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!

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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.


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How to Fill Up that Newly Empty Nest

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

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. 

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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.

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Upcycling an Old Trunk

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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.

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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!



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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.

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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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Creating an Outdoor Oasis on a Budget

With the onset of warmer weather and the additional hours of daylight comes the natural desire to spend more time outdoors.

But it’s no fun to enjoy cocktails on the patio if your outdoor space is lackluster.

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If the outdoor extension of your indoor living space is in need  some sprucing up, we’ve gathered some ideas to help you kick things up a notch, while keeping  a budget in mind.

First and foremost you’ll need to have an area designated for relaxing, which means appropriate seating is paramount. Luckily for you at Second Sale Consignments we’ve typically got a variety of patio furniture sets on hand in different styles to suit all tastes and decor styles and at prices you can’t beat. If you like to think outside of the box, you could even turn a daybed into an outdoor sofa if you’ve got a covered area. Or if you already have a set you love, update or change the look with a coat of paint in bright white or a fun and funky pop of color. Once you’ve selected your seating arrangement, you can personalize and pep it up by adding a few new brightly-colored outdoor pillows to set the tone.

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Once you have seating nailed down, you’ll need some table space. Nobody wants to eat a plate of BBQ on their lap or be forced to continuously hold their wineglass due to lack of table tops. A small cafe table, a few side tables, or a large dining table will fit the bill and you can make your selection based on your space and capacity needs. And don’t limit yourself to strictly outdoor furniture when looking for these pieces. We often get in metal and glass tables that would work just as well outdoors as they do indoors. Especially in covered or screened-in porches, your materials can include wicker, rattan, iron, glass and more.

With outdoor furniture selected, the next step in creating your outdoor oasis is to work on setting the mood. Consider an outdoor rug, which can be purchased at an affordable price at your local big box store. The rug will add some color and vibrancy as well as help define your outdoor space. Lighting is also a key element in making your backyard bistro enjoyable, and the options are endless. A simple strand or two of overhead lighting can add to the ambiance of your patio scene, but why stop there? Kick things up a notch and really make your space unique by adding unexpected lighting elements like candles (real or flameless) inside lanterns or a small birdcage or upcycling an outdated brass chandelier into a candle-lier- all of which we’ve been known to have on hand at Second Sale Consignments.

creating an outdoor oasis on a budget - lighting is key

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creating an outdoor oasis on a budget - use lanterns and flameless candles for lighting

Photo from deerpearlflowers.com

For a touch of whimsy, grab a few old windows and hang them on your fence, deck railing, or side of your home, and add a planter box to bring in some greenery and a natural element.

creating an outdoor oasis on a budget - use an old window as a planter

Photo from mowhawkhomescapes.com

The icing on your outdoor oasis cake is the greenery. Of course, you’re likely surrounded by some green due to the natural setting of your patio. However, intentionally adding natural touches to your outdoor gathering space will tie in the outdoor environment while still allowing the space to feel like an extension of your indoor living space. Planter boxes are a great versatile choice giving you space to combine a variety of plants and flowers in one container, portability to move around your outdoor space as needed, and an abundance of options for the box’s finish from leaving it natural, to painting it fresh, crisp white or a bright and bold color. If you happen to have an old, tired ladder around (or perhaps we have one in our store), you can use it to collect a variety of potted plants and flower in one place and create a visually appealing display of greenery.

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So, whatever your plans are for updating your outdoor space, you should consider stopping in to Second Sale Consignments. From the main furniture elements to the decorative touches that will make your backyard spot unique, personalized, and fun, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Come check us out and turn that boring backyard into an outdoor oasis, all while saving some money and supporting a local business.

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PCS Season is Here

For military families in Hampton Roads, PCS season is just around the corner.


What exactly is PCS season? Typically considered June through August, it’s the time when most military personnel and their families receive permanent change of duty station orders and have to move as a result. So around these parts we’re likely to see an influx of “For Rent” and “For Sale” signs going up, followed by the quick removal of those signs as military members newly stationed in the area move in.

If you’re a military family currently or about-to-be stationed in Hampton Roads, Second Sale Consignments should be on your list of places to stop by on your way in, or out of the area.

De-clutter, Get Cash
For those heading elsewhere, now is the time to de-clutter and pare down your belongings. Don’t let TMO pack everything in your house only to end up on the other side of the country with mountains of boxes to unpack, full of household items you could have done without. Consider the size of your current home and the size of your soon-to-be residence and take a look at items you might need or want to get rid of before you move. From artwork and home decor items, to both indoor and outdoor furniture, we are available to purchase your items. What better way to start off life in a new duty station than with less clutter and a little more cash in your pocket to help with the moving expenses along the way? Or if you’re upsizing in the housing department in your new location, we might just have a few pieces of furniture to help you fill up that square footage.

Save Money on Stuff for Your New Place
Are you a military family new to Hampton Roads? Welcome! We’re happy you’re here. If you’re in need of home furnishing or decor to deck out your new abode, we’ve got something for everybody in stock. Our stock is always changing but you can typically find a wide variety of items in our shop like bedroom furniture such as dressers, headboards and footboards, living room furniture, including  armchairs, couches, coffee tables, side tables,  and other items like dining sets, dishware, and other home decor items and artwork. We have a little bit of everything and there’s certain to be something on hand that would serve you well in your new home in Hampton Roads.

And if you didn’t clean house before you left your last duty station, keep us in mind for buying some of your unwanted items as you begin unpacking boxes and going through your belongings. Items that don’t fit into your new residence  due to space or the new decor-scheme will likely bring you a little extra cash – just get in touch with us and we’ll take care of the rest. We offer pick up and delivery services, and will even set the furniture up in your home for an extra fee. Just one less thing to worry about during this busy time! 

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Fixer Upper Finds at Second Sale Consignments

If you’re like millions of folks across the country you’ve likely heard of, and are deeply in love with, Chip and Joanna Gaines.

You don’t know who they are? Well let us get you up to speed. They’re the adorably down-to-earth, extremely lovable husband and wife duo starring in HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper. The Texas-based couple helps folks find and transform older homes into the stuff of dreams. They renovate, remodel, and then Joanna swoops in to decorate, always revealing a beautifully breathtaking final product that has the clients and the viewing audience “oohing” and “aahing.” The pair has a keen eye for design, but Joanna always manages to take things over the top with her decor and finishing touches.

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Joanna’s preferred decor style could best be described as Farmhouse Chic. She simply adores some shiplap on a wall and a good farmhouse sink. She manages to effortlessly mix natural, modern, and vintage items to create a sought-after decor style that is all her own. Typically, small hints of colorful patterns and decorative pieces stand out against a semi-monotone color palette. She’s a fan of using old books, vases, wall hangings and vintage light fixtures to add immense detail to a space. So if you’re  not ready for a full overhaul of your space, but you’re loving the Fixer Upper vibe, we have some great ideas for decor elements that will have you feeling like you went shopping with the Gaines clan.

As we mentioned, when it comes to Fixer Upper style, it’s all about detail. Adding fun elements throughout your space will be eye-catching and unique. The following items are things we’ve had in stock at one time or another, that fall right in line with Joanna’s (or JoJo as we like to call her) taste.

This vintage library index card cabinet is a unique piece that would add a touch of whimsy to any room in your home. It’s exactly something JoJo would snap up in a heartbeat.

fixer upper library cards

Joanna is all about the “kiddos” (they have four themselves), and this charming school desk and chair set, accompanied by this fun little globe, are understated yet quirky pieces that a Fixer Upper home might have in an office or children’s playroom.

fixer upper school chair

Ladder shelving like this set is a hot commodity right now. We could see a great collection of vintage finds lining the shelves, like the lanterns and metalwork pictured below – something Joanna would definitely approve of.

fixer upper ladders

fixer upper cross

fixer upper lanterns

We know storage is key in any home. These antique numbered crocks provide a farmhouse vibe but also give you some added storage wherever you place them, or take them out into the garden to use as planters.

fixer upper pots

Who doesn’t love a solid, old-fashioned brass bed? We know JoJo does! It’s hard to say whether she’d use a gem like this in the traditional sense, to jazz up a guest room, or take it to another level and use it as wall decor or something for the garden, because she knows about some outdoor decor too!

fixer upper brass bed

Joanna is also known for adding a personalized touch. Whether it’s a giant monogram, or finding a piece of the family’s history and creating a piece of art with it, personal details are what make a house a home.

So if you’ve got a hankerin’ to add some Fixer Upper style into your home then you need to to scoot on down to Second Sale Consignments to see what we’ve got in stock. Because our inventory is ever-changing we’ve always got something on hand that would catch Joanna’s eye or make Chip take a second look.

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Spring Clean: Organize

So now that you’ve spring cleaned and de-cluttered it’s time to get your house back in order by organizing what you have left and tidying up your space.

Organization can be a scary word and an overwhelming process. But like that well-loved and comfortable armchair in your living room, we’re here for you. (What? You don’t have one of those? Stop into the shop and pick one up ASAP) We’ve culled some great resources to help you get started on your spring cleaning organizational journey. Organizing your home is a process, after all, it didn’t become disorganized overnight. But if you check out some of the tips and tricks we’re sharing you home will be in tip top shape before you know it!

We found some great info over at Operation Organization, including 7 habits of highly organized people. One of the things that stood out was “find a place for everything.” Clutter happens quickly when items don’t have a designated home. Additionally, when items have a designated space you are able to find them more easily when you need them instead of wasting precious time looking for something or spending money buying a duplicate item. Specify a place for loose change, keys, remote controls, office supplies, etc. The old adage “a place for everything, and everything in its place” will serve you well organizationally.


Over at cleanmama.net, the author has a wealth of great organization ideas broken down into specific items or areas of the home you’re looking to tackle such as larger areas like a kitchen or a bathroom and down to collections of memorabilia, paperwork, children’s toys, and even your purse! The small areas of our home and clutter catches are what build up to an overwhelming feeling of disorganization. So check out some of her ideas. Start small and take on one thing at a time. In no time your home will feel more put together and you’ll be less stressed.


A common thread we found across the majority of organization-themed blogs and websites was having a plan. Decide which areas or rooms of your home need to be taken care of and organized first and create a plan for yourself. Once you know where you’re starting, dive in. Take stock of all the items in the room or area and figure out which items need a new home, or need a home in that room, period. Once you have a handle of the items you’re looking to organize then you’ll have a better idea of any storage solutions you may need to locate or purchase. Set yourself up for success by starting your process with the containers, bins, and baskets you’ll need to find everything a permanent place.

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While you’re going through the organizational process you may come across additional items that you’re looking to get rid of. If you happen to find furniture, glassware, home decor, lighting, artwork, jewelry, or dishes that you no longer want, consider bringing them to Second Sale Consignments. We offer cash for your unwanted items.

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