If you are a parent or grandparent of adult children, your house can be a minefield as you downsize. Value is generationally relative to the speed and changeability of life in the 21st Century. Value is defined in different terms than pure worth.
If you are moving and plan to give your treasured objects to your heirs, you’re in for a surprise.
This lecture describes the top ten objects your kids do NOT want:
Here are some of Elizabeth's top locations and vendors to help you in the Santa Barbara area and online resources for people living anywhere.
HELP WITH MOVING
For short distance moves in Santa Barbara, Elizabeth uses Steve’s Delivery Service 805 448 2719.
For long distant moves, she likes Hazelwood allied Moving and Storage, Casey McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org
For storage facilities which are cheap and secure, this organization, Move Green makes crates of your objects and stores the crates; they can also MOVE those crates to your new location (Elizabeth uses them for local moves of whole households) http://www.movegreen.com/contact/
WHERE TO DONATE
Elizabeth suggests donating to thrift stores that are tax-exempt charities (you can take the donation under $2000-$5000 against your taxes by filling in the estimated amount of your contribution WITHOUT an appraisal):
A tip: ALWAYS get a receipt for a donation and before you forget what you donated fill it in and give an estimated value. The value SHOULD be what you would think the charity would SELL the object for the next day, NOT the price you paid or the price you hope it will bring.
FOR ITEMS VALUED OVER $500 YOU WANT TO SELL
Elizabeth sells middle range sterling silver and middle range art and almost anything she think is worth more than $500 with Clar’s Auctions https://clars.com/selling/consignment-information/ in Oakland. If you have a painting by an artist and you are not sure of the value email Jenny there at Jenny Wilson Jenny@clars.com.
Donating Pianos and Musical Instruments
You will more than likely need an appraisal since most pianos are have significant worth, so email Elizabeth with the serial number and a photo; however, Elizabeth uses the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Education Outreach, which accepts musical instruments on behalf of local schools’ music departments and puts them to excellent use. The foundation has a special piano mover and trucks and can hand pick a needy school for your instrument: https://sbbowl.com/outreach/education/education_outreach_overview
For Really Nice Designer Clothing and Those Really Difficult Objects to Sell (like China, Silver, and Linens from an era of long- past entertaining) Elizabeth recommends the Charity Thrift Stores that support the Music Academy of the West: The Rack and The Treasure House http://www.musicacademy.org/shop-and-rentals/on-campus-shops/
SPECIALTY OUTLETS FOR ITEMS OF HIGHER VALUE
To Maximize the Proceeds from Really GOOD Mid-century Modern Furniture and Art, contact Los Angeles modern Auctions Pejman@lamodern.com
Elizabeth sells anything created in California (paintings for example) at John Moran’s Auctions in Alta Dena. https://www.johnmoran.com/consign
Elizabeth uses an eBay selling service: Henry Hamamoto email@example.com, and Henry is also an expert photographer so you know your object will be shown to its best advantage.
Elizabeth uses a good estate sale gal for large or small estates: Jessica Solomon, who is young and caring firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to spend a little more consignment dollars (this is an estate sale business which may take up to 50% of the total sales, and they are selective in the collections they represent), Elizabeth uses The Clearing House for HUGE estate sales; Elaine and Christa are local and have an amazing crowd at every sale of buyers, very classy. http://theclearinghousesb.com/services/.
The way to sell UNIQUE objects is through Clubs and Collectors ON LINE. Remember the more specific the target, the higher price you can ask. Folks that are not sure of the value of objects can always send Elizabeth a photo for a free estimate of value and guidance on those objects at email@example.com.
If you have an elderly relative and you need customized service for the elderly, such as getting them moved into a nursing home, and help with divesting their objects, Kip Glover is your man (he also often calls elizabeth in for consultations on value) firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have really great stuff Elizabeth will gladly represent you and to send things to Christies and Sotheby’s. And even if you don’t have great stuff, you can still email Elizabeth photos for free valuations on a few objects and advice.
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