The question “what is a Kuzak’s Closet private liquidation” has been a common one lately. It’s an organizing service we’ve always provided but over the last year or so we’ve allowed shoppers who follow Kuzak’s Closet through our instashop @shopkuzakscloset to participate in the fun.
Typically, an estate organizing project becomes a private liquidation when one or more of the following factors is involved…
- The client requires additional organizing services.
- The client does not want to have the estate open to hundreds of shoppers.
- The client does not want items to be sold (prefers us to work with charities).
- The estate is located in a remote location that lacks parking or is difficult to find.
- The estate has turmoil with beneficiaries.
- There simply isn’t enough time to let shoppers in to shop for a tradition estate liquidation or estate sale.
I’ve shared a behind the scenes look at our estate organizing projects and estate liquidations on the blog in the past but now that @shopkuzakscloset plays a larger role in our private liquidation service I thought it would be helpful to let you know more about this popular service.
Recently we organized a private liquidation for a client client in Los Altos. He recently lost his wife and needed help moving on to his next chapter. With his real estate agent’s schedule (planned around optimizing prepping the home to sell before the summer market) he had less than two weeks until he needed the estate to be empty. Typically that would’ve been enough time to have a traditional estate liquidation with Kuzak’s Closet BUT he still needed to have his children remove the items they wanted to keep. He also needed assistance packing the items he wanted to keep to be moved to vacation home and storage. With these elements mixes with the timeline our private liquidation service was the perfect fit. Typically to achieve all of these goals a client would need to coordinate multiple vendors which can be stressful and time consuming. Our private liquidation service mixes our organizing services and liquidation services so we are able to be the one-stop-shop people are looking for.
We set up a schedule based on his children’s last visit date and hit the ground running with the packing process. He has a vacation home in Napa that he is moving to until he can purchase another home up north, closer to his children and grandchildren. Some items were packed to go to Napa now (which he took in his car and we delivered on a later date), and others were packed to go to private storage until he is ready to receive them when he finds his new home, when he finds it.
With the need for private storage (something we don’t provide) we coordinated with Caremore Moving and Storage which is based in SF. Most people think private storage is more expensive than public storage but it’s actually the opposite. With public storage you pay a premium to access the items whenever you want. With private storage they are in safe keeping until you need them.
Packing, packing, packing! Half of the items were packed ahead of time by Taylor from the Kuzak’s Closet team (low priority items) but items from the kitchen and master bedroom were packed on the morning of the private liquidation by the larger team, the same day we arranged for Caremore to collect them. This quick timing made it easier for our client to live comfortably until the very last minute.
This action shot of Billy and our client’s dog Leila cracks me up! Billy needs an assistant so maybe Leila can join the team permanently!
For our client’s sanity and the efficiency of the Kuzak’s Closet and the Caremore moving team, we opted for a color coding system that everyone could follow along with.
My job is basically air-traffic control and with as much as we have on the schedule each day, I seem to do it well. I love the logistics of lining up timelines and vendors and wrapping up projects (like this one) that would’ve normally required 5 vendors and several days and simplifying things into 1-2 days with a single project manager.
We started at 8am and Caremore arrived at 10am to start removing furniture and boxes for storage. They are alway right on time which keeps my air-traffic control stress-meter low, love that!
Backing up a day, I was able to go over to the estate to photograph items that we could sell on @shopkuzakscloset and per usual, items were snapped up in a flash! Items were listed the day before our liquidation/moving day with a set pickup window on moving day so the Kuzak’s Closet crew could help shoppers load up their treasures. If you haven’t shopped with us on @shopkuzakscloset yet all you have to do is follow along on Instagram and send a direct message committing to purchasing an item. We operate on a first come, first serve basis.
Popular items sold from this private liquidation include the Turkish rugs…
Action shot of Antonio and Ese rolling it up one of the rugs for a buyer. Lucky buyer!
And this antique pine breakfront. This was the real deal, a total beauty!
This antique secretary desk was my personal favorite item. So sweet and well-made.
This buyer sent her husband it pick it up…
And then later in the day tagged Kuzak’s Closet in this photo of it already styled at her home, so amazing! I love seeing items come full circle!
After the Caremore left and @shopkuzakscloset shoppers came and went, we then processed the unsold items (the good, the bad, and the ugly) for donation, trash, recycling, shredding, etc..
Billy loves this part! He basically has zero patience and cannot stay still so giving him the green light to clean up is like releasing the hounds. We lovingly have nicknamed him Rambo.
And somehow with all of these moving parts I mange to order lunch for the crew. Yes, I forget from time to time but I learned from my former employee Matt that food helps create a happy work place. I ordered from LeBoulanger in Los Altos. They have great food and one of our loyal estate shoppers, Rick, is the manager.
By the end of the day the estate (every drawer and cabinet) was completely empty and broom swept.
Once the house is empty and the trucks are loaded we head to donation sites, the dump, and the recycling center. Time to hit the road! Sweet Ese is all smiles!
Each private liquidation has a custom action plan depending on the client’s needs. This is just one example but I hope it gives you a better understanding of what a Kuzak’s Closet private liquidation is and why an estate organizing project might fall into this category of service.