Some good hints,
from several sources*, on Estate Sale Etiquette
Estate Sale Etiquette
everyone knows what this is because it was taught to them as children.
You should respect others in line and treat them as you would expect to be treated.
Hold your place in line with your presence and do not cut in line.
Do not rush the door when the sale opens.
Do not block others from entering...
Everyone has just as much right to be there as you, whether they are making a living at it or just enjoying a day
If someone picks an item up, do not grab at it.
Do not hoard items you do not intend to buy.
This is the practice of gathering
a bunch of items in a pile and taking your time looking and making a decision on whether to buy or not. We do not allow this
type of practice and require you to buy what you pile. Hording effectively removes the items from the sale during a time when
the sale might have the most potential buyers. This is not fair to the estate sale company or others attending the sale.
Purchasing Large or bulky items:
If you find a large item you would like to purchase, simply remove
the 3x5 tag from it and continue shopping. When you are ready to check out, give the tag to the cashier. When a tag is removed
from a large item such as a piece of furniture, it is a promise to purchase and indicates to other buyers that the item has
already been sold.
Piling up purchases:
If you find that you have accumulated
a load of items and can't carry any more but aren't through shopping, take the items you have to the designated hold
area and leave the items in reserve while you continue to shop. We can't guarantee to keep an eye on your items because they we
are very busy and occasionally someone will pick items from your pile not realizing they are already being sold to someone
else. If this happens, don't show anger towards the estate sale agents, they are busy and harried and can't watch your reserved
items every second, but we do provide you with a hold area that is well signed. Once you have paid for your
item, you are responsible for it's removal by the end of the sale.
a house can become very crowded with buyers during an estate sale. Try to be polite and say, "Excuse me" when someone
is blocking the path out of a room, etc. And try to be aware of where you are in the house and avoid blocking entrance to
a room. Don't stand in the hallway or some path talking to someone, there may be people who can't get around you. The time
to socialize at an estate sale is before the sale starts or after you've left the house. It is in your own best interest to
be on friendly terms with other buyers.
Come, First Served:
A line forms at the
front door (usually) and everyone keeps their own place in line. Yes, some people will walk around and talk
once they have established a place in line and this is generally accepted. But, leaving the property usually means you have
abandoned your place in line and will have to go to the end of the line if you return. Many an argument has started over this
situation. When you get in line remember you are responsible for knowing who you are behind and even how many are in front
Drive safely, be courteous of the neighbors lawns, etc., don't park in others drives
or block them. Remember that Mountain Home has an Ordinance that requires you to park on the same side of the street as the
sale, and this is a good habit, even in other towns, as there needs to be access for Emergency Vehicles to get down the road...And,
we don't want them passing more ordinances!
let the fun of buying begin!