Monday, September 3, 2012

How To Find Estate Sales

I should preface this post with a little note to my dad who's not going to be pleased that I'm sharing these "secrets". Dad, many people who read my blog do not live in California... so this post will in no way create competition for you at estate sales. Also, thank you for thinking that my blog is popular enough to even do that. Haha.

Now, with that being said, I've had a few people ask me how to find estate sales in their cities so I thought I would share my three favorite ways...

My favorite way to find estate sales is in the Pennysaver. I did a little research and it turns out that the Pennysaver is available in print mainly in California and Florida but their website is nationwide. The classified ads section in your local newspaper is a good place to check too.

My second favorite resource is I like this website because it ranks the sales by date which makes it easy to find a sale starting soon in your area. Also, many estate sale companies use this website and post multiple photos. Lots of times I decided whether or not I'll go to the sale based on the photos.

The last place I always check is Craigslist. Craigslist can be tricky because many people use the term "estate sale" to get their ad out there. Many times I find myself weeding through ads for old pieces of furniture and broken down refrigerators before I find an actual estate sale, and even then, there's a good chance that there won't be photos. You never know what you're going to find though. It's always worth a shot.

So... those are my three favorite ways to find estate sales. Do any of you fellow bargain hunters have tips you'd like to share as well?


  1. So funny you posted this because I was pondering this last week. I looked at all three after doing some research. My only problem is I don't like estate sale companies which is on alot. I find the markup ridiculous . Thanks for the post! Just started following you on instagram! (laurachttrtn28)

  2. I'm with your Dad.. Stop spilling the beans! haha. I often find out about estate sales from this great gal I know... You might know her... :) By the way, I'm loving the throwback Pennysaver logo!!