Do you go to estate sales and wonder what items have the best value? Do you often feel overwhelmed questioning what you should be looking for?
There is some estate sale finds that you should not pass up (and some you should!).
Keep reading for the top 3 items that you should look for at an estate sale.

High-Value Estate Sale Finds

Whether you’re looking for items to sell, something to give as a gift, or an article to keep for yourself, there are certain things you should be on the lookout for at estate sales.
Because estate sales might happen after an owner’s death or because a homeowner is downsizing, you might get some great deals as those putting on the estate sale need everything to go. Here are three things to look for:

Sterling Silver

People don’t usually get rid of silver items because they think it might have value some day. Look for things such as baby silver spoons, serving dishes, flatware, and candlesticks.
If you know what to look for in sterling silver, you might find some high-value pieces. Pay attention to the sterling hallmark, which is impressed on the silver and includes the maker and date. Know what you are looking for ahead of time and bring a smartphone or have someone standing by to look up the value for you.


Glassware is a common item found at estate sales. Some collectors focus on certain producers or glassware from specific time periods, like the Depression.
If you want to shop for high-value items or those to resell, you should have a plan of what you are looking for. If you’re merely looking for glassware for your personal use, you only need to be concerned with style.
It is important to inspect any glassware for cracks or chips, though, whether you want to sell it or have it for personal use.


Estate sales can be excellent places to find unique, solidly built furniture for a steal. These pieces can be used as-is or refinished to be used in your home or re-sold.
Wingback chairs, demilunes, settees, curio cabinets, and buffets can all be found at estate sales and can often be purchased for a great price. Antique furniture is much sturdier and robust than contemporary furniture in many cases.
One thing to remember, though, is that if you are buying furniture at an estate sale, make sure you have a way to get it home.

What Will You Look For at Your Next Estate Sale?

Now that you have an idea of some the things you should be looking for at estate sales, it’s time to start planning your strategy. What will you look for at your next estate sale?
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