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Things You Should Always Include In Your Estate Sale

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If you have been preparing for an estate sale, you may be thinking that you should go through the house and throw out some of the stuff before the appraiser and the estate sale manager arrive. However, even if you think that the things you're disposing of are of little value anyway, it could still be a mistake. Here are some of the things that many people are tempted to get rid of before an estate sale, but shouldn't.

Worn Furniture

It's tempting to think that you should get rid of that old, worn-out, scratched-up couch before the estate sale. After all, who is going to want to buy it in that condition, right? In fact, you may be surprised to find out that even older, worn furniture will sell in an estate sale.

Sometimes, it's just the thing that a broke or struggling young adult needs for their dorm or first apartment. With the ease of finding slipcovers and such for furniture, how it looks isn't a serious concern. You may not get a lot of money for furniture like this given its condition, but at least you'll earn something from it instead of potentially having to pay someone else to haul it away.

Old Clothing

Even if you look at your wardrobe and think that nobody else would wear it, or that it couldn't really generate enough cash to be worth leaving, it's actually one of the fastest things to sell at an estate sale. From clothes to shoes, and even formal dresses, there is sure to be something there for everyone.


Just because you think that your old books are of little value or worth doesn't mean that you should pull them out of the sale. In fact, books are a popular sale option during estate sales, especially if they are older books. They usually sell pretty inexpensively, but it can add up quickly. Remember that books are an investment, and they make great gifts, too. If you have any signed books or first editions, make sure you have them appraised before you sell them so that you don't cost yourself significant losses on those books of value.

The best thing to remember when you are preparing for an estate sale is to make sure that everything is included. Make sure that you have everything evaluated by an appraiser, and then assess how to handle everything that's left when the sale is over.

Contact a company like Antique  Trader to learn more.