Last week, I ventured out of the city for an estate sale. My belief is that the further you are away from the city the better the estate sale. Remember the vintage bracelets from the January giveaway? That one was farrrr too. It took over an hour for me to get to this one and there was a wait to get in. It was worth it though. It was a gold mine for seamstresses and vintage lovers. Me being both, my eyes were popping out of my head!

Every time I leave a good estate sale, I wonder why I don’t go more often. They rock. I paid $20 for this thrift haul of goodies. Staying within my thrift budget makes me happy. Here are some other reasons why estate sales rock:

1. No thrift store stink. There’s a distinct smell on clothes from the thrift. If you’re a thrifter, you know. If you’re not, don’t let that deter you. Thrifting is still awesome. The smell comes right out with a wash or disinfectant spritz.

80s boots found at an estate sale

2. You can preplan visits with craigslist or I like to map out the sales and look at pictures of what’s at the sale. is also helpful when I’m out and about. I can check the site on my cell for good sales in the area.

black and gold vintage purse from an estate sale

3. Less wear and tear. Since these items are fresh from someone’s closet, you’re more likely to find mint condition or new items.

green sequin blouse from an estate sale
4. Prices are negotiable. There aren’t price tags on everything and you can still make an offer or bundle a few items together and make a deal.
estate sale jewelry haul
5. You can really clean up on last day. Usually prices are 50% or more off on the last day of the sale. Possible 75% or more off in the final hours of the sale. Your special items may be gone but you can still find gems if it was a jam packed house.

vintage patented italy sunglasses
6. The jewelry is awesome. The previous owner has probably been curating a collection over several decades. You can find high end pieces for a substantial discount. Sometimes the estate sale facilitator brings jewelry from previous sales too so there’s more to choose from.

beaded necklaces from an estate sale
7. Estate sales are a collector’s paradise. You know that oddball fascination you have with animal jewelry? There’s someone else out there with the same fascination and has amassed every animal you could probably think of.

vintage sequin crop top from an estate sale
8. Easier to find vintage. These are the belonging of someone who may have lived in one house for the past 30 – 50 years. Sometimes the entire house is a time capsule. The prices are going to cheaper than your local vintage shop especially if you bundle!
baubles from an estate sale

What do you think about estate sales?
***in other news***
Slowly (heavy emphasis on slow) adding to my eBay store but I do have a new to you skirt or sandals up for auction, check it out!

I’m volunteering at BlogHer in exchange for a conference pass. I’m so excited! Who’s going?