The Top 3 Things to Buy at Estate Sales to Resell

Shopping estate sales can be a great way for you to save money and furnish your home. What you may not know, though, is that shopping these sales can give you an opportunity to make some money, too. Estate sales typically involve a house that’s filled with goods that can be purchased and resold for a profit. That’s why estate sales offer great potential for buyers, as long as you know what items to look for. Here’s a list of the top three items you can buy at an estate sale to resell for a profit.

1. Paintings 

Each estate sale you visit is bound to have its own unique collection of art. Now, regardless of it you’re a fan of paintings or art prints—there’s a huge market for vintage and antique paintings. To be sure that you make the most profit and purchase wisely, you’ll need to do a bit of research on your own before you head to local sales.

This research should include investigating what art themes are resonating the most with collectors. For example, trends may dictate that buyers are looking for Art Deco paintings. To capitalize on this trend, you’ll need to become familiar with what types of paintings or styles are included in the Art Deco era so that you can easily recognize this type of painting when you see one. Keeping tabs on what the top trends are and what types of art are included in those trends will make it easy for you to purchase and resell paintings with ease.

2. Furniture

Many estate sales are focused on getting rid of the big and bulky items, like furniture, so they don’t have to deal with them after the sale is over. This creates a potential opportunity for you to purchase furniture hot ticket items like chests, tables and dressers for a reasonable price. Modern day buyers are loving vintage pieces, so look for wooden pieces with character or stained glass elements to really resonate with buyers.

If you don’t mind revamping these pieces of furniture, there’s good money to be made in reselling the furniture that you find at estate sales. Sometimes, you’ll just need to clean these pieces up. Other times, you’ll need to sand, refinish or paint a piece of furniture to reap the biggest possible rewards. With a little elbow grease, reselling furniture you found at an estate sale can really pay off. If you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease then furniture is something you definitely want to be on the lookout for.

3. Books

The vast majority of estate sales will be selling books from many different genres. Some of the books for sale will include vintage cookbooks or best-sellers, while others may even include antique signed editions. Purchasing books from an estate sale is not only an economical choice if you’re an avid reader, but it’s a great way to make money fast. You can often purchase these estate sale books for a very reasonable price. With a little research, you can find out how much these books typically resell for and price your new purchases fairly on the internet. Or, you can try reselling them to local resale bookshops in the area.


With a little attention to detail and some outside research, it’s possible to make back the money you spend at estate sales by reselling hot ticket items you come across. Happy shopping!