Estate sales are one of my FAVORITE things. I am lucky enough to live in an area with a lot of estate sales, but I haven’t always had a lot of luck. And as the years go by, life seems to be getting busier and busier (anyone relate?). I once spent every Sunday afternoon browsing flea markets, but these days I am lucky if I get to go once or twice per season.
That said, I’ve become a big fan of shopping for vintage online. And if I’m being honest, I think I am finding more special vintage things since I started shopping online, due to more ability to be selective, compare and choose my absolute favorite pieces.
I recently discovered Everything But The House, an online estate sale marketplace, and they are sponsoring this post today. At first glance I was pretty impressed, but after really shopping on the site for the past few months, I am HUGE fan. I have found some super unique things for really great deals. So today I’m going to share some of my best finds with you as well as five tips for estate sale shopping online.
This wicker bed tray is one of the more wacky things I’ve purchased, but I just had to have it! It makes me feel like I’m running a tiki-themed bed and breakfast, which makes me smile so much! I can’t wait to use it for birthdays and special occasions.
Tip 1. Keep a running list of keywords.
This is absolutely essential. To find the best and most special pieces, you’ll need to check back often. On EBTH new sales start every day and they only last a few days! Lately, a few of my key words have been baskets, quarts or crystals, vinyl, holidays, Halloween, brass and Moroccan rugs (as you’ll see below!).
Keep a list of things you are searching for and be patient.
This little collection of Elvis 45s is one of my favorite finds!
Tip 2. Be selective.
There is no reason to rush! Be picky and you’ll find the most amazing pieces. When I was in my 20’s, I loved to thift and go to flea markets, but I wasn’t picky enough. I’d buy things and not use them and end up donating them later. No more!
Now I only shop for things I have a place in my home for and I only keep a couple of continual collections (like records, my rainbow glassware and crystals).
I was raised a “sale shopper,” so it’s still challenging for me to pass up a good deal. But being more selective has helped me to love and appreciate the things I purchase more!
Tip 3. Always remember to factor in shipping.
EBTH charges actual shipping costs. So it’s important to keep it in mind when shopping. A lot of the best deals I’ve gotten were crazy steals, where the shipping ended up costing more than the item itself. For example, the first thing I ever bought was a set of 16 classic holiday records for only $7! The shipping was around $10, but when I factor that in it’s still a good deal—only about $1 per record!
When you set your bidding limit, be sure to mentally factor in the price of shipping.
Honestly, I feel like most of the time it’s all or nothing. Either I get outbid like seven times or I’m the only one who bids (which is AWESOME!).
This The Supremes record I found on EBTH is one of the most beautiful vintage records in my collection. Aren’t those colors nice?
Tip 4. Always measure.
When it comes to things like crystals, baskets and other home decor items, size really matters. You can’t always tell from the photos how large an item is, so it’s important to always measure.
Below, you can see probably my #1 favorite EBTH find so far: a GIANT quartz crystal point (on top of the cocktail books). It’s SUPER large and heavy. I ended up snagging it for $20 and it’s now one of my favorite things in our living room!
Here are a few pink glasses I added to my collection recently. I always get outbid on pink glassware, but I finally got a set of six matching glasses!
Tip 5. Check back often
This is a marathon, not a sprint. Shopping for vintage online is best done in a regular, small doses. Checking in once a week or so will yield the best results.
Remember that these items are coming from real people’s homes like any estate sale. So one week you might not see much, and the next week you might strike gold!
This is especially important if you are shopping for something really specific.
This vintage Moroccan rug is one of the best things I have found so far. I won it for $130 and it’s large! I have seen so many crazy deals on EBTH (one last tip is to always check the “popular” page). Everything from diamond rings, to cars to amazing vintage furniture and all the cute vintage housewares you can ask for.
Just like a real-life estate sale, it can be extremely random. It’s always a surprise.
I hope this post was helpful to you! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. xx – Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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