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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 ...

10 Things You Should Know Before Attending an Estate Sale

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 the 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...

DIY Barn Door to Standing Desk

Straight out of the barn... Join the upcycle movement and learn how to repurpose a barn door into an adjustable standing desk. There’s nothing quite like stumbling upon a treasure at an estate sale . The rush of the find, the thrill of the bargain. Yep. You know that feeling. That’s the same feeling we had when we found this old barn door at a local sale . For this DIY project, we decided to repurpose our barn door into a standing desk. The barnwood top paired with the galvanized steel pipe legs gives the table a rustic industrial feel. This took a lot of work, but we think it turned out great! We didn’t do much hunting for the door because it truly found us (as all great estate sale finds do). It was love at first sight. Plus, it was a bargain, priced at only $25! The patina look of the barnwood is what pulled us in. We saw past the terrible smell and spacing issues and decided to bring this door back to life...

5 Toys You Survived

How many of these vintage toys did you survive? These five toys will have you saying, "What were they thinking!" 1. Click Clacks   Who remembers Click Clacks? This toy was regarded so unsafe that the US government opened an embarrassing court case titled “United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls” just to get them off the market. The toy consisted of two acrylic balls on a string that would “clack” together when flung in the air. If getting knocked unconscious wasn’t enough, the acrylic balls also had a tendency to shatter, sending acrylic shrapnel into your eyes. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. 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 ...

Upcycling! Sewing Stool

  For our second upcycling project, we decided to give this old sewing chair an updated look for the office. We picked this piece up at a local estate sale for $30. We started by disassembling the backs and legs from the chair. This was really easy to do, since it was held together by several bolts that just needed loosening. After the legs and back were removed, we needed to start removing the old upholstery from the chair. We removed the seat top frame from the bottom by unscrewing the hinges. The vinyl on the side was glued into place, but it was easily removed by prying back the fabric seams and pulling it from the wooden bottom. The seat cushion was held to the frame by four screws. Once the cushion was removed from the frame, we could remove the old flower print fabric by pulling up the staples that held it in place. It was now time to sand and stain the wooden pieces of the chair. We used a small hand sander to help us with the sanding. We started with a rough grit to remove the original finish and moved to a finer grit to make it smoother...

Upcycling! Card Table

  At EstateSales.NET we are all about recycling, reusing, and repurposing.  We know that estate sales are some of the best places to find projects.  For our first upcycling project, we decided to revitalize this old Samsonite card table we found at a local estate sale into a new, hip, trendy, little cafe style table for the office. We started on the project by deconstructing the chairs and the table. These old card table sets were made extremely well, so it took a little time to totally disassemble all of the pieces.  The above two pictures show the deconstruction of the chairs. The bottoms of the chairs were covered by cardboard.  Under the cardboard, we were able to access the staples that held the old brown vinyl in place.  Once the vinyl was removed, we were able to gain access to the chair springs and the padding.  The backs of the chairs were held in place by four screws.  The original vinyl had a string that held it in place in a bent groove in the back of the chair...

Merry Christmas (video)

All of us at EstateSales.NET would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for helping us make EstateSales.NET the go-to place for estate sales.  We love all of our companies and subscribers, and are thankful for each and every one of you!  We hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas and a Happy 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 ...

Create Your Unique College Space!

Three reasons college students should be shopping at estate sales to furnish their dorm or apartment!  We are quickly approaching the back to school season.  Soon millions of college students from around the country will be heading to their dorm rooms and apartments to set up shop for the beginning of the new semester. Whether you are moving to an apartment or a dorm, estate sales are great places to find virtually everything you could imagine for your new pad.   Below are the top three reasons you should be shopping at estate sales to turn your space into your very own.   1.  The Savings Estate sales are great places to find discounts on dorm room and apartment items such as hotplates, coffee pots, shelves, bathroom caddy's, dishes, end tables and maybe even a mini fridge if you're lucky! There is no need to pay full price for these items at your local department store when they are readily available for less at an estate sale in your area.  Save your money and go estate sale shopping.   2...

Got A Collection?

Are you a collector?  We want to hear about your collections!   Over the next few months we will be highlighting collectors and collections throughout the United States, but we can’t do it without you!  We are looking for fun, funky, interesting, or unique collections and their collectors to highlight. To participate send us an email at Collectors@EstateSales.NET with the below information included: A description of your collection. Pictures of your collection if available. Your Name Email address If your collection is highlighted, you will receive a free Pro Subscriber account upgrade for a year, and an EstateSales.NET goodie bag! In addition to this, you and your collection will be showcased on our blog and social media pages.  We can't wait to hear from you! *Note: We would love to highlight every collection that we receive! Unfortunately we will only be able to highlight a small portion of these due to the number of submissions we will receive. If your collection is selected we will contact you via email to set up an interview...

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