MEET OUR TEAM
Each member of our team at Attic to the Basement Estate Sales has years of experience working in antique shops and brings their own expertise to every sale. Our staff has expert knowledge with vintage jewelry, Depression glass, high end furniture, art, and military items. We enjoy each other’s company and when we organize and conduct a sale a good time is had by all. A short summary of each of our current team members follows; you can rest assure we all work hard to provide a lucrative and professional sale each and every time.
As the founder and owner of Attic to the Basement Estate Sales, I am in my element. I am passionate about vintage items and antiques; and I love finding treasures that others have collected and have been doing so for over 30 years. I am an avid researcher of all things collectible and I can accurately assess the value of many of your treasured items. I also have a great network of other experts in the antiques and collectibles field and I am happy to reach out to them for expert consultation. You can read more about me in the My Story section.
My story begins when my grandmother took me to my first flea market when I was six years old. I remember thinking, “this is not where I want to be”, but she gave me a dollar to shop, told me to stay close, and off we went. At that age I was only interested in toys, but what toy on earth was I going to buy with only one dollar? The answer was a few small toys and a pretzel, WOW - I was hooked! From then on my grandmother and I spent most of our Saturdays together at the Englishtown Flea Market.
Years later my weekends still consist of flea markets and garage sales. The thrill of the hunt - searching for that perfect figurine, adding to my many collections. Tea cups, toys, vintage Christmas and Halloween decorations, Hummels, cookie jars, brooches - everything and anything. These are the things that bring me back to my favorite Aunt’s house that was filled with all the things we remember from our childhood.
After I was married and had my daughter I worked full time, but had to stop due to an injury. Searching for a way to make extra money, I began selling at the flea market and on EBay. Instead of buying I was now selling all the collectibles it took years to find. Strangely I found myself loving what I was doing, I was making money and I was happy. Not many of us can say that! Meeting so many new people and listening to stories of how they started their own collections motivated me and I began searching for them. Now, I wasn't shopping for myself but the thrill of the hunt was back! And the smile on other people’s faces was all I needed to know this is where I belonged. So, I rented a small booth in an antique shop and started filling it with all the things I knew customers would love.
Then in 2012, Hurricane Sandy flooded our neighborhood and I lost my home and most of its contents. The little money I received from insurance didn't cover everything I lost and that is when I discovered estate sales. I filled my home with furniture, electronics, decorations and clothing all from these amazing sales. Soon after, I began a part time job helping various Estate Sale companies’ stage homes before the sales. That is how I met my mentor who quickly realized this was not only a job for me, but a way of life. Over the next year she taught me all the secrets to a good sale - how to keep the customers as well as the clients happy. She gave me the opportunity to become her partner; and then sadly two months later my mentor passed away. I was lost without my partner, but she had given me the confidence and know how to succeed and not long after her passing I decided to honor her legacy.
This brings me to where I am today, full circle from that first flea market with my grandmother. I started my own company, Attic to the Basement Estate Sales. I am doing what I love and my customers can confidently put their worries into my hands, and most important their memories, as they deal with some of life’s most stressful times - loss, divorce, the stress of moving, etc. Attic to the Basement Is a dream come true for me and one that I intend to finish to the end. I would be honored to bring my passion, know how, and hard work to make your estate sale successful.