Estate Sales

I learned a lot today about “estate sales.” At least I leaned a lot about how Professional Estate Sales, as opposed to “garage sales” are organized.

First, the reason I learned is tat I have the house next to mine ready for sale, but the owner has died and his estate is being settled. The family members have taken the personal items they want and the remainder has been left to an Estate Sale group to organize so I can put the house on the market.

(This is all new to me – in 32 years I have not handled such a sale – all of my sales have been with living people and I have not had the experience of representing an estate.

A professional group of people have come in, organized a mess I personally thought was beyond organization, priced each item, grouped them, photographed them and put them on a county-wide website representing many estate sales by day and date.

Apparently, professional estate sales people – and their buyers – follow the website, and in some cases are able to “reserve” items on the website before the date of sale.

In this particular case, the estate used Jan Jessie Jocoy of Del Mar, and apparently she has several teams who work for her. And, apparently she is a stickler for the ethics of the profession – once an item is described and photographed to be on sale nothing and no one can sneak in and get an item until the opening time of the estate sale – and then you had better be in line with everyone else.

I find that refreshing…there are a set of known rules and they are not broken. I simply did not know the rules, and when a contractor working for me to prepare the home for sale spotted an item he wanted the day before the sale, I sent the team an e-mail.

They said: “Great! Be there in line when the sale begins.”

It seems that if they pre-sell items, then the people who follow them on the website will get the message that what they “buy” or “reserve” on-line will not actually be available to them when the time comes, and so will stop following the sales.


Makes sense to me – but at 6; 30 a.m. we had not heard back from the previous night e-mail and Jean took $275 in cash and went over to save the contractor from having to drive up here when we are right next door.

“Please return at 8:20 and stand in line.”

We were on a learning curve. These people are professionals. They know their business, they follow the rules and expect the buyers to do the same.

Good for them! I’ll use them again, and next time I’ll know what is going on a lot better.

Jan Jessie Jocoy

(760) 402-2173

(All types of Antiques, Fine Art, Residential Contents, Tribal Art)


Also Coordinating Was:


We Organize You



I was impressed with both of these organizations







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