Estate sales are different from garage or yard sales. The latter is usually a spur of the moment event involving a few items. Typically, estate sales result from a divorce or death in the family and tend to be a whole house, everything must go affair. When you attend an estate sale, look out for items that may be particularly good bargains. These can include sterling silver, collectable dolls and figurines, jewelry, fine crystal or items made by sought after designers. Before attending an estate sale, speak with an antique dealer for advice on items that you should consider purchasing.