After a 25 year career in event marketing and promotion in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C and the Bay area, Hope Berschler left the corporate world to follow her passion for all things vintage, joining the business and community of estate sales. She is delighted to be starting her next chapter with Kuzak’s Closet, as an estate sale specialist, and looks forward to assisting customers in finding the perfect items for their lives and collections.
Hope has been rescuing eclectic 20th-century household treasures from estate sales and flea markets for more than two decades and shows no sign of losing interest in vintage books, ephemera, quirky mid-century housewares and “ugly” original art. You can see some of her favorite finds on her Facebook page: Facebook.com/VintageRescueFinds.
Recently, Hope was in heaven when an adorable, rescued Mary Quant make-up tin (circa 1972) was purchased by the Mad Men props department from One Kings Lane, where she sells some of her finds. I mean how cool is that!? Now she dreams of seeing some of her found treasures on the set of a Wes Anderson movie.
Life is good my friends! I’ve been working my buns off but I can’t complain! I’m enjoying this journey so much, I can’t imagine something more fulfilling at this particular point in my life. This fall will mark 5 years in California for me and Kuzak’s Closet, I never imagined that it would turn into what it is today. I’m glad that I can remember the first 6 months living here, hustling for business and just waiting for the phone to ring. It took me 6 months to get my first client, thank you Kathy Roth for choosing me as your professional organizer! After Kathy’s project was complete my phone never seemed to stop ringing. Back then I thought I was busy but looking back I had such great work life balance. I had time to take Harper on playdates, create recipes for the blog, and visit Google weekly for meals. Now I am tackling 3-4 projects in a single day with my team, Harper is happily walking solo with me, Chris does the cooking, and I haven’t been to Google for months!
I know I’ve gone on these rants before but I am constantly surprised that I have been able to create something with my own efforts, I’m able to make a living and now able to pay almost a dozen people to be on my staff. I’m so lucky to have great people in my life, encouraging me to keep up the good work and pick me up when I don’t think I can keep going. Putting together today’s post of with the latest highlights I’m seeing many of those faces.
Looking back at the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of fun. When I got an invite from Kate Spade at Santana Row to attend a soiree I had to invite Taylor and Monica to come along. It was great to connect with the team at their beautiful store! We shopped, snacked, and caught up on some chit-chat. Taylor bought a cute wallet and I bought these cute booties. I can’t wait until fall, I prefer to wear boots and jeans any day! Kuzak’s Closet will be teaming up with Kate Spade for a fun holiday event so stay tuned to the blog!
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Its official, Kuzak’s Closet has been voted “Best Blog in Silicon Valley” for a third year in a row, as well as proven to be the who’s who of social media with its Facebook and Twitter page!
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You’ll have to wait for the reveal of my latest painted project until tomorrow because today I have something a little more exciting to share! My first Podcast with Smead Organomics is live and I can’t wait for you to watch!
Smead is offering a wonderful Podcast series on their website called Keeping You Organized. They are featuring Professional Organizers from around the country and asked me if I would like to participate. My episode was filmed in December. I was really nervous about the interview but once the cameras started rolling I forgot that I was on film. My episode focuses on my life as a Professional Organizer in Silicon Valley, my Blog, the books I have been apart of, and Kuzak’s Closet Estale Sales. I hope you press play!
Happy New Year! If your resolution is to become more organized than this post is for you. I am launching an 8 week home organization series on the blog next week. My goal for 2014 is to become a go-to organizing expert. I have been getting outside my comfort zone and talking to local groups and putting my processes on paper. The photo above is of my speaking to the local Peninsula chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) last month.
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I really can’t believe it is already past the half-way point of December! Over the last year, Kuzak’s Closet has grown at such a rapid pace that the company has become a “we” instead of a “me”, and before we all start hurriedly wrapping gifts and attempting to recharge for a busy 2014, I wanted to take a moment to formally introduce my dedicated team.
Whether they are assisting with an organizing project or staging an estate sale, everyone at Kuzak’s Closet brings a special talent, vision and enthusiasm to the company – and I am grateful that they all keep coming back for more! I hope you will take a moment to check out our new Meet the Team Page and be sure to say “Hi” to Taylor, Al, Sutzi, Jennalynn and Noelani the next time you see them at an organizing session or while digging for treasures at an upcoming estate sale.
About a year and a half ago I was asked to be a guest contributor for the book The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic by Lilliana Vazquez – and, the book was just released last week! Lilliana has been featured on The TODAY Show, Access Hollywood and The Rachel Ray Show and the book, inspired by her website Cheap Chica’s is a collection of her personal style tips, organization ideas and shopping finds for every budget.
The book is broken into segments: helping you find your personal style (there is a quiz!), how to stay organized, shopping for styles that flatter your body-type and wallet, and where to find the best deals. She even knows the best days to shop for the biggest discounts. I really enjoyed the book because her tips are honest, realistic and I want to highly recommend it. So treat yourself to a copy and give it as a gift to your girlfriends! You can order a copy of the book here.
I was asked to take part in the chapter “Making Cents of Your Closet” and below is a small excerpt from my submission. Enjoy!