Let’s Get Crafty…DIY Ideas for Estate Sale Finds!


Nobody loves estate sales more than us, and we come across SO many great treasures! But…sometimes you need a little inspiration to know what to DO with all the great stuff you run across, right? Well, we’ve put together a few ideas to help get you in the mood to hit the sales…you never know what you’re going to find! We’ve got two great sales this week and many more to come all summer…


Add a set of wheels to a stack of old crates (Home Depot has wheels like the ones pictured), stack those crates high and you’ve got a rustic storage area to corral clutter in an entryway. The soda bottle box on top holds sunglasses, mittens and scarves. So unique and different, right? Plus a great re-use of old items.

IMG_7392Decorate a set of basement stairs with old license plates! We come across these in basements and garages all the time! A fun collection that you can display and add to over time, right?


So easy! Stack old suitcases to make a great bedside table…and they are excellent storage for things like linens and out-of-season clothing items. Add a tray or mirror on top for a finished look.


We love this one! An old treadle sewing machine cabinet has been transformed into a vanity table with storage for make-up and jewelry. A great way to update and re-purpose this stylish antique piece.


Create a pet bed out of an old dresser drawer! A new set of legs are added, plus a cushion…much fancier than your typical foam pet bed.


Here’s one for us here in Tennessee, right? Almost any bottle can be transformed into a soap dispenser with a simple pump kit; they are easy to find at Michael’s craft stores or on Amazon.


We see so many gorgeous vintage linens in our sales. Here’s a great idea that anyone with basic sewing skills can accomplish…what a fun way to re-use that pretty embroidery!


Create a drinks station with a simple wooden shelf and a galvanized bucket! We often come across small occasional pieces like this…just cut out the top with a jigsaw and drop in your bucket. Perfect for 4th of July parties.


Up-cycle that old picture frame…paint it, staple strips of lace to the back and hang an earring collection. Wouldn’t that be a great gift item?


Here an old grater holds a beautiful bouquet of dried flowers…an easy and unexpected idea that would look great in a kitchen or on a patio.

Ready to hit the sales? We’re going to keep ’em coming all summer and we definitely have some fabulous ones coming up this season. Our retail store, Michael Taylor At Home, is open this week with TONS of great items ready to use as/is or to re-purpose in creative and new ways!

See you soon!

Michael Taylor and Co.

P.S.  We’ve got the best team in town and we’re looking to expand! Need a great full or part-time job with flexible daytime hours, discounts on purchases, and $11/hr to start? Get a new job today…hit the “Employment” tab on our home page and apply on-line or email your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We’ll train you…looking for fun people who love a challenge!


The Michael Taylor Co. Difference: Quality Staff, Quality Training



As Nashville’s leading estate and moving sale company, we take pride in setting the standard for liquidation sales here in Tennessee, and have for almost a decade. Our customers expect well-organized sales, professional workers, policies that benefit the client and customer alike, and a welcoming atmosphere.

We know that it is of the utmost importance to our clients that they receive the highest value for their estate items.  To ensure that our workers know what to look for, we hold in-house training sessions, conducted by Michael himself, in which workers learn how to research and accurately price items for the resale market.

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Michael teaches our staff to accurately price and value items in every sale.

This tradition of training sets the Michael Taylor Company apart from our competition in the estate and moving sale market. We also carefully screen our workers, making sure to conduct through background checks. Many of our workers have been with the company for years, and we have a strong culture of teamwork. Our clients can feel confident that their homes are in good hands with our company, and we work to ensure that our professional standards are met with every sale.

Raise your hand if you love estate and moving sales!
Raise your hands if you love estate and moving sales!

As you can see, it’s all hands on deck at the Michael Taylor Company…we love to have fun, too!  If you or someone you know are considering having a liquidation sale this season, we hope you’ll call us at 615-545-2867…our schedule fills up fast, so don’t wait! Or if you or someone you know is looking for a GREAT job on the best team in town, email those resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.…we still have room to grow.

This week we’re offering 25% off of all fine and costume jewelry and watches at Michael Taylor At Home…drop by and see our fabulous selection! And we’ve got two sales in Brentwood this Thurs-Sat. so plan on coming out to shop with us there…tons of deals on fine furniture, rugs, lighting, collectibles and more! Of course, next week is our annual Easter hat contest so we hope y’all are getting those bonnets together. We will have fabulous prizes, guaranteed.

My best,

Michael Taylor And Company


What’s New at the Michael Taylor Company?

springupdateSpring has definitely sprung, and we have so much news that we thought we’d devote a whole blog post to sharing what we’ve got in the works with our favorite customers (that’s you!). First off, it’s almost time for our Easter Bonnet Contest! I think this is our fourth year of this annual event, and each year our customers outdo themselves with the creative and fun Easter hats that they wear to our sales and our gallery. Date is TBD, but now’s the time to be getting that awesome Easter hat ready to go! We will have fabulous prizes for the lucky winners, and you know we always make it worth your while so get busy putting together those fancy bonnets, y’all! It will be here before you know it.

Get creative! We love a fancy Easter bonnet!
Get creative! We love a fancy Easter bonnet!

It’s also our spring hiring season. Do you, or do you know anyone who is looking to join our fabulous estate and moving sale team? We’re offering competitive wages (starting at $11/hr!) to experienced cashiers, salespeople and sale setters. Looking for honest, trustworthy folks who can lift min. 25 lbs and can work 3 days/week, min. helpwanted It’s a great job that’s new every week…if you love antiques/junk hunting, why not make money working in the industry? Send your resume/or a description of qualifications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we can get you to work right away! And please, share this opportunity with a friend…if we hire them, we’ll give you a $25 gift certificate (just make sure they tell us who sent them!).


Well, what part?? This cute pillow is for sale in our Gallery, but it’s also a CLUE about an awesome new project that Michael Taylor has had in the works for awhile. We’ll be launching a NEW store-within-a-store featuring fabulous gift items at Michael Taylor At Home.  We’re always working on finding items that our customers simply can’t find at other stores, and we’re excited to open this special new mini-store inside Michael Taylor At Home…it’s still a work-in-progress for now, but it’s definitely happening this spring and we know you’re going to love it. We’re also extending our business hours for the season…we’re now open starting Tues. March 14 from Tuesday thru Saturday each week, from 10am-5pm.  Watch our Facebook pages for the latest news and you won’t miss a thing!

Spring also means that estate sale season will be ramping up, so get ready for even more fabulous sales conducted by our company each week. We strive to offer you the best services, pricing and customer service in the industry. We know you have a choice when it comes to estate sale shopping and we endeavor to treat our customers better than any other company in Nashville. Remember, our Frequent Shopping Club is free to join. Just spend $100 at one time at any one of our sales and you’ll be given a card. Every time you attend a sale and make a purchase, your card will be punched (1 punch/week). Turn your completed card in for $25 credit towards a purchase…what could be easier?

Thank you for shopping at Michael Taylor At Home, and at all of our estate sales! We’ll see you soon!

My best,

Michael Taylor & Company

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Decor & More!

IMG_5633 (1)Holiday season is here and it’s time to deck the halls! We’ve got some fun ideas for getting into the spirit of the season, even if you’re short on time and budget.

  1. Set a festive table! Get out the Christmas china, festive glassware and crystal. It’s time to enjoy using your “special” dinnerware…why not even for simple family meals? ‘Tis the season! We frequently feature holiday-themed dinnerware at our estate sales, so if you’re lacking that special Santa mug, check our weekly listings…we might have just what you’re looking for! WIJT6994
  2. Indulge in nostalgia and special memories. Everyone has a few vintage holiday ornaments or decorative items that bring back the past…share the story behind the vintage Santa with a new generation. LIMI3505
  3. Get out those fun seasonal collections and holiday displays! It’s a lot of work to set up the Christmas village or to decorate the tree, but isn’t it worth it? It’s the time of year for over-the-top decorating…enjoy every minute! We love this village set up in an old china cabinet…don’t the lights make it special?
    photo credit: cindysfracturedfairytales.blogspot.com
    photo credit: cindysfracturedfairytales.blogspot.com

    4. Wear a festive outfit…it doesn’t have to be a Christmas sweater! (Although we think those are pretty fun!) If you haven’t been to the “Vintage Boutique” at Michael Taylor at home, you can find this retro ladies suit and lots more fun holiday garb at great prices…what are you waiting for?IMG_5565

And if you’re looking for food and friends, we’ve got a special holiday event coming up on Dec. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Michael Taylor At Home…it’s our holiday open house, and we’d love to see you there! We’ve got prize drawings, refreshments and special deals…bring a friend and come say hello. IMG_5547

It’s a busy month, but we hope to see you at our sales and our open house…our customers are very special to us and we truly appreciate your business!

My best this holiday season,

Michael Taylor & Co.

Off-site Sales are On Point!

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Michael Taylor Estate and Moving Sales has been the leading estate liquidation company in Nashville for several years, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded our line-up of services to include off-site sales.
What is an “off-site sale”, you may ask? Great question! Sometimes, it’s simply not convenient for our clients to have their liquidation sale on their property. So, we now have the option to move the items that would be included in a sale to our 9,000 sq ft retail location, Michael Taylor At Home, and stage the sale on our retail property rather than in the client’s residence.
Our 9,000 sq ft warehouse has tons of great display space for off-site sales!
What’s great about shopping off-site sales? The deals are just as good as a regular sale, but you have the advantage of shopping in the comfort of our conveniently located retail store, with lots of parking, great lighting and longer hours. No fighting for a parking spot on crowded residential streets, or navigating through narrow hallways or multiple staircases…we think you’ll like the sound of that!
Who should hold an off-site sale? These sales are perfect for clients who are unable to hold a sale at their residence due to HOA restrictions, or for clients who have a residence that is unable to accomodate the volume of street parking that a sale generates. An off-site sale is also great for the client who wants to liquidate the contents of a large storage unit; the contents can easily be moved to our retail store. We also recommend off-site sales for clients who want to clear out their home in advance of putting it on the real estate market so that the home can be professionally staged and show more effectively. Off-site sales are also an efficient way to do some downsizing or to liquidate a collection without the inconvenience of having the sale in the residence.
Of course, we price, research, advertise and stage items in our off-site sales with the same knowledge, care and experience as our on-site sales.
Our spacious, well-lit gallery is the perfect place to display the items in your off-site sale!
Our spacious, well-lit gallery is the perfect place to display the items in your off-site sale!

We’ll be holding more off-site sales at Michael Taylor At Home this fall and winter and encourage you to add them to your regular estate sale shopping schedule. You’ll find them listed with our regular sales on EstateSales.net. And, if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our off-site sale options, please call us a 615-545-2867. We’d love to hear from you!

My best,
Michael Taylor & Company
P.S. We’ve got a lot of exciting stuff happening through the end of the month. 4 estate sales this week (check our listings for more info!) and our Tim Liddle art show is here at Michael Taylor At Home through the end of the month.

De-Light-ful Deals: Lighting fixtures are the best value in estate sale shopping

It’s no secret that you can save money by shopping estate sales. Just like cars, most brand-new housewares, furniture and home accessories drop in value once they leave the retail store. At our sales, we sell pre-owned merchandise and thus are able to pass this cost savings along to our customers. But, there are some things that retain their value better than others, and we’re happy to shed some light on that subject! (Pun intended!)


This dramatic crystal chandelier from a recent Brentwood-area sale is a great example. Fixtures of this size, type and quality retail for tens of thousands of dollars at popular lighting retailers.  It’s easy to understand why; the sparkle and drama of a huge crystal chandelier makes a beautiful and timeless statement that instantly upgrades the look of any home.

At our sale, this fixture listed for much less than the retail price, but here’s where the value comes in–it was in the exact same condition as the day it was purchased. Classic ceiling lighting fixtures typically don’t incur much, if any, wear and tear. And lighting fixtures defy trends; this fixture wouldn’t have looked out-of-place 50 years ago, nor is it likely to look dated 50 years from now. Now that’s a deal!

While the condition of some items (for example, fabric-covered furniture) deteriorates with time and use, this isn’t typically true of lighting. An exception would be cords or shades on table lamps. However, replacing wiring or cords on vintage or antique fixtures is a simple matter; cord “kits” are available at Home Depot and a new cord can replace a frayed one in a matter of minutes.  And replacing a shade is easy; we tend to have a lot of them at our sales or big box retailers like Target carry them at low prices.

With the availability and abundance of both ceiling and table lighting fixtures at our sales, we can say with confidence that there’s no reason to ever buy a new lighting fixture.


Here are a few great examples available at Michael Taylor At Home, where we showcase a tremendous variety of table and ceiling fixtures, from contemporary to antique. If you are looking to upgrade the look of your home AND get the most value for your dollar, we cannot recommend starting with lighting strongly enough!

Come see us this week at our 4 great sales in Madison, Old Hickory, Franklin and Thompson’s Station…or at Michael Taylor At Home. We’re happy to help you find a great new light fixture (at a great price!).

My best,

Michael Taylor And Company

Here’s Your Sign! Funny signs you definitely won’t see at our sales…

At Michael Taylor Estate and Moving Sales, we pride ourselves in our best-in-business practices, including our printed signage.

Keeping it classy!

As a professional operation, we hold ourselves to the highest standards but we aren’t above having a laugh with (not at, we respect everyone!) the do-it-yourself-ers who take a lighter approach. Hey, we know better than anyone that putting on a sale is a hard job, and we see the funny side, too. Here are a few signs that we definitely won’t be using, but made us laugh anyway:

Photo credit: neverclassy.com
Photo credit: neverclassy.com

It’ll be huuuuuge! Well, we can’t get political, but it looks like they’ve got some hair-raising deals at this sale…

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Hey, it’s Lionel Ritchie…he actually lived here in Nashville when he was recording his country album and we know he’s a fan of local culture, so maybe he’d appreciate a sign like this? Funny stuff, but I think we’ll stick to our standard signs.

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Simpsons fans will appreciate this one. We’ve all had that “take all my money” moment when we see something great at a sale!

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Sometimes the truth is…too much?

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This one’s for you, Star Wars fans! May the force be with you and help you find amazing treasures at low, low prices!

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Photo credit: Jennifer Allwood, www.themagicbrush.com

Just trying to help good ol’ mom out of her hoarder situation! Hope she has a good sense of humor…

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We couldn’t agree more with the sentiment behind this one. You deserve it! And we’ve got 5 great sales this week just FULL of amazing stuff…check the listings on our home page for locations, dates and photos. Of special note is our Red Carpet Sale in Manchester, TN–just a short hour’s drive from the Metro area. That sale has a really unusual assortment of chinoiserie, clocks, antiques, glassware, patio furniture and much more.

We can’t wait to see you there….just follow the (informative and professionally printed) signs!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company


Summer Tips for Successful Estate Sale Shopping



Ah, the great outdoors! Are you wearing your bug spray and sunscreen?
Ah, an estate sale in the great outdoors! Are you wearing your bug spray and sunscreen?

Is it hot enough for you? Summer is here for sure in Tennessee, and that’s great news for estate sale fans. This time of year boasts the largest number of estate sales, barn sales, tent sales…you name it! There’s lots of shopping fun to be had, but it’s also a time of year when you need to plan ahead and take a few precautions so that you don’t run into trouble when you’re on the hunt for discounted treasures.


Warmer temps mean that sales are held outdoors as well as inside. When you’re picking through items that have been stored in barns or sheds, you might want to bring along a pair of gloves to protect your hands from dirt, rust, splinters…and the occasional spider. A little good planning helps make the experience safer and more fun.

Park smart and avoid trouble! It's worth the effort.
Park smart and avoid trouble! It’s worth the effort.

Estate sale parking can be challenging, especially with larger summertime crowds. Neighborhoods are rarely designed for the influx of vehicles that a sale can attract, and often times people are in a rush to park and get inside to shop. However, it’s important to remember that there’s not ANY deal that’s worth a scraped bumper. Take special care in older neighborhoods with narrow streets (Inglewood) or inside condominium complexes not to park on both sides of the street–there must always be a clear path for emergency vehicles. Summer often brings heavy rains; if an area looks muddy, be extra careful about parking your vehicle!

Yeah, that's how you roll your ankle on the uneven terrain or rickety basement stairs at an estate sale. Wear closed-toed shoes!
Yeah, that’s how you roll an ankle on the uneven lawn or rickety basement stairs at an estate sale.

Can we talk about flip flops? We love our flip flops in the summertime…but they are a hazard at estate sales. Often, older houses have uneven flooring, or steep/slippery/narrow basement and attic stairs. Navigating narrow hallways in a crowd of estate sale shoppers while wearing flip-flops can be dangerous to your toes! Please consider saving the flip flops for the beach, and wear your closed-toed shoes to the sales.

Hydrate, hydrate! We'll have the lemonade waiting for you at our summer sales.
Hydrate, hydrate! We’ll have the lemonade waiting for you at our summer sales.

Summer estate sales are often hot…especially outdoor barn and tent sales! Be sure to stay hydrated in warm weather. We offer complimentary lemonade, coffee and ice water at all of our sales, so please be sure to take advantage of this.

Keep bugs and sunburn at bay!
Keep bugs and sunburn at bay!

If you’re out at estate sales, it’s good to keep a bottle of sunscreen and bug spray handy. With the warmer weather, often times we will have items for sale outdoors; and y’all know that mosquitos are out in force this time of year. A little spray will help keep ’em away!

Join the fun and line up early!
Join the fun and line up early!

If you really want to beat the heat, arrive early. Our sales open at 8:00 a.m., and folks generally start lining up on the first day at about 7:00 a.m. It’s generally as cool outside as it’s going to be at that time, and there are lots of friendly people to chat with in line.  We really do have the best customers and we love seeing them each week!

Check our estate sale listings (link on our home page) for where we’ll be, and come join us for great deals and a glass of lemonade. See you there!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company


Behind the Scenes: Setting the Sale!

Believe it or not, this closet will be clean, organized and ready to shop in a few short days!
Where’s Waldo?? Believe it or not, this closet will be clean, organized and ready to shop in a few short days!

It’s no secret that we host some of Nashville’s largest estate and moving sales. While many local firms also handle single family homes, our area of specialization–and we really shine here!–is in liquidating the contents of larger properties. We have the experience, staff volume and knowledge to set even the largest of sales in 3-4 days. One of the most frequently asked questions we get from estate sale clients is, “Will you be ready to go on time?” because they can’t believe that we can clean, organize and set up large and complicated sales in such a short time frame. But, we get it done!


Supplies are key, and we bring them to each sale. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, light bulbs, extra lighting, air fresheners…we bring it all in and get right to work!

Sometimes treasure, sometimes trash. We sort it out!
Sometimes treasure, sometimes trash. We sort it out!

Every sale has some items that need to be thrown out to ensure that the property is clean and the areas in the home are shopable. Some homes will have larger items in need of disposal; in these cases, we call in a dumpster to make clean-up easier.


And then once the cleaning is done, we start setting the sale. All furniture, accessories, etc. are arranged and priced for easy shopping.

This guy! (Hey, we've got to have a little fun...)
This guy! (Hey, we’ve got to have a little fun…)

And once the sale is all set, we try out the bathtubs! Ha ha…no, we totally do NOT do that; our fearless leader, Michael Taylor, is just joking around in there.

Tool guy/gal alert!
Tool guy/gal alert!

This particular sale (located in Brentwood, TN, starting Friday, 7/1 and running through Monday 7/4) has something for everyone–from antiques to Craftsmen tools and cabinets.

Need glassware, crystal or barware? We've gotcha covered!
Need glassware, crystal or barware? We’ve gotcha covered!

We’ll have tons of glassware, crystal and bar accessories. The homeowner was a former antique dealer, as well, so we have some really great antiques.


Lighting, candlesticks and crystal pieces are a special feature of this sale.

You are definitely going to need a ladder to reach the top shelf!
You are definitely going to need a ladder to reach the top shelf, Michael!

Not to mention, these 12-foot tall cabinets (set of 2). Michael is in the photo to provide scale; he’s well over 6 ft tall. These are huge cabinets!


More china, glassware and lighting! This really is a huge sale. Antique dealers, take note!


Plus, we’re selling a boat. Boats, cars, jet skis…if the seller has a clear title, we’re always happy to add it to the sale! These items usually move VERY fast, so be there early if you’re looking for a vehicle or watercraft.


Our last step before opening a sale is to get out our signage…after that, we’re open for business and ready to go!

Information and more photos about this Brentwood-area sale are available under the “Estate Sale Listings” tab on the home page of our website. It’s truly a don’t-miss sale and we look forward to seeing you there!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company