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A Seal of Approval!
Dear Sandy and Ellen,
 
Living at my property on the coast of Maine for almost 20 years is one of the greatest joys of my life. Imagine the sadness and stress affiliated with moving to a smaller, more manageable home as I turn 70.
 
 
I didn’t know where to start. A good friend of mine had met the two of you, and she told me about your company. Your professionalism and knowledge made me at ease from our first meeting.
 
 
Now, almost a month after the 3 day estate sale, I want to acknowledge the success of the entire endeavor with the two of you and your employees. I extend my heartfelt thanks. Certainly, I would recommend you, and your company, to one and all.
 
With immense gratitude,
 
Linda Ludemann
Southport Island, ME
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“We were very impressed with…”

“We want to extend our appreciation for your efforts on behalf of my mother’s estate. We were very impressed with the process of an estate sale and the professionalism in which you carried this out. The website and description of the items was first-rate. A lot of effort was put into it and took a huge burden off us in our difficult time. I would not hesitate to recommend Little River Antiques and Estate Sale to anyone needing your type of service.”    

Gina and Paul

Scarborough, ME

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“It’s a process…stuff management.”

I’m a planner. I live my life in five year chunks and in 2013 realized another overhaul was necessary.

My historic York Harbor antique cape was sold practically overnight and I quickly moved everything to a large condo rental down the street between Christmas and New Years, 2013. Same neighborhood, same friends and connections and incidentally, same stuff! And the realization that I’d occupied 1,500 Square feet of living space since 1984.

I knew I really wanted smaller with less to care for and needed more services than aging in place could provide. York Hospital has been my compass for medical services and their reach included the surrounding towns of Kittery, Eliot, Ogunquit and Wells. Independent living in a senior community seemed the answer for me and I was told there was a two year wait by two such places within the hospital’s reach. I signed on the dotted line.

Soon after I began to plan…how to shrink by half, to comfortably live in 700-800 square feet,

First, how do I sell what wasn’t needed but had some value. There was an ad for a group estate sale in Cape Porpoise mid summer of 2015. I called Little River Antiques and Sandy and Ellen came down to begin the curating process. Then I sorted and packed up the agreed upon “stuff” in my car for the three day sale at Cape Porpoise mid-summer, 2015 . Finally, I’m managing something and it felt like a monumental first step. It was a very good feeling.

The sale was so successful (100 + pieces of Limoges china, misc silver flatware, carousel projector, antique linens, a Vintage Singer featherweight sewing machine, etc) that I asked Sandy and Ellen to continue to market other selective pieces that we agreed, might sell on their website or on Craig’s List , if appropriate. Original art work and some Tiffany servers were placed in a gallery Downeast. And on it went…my “stuff inventory” was shrinking before my eyes. I’m thinking it’s doable for the first time.

By late summer of 2016, a wonderful 700 sq ft apartment became available in Meetinghouse Village in Kittery. Perfect, just down the road a few more miles….I’ll take it on October 1st 2016. Great view, peacefully quiet and a deck to call my own. A sheltered carport loomed large…and it was time to get serious. Stuff management, list after list, became my first priority.

Sandy and Ellen were right in the middle of their most hectic season but we arranged the final event — an estate liquidation sale at the condo. I would move just what I really loved and wanted to keep. The two day sale was advertised and order was made of chaos.

On the weekend of October 14th 15th, 2016 I stayed in Kittery while Sandy and Ellen plus helpers, sold everything else. Outdoor furniture, plants, garden tools and hoses. Indoor furniture, household linens and kitchen items. And my beloved post card collection of 70 years.

What didn’t sell (very little!) was picked up by a charity with strong ties to the Seacoast Community to distribute through their resale shops and to families in need. Everything re-purposed in the end. The dumpster remained empty…

What’s left to say — Sandy Gnidziejko and Ellen Heath know their stuff: evaluating, marketing, selling and management. By the end of the process–they also know your stuff better than you do.  And you’ve worked so well together that you’re friends for life. No higher praise is possible.

Dorothy Healy

York, ME

 

 

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From An Alpaca Farm to the High Seas

Part of the transition from a 2,400 s.f. home to a 400 s.f. vessel involves doing something with all that stuff accumulated over 35 years of marriage — 27 of them in our home in Cumberland, ME. In preparing to put the house on the market, we rented a 33 yard dumpster and filled it with junk, but what to do with “the good stuff”?

To our rescue came Ellen Heath and Sandy Gnidziejko of Little River Antiques and Estate Sales. They arranged on counters and tables the things we had decided to part with — in most of the rooms of the house, including the cellar and garage, then advertised the estate sale, held March 11-13. What we decided to keep remained behind closed master and guest room doors. While Hugh and I escaped to NH for the weekend, Sandy, Ellen, and their wonderful staff did a fantastic job of selling and negotiating when necessary, checking in occasionally (when we had cell service) for our “bottom line”.

Over the weeks since our first meeting, we came to rely on their judgment, and they did not let us down. We arrived home to a lot less stuff! The leftovers were then either donated to charity or given to a guy who hauled it all away to sell or dump. What a relief not to have to deal with all of this ourselves.

We highly recommend working with Sandy and Ellen when you, too, are ready to downsize.

Pam & Hugh Harwood

Cumberland, ME

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Biddeford, ME Three-Story Home Cleanout

Ellen and Sandy,

I wanted to thank you again for all of your help with my Aunts’ house.  You both treated their things with dignity and respect.  For that, I will be forever grateful.  I think that my Aunts would be happy knowing that their things went to those who don’t have a lot.

Thank you again for everything.  Please keep in touch!

-Evangelea

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Kennebunk, ME – Condo Cleanout

Sandy & Ellen,

Dan and I want to thank you for all your hard work on the sale/disposal of the contents of the condo in Kennebunk. We are very appreciative of your efficient services. The condo was cleaned yesterday and is about to be listed for sale with a local agency.

Many thanks again. Have a nice Labor Day weekend!

Diana

 

Diana Rush

Legal Assistant

Law Office of Daniel T. Rush

Phone (207) 985-9850

Fax: (207)985-9029

Email: Diana@nullrushlaw.us

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Wells/Moody, ME Estate Liquidation Sale

Hi Sandy & Ellen –
You have done a wonderful job on our estate sale. You have been so professional and quick to get the job done. You have the knowledge and all the contacts to handle every aspect of running an estate sale.  Even the neighbors said it was so orderly and organized for such a huge undertaking.  If you have any potential clients that need a reference – please have them call me.  I would highly recommend you and can not thank you enough.  You are miracle workers!

Thanks again,

Mindy

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Robert Brown, Antiques Dealer

I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I appreciate the opportunity to meet you both today in Exeter!  As I noted, you have created a very well oiled machine.  The contents of the Exeter estate are beautiful and your organization is very professional.  I look forward to seeing you again Sunday afternoon and am hopeful we can conduct more business together!  Sincerely, Robert Brown

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Eileen Palazzolo
September, 2014

Little River Antiques & Estate Sales

How can I describe my experience with Little River?

Outstanding professionalism with a mega dose of human compassion.

My 84 year old father lost his wife to cancer one year ago. The house they owned together was very large and packed with furniture, rugs, paintings and collectables. My heartbroken father put his house on the market shortly after his wife died, not sure when it would sell. He had a very difficult time parting with the treasures he had accumulated over the years, so he did not. One year later, when his house sold, he was completely overwhelmed and at times distraught. He had only a few weeks to liquidate his belongings and vacate the property. He didn’t know where to begin. This is when Sandy and Ellen stepped in and literally saved him. They scheduled an estate sale complete with advertising. Their meticulous work didn’t end after the (very successful) sale. This was merely the beginning. There was still much work to be done. They soldiered through easing our minds by taking full control. They recruited the Junk Guys to come in and take away truck loads of stuff. They made sure the house was in acceptable condition by hiring All About Cleaning. They stayed with my father until he drove down his driveway for the very last time. They gave him a hug and strong words of encouragement upon their departure.

Sandy and Ellen didn’t just work for my father, they worked for my sister and me too. I learned almost immediately that I could put full trust in these two women to handle situations when my sister and I couldn’t be there. They got a job done that seemed too big to conquer, and they did it perfectly well.

I will be eternally grateful for what they did for my father.

Are angels real? Indeed.

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Bill and Kathy K.
Cumberland Foreside, Maine

I have known Ellen and Sandy of Little River Antiques and Estate Sales, LLC for more than five years since my wife, Kathy, is a Quilt Historian and Lecturer and we have done business with them throughout New England at Antique Shows. They are very professional and extremely knowledgeable in their trade. So, when it was time for us to move from Maine to Colorado we knew exactly to call to handle our Estate Sale for us. Boy, was that a good decision; they handled everything from cataloging, listing, and selling our household goods and antiques, too!

The Estate Sale was flawless. We are more than pleased with having the peace of mind of having them handle everything. The way they organized the items for sale and conducted the Estate Sale was something to behold; heck, they even had booties for customers to wear as the entered our home.

I not only would recommend Little River Antiques and Estate Sales, LLC but I enthusiastically recommend them.