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Brian Mays Estate & Moving Sales
Minnetonka, MN 55345
BRIAN MAYS ESTATE & MOVING SALES Conducting estate & moving sales in the Twin Cities area. His specialty is Antiques & Collectables with 40+ years exprience in antiques. Fair commission rates normally 25% with no minimum . Bonded & Insured. Free Consultation. Friendly Honest & Dependable. References available. A+ member of the Better Business Bureau. Also buying partial & entire estates.952-906-7690
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December 2008S. LagaardDecember 2008
You are a MIRACLE WORKER!!! So very difficult a task AND situation, yet you did a fabulous job! On the day we met, my dad and brother and his wife and I had already interviewed two other potential managers of the estate sale. This was going to be interesting –yes, my parents had some beautiful original art and antiques, but in their 46 years in that 5-bedroom home, they had thrown out very little, leaving just “paths” everywhere.
My parents are gracious in their new assisted living, but not up to the job of cleaning out that home!
The first man we interviewed said it was too big a sale for him; the second was delighted at the “finds” as he toured, and asked “how soon can you have it cleaned out so I can set up the sale?”
Then the miracle started . . .
You recognized so much of the art, crystal, china, antiques, etc. right on that first walkthrough. You say how much work was ahead too – and you said that you would include that clean-out with your bid! We carefully checked references and found your good rating at the Better Business Bureau, and you were hired.
It was an amazing four weeks of preparation. You were up to the hard work, putting 100 hour or more weeks. You found so much that had been tucked away and forgotten, including a large quantity of cash. Your integrity shone bright in how you handled that, keeping a careful account of every penny. You were careful with family mementos –photos and such –segregating those, but also determined in following our instructions: sell whatever can be sold, since the house needs to be emptied for sale also.
Every object needed cleaning for marketability, so I know you spent many hours with “dishpan hands.” And pricing was a thorough job, done with your great knowledge as well as reference books, and even outside expert opinions. The set-up of tables, lights, and display cases you had were amazing. And the details you managed!
From parking to safety to merchandise control, all was done expertly!
Of course there were a few glitches. It was hard for my folks to see their things sold (even though they had no use for them, and did for the money.) But you were careful and sensitive with the roller-coaster of emotions – obviously you’ve become skilled with families in this situation. And you tolerated our family’s intrusions, even encouraging visits to the home, when our jaws dropped at the transformation.
The sale went smoothly, with your staff assisting ably. And with the “buzz” you generated, a great ad and word of mouth, too, a huge lot of people came, eager to buy (some from far away). IT WAS A GREAT SALE.
And that wasn’t the end! It took four thirty-yard dumpsters (plus many pick-up loads) to clean it all out, but now the final miracle: the house is basically ready for the market.
Brian, my parents, my brother, and I want to say “thank so very much” for such a fantastic job. I can truly recommend you to anyone. YOU HAVE WORKED A MIRACLE!
With heartfelt gratitude,
M. WeisbergOctober 2010
Thank you for helping us liquidate the holdings of our deceased parents. You handled the sale very professionally and your knowledge of what things were of value and current prices was impressive. But it was your Character that I will always remember. For me, it was a very emotional time as we were selling things which our mother had spent a lifetime collecting and cherishing. You handled her things with such respect and displayed them beautifully as if each and every thing was a valuable as she thought they were. You respected our wishes at all times and communicated well with all of us. You got a job done that we had waited twenty years to do and made it as painless as it could be.
Thank you for being you. Your character and work ethic is admirable. We were so lucky to have found you to handle this project.
P.S. If any future clients read this letter, I encourage you to allow Brian to do what is best and let him deal a bit on the first day of the sale when the traffic is at its heaviest. He has been “around the block” a few times and his instincts and knowledge are to be trusted.
DECEMBER 11, 2011 Our parents finally decided that they would move into an assisted living situation. With that, the decision was made to sell the contents of their home. My father was an avid collector of over 50 years. There were items in the attic, the main floor of the house, the basement, and the garage was full up into the rafters. I live in Portland, OR, and it was my task to make arrangements for the sale. I did extensive Internet searches for either dealers to buy the entire accumulation, auction houses, or people who could conduct the estate sale for us. I even called other dealers, but wasn't satisfied with their approach for the sale. Brian Mays kept coming back to mind. Finally, I contacted Brian by phone. I immediately knew that he was the person we was looking for. I made arrangements to return to Minnesota, and Brian and his crew came to the house. When I met them, it convinced me that they were the right people to deal with. This was going to be a daunting task based on the sheer volume of items. There was many thousands of items to go through. We agreed to have Brian conduct the sale, and he immediately began to organize it. Him and his crew worked many hours properly displaying the items. After three plus weeks of organization and pricing, he was ready to conduct the sale. He placed an extensive newspaper ad. He arranged tents for the back yard, and a dumpster for refuse disposal. I toured the house the day before the sale, and couldn't believe how they put it together. When the sale was completed, his crew did the cleanup. Everything was beyond our expectations.T. AguirreDecember 2011
My younger brother lives nearby. On the day of the sale, he drove by the house at 6:30 AM. He was amazed that there was already a long line of people waiting to get into the sale which was to begin at 9:00 AM. Due to the great advertising for the sale, there was continuous customer flow for the three days of the sale. We was more than happy with the final accounting of the sale that Brian provided promptly after the sale. Brian has extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles, as did his crew. They were very courteous at all times, and considerate, and sensitive of the family's emotions. We would recommend Brian Mays to anyone needing his services. It was a lucky day when I found him from almost 2,000 miles away. Thank you Brian!
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