I was so excited to find out that there is a new site allowing you to view state sales and online auctions from the comfort of your couch! Similar to Auction Ohio, Everything But The House allows you to view and bid live on items in estate sales. However, this Cincinnati based company is not only limited to Ohio as they have recently expanded to many other cities in the Midwest.
They have tons of great sales happening all the time. They keep a well updated calendar of upcoming sales and provide potential buyers with tons of information regarding sales, including the cost of shipping (should you chose to buy something say in Cincinnati and you live in Columbus or Cleveland). I have been oogling over and even bid on a few pieces in Cincinnati that were still affordable even with the cost of shipping added in. The bidding process is great- they send you email reminders if you have been outbid and with a super clean and user friendly site, it is easy to follow and watch the items on which you are bidding. They even have a blog with inspiring projects to repurpose items like those you would find in the box lots or more outdated pieces of furniture.
Recently I won my first item at auction- a set of 5 modern planters for quite a deal (you can find lots of box lot items for a score)! An email came right away notifying me that I won and the payment process was very smooth. The sale was in Victorian Village (local) so I arranged for pick up from the sale instead of shipping. The pick up process was great. There were signs guiding me to the pick up location (the house of the estate sale) and close and easy parking (very important to me as I feel that I am waddling everywhere now!). I told them my name and what I was picking up. They had my items ready with bags and wrapping available for packing- such an advantage over other estate sales where you usually load up your items in your hands and pray you don't drop something on the way out. Everything was quick and easy here.
I love my planters and had a great experience with this site. I have my eye on a few more pieces (some of the Cincinnati sales have fantastic midcentury stuff) and am finding myself constantly logging in to see previews or view upcoming or new sales. Definitely worth checking out! And while you're at it, hop on over to House of Earnest where Erin has some inspiring ideas for pieces from a few sales and is providing a giveaway for $250 of credit to get you started on the EBTH site!