Assistance with Auctioning her Belongings: Move Management for Seniors

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woman organizing belongings for moving“I had two full time jobs,” relates Eileen Kelly of her experience as a busy graphic artist and even busier single mother of two children. Eileen was the art director for Kids Today, an award-winning, national childrens newspaper, for seven years. Although her work included long hours in a fast-paced environment, she found putting together a childrens product fun and rewarding.

“Working with intelligent people and learning new ways to work with top-of-the-line computers led to a stimulating workplace,” Eileen says. She also enjoyed the frequent celebrity sightings in the USA Today building, which most notably included Betty Friedan, Colin Powell, and Jimmy Carter. The rewards of her second job were immeasurable; Eileen’s two children, Jesse and Annie, are now successful adults.

In 1994 at the age of 43, Eileen became ill and was diagnosed with Myasthinia Gravis and Disautonomia. She reluctantly began disability retirement and moved from full-time mom to part-time mom. Thankfully, her children were in their late teens at the time.

Eileen had been considering a move to a more accessible, one-level home for the past several years. She admits, “With my less capable physical status, the logistics of moving were daunting.” She also realized that the numerous possessions she had acquired and inherited needed to be whittled down to a reasonable amount. She explains, “I knew that I wished to move, at most, 30 percent of my house’s contents.” All of the remaining items needed to be appraised and sold, donated, or disposed of. The act of sorting all of her possessions into distinct categories seemed insurmountable at first.

Ready for a move, Eileen turned to Quinn’s Auction Galleries for assistance with sorting and selling her items and preparing and selling her home. “When I learned that Quinn’s offers not just the typical real estate services, for which one usually pays 6 percent, but much more, I signed up,” she explains. The customized services provided by Quinn’s made the sorting and selling process easy. “Matt appraised a gold watch that had belonged to my uncle and then took it to be repaired and returned it. Since I no longer have a car, this level of service was important,” she says.

Matt helped Eileen get more information on her possessions in order to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. After Eileen packed what she wanted and moved, Quinn’s removed the remaining contents of the house, cleaned it, and sold it. Of the unique combination of services Quinn’s offers, she says, “I don’t know how I would have been able to move without them.”

Eileen is now busy settling into her new home and familiarizing herself with her new community. Her next project: finding local volunteer opportunities.

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