In 2012 I moved from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta with only what fit in my car. The three-bedroom house I share with a roommate was pretty large and pretty empty when I moved in, but I work for a non-profit, so there was no budget to trick the place out—which is one reason I spent lots of weekend mornings in 2013 digging through strangers’ belongings alongside other strangers at estate sales all over the greater Atlanta area.
Estatesales.net has a terrific email alert that will send you listings for sales in your area. Most listings come with photos, so you can get a decent sense of whether a sale is worth the drive.
Here are some of the best of what I got this year! There are question marks following prices because I didn’t keep track of what things cost. (One reason I live with a roommate is so I don’t have to sweat impulse buys at dead people’s houses.)
Used Foley Pastry Cloth $1? (New ones retail for about $20.)
“A pastry cloth makes an excellent work surface for rolling out pie crusts, biscuits, cookies, and other doughs,” but I have no intention of ever using this as its manufacturer intended—it hangs on a wall in my kitchen, a silent reminder that some people bake.