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How to Find Estate Sales



Estate Sale Sign

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Interested in attending estate sales, but not sure how to find them?

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes a week or less

Here's How:

  1. Type the term "estate sales" and the name of your city into a search engine. Then, visit the website of any estate company that you turn up. They'll typically have listings for all of their upcoming sales, and in most cases, a spot to sign up for e-mail notifications.
  2. Check the classified section of your local newspaper for listings. Most estate sales start on Fridays, so start looking for listings on Thursday.
  3. Check Craigslist.org for even more listings in your area. This is a great place to turn up sales that aren't being run by the pros.
  4. Use estatesale.com and estatesales.net to search for any sales that you may have missed. Be sure to sign up for their weekly updates while you're there.
  5. When you visit a professionally-run estate sale, ask to get on their e-mail list. Most send out regular notifications of their upcoming sales. They may even have a flyer advertising their upcoming sales at check out, so be sure to look.


  1. Estate companies often add more items (and estate pictures) to their websites in the days leading up to a sale. Check back often, if you're looking for something in particular.
  2. Like bargain basement prices? Then, hit sales on the last day, when prices are typically cut in half.

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