I founded Peace Street Estate Sales and Solutions  because of my own experience: in 2009 it fell to me to get my parents’ Michigan home ready to sell. I lived in North Carolina, where I was employed as a book designer at Duke University Press. I took two weeks’ vacation to begin sorting through more than 50 years of possessions. Even with the help of professionals, that time was easily the most stressful of my life. Managing a downsizing and estate sale project is a huge, emotional event. My own experience convinced me I want to help others by offering compassionate and professional guidance, marketing, and expertise.

My family

My family at our house in Memphis, Tennessee (around 1973).

Some History

My dad was a collector who delighted in finding treasures in dusty bookstores, thrift stores, and yard sales. After tagging along on many of his treasure hunts, I became interested in art, antiques, and collectibles.

Like my mom, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My first job out of college was with Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. I then studied Communication Design at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond.

I attended school in Chapel Hill in the mid- to late-eighties and have lived in Hillsborough and Durham (in Duke Park) since I returned to North Carolina in 2000. I’m fortunate to have made many friends and connections who have offered invaluable support and resources in my journey from daughter to caregiver to executrix, and from designer to estate seller.

A happy discovery

My background in professional design has been tremendously helpful in organizing a sale. As a book designer my role is to take (sometimes very unordered) material and make it understandable and accessible. This training allows me to quickly create order in an estate sale. I can photograph and display items to make them most attractive to buyers. All aspects of marketing your sale – from online listings to flyers will be professionally designed.