Our Background

Worthwhile Estate Sales was founded in 1997 by Karen Button and Patricia Reilly. Over the years the business has grown because of their reputation for professionalism, empathy and integrity.

Karen has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. She’s had a lifelong appreciation for art and antiques instilled at an early age as her parents collected for many years. She began a small antique business in 1991 renting space in antique malls in Springboro and Lebanon. Eventually she began setting up at various shows in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania with her husband, Chuck. They specialized in paintings, sculptures, art pottery, art glass and furniture.

Patricia attended Junior College in Illinois majoring in Business Management. She’s had a lifelong interest in antiques, specializing in fine jewelry and quality costume jewelry. She has taken several classes on period and Victorian jewelry. She began selling in antique malls in Germantown, Springboro & Jamestown. She and Karen met at the Springboro Antique Mall and began setting up together at various shows in Ohio. She specializes in fine and better costume jewelry, Victorian period antiques & collectibles.


Our Company

Karen and Pat saw a need for a service to help families deal with the sale of personal property. Many people simply do not have the time or experience to identify and determine the value of this property. They can become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items collected over a lifetime and many of these items carry memories which can distort the real market value. This makes the whole process stressful, difficult and time consuming.

Over the years our business has developed to incorporate direct mailing lists, email distribution, web site design and maintenance etc. We continue to evaluate any methods of sale and marketing which will help our clients realize the maximum value for their possessions.


Conducting a Successful Sale

There are several keys to a successful sale:

- Identifying items of value and researching comparative market values. Our years of experience and access to experts in virtually all areas of collecting enable us to do this effectively.

- Having large, broad buyer exposure to insure maximum price. Our email list has thousands of serious buyers locally and in areas around the country. Our customers receive an email detailing each sale.

- Targeting specific demographics using technical marketing tools. This is especially important for high end items. We advertise each sale in local newspapers and national publications when required. We also use direct mail campaigns targeted at specific demographics when appropriate.

- Staging items to be sold in an attractive manner to increase buyer demand. We take pride in our work and make sure your items are displayed in a desirable manner.


References / Testimonials

We will provide references upon request as we have proudly developed a long list of very satisfied customers.

Here are some examples of actual statements our customers made about our work:

“I cannot say enough about how fantastic Karen, Pat and crew were at running the most fantastic estate sale while I was able to remain at work here in Colorado. I found them to be completely caring and totally professional in every way and did so much better than if we had tried to do it ourselves. I could not have dreamed for a better result. Thank you!” … Jeff H, in Denver

“Karen & Pat exceeded all service expectations!” … “very sensitive to our emotions & needs.”… Jim S.

“…handled very professionally & well organized.”… Robert C.

“I had total trust in Pat & Karen to sell my mom’s things”… Darlene L.

“They took the full load off my shoulders.” … Connie H.

“… treated my mother’s possessions like they were more than a percentage of a sale – they knew they were a part of her life.”… Holly L.

“Thank you again very much for running a good sale. I was very pleased with the process and am very pleased with the results. If you ever need a happy customer to say nice things about you, please let me know.” … Hence O.

“Thanks for everything. You guys did an amazing job with my Mom’s estate. I still could not believe the line of people waiting to buy when you opened the doors. Let me know if you ever need a reference.” … Al W.

“I was so overwhelmed when I looked around our house before I called you. I could not have made this move without your help and service. Thank you so much!” … Sharon L.


Contact us now for your free consultation.
Karen Button: 937-885-2206 karen.button@worthwhilesale.com
Pat Reilly: 937-291-0434

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