Sometimes, the inventory available at a local estate sale may include vehicles or even the entire house. But if you are someone who collects antiques or are searching for a specific type of collectible there are a number of reasons you should be shopping estate sales. Why are estate sales so valuable for collectors? Let’s look at a variety of reasons
Variety—Because of the wide breadth of items available at the typical estate sale, there’s no better way to find unique and unusual items. Mid-century modern and Art Deco-stylized items are prime examples of this. Oh sure, you can buy modern versions of “mid-century style” decor and antiques, but they’re likely to be mass produced, not handmade. At an estate sale it’s much more likely that they’re the real thing that’s been stored away for years and now have an opportunity to live a second or third life with a new owner who will love them and treasure them. At Judy’s Jewelry Antique and Estate Jewelry we know unique items often mean great value in that item.
Historical Value—As so many modern products have shifted to mass production created by major corporations, and sold by bulk retailers, and online shopping, finding products with a true history is more difficult than ever. Imagine how much history there is in a home full of generations of belongings. America might still be fairly young in the history of the world, but we’ve crammed a lot into the last 240 years or so. America is also the world’s melting pot. When you add our complex, though short-lived, history with citizens who immigrated here from hundreds of different countries, you get an unprecedented mixture of items and potential finds for your collection. If precious keepsakes and antiques haven’t been tucked away and hidden from the world, then they can be lost to us. Estate sales represent a chance for buyers just like you to rediscover those precious pieces of history and save them for future generations.
Environmentally Friendly—That’s right; estate sales are a great example of “buying green.” When you purchase any secondhand items, you’re preventing them from ending up in a dumpster or landfill. You’re obtaining quality items and giving them a new purpose rather than buying new pieces that might have been fabricated through modern, overproduced methods. Shopping estate sales is more eco-friendly. For one thing, by visiting a local estate sale, you’re only traveling to one location—as opposed to driving around to multiple garage sales each week or making repeat trips to the flea market. By purchasing from an estate sale, you’re avoiding the fuel costs and packaging that come from buying online and having your purchase shipped to you. Are you into upcycling? Then estate sales can be a treasure trove. Tools, kitchenwares, and old-school décor can be found at great deals and repurposed into something fabulous. At Judy’s Jewelry Antique and Estate Jewelry, we are often hired by local area families to help them handle an estate sale.