ABOUT US

Inside The Clearing House

Partners Christa Myers and Elaine Pfeifer have 20+ years of experience with retail sales and marketing, as well as second-hand market sales of antiques, collectibles, art, jewelry, and furniture.

Licensed and insured, we are highly regarded in our field. A large database of loyal customers follows our sales. We have an extensive list of extremely pleased clients who have used our services.

A Clear Advantage

1

Local Expertise

We have an in-depth knowledge of the Santa Barbara market that is unmatched by any other estate liquidation provider. We have developed a support network of local businesses and consultants who enhance our ability to provide efficient solutions to your estate liquidation needs.
2

A Flair for Presentation

Visual merchandising is a special talent at which we excel. With attention to detail, we carefully prepare and display every item to create a visually appealing and professional sales environment within your home or property.
3

Proven Marketing Plan

Generating the maximum exposure for your estate sale is paramount to its success. THE CLEARING HOUSE will market your sale to reach the largest and most ideal audience in order to maximize the highest return on your possessions.

FAQ

WHAT IS AN ESTATE SALE?

An estate sale is an in house, on-site sale of personal property. Estate Sale Professionals define the term “estate sale,” broadly to mean:   

~ The sale of the personal property of someone who has passed away   

~ An on-site sale of the personal property of someone who, for whatever reason, is downsizing or liquidating

 

WHY HIRE OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES?

Our expertise includes many years of experience in conducting successful estate sales in the Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, and Montecito area. Our strengths in organizing, staging, and presentation, research, and marketing have earned us an outstanding reputation. Our efficient system of running your sale will earn you the highest return.

 

WHAT ITEMS SELL AT ESTATE SALES?

 In general, all household items, in good condition, sell well. Some examples are: Furniture, décor, antiques, art, rugs, fine and costume jewelry, silver, kitchenware, linens, all media, sporting goods, tools, outdoor furniture, garden amenities, potted plants, clothing and accessories and even vehicles.

 

HOW DO I PREPARE?

To begin, identify the items that you want to keep. They will need to be removed prior to the estate sale. Leave everything else in place and we handle the organization from there. Most importantly, do not begin a donation process before the sale. Please leave these decisions to our professional judgment. Often times people mistakenly donate items that they assume have no value. Our process can begin once you and your identified items are removed from the property.

 

WHO DETERMINES VALUATIONS?

We determine the asking price by researching current fair market value, using comparable sales information, and drawing on our years of expertise with the Santa Barbara marketplace. Input from our clients regarding an item’s history, provenance, or special significance can add real or perceived value.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK MY SALE?

We schedule our sales on a first come, first served basis. Typically, we start working in the home 2-3 weeks prior to the actual sale event, depending on the amount of on-site work and research that needs to be done. Once a contract is in place, a sale date will be secured on our calendar.