4 Ways to Grow Your Compassion While Shopping Estate Sales

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CoziNest is an antique business looking for the very best deals on good quality furnishings. One of the best places to find great pieces is at an estate sale.

Growing Your Compassion While Shopping

This past weekend 007 and I organized our trip to 4 different estate sales all within 30 miles of each other. We were searching for a couple of pieces of furniture within a limited budget. We found our pieces, but more importantly, at each sale I learned something about myself.

Estate Sale Closet

  1. I felt it important to show sensitivity to the family, even though they may not be in attendance. As I walked into a ladies’ closet and ran my hand over her clothing, I found myself imagining the occasions she wore certain items. Perhaps she got dressed up for a grandchild’s graduation, a family picnic or a baby’s christening.
  2. Although these are tangible, material things, I wanted to show tenderness toward the items. I wondered if the bracelets I was stretching over my wrist were a birthday gift, or a souvenir from a fun, family vacation. Did she get them for Christmas, or some on her wedding day? The trophies that lined shelves were awards or medals achieved for a job well-done or service to our country.jewelry collection
  3. In one particular house, there were some very pretty, dainty pieces of furniture. It was sad to think that no one in her family wanted these heirlooms. Then I felt sorry for the family who had to make the decisions to part with them. We talked all the way home, morbidly I admit, about how to spare our children from the hassle. Vintage Toys
  4. I wanted to assume the best about their life and strive to live that way in my own. “Life is hard and then you die,” is a sarcastic quote I’ve heard through the years. Estate sales remind me of this. Life is short. Listen to music, play with the kids, read lots of books, dress up for special occasions and clean out your closets. Unless… your children kept messy rooms. Hehehe.


The two pieces of furniture are going to my booth today. But, I have a much greater appreciation for each piece. I didn’t mind polishing the wood or vacuuming the upholstery. The hardest part was pricing them.


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One thought on “4 Ways to Grow Your Compassion While Shopping Estate Sales

  1. My dad died in April and his house just sold this past week. My sisters in New York had the HUGE task of deciding what to do with a five bedroom house full of furniture, decorative and personal items that my parents had spent a lifetime accumulating. It was beyond difficult, both physically and mentally. My sisters held an estate sale at the house and cried every time someone walked away with one of my mom’s treasures or touched a dress that she wore to a particular wedding. There were some things we kept and distributed among the 5 siblings, like some furniture and my mom’s paintings, but we couldn’t take everything, so the rest had to be sold. I wrote a post called “Who Will Get Your Stuff?” Here is the link if you’re interested: https://clamco.blogspot.com/2018/06/who-will-get-your-stuff.html

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