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By reBecca martin W

hen Engineer Walter Henry retired out of Fire Station 100 after 30 years with the LAFD, he had helped

empty the contents of scores of burned out structures. But when his wife’s brother passed and left them with a house full of undamaged but very old furniture and household goods, he was overwhelmed. “The house was lived in by a 94 year

old man,” Walter recalls. “All the stuff in the house must have been at least 50 years old. We were planning to throw the whole house full of furniture and junk in the trash, but we couldn’t find anyone to do the job.” What the Henrys didn’t realize was

that the “junk” they couldn’t even give away was actually 60’s and 70’s vintage. Much to their surprise and delight, this era of vintage is in high demand and can often draw top dollar. Anyone who finds themselves in

need of selling inherited personal property can certainly benefit from the services of a profes- sional estate liquidator. Even those who need to liquidate their own household property can take advantage of a professionally run Estate Sale.

An Estate Sale? Isn’t that for the sale

of precious antiques from a sprawling mansion somewhere in Beverly Hills? Well actually, the word “estate” refers to the whole of one’s pos- sessions, especially all the property left by one at death. So an Estate Sale is essentially an on- site, in-house sale of personal property.

heavily to bring in the most traffic. Many liquida- tors have loyal followings of dealers, col- lectors and the general public. They are often familiar to buyers who have been attend- ing the liquidator’s sales for many years, and trust that the goods will priced wisely and fairly. An owner’s

box is filled as the Estate Sale professional prepares the property for the sale. In it are placed all sorts of things that the family may want to keep. We have found paperwork for bank accounts and assets that the family knew nothing about, and were able to recover sub- stantial assets. We know the types of things families want to recover, and as we empty clos- ets and drawers, we keep a keen eye for these fam- ily treasures. These include sentimental items such as pho- tos, family keepsakes, jewelry, and valuables such as hidden paperwork and legal documents. One family had been

But as the Henrys discovered, there

can be a great deal of burden and stress deal- ing with a liquidation. Utilizing the services of an Estate Sale professional can be one way of streamlining the entire process. They will or- ganize the house and set it up like a boutique. Everything will be cleaned, shined and dis- played in an attractive light. Every item will have a price tag, and the sale will be advertised

searching for a two hundred year old bible with the family’s genealogy and were thrilled when we located it in the at- tic in a box of what appeared to be rubbish. Another deceased owner left the paper trail of his certificates of deposit (that no one knew about) in the sugar jar. People put things in the darndest places. When the day of the sale finally

arrives, you will find that an expert liquidator has taken care of absolutely everything. All items will have been adequately researched

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and correctly priced. The sale will have been advertised and marketed in all the right places. Sig- nage, security and even refreshments will all be handl ed without any worries.

“It was ef- fortless,” remembers

Walter Henry about his Es- tate Sale. “Rebecca came in and I just gave her the key to the house. She cleaned out all the shelves, cleaned out the attic and even cleared out the garage. She sold everything – from the Tupperware in the kitchen to the Lincoln Town Car in the garage. We were tickled pink that she was able to get us thousands of dollars for things that we were going to just throw away.”

Rebecca Martin, an LAFD wife, of Fire Family Estate Sales can be

reached at (818) 216-3637 or

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