Estate sales, as the biggest of all tag sales, are a great place to find a good bargain. And because the scope of an estate sale is grander than your typical yard sale, finding items such as antiques and furniture is much more likely. Generally speaking an estate sale will offer a whole household of items to choose from, and will run between one and three days.
In order to get the best selection it is necessary to show up at the very beginning of the sale. In fact, at many sales you will notice a line of people waiting to get in before the sale even opens. So if there is a specific item listed in the estate’s advertisements that you’d like to get your hands on, the best idea is to be early. If you are simply interested in taking a look around and maybe finding something interesting, or if price is more your concern, at many estate sales the price will begin to drop as the sale goes along. If you don’t mind getting second pick, so to speak, than arriving at the sale a little later one will help you avoid crowds as well as get the best deal.
Determine if it’s a first-come, first-served event. Do you need to get a number showing your place in line?
Then find out when, or if, prices will be negotiable. Some professional estate sellers will consider a counteroffer on the first day, though others won’t budge until at least the second, when you may get what you want for half price. On the last day of the sale, try anything.
And if you’re after something specific " say, Reed & Barton sterling silver flatware in a Francis I pattern " you can get on what sellers call the “want list.”
The sale runs through Monday (three days). I'm wondering if it might be worth my time to drive back over there on Monday and have another look around.
there are people who go from sale to sale, and KNOW when something has been moved around for awhile.
it seems that the first of the year is always the best time to buy used furniture.