Estate Sale – San Diego – Collections of lusters, silver & gramophones

lustresgramma phonesI conducted a telephone interview yesterday with Carol Edwards, owner of Life Transitions serving the greater San Diego California area. Ms. Edwards became a Certified Personal Property Appraiser with the Appraisers National Association 15 years ago.


Her North Park estate sale (some photos above) starts this Thursday, April 18th. It has the largest collection of lusters she has come across along with a gramophone and phonograph collection (she has brought in a specialist to assist her with this very specialized collection) high end silver plate and sterling, telephone collection and clock collection to mention a few. Ms. Edwards said the collections were so large it took over a month to complete an inspection.

I asked Ms. Edwards what she does for security. She informed me that in many instances she hires security guards. She also does not put the address out in public until the night before the sale starts.

I inquired what brought her to the appraisal and estate sale business. She told me she grew up with antiques and enjoyed all beautiful things. Eventually she started working at a high end antiques consignment shop. Ms. Edwards kept hearing the same story over and over from people who had family downsizing, moving to assisted living etc. and they didn’t know what they had, what it was worth and what to do with the items. Ms. Edwards decided then to become a Certified Personal Property Appraiser. She has participated on PBS Antiques Roadshow as well as speaking at many retirement communities. Most of her clientele either do not have heirs or children.

She privately brokers high end items for her clients. Her favorite story was about an 18th century rhinoceros horn cup that a woman had purchased in the 1940’s for $1.00 and she sold it privately for her for $137,000 to an Asian collector.

Ms. Edwards said “you never know what’s behind someones front door”. You can see her sale at under California, San Diego. My thanks to Carol Edwards for speaking with me.

You can view Carol Edwards website at