We find there is an influx of brand new estate sale shoppers....welcome! We love newbies and please feel free to let us know you are new to the estate sale experience and ask any questions about "how it works." A simple question or two will save any misunderstanding or miscommunicationand you will feel more comfortable. Most times the entire house is open for "looking" but other times we have to block off certain rooms at the family's discretion, as they may still be living there, or have items of their own put away. We ask that you respect our clients' homes as well as their possessions, as we are the "keepers" of all of it while they are not there and we are running the sale. Most times we must also limit the number of shoppers in the house at one time for safety's sake.
What can you buy at an estate sale? Truly, just about everything. Each home we work in is different and the merchandise varies....but typically we have furniture, home decor, rugs, art, lamps, household items, kitchenwares, clothing, tools, books, records and/or CDs, DVDs, etc. Many homes we prep and setup have antiques and collectibles and many people come to the sales looking just for those items. Sometimes we have fabulous jewelry, real and costume and there are also those collectors who search for just that. What many people do not know....and we try to educate our clients on "do not throw anything away".....is that many people come to the sales to buy simple day-to-day items for their homes...such as towels, bedding, kitchen utensils, small appliances like coffee makers, toasters, blenders. Many buy clothing and we very often have high end clothing and shoes at amazingly discounted prices.....FAR less than you would pay at any store. We are liquidating an estate, so our prices reflect liquidation prices. Of course, our designer clothing items will not have the same $1, $2 and $3 pricing as the lower end clothing, but you will also find those clothing prices at many sales. In either case, definitely great buys! A wonderful example from a recent sale were two 100% pashmina shawls with gold threads throughout....these fine shawls cost at least $150 each when purchased (possibly more).....this lucky lady who bought them recognized their beauty and value and she got them both for $40! She said she will keep one and give the other as a gift. Now that's a NICE gift!
Many people come to the sales for kitchen utensils, most of which cost $1 or so and sometimes bear names like Cuisinart and other nice brands.....others love buying pots and pans and we often find Magnalite pots, LeCreuset and other nicer brands but people also find brand new non stick pans for a dollar or two! You can find towels and bedding at great, low prices also and many times people have these items brand new...we often have bedding sets still in the packaging. How about cleaning supplies? We tell our clients please do not throw them away (you would be surprised at how many do).....most of you know what these products cost in the stores today......most of them are priced around $1 or so....a true bargain.
As for furniture, we have it all....many times a high end elegant home is being liquidated. The family is moving out of state and do not want to pay to move all the lovely furniture...the pricing is a fraction of what they paid for it at high end stores and many times designer stores and the Merchandise Mart! We also have that ordinary furniture in good shape that you may need for your basement, for your son/daughter going off to college. Many people like to "repurpose" furniture, by painting and refinishing, new hardware, etc. and this is the perfect place to find those pieces....for very little money.
We also sell tools, outdoor furniture, garden tools and lawn care items....all at greatly reduced prices from what you would pay at a store. The list is really endless and we never know what we will find inside someone's home. We sometimes have estates of "shopaholics"....those that shop online or from QVC, etc and have rooms filled with brand new items....which we normally price at 1/2 the store price and the second day you would get these items at 1/4 of the store price....AND THEY ARE BRAND NEW IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING! It doesn't get better than that.
So next time you are driving to a store for something, think about visiting an estate sale in your neighborhood (even driving a distance can be well worth it and we have many customers who do just that). You can find all the estate sales in the Chicagoland area by visiting estatesales.net. Of course, you can find our sales at:
We sure hope to see you at one of our sales and please stop by and say hi and we will welcome you! If you have any questions as to our policies and procedures, please ask.
The Team at Timesavers Estate Sales
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