How to Find Estate Sales in your Area

When you are looking for estate sales in your area, you will primarily depend on methods such as:

The best way to find estate sales in your area will depend on where you live. For most of the country, the best method is to check online listing sites like EstateSales.net, EstateSales.org, and EstateSale.com. However, some pockets of the country don’t rely on these sites yet, and the more rural you are, the more likely you won’t find estate sales listed on the web and will need to rely on your local newspaper instead.

Listing sites will have detailed information about the estate sales in your area. An estate sale listing will include a written description of the items for sale, numerous pictures, directions to the sale, and specific dates and times that the sale is open.

Recently, EstateSales.net release the first Estate Sale Finding phone app, avalible on the iPhone app store. The app uses your location to tell you where the closest estate sales are and will even give you directions to get there. The app pulls information from EstateSales.net, which is the predominant online listing site for most parts of the country and is used by the largest number of estate sale companies. (The dominant estate sale listing site may be different for your area, so it’s best to check all three of the main listing sites).

In parts of the country where listing sites haven’t gained popularity, many consumers use Craiglist. When you are searching for estate sales on Craigslist, make sure you are searching in your geographical area. For instance, if you are looking for estate sales in Los Angeles, you should be using losangeles.cragslist.org. Most of the time, estate sales are listed under the “Garage & Moving Sales” category, but you can also type “estate sale” into the search bar. Checking Craigslist can often bring up privately listed sales where someone is hosting their own sale instead of having a company help them; these can be sources for great deals.

If your area doesn’t use Craigslist, check the local newspaper. This can be especially beneficial for rural areas. Many companies will list estate sales in local newspapers. Be sure to check the newspaper’s online listings as well; it may have additional information or other sales not listed in the printed version of the paper.

Another great source for estate sale information is from the individual estate sale companies themselves. If you find a company that you like, join their mailing list, either at their sale site or on their website. They will send you email notifications of upcoming sales so you always stay informed.

Of course, you can always keep your eyes peeled for estate sale street signs, too! Some private estate sales rely solely on this and word-of-mouth to bring people into their sale. This can be a great way to find a hidden gem with a lot of great deals. Start out early on the weekends and drive around your town; keep an eye open for brightly colored signs leading the way to the estate sale!


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