Winter Estate Sale Shopping Tips

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While some estate sale companies slow down or take a break during the winter, at the Michael Taylor Company, we are proud to offer year-round shopping opportunities, both at Michael Taylor At Home and at on-site sales.  This season of occasionally snowy roads and freezing temperatures can bring with it a few challenges, so we wanted to share a few tips to help you make the most of your time at the sales.

  1. Dress warmly! This might be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many folks underestimate how cold it is, standing in a line outside to wait for an estate sale to open.  Arriving early to get the best deals is a good strategy, but be sure to bundle up! Some folks also take a bag or basket and use it to mark their place in line while they retreat to the warmth of their cars to wait…pretty smart, we say. Also, inexpensive hand-warmers from stores like Wal-Mart can help fingers and toes stay warm while you wait in line.
  2. Coffee. We always have coffee at our sales, but make sure to bring a travel mug or thermos so you can fuel up while you wait for the sale to open. IMG_5933
  3. Wear flat, closed-toed shoes. Again, this one seems like a no-brainer, but we can’t count the folks who wear flip flops or high heels to our sales. We do our best to carefully mark uneven patio steps or steep/slippery basement stairs, but in older homes, sometimes the footing can be challenging. We strongly encourage you to wear shoes that will help you stay steady on your feet, especially in the winter when ice and snow can be found on entrances and pathways.
  4. Park smart! Parking is always a challenge at estate sales. Residential neighborhoods aren’t always suited for a crowd of cars. We do the best we can to manage traffic, but the best strategy is to be a good neighbor wherever you are and to err on the side of caution. Be especially careful when parking in yards; winter weather often makes the ground soft and muddy, and it’s easy to get stuck.
  5. Follow us on Facebook.  We post snow day sale updates, info about discounts and time changes on our Michael Taylor Estate and Moving Sales Facebook page…be our “friend” at: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelTaylorEstateandMovingSales/

Come rain or shine, snow or ice…you just can’t stop us from holding great estate and moving sales! With a little extra planning/care, you can get some fantastic deals, so plan on coming out and seeing us soon. We’ve got two great sales in Nashville this week, lots of discounts and deals at Michael Taylor At Home and more awesome sales coming up this month!

My best,

Michael Taylor And Company

Small Business Saturday

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This Saturday, Nov. 26th is designated as a special day to honor and shop local businesses in your community. We wanted to take a quick minute to share what we love about being a small business, and thank you, our customers and clients, for keeping us going!

The Michael Taylor company has been on the forefront of the estate and moving sale scene in Nashville since 2008, when Michael started the company with a handful of workers. Since then, Michael Taylor Estate and Moving sales has grown to become the area’s leading estate and moving sale company, with a 9,000 sq ft warehouse/retail space. We’ve conducted sales in tiny East Nashville cottages and huge Brentwood mansions, and everywhere in between.

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The company has created 15-20 (varying seasonally) jobs, both full and part-time, for local Nashville folks. While in recent years, we’ve seen national chains come in to town and establish franchised estate sale companies, we’ve been here all along–creating jobs, serving the estate sale needs of our neighbors and friends, making friends with our dear and loyal customers.

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You hear a lot about “green” businesses these days–businesses that are committed to keeping their environmental footprint small, or have a strong commitment to recycling. Without actually aspiring to trendy labels, the Michael Taylor Company is as “green” as they come. Through our estate sales, we re-introduce tons of diverse household items into our local community and marketplace. When you buy a pieces of antique furniture from our retail store rather than picking up a piece of new, imported furniture from a big box retailer, you are recycling this item by giving it new usefulness in your home. It may seem different to think of what we are doing as part of the “reduce, re-use, recycle” movement but we are making environmental impact on a local level–and you are, too, when you shop with us!

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Many small businesses (also local!) source their goods from us, creating a livelihood for countless local people in the vintage resale industry. Resellers shop our sales to stock antique stores, estate jewelry stores, flea market booths, Ebay stores, craft shows and more.

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This Nov. 26th, we hope you will consider shopping with us…we’ve got a great estate sale (see link to listing on our homepage) and Michael Taylor At Home will be offering 50% off of all glassware and 50% off jewelry. In addition to Saturday, we’re also open Weds., 10-5, Fri., 10-5 and Sun., 1-5.

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Small Business Saturday and THANK YOU for being our wonderful customers and clients. We think the world of you and love to see your smiling faces!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Co.

Save time & money…shop our off-site sales!

IMG_5451We know that estate sale shopping is fun AND a huge source of bargains…but it’s also a lot of driving, gas money and time. With this busy holiday season approaching, we’re offering one-stop shopping by hosting off-site estate sales in our huge 9,000 sq foot retail space, Michael Taylor At Home.

This week alone, we have three fabulous sales under one roof, plus our usual selection of fine furniture, original artwork and prints, rugs, sculpture, fine and costume jewelry, china, vintage clothing, silver, home decor and antiques.

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We even have a special sale of vintage toys at bargain prices…it’s a great week to work on your Christmas list!

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Whether your style is contemporary or you enjoy antiques, we’ve got something for everyone! This week, we’re also rolling out our vintage Christmas collection and our holiday decor…Jerry and Tommy have been decking the halls and our Gallery I has never looked more festive. We love the holidays at Michael Taylor At Home, and now is the time to find those unique gifts and take advantage of our lay-away program…we make it easy for you!

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Our assortment of inventory is very diverse…we have definitely got something for everyone on your list this year!

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Also, don’t miss our brand-new “store-within-a-store”, our “Vintage Boutique”…we have a wonderful, carefully curated selection of ladies shoes, jewelry, clothing, furs, handbags, hats and more!

This week marks the start of our extended holiday hours…we’re now open Weds-Sat., 10-5 and Sun. 1-5 through Christmas, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our store.

My best,

Michael Taylor and Co.

Michael Taylor At Home: Sneak preview of our Gallery update!

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Our 9,000 sq ft retail gallery, Michael Taylor At Home, is closed this week for restocking, so it seems like the perfect time to give you a sneak peek of the awesome new stuff that we’ve added to our “modern mix” of fine furniture, antiques, one-of-a-kind vintage finds, artwork and more. If you haven’t been out to our gallery, it’s conveniently located at 478 Allied Drive, 37211, and our normal hours are Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Bamboo style furniture is “having a moment” in popular decorating right now; these two occasional chairs are a great example. The hand-knotted oriental rug is one of many in our gallery–we have a large selection of wool and silk oriental rugs in an assortment of shapes, sizes and colors (and at a price that won’t break the bank!). The jade statue is one of several high-quality antique jade pieces that are a gallery feature.

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Have a collection you need to display? This dark antique display case would make a dramatic backdrop for bright Fiestaware dishes, or treasured family photos. The antique dolls are just a sampling from an extensive collection we’ve taken on consignment. I think we can say with confidence that we have one of Tennessee’s largest antique doll collections for sale in our Gallery right now; check out the photos on our website for a preview of these special dolls.

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The ’70’s are back with this awesome lucite bar chair set. These are absolutely amazing…very Saturday Night Fever!

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Here’s another 1970’s-era set that we just love. The soft green tones of the painted wood of this dining room set are gorgeous. We’ve featured ruby glass in the china cabinet, but blue and white china would be pretty, as well. LKRF6240

Have y’all met our glamorous gallery ladies? Well, be sure to drop by and say hey to the best-dressed gals in town. We offer a curated selection of vintage gowns and furs in the Gallery–only the very best of the best from names like Lillie Rubin.  Stand out at your next charity function or holiday event–these dresses are truly amazing.

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We specialize in one-of-a-kind vintage items, and these 1960’s era Colorforms toys can’t be beat. For the toy collector, 1960’s enthusiast or nostalgia buff, these would be a great gift item (and we’re closer to the holidays than you think!).

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This carved buffet would add vintage style to holiday meals, events and gatherings…you also get a glimpse here of more of our beautiful hand-loomed rugs.

These items are just a small sampling of what’s new-to-us and in store waiting for you.  If you’re looking for specific pieces or if you’re an interior designer shopping for your clients, please consult with gallery manager Jerry when you visit- he’s got a wealth of ideas and resources for you, and would love to assist you in finding the perfect piece for your collection.

Again, the Michael Taylor At Home Gallery is located at 478 Allied Dr, Nashville and open Thurs.-Sat, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Come see us soon!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company