If you have been estate sale'ing before you know that finding the best one is a combination of luck and strategy. You really need to try different things to find out which is best for you.
I had that very problem this weekend. Despite the fact that we are near the holiday season, there was no shortage of sales. Saturday morning found me considering which of my methods would get me to the best sale.
!) Tipsters - Odds are you know someone who is up even earlier than you on the weekend and knows where the good sales are. I have several friends, who will give me some leads – as long as we aren’t searching for the same items.
2) The classified ads - Despite the death of this cash cow of print media, many estate sale services and members of the public still list their ads here. I will often cross check with other sources to confirm a sale’s worthiness.
3) The Internet - There are many national and regional sites that will allow you to search based on preference and location. EstateSales.org, and Gsalr.com will both send email alerts if you register. My go-to site is Nysales.net, which covers much of Connecticut and New York in an easy to read list.
I used my favorite website this weekend and found a cool dig in an old home in a very unique part of Connecticut's waterfront properties. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see one of these homes.
Watch the video I produced below and you will see what I mean.
I had good luck this weekend because I relied upon a website that list's sales in my 2-state region as soon as they are posted. This may not work for you, and you may have found that sometimes the best method is no method. You just have to get in the car and look around and see what you find.