When the weekend approaches, I am sure many look
forward to a little shopping time. Shopping the boutiques of
Webster Avenue is always nice or going for a stroll at Old Orchard.
But I usually look for something a little different.
I am always on the hunt for the next great decor
item, and that begins on the internet. As the weekend draws near, I
check out www.estatesales.net
. It is a great site that maps estate sales near
The great thing about this site is when you click
on a sales tab, it takes you to the "homes" site. This provides you
with the home address, hours of the sale, item descriptions and
PICTURES! Some estate dealers upload everything in the sale,
which is great! While others provide a teaser.
If you see something you like you do have the
option to contact the dealer prior to the sale for inquiries on
price and a possible purchase.
I love that I no longer have to spend my weekends
driving around town in hopes of conquering that great find. Now, I
can preview which sales are worth it and which sales I can pass
Here is an example of a few items I found online to
dress up my home entrance. Everything was found at estate sales in
the Chicago area.
The mirror was found at an estate sale in Winnetka.
It was on the porch for $5. It was actually all white. It had at
least five layers of paint underneath. As I began the paint
stripping process, I found black, gold and natural wood. I ended up
deciding that I liked the character of the many layers shining
The table was found at an estate sale in Evanston. I got
it for $20. I gave it a black wash color and then sanded it down a
little to give it a more "aged" feel. I loved that it is a solid
wood piece with a some storage and two shelves to showcase items in
The white bowl is actually an antique English
Ironstone bowl. Sometimes, estate dealers don't do their research,
which is nice because you can get a deal! Maybe they are just
overwhelmed with items. This english ironstone bowl is actually
marked too! I got it for $2 and I know it is worth a lot more. I am
always on the hunt for white bowls/pitchers.
And yes, the books are also estate sale finds. I
won't ever pay more than $7-$10 for hardcover books so it takes
time to build a collection. I am also picky about books. But I am
happy with what I have found so far.
Side note: I usually attend estate sales on day
two. I almost never go to estates sales on the first day unless
there is something I really must have. Prices are jacked up on day
one. Then, each day of the sale prices get marked down. By the last
day you are almost always able to negotiate even better
So, moms and dads of Chicago, log on to www.estatesales.net
and do a little homework before the weekend. Just know that
Chicago is a treasure hunt of great thrifty finds to decorate any
Born and raised in Chicago and it's northern suburb, Cecilia is a traveling hockey/soccer momma, a business owner and a crazed Thrifty Home D.I.Y blogging fanatic documenting it all as her alter ego on homewithkeki.blogspot.com.
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