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5 Tips for Shopping Denver Estate Sales

Denver Estate sales are an amazing way to find rare and one-of-a-kind items, antiques, home decor and furniture at great prices.

Estate sales occur when a family wants to sell every item in an entire home. They are the perfect opportunity to find those pieces that you just can’t find anywhere else.

But before you go shopping, make sure that you’re prepared. That way, you can get the most out of your estate sale experience.

Read on for five tips that will make you an estate sale shopping expert.

1. Research Beforehand

Avoid buyer’s remorse by researching items you’re interested in before buying.

If you have your eye on something, a quick search engine inquiry will give you an idea of the appropriate price for the item. Do a little comparing online before making a purchase. This way, you can make sure that you’re comfortable with what you’re spending.

2. Ask for Paperwork

Don’t be afraid to ask to see paperwork for a backstory on pieces that you want to know more about.

Depending on your experience level when appraising items at Denver estate sales, asking to see paperwork for pieces of interest could be a game-changer.

Luckily, owners of large estates often do keep records for each large purchase that they make. Checking out this paperwork will give you some great insight before making decisions on what to buy.

3. Don’t Judge a Chair by Its Upholstery

Don’t let unattractive upholstery prevent you from seeing the beauty (and quality) beneath.

But how can you tell what’s worth reupholstering, and what’s not?

Generally speaking, older pieces of furniture are usually well-made and better quality than their modern equivalents. Solid wood and coil springs can be good indicators of a piece that is worth re-upholstering.

When deciding on a piece of furniture which would require re-upholstering, keep one thing in mind. It can cost between $100-$1000, depending on the size.

4. Plan Ahead

Here’s how to plan ahead before heading out on your next Denver estate sale adventure.

Make a List

If you’re looking for specific items, make a list beforehand.

That way when you arrive, you won’t forget to look for anything. You can ask someone on staff to point you in the right direction if needed.

Know the Schedule

Getting to estate sales early is necessary for getting the best pieces possible.

Make sure that you know the exact hours and days of the estate sale you’re going to.

Although prices tend to go down as days go by, the best items also get snapped up quickly. Getting there early, and making multiple visits may be necessary.

5. Travel Light

When going estate sale shopping, bring a small purse or wallet along.

Large bags are often checked at the entrance of estate sales.

To keep all of your personal items safe and on your person, bring only what you need.

Time to Go to Some Denver Estate Sales

Now that you’re prepared to make the most out of your estate sale shopping, it’s time to get out there and find some great goodies!

And if you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact us.