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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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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 Contact GitHub API Training Shop Blog About © 2017 GitHub, Inc. Terms Privacy Security Status Help ...

Carnival quiz

Think you know carnival glass? Test your identification skills with our 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 Contact GitHub API Training Shop Blog About © 2017 GitHub, Inc. Terms Privacy Security Status Help ...

Estate Sale Collectibles: Carnival Glass

Walk through any tag sale, or your friendly neighborhood antique store, and you’ll probably find carnival glass .  You know the stuff I’m talking about. It’s possible one of the colorful dishes sat on your grandmother’s coffee table, filled with hard candies. With an iridescent sheen and the occasional flamboyant flair, these glorious, if gaudy, pieces are a popular collector’s item. While a variety of pressed products were made in the early 1900s, you know it’s carnival glass if it reminds you of parking lot oil spots on a wet afternoon. I’m afraid I’m not making this sound appealing. That it’s been dubbed “the poor man’s Tiffany” doesn’t help, either. Nor that it gained its name because the iridized glass was so cheaply made, it lost consumer value and was given away as carnival prizes in the early twentieth century. But these dishes, with their vibrant but unassuming iridescence and assorted designs are highly coveted by collectors...

Vintage Valentines

I used to love Valentine’s Day.  In the store, I would pore over the aisle of cards, driving my mother crazy as I chose just the right intellectual property to summarize the feelings I had for each of my grade school classmates.  At home, I would sort through the box, determining which student would receive which card. The biggest, mushiest card would be reserved for Greg, the dreamiest boy in class.  And every year, Greg would respond with a card of his own. But while he would give Heather a Thundercats card declaring “I’d be Lion -O if I said I didn’t want you as my Valentine,” my painstakingly-selected Garfield card was reciprocated with something to the effect of “Tygra says ‘Have a good one.’” I take it back. I didn’t love Valentine’s Day. The history of Saint Valentine, who was likely martyred in the third century for marrying Christians during the reign of Claudius II, is a long and sordid one...

Which Pyrex pattern are you?

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Vintage Kitchen: Winter Salad

There’s history in cookbooks. Recipes get passed through generations. Some people can look through a Betty Crocker cookbook or a Joy of Cooking and find recipes they have used for decades. The same recipes their mothers used, and their mothers before. That’s not the case for every cookbook. Some are used briefly, then pushed aside as fads and tastes change. Those are the books I love. Vintage recipes that truly represent a snapshot in time. Cooking styles of a bygone era.  One of the hallmark ingredients of a specific period: gelatin. Gelatin’s history is a long one. According to Serious Eats , jellied dishes were popular as far back as Medieval Europe, when it was used by higher classes—those who could afford a kitchen staff large and strong-stomached enough to rend the requisite animal bones. By the mid-nineteenth century, instant gelatin came onto the market. Inexpensive and accessible, they allowed home cooks to stretch their grocery budget and create inarguably glorious and clean-looking meals...

Estate Sale Collectibles: Campaign Buttons

My sixth grade history teacher, Mr. Stevens, collected presidential campaign buttons . The collection, it seems, was comprised almost entirely of student gifts given in exchange for extra credit.  How I actually acquired these buttons, I’m not certain. My allowance each week was faithfully spent on a Crystal Pepsi and a Milky Way. But somehow I would scrounge up money to buy old campaign buttons for a teacher who, ultimately, still gave me a C in history. I suspect someone wasn’t keeping his campaign promises. Though my grade went unimproved, I did gain an appreciation for the aesthetic and historic aspect of the campaign button. Their history begins where you would expect: our very first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Metal pins—badges—bearing his initials and the words “Long live the president” commemorated his inauguration. And the tradition continues today. Since the election, buttons bearing Donald J...

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 ...

10 Shopping Tips for Estate Sale Beginners

Whether you're an estate sale newbie or a seasoned veteran, this list of unofficial estate sale shopping tips will get you through any sale that comes your way. 1. Bring cash Many estate sale companies  can now handle credit card transactions and most will note in their ad what other types of payments they accept. But, it's always best to take cash when estate sale shopping, in case the company running the sale doesn't accept any other forms of payment. 2. Call a sitter Serious shoppers may want to leave the kids at home. Most companies have a "you break it, you buy it" policy, which means you're responsible for any damages, whether accidental or intentional. Some estate sales get hectic and keeping up with a small child while maneuvering through a house full of valuable items can be difficult. We recommend leaving the kids with a sitter so you can take time with your spouse or for yourself. Trust us, you'll be glad you did! 3...

Electric Pianos

One of my favorite things about estate sales is that everyone seems to be looking for something. Everyone has their own niche or their own special interests. That special interest for me is used musical instruments. I love all things gear related. I’m the guy that scours sale photographs looking for that gem I hope no one else knows about. The guy that would lug a 250lb organ up two flights of stairs into his 500 sqft apartment because it was a “good deal.” In this article, I’m going to share with you the four electric pianos you should be searching for when you’re out estate sale shopping. These instruments would definitely make any living room or music room look awesome, but they just might bring you profit on the resale market. Fender Rhodes or Rhodes electric piano: One of the icons of the electric piano community is the Fender Rhodes. This piano is a legend and can be heard on countless records. The Rhodes has been making a comeback in popular music recently, which contributes to why they’re currently commanding top dollar...

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