We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Byer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I took time off in 2014-15 to return home to Cincinnati to care for my mom when her health began to fail. Those months spent with her were a gift in so many ways. When she passed away, I looked around her home and thought “how the heck am I going to do this? Where do I even start?” The estate sale company I hired in Cincinnati, EBTH, completely blew me away with their promise to handle it all. When their process was over, I was so relieved and amazed. I immediately knew this was the only thing I wanted to do – bring that same feeling to people in L.A. I was thrilled when I was hired to be a part of the EBTH Los Angeles team. Sadly, they had to close their L. A. office in 2018. Having spent all that time studying every item that sold, the overall L.A. marketplace, and the appetite here for a high-end, high-touch estate sale business, I knew I could do it profitably. But I was hesitant (read chicken) to launch one. It was an encounter with a stranger in a hair salon who insisted I help her and her partner sell everything in their Laurel Canyon home. I finally took the leap and here we are – nearly three years and 32 estate sales later. It is amazing that it took losing my mom to find this incredibly meaningful new chapter in my life.
What should our readers know about your business?
Handled – Estate Sales Accomplished is a full service, luxury estates sales company. We host exceptional estate sales in the Greater Los Angeles Area, serving as a purveyor of vintage luxury goods for antique enthusiasts and a trusted advocate for clients looking for a high-end and high-touch estate sale service. We are known for featuring celebrity sales and unique vintage and antique treasures, mid-century furniture, iconic furniture designers, luxury fashion and accessories, heirloom fine jewelry, and one-of-a-kind artwork. Our reputation is unmatched in the estate sale market. Our mission is to help clients going through a transition sell all their possessions so they can move onto their next chapter with ease.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a major L.A. enthusiast – I have a carefully-curated list of things to do by neighborhood of course. But I will narrow it down for our purposes. My very favorite thing about living here is the worldly cuisines and culinary adventures. My top three right now are: 1) Park at the Universal Red Line, take it downtown. Walk to Grand Central Market, grab something special to eat there. If a museum were open, I would walk there next. Then take the train back but stop at the MacArthur Park stop and have the Number 19 at Langer’s. Then get back on the train to Universal. 2) The Woodland Hills Market – they describe themselves as a market with a Persian flair. The freshly made flat breads are a yard long, fresh out of the oven. A little shallot yogurt on top – it is heaven. There is a refrigerated section with amazing pre-prepared dishes. Lastly, I am all for a good Italian Deli. There is an amazing one in Agoura Hills on Kanan that I adore but my heart belongs to Bay Cities in Santa Monica. It is my happy place.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I consider Carolyn Mani of Heritage Auctions my mentor (and friend) in this field. I consulted with her over a sushi lunch before I even knew I wanted to star my own business. She spent a Sunday giving me an eBay primer course. She has been beyond generous with her life story, her time, advice, and counsel. I am lucky to know her.
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