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EstateSales.NET Blog

Listed below are various articles about estate sales, estate sale companies, and our office that we hope you find interesting. If you have any questions regarding the content on our blog, please feel free to give us a call or e-mail us. We answer the phones between 7am and 11pm Central time 7 days a week.

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In Pursuit of Pyrex

Once upon a time, there was a tag sale one town over from the EstateSales.NET offices, carrying nothing but Pyrex dishware. It’s a tale told at least once a month around here, and there’s a glimmer in every storyteller’s eye, not unlike a sea-salty fisherman recalling his biggest catch, as if to say “Aye, I remember that fateful day.....” The line on opening day, I’m told, was formidable. The selection was overwhelming. The prices were low. A perfect estate sale storm. The crowds battled, and shoppers emerged victorious. They understandably wax nostalgic for that sale. The thrill of the hunt is hard to resist. It’s a feeling many seasoned Pyrex collectors already know. Some seek out a pattern that calls to them, and work to collect the full set—bowls, casseroles, refrigerator boxes (lovingly referred to as “fridgies”), and their coordinating lids. Others seek out a certain dish—chip & dips, perhaps, or #401 bowls in every pattern possible. Others are content to scoop up any pieces that pique their interest...

Collecting teacups

  It seems no estate sale is complete without a tea service. As part of a larger set of china or separated from the pack and sold as singles, those little cups and saucers have become collectors items in their own right. In many cases, it’s likely the dishes never left their cabinet. Put on display, perhaps only to be brought out for special occasions, if at all. Teacup life can be lonely. But they’ve recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Once the dowdy wallflower at the homecoming gala, they’re now the prom queen with a full dance card. Colorful cups and saucers can add a vintage flair in a home. And they’re versatile. Not only can you drink from them (what a novel idea), they can sit prettily on a cabinet as a jewelry holder, a home for small plants, or they can be used for other crafty projects . But before you run out and buy the first cups you see, propelled by the possibilities of all the pretty porcelain, you might consider a few things. Is it a teacup...

Estate Sale Collectibles: Mechanical Banks

Long ago, I watched an episode of Antiques Roadshow with my parents. It included a man with an old, worn-out mechanical bank—the “Mason Bank,” according to the appraiser. Featuring a cast-iron brick layer and hod carrier, the bank operated by placing a coin into the hod. When a button was pressed, the coin was thrown to the bricklayer’s hopper, and inserted into a bank. I was enamored. A few months later, walking through a historic midwest town filled with quaint antique and gift shops, I spotted a “Trick Dog” mechanical bank. By placing a penny into the mouth of a cast iron dog and pressing a button, the canine would fly through a hoop and insert the coin in a barrel awaiting him on the other side. It was heavy, as cast iron tends to be. The color was dark and solid. It was affordable—the mason and hod piece was worth thousands, after all—so at less than $100 this was a steal! Those shop owners clearly had no idea what treasure they had hidden on their shelves. I bought the trick dog, and gave it a place of honor in my room...

Barbie anniversary quiz

The first Barbie doll was introduced to the world 58 years ago today. But how well do you know this icon of plastic fashion and femininity? 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 ...

DIY teacup candles

I am not crafty. Unlike my coworkers, who make tables out of barn doors or reupholster chairs on a whim, projects I take on usually end in a pile of failure. I wander through estate sales and think “Yes! I can distress this bookshelf !” But I am the only one who ends up distressed. “Oh, a beautiful but non-functioning typewriter! I used a typewriter once. Surely I can repair this and bring it back to its former glory!” I exclaim. “I will cart it to the coffee shop and compose haikus about the people who pass by!” But it never happens. The untouched materials, or mangled remains of a failed project, end up in my basement, the latest addition to my dusty pile of good intentions and broken dreams. (“Ol’ Dusty,” I call it.) But finally, I have found a project so simple even I can do it. But one with limitless possibilities for creativity. Last week, I wandered through an estate sale at the home of a woman who moved to a retirement community...

Vintage Advice

Can you spot the vintage advice? Take our quiz and 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 ...

Vintage Kitchen: Chicken à la King

Chicken à la King. The name suggests something fancy. Decadent. My friend lived in a neighborhood where the houses had elevators. As her mom drove me across town to my own modest home, where I had to walk up to my bedroom like a sucker, I tried to look in the windows of her neighbors. I imagined families sitting down at long tables—the kind where people would have to stand up and walk to the other end of the table to pass the salt—in their opulent dining rooms, eating chicken à la king. Whatever that was. I had no idea. My own knowledge of any à la king’s existence was based only on popular culture. Specifically in “ A Christmas Story ,” Ralphie exclaims his family would not have turkey à la king after the Bumpus’s hounds ran through his home, taking the bird with them. His disappointment was palpable. Between Ralphie’s reverence and a French-sounding name that included the word “king,” I assumed only the most well-off people were able to sup on such decadence...

Take the Quiz: Vintage Advertisements

Can you tell us what these vintage ads are selling? Take the quiz! 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 ...

Vintage Board Games: Whosit?

Nostalgia is a wonderful and dangerous thing. Much of my childhood was spent sitting on the shag carpet floor of our spare room, listening to   my mother's old Smothers Brothers records and begging my older siblings to play board games with me. When even one of them finally acquiesced, I was the happiest six-year-old on the block. I’ve been chasing that dragon ever since. Specifically, I’ve been chasing it through local estate sales , searching for Live at the Purple Onion  on vinyl and for a copy of any one of the many board games my parents stored so high in the closet I had to stand on my mother’s sewing machine to reach. Game publishers attempt to capitalize on the desire to recapture one's youth by producing "classic" editions of their popular board games. Some may think this would eliminate the need for estate sale treasure hunting, but you and I both know that's not the case...

Art Deco vs. MidCentury Modern Quiz

Is Your Style Midcentury Modern or Art Deco? Take our quiz to find out! Click the image to select your answer to each question. Submit your quiz at the end to find out your style. Then share your results on Facebook! 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 ...

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