Estate Sales Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Success from Start to Finish

An expert shares everything you need to know about running a successful estate sale, guiding you through the entire process with sensitivity and a refreshing matter-of-factness

From first client contact to signed contract, and from setup to day-of-sale to takedown, Victoria Gray—an experienced estate sales manager and founder of Estate Sales by Victoria—guides you through what it takes to run a successful estate sale. With a thorough exploration of the legal, financial, familial, and business issues, Gray lays out the nuts and bolts of an estate sale with sensitivity to emotions that might arise during the process. Gray also delves into the spiritual energy that she has sensed in different houses throughout her twenty-seven years in the business.

With insightful tips and an easy-to-follow process, you will be equipped to:

• Set up appointments with potential clients seeking an estate sale manager
• Create a contract for the sale
• Set up the sale, including pricing and arranging items for maximal efficiency and profit
• Manage the sale, from client to customer
• Take down the sale and distribute the proceeds
• Build your customer base and keep it

Gray’s efficient, no-nonsense advice will help you to tackle your first estate sale with little fuss and a full sense of preparation. Whether you want to establish your own estate sales business or conduct an estate sale for a loved one, this guide provides everything you need to know from an experienced manager who has seen it all.


Meet Victoria Gray

Victoria Gray grew up in St. Louis as the first daughter of six. Her father, Victor, a very inventive story teller, sparked creative endeavors in most of his children. Victoria began her reading and writing career at the tender age of four via the guidance of her father.

She’s worn many hats along her life’s journey. In 2003 she became a public speaker featuring historic clothing she made, which was noted by the Post Dispatch Fashion Editor. The Editor encouraged Victoria to create a fashion show, which was then featured in the paper. Her fashions are made using repurposed textiles such as: vintage hankies, vintage laces, vintage tablecloths etc. To date Victoria has hosted over 160 fashion shows at various venues in St. Louis, Illinois and surrounding areas utilizing over 300 items designed and created by her. In conjunction with her shows, she created several patterns of her designs and a book entitled Victoria Gray Unfolded.

Outside of writing, reading and researching for her Estate Sales-Appraisal business, her first loves are her four children.

Legally Ever After: Estate Planning for Parents, the 6-Step Plan to Protect Your Children’s Happiness and Future

What happens to my kids when I die? Do I need a will or a trust? How do I get started?

Let’s face it, estate planning is complicated and confusing. And talking about your death is uncomfortable…

It’s no wonder estate planning is one of those things parents put off until it’s too late – even though the consequences are often devastating. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Remember the story of Cinderella, the orphan mistreated by her evil stepmother and stepsisters? Consider an alternative ending. A legally “Happily Ever After,” that starts with an estate plan and ends with Cinderella keeping the house!

While the Cinderella story is fictional, the reality is that children all over the world suffer like Cinderella because their parents don’t have access to the legal tools in this book, and they fail to put into place an estate plan.

With this book, your kids won’t need a magical fairy godmother or a prince to save the day. You will understand

  • What legal documents you need and why you need them (in terms that you can understand)
  • Actionable steps you can follow to secure your children’s future
  • How to find the best possible attorney for your needs
  • How to safeguard your wealth
  • How to put a flag in the ground for your legacy

This book will help you protect your children’s future and happiness.


Meet Pamela Maass Garrett

Pamela Maass is an Estate Planning Attorney and Owner of Law Mother LLC – a Colorado based law firm. Pamela focuses her practice on helping families and business owners protect their future and loved ones. Pamela started her career as a Deputy District Attorney and participated in over 40 jury trials. She uses this litigation experience to help her clients plan in a way that will keep their loved ones out of court and conflict. Prior to law school, Pamela earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering, M.S. in Civil Engineering and enjoys using innovative technology to improve her clients’ experiences with legal planning.