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The Ultimate Estate Sale Guide

Filed Under: Essential Skills, Know-How

Forget antique stores, eBay or even etsy. One of the best ways to find high-quality vintage furniture, housewares and even china is by going to an estate sale. And I'll let you in on a little-known secret: Estate sales are where those antique dealers shop in the first place. (You'll see one in the background of this video, scooping up china.)

So, have I convinced you to try estate sale shopping? Here's where you can find one in your area:

- Your local newspaper. Estate sale companies place multiple ads in the classified and/or real estate sections.
- Craigslist. Estate sales are frequently listed in the "Garage Sale" section.
- Estate sale-specific websites. A few ones to keep in mind:,, All of these sites consistently update their nationwide listings so you're sure to find a sale near you.
- Estate sale companies. I found the above estate sale by plugging in "Estate sale companies New York or New Jersey" into Google. It brought me to Dusty Old Bags, a company that has some of the best estate sales in the tri-state area. So, try searching your state-you might find a similarly great resource.

Want more tips on shopping secondhand? Check out...

Goodwill Hunting: School House Decor
Secondhand Stories: The Weirdest Things Brought Into My Consignment Shop
How to Bargain at Flea Markets
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