Anything from retro costume manufacturer, furniture, jewelry, and toys are what vintage collectors look for since they are highly collectible and easy to resell. What makes these estate sales even more appealing for vintage lovers is that older items can be bought at bargain prices.
Vintage furniture is particularly great since it gives you the chance to decorate your home in your own style and is even less expensive than buying brand new furniture that is manufactured to have the same look. Why pay for the new stuff when you can have the real deal and at higher quality? If you are a fan of the TV show Mad Men and find the eclectic 1960’s look appealing, then estate sales are right up your alley.
Keep in mind that retro furniture from the 1950’s to the 1970’s can sometimes be in rough shape or in kooky color schemes. Don’t fret over it if it has good overall bones since a piece can easily be reupholstered if you think it’s totally groovy. Refurbishing the piece can be totally worth it if you really like what you find and it’s unique. If you don’t have the expertise to do it yourself, make sure you use a reputable source to help you return the object to its former glory.
Vintage clothing is another hot find at estate sales and is highly resalable if you have a little side business on eBay or at a consignment shop. Retro outfits are all the rage with fashion forward folks at the moment, so don’t hesitate to snap it up if you see it. Finding vintage clothing can be great for doing some photography, displaying, wearing or even just general collecting. Retro clothing is usually fairly cheap (even the designer brands)and many folks at estate sales ignore them, but you will undoubtedly spot the vintage clothes freak stocking up at any given sale knowing she’s hit the jackpot.
Shoes and hats from the 1950’s are always a nifty find and are sure to give your wardrobe a one-of-a-kind look. Make sure to check condition to ensure that there is no dry rot or other issues that might cause the piece to fall apart. Otherwise a damaged zipper or frayed hem can easily be repaired by a talented seamstress on the cheap.