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Estate Sale Companies

By Suzanne O'Connor

Some outstanding bargains can be found at Estate Sales. We’ve bagged, bargain basement steals on glassware, artworks, tools, plants, furniture, patio, vintage apparel and much more at 20%-75% below market value.

Our outstanding buys this last year include a brand new, never used Luminess Air airbrush makeup system for $5 instead of $30. Some vintage (1930’s), mint, Austrian table linens for $1-$10 each instead of $40-$250. A working Sears Craftsman 1980’s radial arm saw w/ table base for $60. Brand new would be $850. 5 brand new (w//tags) thick gray towels from Restoration Hardware, all for $15. And the best deal ever…..two , 5’ Pony Tail Palms trees…. Free. We just had to dig them out. Retail is $350-$500 each.

Good Estate Sale Companies have websites and an email list. Most list their sales on listing websites where you can see the type of home, the type of sale and items that will be found there. Each sale is different.

Generally, Estate Sale companies price items at well below fair market to move merchandise and make the product attractive to dealers. Some price items at market value or higher, depending upon how collectible and or rare the items are.

These companies host Estate Sales we like:

Hughes Estate Sales
These are well run, well priced sales both at private homes and at their monthly Warehouse sale. There is always a lot of help to answer questions and help you get items to your car. They tend to handle better, upscale estates. They start to discount the second day and will dicker a bit.

Crown City 
Another well run Estate Sale company with a sharp, helpful staff.  Items are well priced. They tend to do better to mid level estates. Knowledgeable and honest owners. Discounts on the last day. Will dicker a bit… if you’re really nice about it.

Penny and Pig Estate sales   
Well run with a small helpful staff. Handles better to mid level estates. Dickers a bit. Knowledgeable with very fair pricing. Discounts substantially on the last day.

Grasons Company
This franchised company run well organized sales with a small helpful staff. Handles better to mid level estates. Dickers a bit. Knowledgeable with fair pricing. Generally discounts substantially on the last day.


But checking out the different sale companies is part of the discovery. If you’re looking for sales just in your area or for specific items go to:

EstateSales.org ….A good listing of sales from the OC to Ventura and all of the USA.
Estate Sales.net…. A good listing of sales from the OC to Ventura and all of the USA

Tips for shopping at Estate Sales

1. Always take Cash. Some take Credit Cards, but usually with a minimum purchase
2. Take a measuring tape and know the dimensions of the space you want an item for.
3. Take gloves, wipes and wear casual clothes. It can get dirty.
4. No dawdling! Estate sale shopping is very competitive. Grab the item even if you’re only thinking about it.
5. Be prepared to dig through boxes, cabinets & closets.
6. Take some tools in your car and a dolly. If you’re looking for large items, take a truck or SUV & some rope.
7. Plug in all electronic items before purchasing. There are NO warranties on anything.
8. Early arrivals get the best stuff. But later arrivals get the best deals.
9. Some sales give out tickets to enter and you have to stand in line. Know before you go.
Don’t forget, Estate Sale shopping is a treasure hunt and you may have to dig.  There will be plenty of unique collectibles and upscale items mixed in with regular junk.

If you are interested in bigger pieces like furniture, lighting fixtures or appliances, you will need to flag someone down as soon as possible and put a “Sold” sign on the item that includes your name. Until this happens, the item is not yours.

Oh …..and don’t forget your manners and a sense of adventure.  This is fun bargain shopping for the treasure hunter in all of us!

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