From TikTok Star Clinton Avery TharpErica Hendrix, posted 6/4/2021
Six Tips for Buying and Selling Secondhand From TikTok Star Clinton Avery Tharp
Are you an avid thrifter looking to flip your finds for some extra cash but aren’t sure how to get started? I spoke with TikTok famous Clinton Avery Tharp, who went viral for giving his secondhand finds a simple facelift and selling them for a profit. Let’s take a look at how this musician transitio
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Born Out of Necessity: Hoosier CabinetsTim Morrison, posted 5/17/2021
Born Out of Necessity: Hoosier Cabinets
One of the best things about working at EstateSales.NET is talking to you all about the treasures you've found at estate sales. I was recently talking to one of our customers from Rockford, Illinois. She couldn't wait to tell me about a pristine Hoosier Cabinet that she came across. I wasn't 100% su
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The Thrill of the Hunt: Collecting Valuable AutographsTim Morrison, posted 3/30/2021
The Thrill of the Hunt: Collecting Valuable Autographs
If you’ve kept up with our previous blog posts, one thing you’ve learned about me is that I am a huge fan of collecting and searching for random things such as Pez dispensers and lunchboxes. Today, we’re going to take a look at something we’ve all seen at estate sales and auctions...autographs!Speak
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New Trends! Boho ChicTim Morrison, posted 3/17/2021
New Trends! Boho Chic
I was recently lucky enough to interview Danielle Weidemann from Victorian Times Estate Sale Services on Photography and Staging a Home. During the interview, Danielle brought up something that I had never heard of before but immediately piqued my interest. Apparently, there’s a little thing called
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Masters of Mid Century ModernTim Morrison, posted 2/1/2021
Masters of Mid Century Modern
If you’ve kept up with our past blog posts, you know by now that nothing gets us more excited than when a sale chocked full of mid-century modern shows up on our site. This week, we’re going to take a look at a few of the pioneers of our favorite design era.George Nakashima (1905-1990)After graduati
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The AM Innovator: Philco RadiosTim Morrison, posted 1/8/2021
The AM Innovator: Philco Radios
This week, we will take a look at something that changed the way we consumed media forever: the household radio. I could spend weeks writing about all of the radio manufacturers that came about in the early 1900s. Instead, I will focus on the true underdog story of the Philadelphia Storage Battery C
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Merry Christmas and Happy New YearMicky McQuade, posted 12/22/2020
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas from everyone at EstateSales.NETAs the year winds down, we wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Our Christmas “card” this year pays homage to the wild ride we’ve been on and the changes we’ve all embraced.Though businesses have had t
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Vintage Gas PumpsTim Morrison, posted 12/8/2020
Vintage Gas Pumps
The inspiration for this week's article came from the middle of nowhere...literally. I was recently on a family trip and while driving through the Mark Twain National Forest, I saw something that looked like it was plucked straight out of an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Sitting in the front ya
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A Collector's Guide to PezTim Morrison, posted 12/2/2020
A Collector's Guide to Pez
Have you ever had one of those “I wish I would have kept that” moments? While I was perusing my second favorite online selling platform (the EstateSales.NET Marketplace being the first, of course,) I came across a listing that made me look twice. Before I get into exactly what it was, let’s go back
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It's Lunchtime: Vintage Lunch BoxesTim Morrison, posted 11/23/2020
It's Lunchtime: Vintage Lunch Boxes
This week, we’re going to take a look at another vintage collectible born out of necessity, the lunchbox.When I was in elementary school, the kind of lunchbox you had quickly determined your place on the social ladder. Kids are strange, right? While my friends were bringing in Batman and Star Wars l
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Don't Throw That Away! Old Tech EditionTim Morrison, posted 9/30/2020
Don't Throw That Away! Old Tech Edition
Let’s face it, we’re living in an ever-evolving, tech-driven world that will leave us in the dust if we don’t keep up with it. From new cell phones coming out a few times a year to video games and TV’s, new technology always seems to be popping up. When we decide it’s time to upgrade to the latest a
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A Guide to Vintage TypewritersTim Morrison, posted 9/8/2020
A Guide to Vintage Typewriters
Now that we’ve taken a look at antique pencils and how they changed the history of correspondence, we’re going to fast forward a few years. We’re going to dive into the collectibility and value of another invention that would change the way words would appear on paper forever, the typewriter.I could
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What's Cookin'? A Guide to Antique StovesTim Morrison, posted 8/25/2020
What's Cookin'? A Guide to Antique Stoves
I was perusing the EstateSales.NET Marketplace a few days ago, and I came across a gorgeous antique Magic Chef stove and instantly fell in love. It looked like something you would see in “A Christmas Story” or an episode of “Leave it to Beaver.” Seeing that beautiful piece of culinary history sent m
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