If I see 1 more fish fry to bury grandma, or car wash to bury your uncle, I’m going to scream. As an estate sale & estate cleanout & auction proprietor, and the ONLY Black owned company of its sort in the whole state of Texas, I have conducted over 250 estate Cleanouts/sales. Out of that number, only 6 of those properties were Black owned. 98% of my clientele are white or off-white. I didn’t realize how much we excluded from this service until I started providing it. Through my further research, I realized that estate sales have been around ever since the 13 colonies. White people were hellbent on making sure that whatever items they had acquired during their life, would be passed down and the excess sold to turn their depreciating assets into liquidity.
As time progressed, and we were released from our enslavement, we didn’t assume the practice of estate liquidations, and for the most part we didn’t know it was a thing. We mainly left our handful of belongings to our loved ones.
Fast forward to today, when we spend the most money on consumer items in America than any other group, from luxury to low end products, we still don’t understand how those items can be monetized.
I’m on a mission to normalize having estate sales in our black communities. I want to hear your insights on this topic. I have a couple more, but the lack of knowledge is at the top of that list.