Choosing the right sale is all about reading between the lines. The way a sale is marketed in newspaper listings, online classifieds, or roadside signs can often tell you if it's worth your time. If it's advertised as an "estate sale," expect higher prices, a wide variety of items, and higher-quality pieces. A sale billed as "multifamily" means you'll be able to check out several sales in close proximity to each other. Also, if an ad reads “early birds welcome,” feel free to head out 30 minutes before the scheduled start time to scoop up the best items before the crowds arrive.