We Have Moved!

Second Sale Estate Liquidations has MOVED!

We are now happily open and set up in our new location in the Orchard Square Shopping Center. If you haven’t been here yet, the Orchard Square Shopping Center is at the corner of Volvo Parkway and Kempsville Road – conveniently located in the Greenbrier/Kempsville section of Chesapeake. Our store is at the end of the shopping center closest to Volvo Parkway.

Inventory in our new location will remain high quality and affordable

Inventory in our new location will remain high quality and affordable

We have stocked our new location with new inventory including furniture, home decor, artwork, jewelry and more. We are excited to be in a new location that is close to our previous location, but that will also allow us to reach a whole new customer base. Please share our new location with your friends and family who enjoy shopping at Second Sale. Our inventory and prices will remain high-quality and affordable, like we’ve been known for all along.

You never know what you'll come across at Second Sale!

You never know what you’ll come across at Second Sale!

If you’ve been wondering about our move, what’s happening to our old location and where all our neighbors have gone, just check out this Pilot Online article which explains it all!

Always something new and unique

Always something new and unique

So come by and see us at our new location, check out our new inventory of antique, vintage and contemporary furniture, and while you’re here pick up a few holiday gifts from our jewelry and home decor selection. Christmas decorations, dishes and furniture to fit the whole family are in stock!

We’re Moving!

After four years in our Great Bridge location, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.

We're MovingWe’ve so enjoyed and loved the community in downtown Great Bridge, so we aren’t moving too far away. Our new location will be in the Orchard Square Shopping Center – conveniently located at the corners of Kempsville Road and Volvo Parkway. We’ll be in the shopping center with Farm Fresh, Chico’s and more.

This new space will give us more square footage to offer you the best gently used, affordably priced high-quality furniture, home decor, estate items, antiques and more!

We will keep you posted on our new opening date, but we anticipate having the doors open by the end of November – just in time for your holiday shopping!

Thank you all for your continued support and thank you to the Great Bridge community for welcoming us with open arms and supporting us these past four years.


How to Fill Up that Newly Empty Nest

The back to school season is in full swing and if you’ve got a college student that’s out of town, or out of state, your home just got a little more quiet.

Rather than sulking in their absence and reminiscing about days past, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and repurpose their old space into something new, exciting and useful in your newly empty nest!

How to Fill Up that Newly Empty Nest by Second Sale Consignments

There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Storage Space

It’s true. You can never have enough storage space. And if places to stash stuff are at a premium in your home, closets are overflowing, and the attic is stuffed to the brim, then converting that now-empty bedroom into storage might be just the ticket! Utilize storage systems, shelving, and various containers to create usable and easily accessible storage space. The added space and organization is sure to relieve some stress.  Or if you’ve always dreamed of having a walk-in closet then seize the opportunity to create a dreamy new space to house all your clothing, shoes and accessories. You can design a designated space for your most-treasured items and even construct an entire wall for shoe storage! The sky’s the limit. And you can always leave room for a twin-sized bed so that your student still has somewhere to call home when they come back on weekends and holidays.

Embrace Your Hobbies

The departure of your college kid probably also means a little more free time. And what better to do with some newly acquired free time than to take up new hobbies or really devote some quality time to previous hobbies. Revamp your newly extra room into a hobby room where you can spend time with your latest interests and store all of your supplies. From jewelry making to scrapbooking, you can easily transform a bedroom into a hobby room by removing large furniture, adding a long table or countertop along the length of the room, and installing an abundance of shelving for your supplies and to display and finished products you’re particularly proud of.

Focus on Yourself

You’ve likely spent decades focusing on  your children, now it’s time to turn the focus onto yourself. Repurpose that extra bedroom into a quiet space for self-improvement. Use the space to focus on your well being and equip the space for fitness, yoga and meditation. Add a yoga mat, fitness equipment, and maybe a radio for upbeat music for working out and calming music of meditation. Using the space to focus on your physical and mental health can help you become a better version of yourself and also sets a great example for your children about the importance and effects of self-care. 

Second Sale-ing Your College Abode

Summer is winding down and all of our televisions are being flooded with “back to school’ commercials. Whether you’re a college freshman transitioning into dorm life or a seasoned college student heading back to school and your apartment life, you’re probably on a budget. Luckily, you’ve got your neighborhood friends at Second Sale Estate Liquidations to bring you a wide variety of home decor and furnishing options at amazing prices. And to top it off we’ve collected some great ideas to get you started if you’re a DIYer or have some crafty inspirations.

We always have an eclectic stock of furniture on hand in our store, so there’s sure to be a shape or finish that suits your fancy. But if not, how about a little crafting to get your creative juices flowing?

Re-upholster; Re-paint
Upholstered furniture can be transformed on a budget relatively simply with some paint. Jennifer at The Magic Brush Inc has a great tutorial on painting velvet fabric, as well as Leather paint and general fabric painting.

Paint your upholstered furniture

Wallpaper – not just for walls anymore
Of course the biggest impact for your space is furniture. If you’re living that dorm life you don’t get much of a choice – but don’t worry, we have some fun decor ideas for you to utilize. College apartments, however, offer a little more leeway. And what’s a better way to bond with roommates than furniture shopping and upcycling?

update your furniture with wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Curbly


Or if you happen to be working with a little extra in the budget, you can always take a piece of furniture and have it re-upholstered. Or if you’re brave, try the re-upholstering process yourself with some help from Pinterest or a Youtube video!

Wooden furniture, such as dressers, coffee tables, nightstands, and end tables, are easily transformable with a few coats of paint in your favorite color, or the addition of wallpaper or scrapbook paper.

upcycle your furniture with wallpaper

Photo courtesy of decozilla

Accents are what really make a space feel personalized and what can really turn a house into a home and we’ve always got a great selection of home decor and artwork on hand. And one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so always keep in mind that something that catches your eye in the store might be perfect for your home with a little customization on your part.

Paint it up
This painted vase tutorial from Southern Scraps shows you how easy it is to turn some old glass bottles into fun and funky vases or shelf decor that will surely brighten up any room or add that necessary pop of color to tie your decor scheme together.

painted bottles

Over at The Krazy Coupon Lady she’s got a great post about 13 DIY thrift store find makeovers including this easy-as-pie project where you just paint various bits and baubles in fun and bright colors and they are instantly transformed!

Thrift Store DIYs

Isn’t it amazing what a few coats of you’re favorite color paint can do? Slap some color on an old frame and fill it with chalkboard paint and now you’ve got a custom message board for notes between roomies, a grocery list, or your own weekly to-do list.

painted vintage frame chalkboard

Photo courtesy of misstweedle.com

When you’ve got late nights of studying ahead of you (we hate to break it to ya!) you’ll need some good lighting to keep you awake and interested in the topic at hand. So making sure you have some good lighting, that looks great too, is important. And boy do we have some lamps! The great thing about most lamps is that a new lampshade and a coat of paint can bring something back to life.

upcycle an old lamp

Coffee Break
While we’re on the topic of late nights, you’re likely not going to get through a few without some added caffeine. And what better way to get your coffee or tea fix than with a cute and practical caffeination station made from a vintage cupcake stand!

coffee station cupcake holder

So whether you’re working with 200 square feet or an entire apartment, check out Second Sale Estate Liquidations for your home decor and furniture needs. We’re sure to have something to catch your eye and suit your style that will  add that finishing touch or personalization to your home away from home.

Upcycling an Old Trunk

how to upcycle an old trunk by second sale consignments

It’s that time of the year when we do a lot of traveling. Modern day luggage is all about lightweight, easy to carry pieces. But not that long ago big, heavy, sturdy trunks were the way most people packed and traveled. But with people trading in steamer trunks for rolling carry-ons, vintage trunks are easy to find at thrift and consignment stores as well as estate sales for great prices. Here at Second Sale, we nearly always have at least one trunk in stock. They vary greatly in style, design and condition, but they are always unique and interesting pieces.

But if you’re not using a trunk to carry all your worldly possessions on your next trip, what other purposes can they serve? It turns out – plenty! Check out just a few of these ideas for how to upcycle that old vintage trunk you find on your next shopping excursion.

Have Bar, Will Travel

Maybe our all-time favorite use of a vintage steamer trunk is the trunk bar.

trunk bar

Via HomeTalk

Set up a trunk on it’s side and wedge it open. Many trunks, especially large travel trunks, have shelving and containers inside that will be perfect for bottles, glasses and accoutrements without any sort of retrofitting. But for trunks that don’t have this, building basic shelves is a simple and easy DIY project.

You could also take the front off a smaller trunk, paint the base, slap on some legs and create an open wine or mini bar.

trunk mini bar

Via Pinterest


Coffee Table Trunk

Trunks are the perfect size for a coffee table, but if your trunk isn’t high enough or if you’re using a large vintage suitcase, just add some metal hairpin legs, and you have the perfect combination of industrial, shabby chic and rustic. Custom made hairpin legs can be purchased for extremely reasonable prices on sites like Etsy.

trunk coffee table

Via DIY Network

Sit On It

For those people who love to sew, turning a trunk into a custom bench is a quick and easy weekend project. Just add some padding and a fun fabric and you’ve increased your room’s storage AND seating. Vintage feet or legs give it a little more height and character.

trunk bench

Via Pinterest


Bring Fido

Maybe the most clever idea we came upon was converting an old trunk into a feeding station for your furry friend. Holes on the top hold removable stainless steel bowls, while the inside of the trunk provides storage for kibble.

trunk dog food bowl

Via Pinterest


Top Heavy

Sometimes you find a trunk you just love, but the top isn’t stable enough to be used for an everyday coffee table. Often straps and hardware can get in the way. But a simple wooden top that is stained and sealed against water can be attached to the top of the trunk to make it a functional piece of furniture.

trunk table top

Via BrePurposed


Let it be

And of course, there’s the option to just let your vintage trunk shine all on its own. Often trunks are perfectly functional and beautiful exactly how you find them. In that case, just bring that baby home and enjoy!



Estate Sales are for Everyone

Gone are the days where estate sales followed the death of an aged person with a large,  antique-filled home.

estate sales are for everyone: second sale consignments

In this day and age, lots of people have estate sales while they’re still alive and their antique collection is slim to none. Modern estate sales are utilized when folks want to downsize, make a big move (say, across country), or just clean house.

Whether you’re looking to downsize because you no longer have children in the home or you’re looking to simplify, you’ve got a cross-country (or inter-continental) PCS move in the future, or it’s just time to do a really thorough clean-out, Second Sale Consignments can help manage all of your estate sale needs.

Our owner and operator, Bob Burns, has more than 40 years of experience in the business and will determine the right price for your items or for the entire estate, whatever your preference. We  take the time to research high-value items to ensure we’re assigning the correct pricing. We put in the time and the effort, and you end up with money in your pocket and a potentially empty home without the hassle of piece-mealing out every item in your estate. If you don’t have enough items for an official estate sale we can also quote you a price for your things and haul them away to our store.

It can be difficult to host an estate sale in your own home and even harder to see your once-loved items selling for less than you’d hoped, or not selling at all. Or, if you happen to fall into the category of a traditional estate sale, letting Second Sale Consignments manage the sale will help relieve some of the emotional burden of having to deal with a deceased loved one’s belongings or spending an abundance of time in their now-uninhabited home.

And don’t worry about the contents of your home. While popular, antiques are not the only item on the list for frequent estate-salers. These days modern furnishings and home items from places such as Pier 1 and Pottery Barn draw just as much attention as valuable antiques and crystal glassware, and everything from kitchen mixing bowls and board games will be on someone’s estate sale wish list.

So whether you’re looking into an estate sale due to death, divorce, downsizing, or debt, we’re here to help. Let Second Sale Consignments manage your estate sale needs and remove the hassle and the burden from your to-do list. You’ll end up with some extra cash and we may just end up with a few gems to add to our ever-changing inventory. It’s a win-win.

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