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Memoires of an Estate Sale Rookie

So, I think we can all agree that I did pretty well for myself at my first ever estate sale. If you saw my post yesterday, you know that I scored a fabulous new Elte area rug at a ridiculously low price.
I actually had so much fun hitting up the sale on my own, but I learned a few important lessons for next time.

1) If you want to get the good stuff, get there early.
This is probably pretty obvious, but for me, I had no idea how many people show up to these things!
They started handing out tickets at 10am for the noon sale, and I showed up around 11:15.
Plenty early...or so I thought! Little did I know that people came at ten, got their ticket, and left to come back when doors opened. When they announced that they were starting entry at ticket 770, I was shocked to see I was way down at 856!
By the time I got in, most of the key pieces that had drawn me to the sale in the ad were already sold:
faux bamboo tables in brass - SOLD before I got to them
pair of these fab bamboo chairs (wouldn't they have looked great as head chairs with my four simpler bamboo chairs?!) SOLD before I got to 'em.
Gorgeous pie crust table that reminds me of this one from one of my fave rooms ever?:
via Style at Home
You guessed it...SOLD.

The worst thing about all of these things being sold is I couldn't even see the price they were sold at! Maybe they were above my budget, which would have eased my mind, but now I will wonder forever!

I did see the price of this campaign desk as they were switching it for the 'sold' sign. It was a good price but out of my budget, so see, I feel better about it not being mine:
Except when I see a very similar desk in Jessie's bedroom looking fab, then I feel bad all over again:
via 6th Street Design School
I think the only reason my rug didn't get scooped up yet is because there were so many beautiful furniture pieces, people were forgot to look down! I almost did too!

2) Expect Some Competition
I seriously felt a little bit like I was on Storage Wars when I first arrived. While there is no bidding, competition is fierce and there are definitely some pros. People were running through the house, there was some jostling, and I overheard some debates over who saw what first! Also, everyone seemed to know each other! I got called "the new girl" and "fresh competition" and overheard more than one person saying "I haven't seen her before". For the most part though, people were very friendly. A big thanks to the man who guarded my rug while I pulled up my car and then helped me load it!

3) Have a Budget
The sale I went to was professionally organized, meaning that most of the items were photographed in the ad. I wrote down on a piece of paper the things I was interested in and what I was willing to spend on them. I had pre-budgeted $250 for my rug, so $95 was a no-brainer! Bring only as much cash as you want to spend!
 For more great advice, consult this Apartment Therapy Article.
I will definitely be hitting up more sales in the future. Have you ever been to an estate sale?!
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My New Area Rug (& Obsession)

On Friday, I had a blissful day off from both school and work. With the weather being so nice I wanted to do something a little spontaneous (and it just so happens that I had access to a vehicle last week for project week). I was perusing kijiji when I spotted an estate sale close by!
 I had never been to an estate sale before, although I always wanted to try! I wasn't fully prepared for what met me (more on that tomorrow). But I did walk out with one purchase, and I consider it the deal of the century. Actually though (keep reading).
Meet my new rug:
 I'm obsessed with it.
While it definitely needs a professional cleaning, would you believe me when I say I paid less than 100 dollars total for this thing of beauty?
 My jaw dropped when I heard the price, and I immediately paid for it and stuck my 'sold' sign on it. I didn't really get to inspect it very well, but when I got home I looked it over and spotted this on the back:
 Hand-made in Pakistan, and from ELTE?! You mean this ELTE? The one with the very, VERY expensive rugs? Like many thousands expensive? Pinch me I'm dreaming.
It also had this written on the back, although I'm not sure what it means exactly...

 I believe it to be made of wool, because of the larger knots. It's foldable, which I learned in textiles this term is a sign of a high quality knotted rug. Furthermore, the fringe is woven into the rug rather than added on later. All bonuses.
Whether or not my rug is actually worth thousands remains to be seen (I am thinking about getting it appraised), but either way, I love it!!! What do you think?!
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