This Estate Sale Website Is the Best Way to Shop Inexpensive Vintage
Now you don’t even have to leave the house to go vintage picking. At this online secondhand store, all bids start at just $1.
Is it just us, or does anyone else experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to estate sales? We even get envious when out-of-town friends share their vintage rug and furniture scores.
The solution to that envy is Everything But The House (EBTH)—an online estate sale platform where you can buy secondhand goods from all over the country.
Unlike some estate sales that list each item at a certain price, EBTH starts each bidding off at $1. Yes, even a Persian rug or a vintage armoire. All auctions last 5-7 days, so you have up to a week to bid on must-have art, decor, jewelry, collectibles, appliances, and more.
Vintage gurus Kim Daunis and Natalie Papier, who own interior design company Home Ec, both recommend EBTH for online markets. Their experience in finding vintage goods for clients makes them experts in estate sales.
“Have an idea of what the item is worth before you start (or what it worth to you),” says Kim. “If you offer a price that is too low, you risk losing the item altogether. Best advice is to be fair and respectful.”
Becoming a seller for EBTH is simple. All you have to do is call for a free consultation about the items you’re willing to sell. If they fit EBTH’s guidelines, representatives will come to your home (yes, anywhere) to authenticate qualifying objects and professionally photograph each item. From there, they’ll post your items for sale with a detailed description. EBTH will handle the payment and shipping and send you a check in the mail within 30 days.
Of course, EBTH does vet certain products that are sold on their site. Big-ticket items are often reviewed by experts so you know the piece you’re buying is authentic. Nevertheless, you should do some research before purchasing secondhand items online. EBTH’s buyer guides are a good place to start.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions to understand the history of the piece,” says Natalie. “Did the piece come out of a large estate? Is it from a smoke-free home? If it is an investment piece, be sure that it has been authenticated. Always ask for additional pictures if you are not sure.”
As true with any vintage retailer, make sure you understand the return policy. For EBTH, returns are not accepted.
While EBTH sells just about anything your home could need (even cars!), there is one thing even the experts say you should buy new instead of secondhand.
“We like to buy soft goods like pillows and blankets new,” said Kim. “Especially when purchasing online, it is hard to determine if an item can be cleaned, or if it has an odor that is impossible to remove.”
If you’re new to vintage shopping, Kim and Natalie have a go-to favorite they never pass up when searching for vintage goods: brass accessories.
“This type of piece can work with all kinds of styles, from traditional to eclectic while bringing a little whimsy into your shelf styling,” said Natalie. We’re sold. Time to start the bidding!