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Estate Wars: How to Get Great Deals

| 8/3/2012 2:33:03 AM

The time has come for me to admit I have an addiction. They say that admittance is the first step towards recovery right? Some are addicted to drugs or alcohol, cigarettes, shopping, or even texting. I am addicted to estate sales. In the grand scheme of things I figure this is a pretty safe addiction, as it has paid off pretty well for us this year.

Last fall there was an estate sale at the end of our road. Andrew and I didn’t have any plans for the weekend, and we were curious as to what goes on there since neither of us had ever been to an estate sale before. We are big fans of Auction Kings, Storage Wars, and Pawn Stars on A & E, History and the Discovery channel. It is always amazing to find out that the smallest, and often the ugliest, finds are so valuable. So we headed out with the kids not really knowing what to expect.

Our first auction experience that day taught us a great deal. We didn’t buy much that day. Just two simple lots of glassware. The first lot contained a soup tureen that I fell in love with. The auctioneer lumped it in with what I considered to be an ugly vase and a hand-painted urn. Neither of which caught anyone’s attention. We won the bid at $5.

  Soup Tureen 

Later in the day a lot titled “contents of garage shelf” came up for bid. We had noticed this shelf contained old canned goods. I was desperately needing canning jars, so we bought the lot for $5. Little did we know what our meager $10 investment would be worth.

At the end of the day we had cleared off over 200 pint and quart size canning jars off those shelves. We left at least that many more “off brand” jars on the shelves for the new home owner. Hiding among the regular jars were four blue ball jars, one was a highly collectable #13 with the original zinc lid.

  Blue Ball Jars 

Suzanne Cox
8/5/2012 4:46:39 AM

We have been very fortunate to find some great deals this year. There were just so many things that we needed around here, these sales have been a tremendous help! It sounds like you have had quit a good year as well. Your seed deal was awesome! Hope you enjoy all of those veggies, you will be eating well won't you? :)

8/4/2012 1:33:30 PM

Suzanne, sounds like you have found your niche in life. This year has been a year of accumulation for me as well. I haven't been to auctions but have been given many things. The list includes two refrigerators, a garden tiller, a lawn mower, a picnic table, steel posts for the garden fence, a roll of weed fabric, tomato cages, a deluxe composter, string for the weed whacker, four 55 gallon barrels for rain water catching, and roll of chain link fence fabric. Then my daughter came home with seeds for the garden. She works for Walgreens. They were getting rid of the left over seed packages for the year. She talked her boss into selling them to her for $2.00. The total count was 270 vegetable seeds packages of every kind of vegetable and herb imaginable. Have a great estate auction day.

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