Find local estate sales and auctions by visiting websites including EstateSales.net, EstateSales.org and AuctionZip. These websites allow visitors to search for local estate sales by state, zip code and region. When browsing these websites, sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming estate sales.
Each week, usually on Wednesday or Thursday, check local newspapers or classified sales websites such as Craigslist.org to find local estate sales scheduled to start on Friday or Saturday. Visit estate and auction sales websites to view images and descriptions of items included in each upcoming estate sale.
Visit estate sales on the first day to review and inspect items. If possible, wait until the final day of the sale to purchase items. Buyers typically receive a discount or may negotiate a lower price for any remaining items. Buyers can also inquire about purchasing additional items such as lighting, curtains and drapes or garden decorations not included on the original sales list. Depending on the success of the sale or number of inquiries about specific items, these items may be added to the sales list on the final day of the sale.
In addition to signing up to receive email notifications on estate and auction sales websites, buyers may also sign up to receive email updates while attending the estate sale.