Tools and Estate Sales: A Buyer’s Guide
Estate sales in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Olympia are a cost-effective way to purchase tools. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast, a seasoned contractor, or just looking for some basic hand tools, estate sales offer a wide variety of options to choose from. However, before you hit a local estate sale, we encourage you to keep the following in mind.
Research the Estate Sale
Before you attend an estate sale, take the time to research the sale and the items that will be available for sale. Look for estate sales in your local area by checking online classified ads and estate sale listings, or by contacting estate sale companies. You can also use social media and other online forums to gather information and ask questions about the sale. We offer information about upcoming estate sales online so you will have a good idea of what’s available before you go.
Know Your Tools
Before you head to the estate sale, make a list of the tools you’re looking for. This will help you stay focused and avoid impulse buys. If you are not familiar with tools, take the time to do some research. Learn about different types of tools and their uses. Familiarize yourself with the brands and models of tools that are available. This will help you decide if the tools at the estate sale are the right fit for you.
Inspect the Tools
Once you’ve found your item, take the time to inspect the tools. Specifically, look for any signs of wear and tear, such as rust, cracks, or missing parts. When inspecting hand tools, make sure they are not bent, chipped, or broken. Check the handles of the tools to make sure they are secure and not loose. Make sure the blades of cutting tools are sharp and not dull.
You should also ask to test the tools to see if they are in working condition.
Check for Safety
When shopping for power tools, safety should be a top priority. Check for any signs of electrical damage, such as frayed cords, exposed wiring, or missing grounding prongs. Make sure the tools have the necessary safety features, such as guards, switches, and emergency shut-off buttons.
Have a Plan to Get them Home
Once you have made your purchase, make sure you have a way to transport the tools home. Estate sales may have a delivery service, but you will likely be responsible for getting any items home.
We love helping our customers find just the right items. Check out our upcoming estate sales to see if we have the perfect item that will find new life in your home.