As a point of interest, not all estate sales take place because a person has died. Many of them take place because someone has gone into a nursing home (what? Much less depressing!) or because a family is moving out of state and can’t take everything with them.
Below are some links for this kind of skulking. (N.B.: If you see a listing that says “No Image,” you should still click through because there’s often a link to the photos.) In particular, note that the Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse is having one of its 3-hour open spates this weekend, which is a bit like seeing an Eames eclipse.
• Estate sales within 50 miles of Center City, Philadelphia [estatesales.com]
• Regional estate sales [estatesales.com]
• Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse 3-hour sale