THE CLEARING HOUSE offers a no cost / no obligation initial consultation.  We will come at your convenience, to your home or property and discuss your needs and concerns. After the meeting, we will formulate a plan designed to generate a successful and profitable estate sale for you.

Pre-Sale Preparation

Identify any items you wish to keep and remove them from the property, or move them into a pre-designated area of the house, away from the sale site. Leave the rest up to us. We will handle it all, including arrangements for trash removal. We ask that you not start a donation process on your own. We find that people underestimate the value or significance of items and mistakenly discard or donate something saleable.

It takes about two weeks to completely ready our property for an estate sale. Our staff will sort, clean and organize every single item we encounter in your home, garage and yard. We price everything. We research current fair market values and, when necessary, consult with specialists to determine appropriate pricing.


Week after week, our advertising strategies are proven successful for the Santa Barbara market. We promote your estate sale in the local newspapers, craigslist, websites, flyers and place our highly visible directional street signs in your neighborhood. In addition, we send an e-mail blast to our extensive private database of potential buyers who regularly shop our sales - antique and resale dealers, interior designers, collectors,  
garage and tag sale shoppers.


The staff at THE CLEARING HOUSE has a special talent for visual merchandising. With only a few days to generate sales from your household items and furnishings, 
we take great care to create appealing displays and stage a professionally presented environment. As the sale progresses, our staff will continually re-merchandise and straighten so the presentation remains inviting and easy to shop.

Estate sales typically last 2 days, although larger estates can require up to three or four days to successfully liquidate. We take complete responsibility for the logistics and staffing of your sale. When needed, we will provide extra personnel for traffic control and security.


We will arrange to donate any remaining items to a local charitable organization and provide you with a tax receipt. We leave the property entirely cleared of its contents; left empty for sale or rent or simply a fresh start.


We do ALL the work.