Allison Ruby
December 19, 2018

Holiday Shopping – Estate Sale Style

Shopping around the holidays can be stressful for many reasons… Finding unique gifts at big box stores can be challenging, fighting crowds can be exhausting, retail prices are high and eventually everything starts to look the same. So why shop estate sales for holiday shopping instead?

  1. You’re guaranteed to find a unique gift
  2. You can avoid the crowds if needed
  3. Great deals!

You might be thinking “okay, that works if I want used items or a bunch of old stuff…”. It just so happens that those are the exact myths we have busted.

All items at estate sales are used

Not only is it common for estate sales to have large collections of similar items, most of the time these collections are unused or brand new items the homeowner never utilized. Combine this with estate sale prices (hint: lower than retail) and you’ve got the opportunity to buy brand new gifts at a fraction of the price!

Looking for a Gucci purse with tags? You can find it. A Rolex watch? No problem. Never used Le Creuset dutch oven? You got it. Video games and systems? Yep. Legos? Easy. Brand new jewelry? Definitely. New in box perfume? Got that too! The list goes on.

Estate sales are full of old uninteresting items

As for the second myth, while estate sales often have old things, they definitely are not boring! There is nothing better than finding vintage video game systems for your nostalgic cousin, mid-century decor for your friend into interior design, tin toys for your grandparents or gag gifts for white elephant parties! When shopping for a quirky or nostalgic gift for friends and family, estate sales really are the perfect place. A brand new item with tags can make a great gift but those one of a kind items can have a lasting impact.

So how can you make sure you find what you’re looking for at a great price? Here are a couple of pro tips…

  • Reach out to the company and ask if it is available and how much it is.
  • Sign up for email alerts about specific items on
  • Get to the sale early. The early bird catches the worm!
  • Don’t be afraid to leave offers if the price doesn’t match what you want to pay.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Look around for duplicates of your item to make sure you don’t miss out.
  • For more tips on how to shop estate sales, check out our other blog “How to Shop an Estate Sale”.

Avoiding the Crowds

So you’ve found the item and you like the price but now you want to avoid the crowds. Try contacting the company hosting the sale and see if they take payment over the phone. We offer this at all of our estate sales. We process your transaction on the spot and put the item on hold so you can pick it up at your convenience. We even guarantee our electronics and ship out of state. Pretty sweet right?


Want to see what we have coming up for the holidays? Check out our sales HERE.
Listed below are links to previous sales with examples of exactly what we are talking about for the holidays: