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estate sales |
sales, garage sales, flea markets, rummage sales, Goodwill, Salvation
Army and the like are all fine sources for snagging secondhand goods at
rock-bottom prices, but when it comes to finding the real treasures,
nothing beats an estate sale. Just about every truly cool, remotely
valuable bit of furnishing I have in my home was purchased for a bargain
price at an estate sale –
teak dining table set with the beautiful curved-back wood chairs, our
funky vintage orb lamp, the brand-new (to us) mid-century-modern walnut
daybed that now graces the living room. For anyone with high-end tastes
and low-end budgets, estates sales are just pure shopping heaven. True,
what begins as a perfectly sensible, very smart way to furnish your digs
on the cheap may eventually turn into the sort of
can’t-live-without-the-fix addiction that sends you scurrying to find
a support group to wean you off that irresistible estate sale high. But
when you’ve finally reached the stage of life when your parents’
ratty hand-me-down futon and the coffee table you salvaged from a
dumpster no longer seem like appropriate furniture for someone with your
fine sense of style, estate sales are the way to go.
what the heck’s an estate sale anyway?
Estate sales stand apart from your regular old, garden-variety yard
sales/garage sales in that they occur after a person has passed away.
Now, if you’re first reaction to that is “Ewwwww, that seems
a little morbid,” trust me, I understand. The first time I ever
stumbled upon an estate sale, I have to admit: it did weird me out a
little to realize that all of us bargain-hunters were fighting over some
poor old dead person’s things, like vultures circling around a
roadkill. But what I’ve realized now is that sure, death is sad, but
these estate sales actually serve to make a very difficult time for the
surviving family just a tiny bit easier, by saving them the hassle of
figuring out just what they’re going to do with all that stuff that
they can’t use themselves.
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