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Furniture Estate Sale: What to Sell, What to Shop For


We bet you just can’t get enough of real wood dressers or tables? What about an old-fashioned velvet couch or retro armchair? Well, meet your match with a furniture estate sale.

Estate sales are perfect for owners to sell big-ticket items they no longer want or need such as furniture, art, or cars. Equally as great, buyers partake in the thrilling ride of purchasing large, high-quality pieces with history. Plus, whatever you buy will most definitely have an amazing story behind it.

Whether you need to hold a furniture estate sale, or want to shop one, working with a reputable estate sale company is vital to your success. If you are in or around the Atlanta area, make sure to work with Maple Street Estates.

Our real estate liquidators have experience with antiques, collectibles, vintage goods, and much more. According to our expertise, let’s discuss what estate owners should sell, and what buyers should shop for.

Selling Estate Furniture

How do you decide what to sell?

If anything on the list below pertains to a piece you want to sell, make it a part of your furniture estate sale.

  • Vintage pieces that are not made anymore by well-known furniture brands.
  • Some well-known brands are Century, Drexel Heritage, Durham, Ethan Allen, Henkel Harris, and Stickley.
  • Prestigious antique furniture brands between 1900-1950: Biggs, Beacon Hill, Doten-Dunton, Georgetown Galleries, Kindel, and Kittinger.
  • Solid mahogany, oak, or brass
  • Mahogany veneer over oak, flame mahogany, half-sawn mahogany, and ribbon mahogany
  • Oak interior drawers
  • Veneered pieces with bow front or serpentine casings
  • Drawers with progressed (graduated) sizes
  • Anything with drawer joints front and back, especially Dovetail 

Estate Furniture Buyers

Furniture shopping can be overwhelming. With the below tips and important facts, you will be on your way to owning beautiful high-quality, designer estate sale furniture.

  • Look for brand stamps or markings.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Look for wobbly legs and drawers that don’t open or close properly. Remove cushions on sofas or chairs. High-quality upholstery will have aligned patterns.
  • Take a good sniff for pet or smoke odors.
  • Look for the above lists of brands mentioned. In addition to the most prestigious furniture companies from 1900-1950 above, there are other excellent brands.
  • John Wannamaker, Landstrom, Old Colony, Romweber, Paine, Williams-Kimp, Danersk, Baker, Irwin, Herman Miller, Saybolt Cleland are all excellent brands.
  • Beveled edges, cockbeaded drawers, and mitered, mortise-and-tenon, or dovetail joints are all signs of high-quality.
  • Prioritize pieces that are true to one style, not a mixture or different styles.
  • Examine the quality of wood. When treated properly, solid wood will last a lifetime. Fiberboard, particleboard, or plywood, as well as pieces held together with staples, may want to be passed over.
  • Wood on wood is said to be a sign of poor built.
  • If a piece is claimed to have been made during WWII and is made of brass, get a professional opinion. Furniture manufacturers were not allowed to use brass during the war.
  • The item is something you can give a new paint job or sanding to.
  • You feel good about the purchase and in knowing you cannot return the item.

Atlanta Estate Sale Help

Maple Street Estates has impressive seller and buyer services that make estates sales stress-free for both the home owner and customers.

As a seller, find an estate liquidation company that takes house inventory for you. Here will start the process of what you want to and should sell. Each piece of furniture will be thoroughly examined and priced depending on a number of factors. Brand markings and stamps, nicks or scratches, material, and build are main considerations.

As a buyer, go to furniture estate sales of companies with a loyal customer base. View upcoming local Atlanta area sales here.

You will always start off right with a free home consultation by Maple Street Estates. Contact us today to get started.