6 Estate Sales in 6 Weeks! We MAX-ed it out for our Clients!

In May thru June the EstateMAX team conducted 6 separate downsizing and/or estate sales in 30 days! How do we do it? We have our system! What do we do?

Set up includes merchandising, organization, pricing (based on our 30 years of market value experience, and doing additional market research as needed), extensive advertising including copyrighting all ads and marketing on line, producing sale videos, marketing on site with lawn signage and banners, then conducting and managing the sale of merchandise in the home on sale days and continuing the selling following sale days to “be backs” ( people who have thought it thru and come back for the item-) on furniture delivery and clean up days, then final house clean up including packing and broom sweeping, moving donations to charity and transport of consignments, if any, to Other People’s Stuff by EstateMAX, our estate liquidation warehouse. WHEW!

I pay my clients within one week of end of their sale by bank wire transfer and forward the sales statement by email and a hard copy with all sales receipts, and charity receipts by USPS.

Our clients only need to move out with the items they are keeping and leave the rest to us to sell and prepare their home for settlement or staging!

For those in the downsizing process, we also refer and coordinate with moving services on our client’s behalf as part of our MissionTransition, Transitions management services, or as a stand alone complimentary service to our clients.

We provide downsizing assistance to clients and their realtors to prepare a home for sale, and provide professional home staging which saves money on the staging process by eliminating duplication of services.

Laurie has a pro work background in interior design and furnishing (30 years)- which combined with the EstateMax resources and O.P.S. warehouse inventory gives our team unlimited resources to work with!

Call us for your no cost consultation for your once in a lifetime downsizing or family estate sale, transitions services and staging!

301-332-5585 Laurie Zook, President EstateMAX

Transition is Tough, We Make It Simple!


Other People’s Stuff in Frederick MD, Accepting Brand Name and Vintage Furniture Consignments Now!

Other People’s Stuff, the EstateMAX Re-Sale Showroom and Warehouse in Frederick Maryland, is now accepting quality brand name furniture from the public.

For example: All Mid Century Danish and Scandanavian Furnishings and Decor and New or Litely Used Stickley ( vintage too!), Hooker, Baker, Bassett, Henredon, Thomasville, Bernhardt, Drexel, Century, and others as appropriate.

Send us your photos to estatemaxsells@gmail.com by Google Drive if you have many pictures, or direct through email for 6 or fewer pictures.

We will sell your items in the showroom and through several online platforms, depending on the items.

We provide pick up of your pieces within a 45 mile range of Frederick at a fee. Estimate quoted in advance but actual time is charged based on distance, removal difficulty, ( stairs, size of piece, etc.) We use an insured moving and delivery service for this work.

Our commission rate is 45% for a 120 day consignment period. All Consignments are final, unsold pieces go to auction to benefit charity after 120 days.

We have a black and white consignment contract and provide an inventory after receipt of your goods.

Call with questions, please. 844-378-MAX1(6291),


NYTimes -How to Avoid Stress When You’re Moving… (EstateMAX Knows How- It’s Our Thing!)


At EstateMAX and MissionTransition we know how to move you and your loved ones, forward with lower stress and make you money as a result of our work! Since 1999 providing transitions management and personal property liquidations!

I have a 90% recovery rate from past projects- uncovering lost items, find missing documents, important sentimental items  from property organization and downsizing, readying my clients for their big move! I take chaos and turn it into a workable environment, ready for the next step!

We get you organized, find the right moving company, set up and conduct your downsizing or living estate sale, make you money through your unwanted items and clean up your home afterward, prepping it for settlement.

Staging the home for sale is a specialty for us. Following the downsizing we set your home up (with the realtor’s input) using your furniture, as possible , and borrowing from our Other People’s Stuff Showroom, adding smalls and decorative accessories as needed to make your home interior POP with design impact! I have a 20 year pro background in design and furnishing-it all comes into play in a staging project.

Get in touch with Laurie Zook or Steve Berryman at EstateMAX to discuss your project. 1-844-378-MAX1

What is Other People’s Stuff by EstateMax?

O.P.S. is neither Flea Market, Yard Sale nor Barn Sale. Not a Thrift store nor a Gift shop. but O.P.S. shares characteristics of all!

It’s a warehouse liquidation center where we merchandise the best of what is left of  our own client’s estate sale inventories. We sell at 50% to 75% off of the starting estate sale tags, unless marked Final.

Other People’s Stuff, is a 2000 square foot warehouse where the public and picker’s alike can shop, at the same discounts,  for deals on antiques, vintage goods, lightly used furniture and decor, fine and decorative art, textiles, lamps, rugs, pottery, china, flatware, and more.

Great for the D.I.Y. and repurposer, the collector and treasure seeker, re-seller and retailer. We have something for everyone!

From the 1890’s to current styles, for all rooms of your home. We never claim to have “perfect” merchandise, (nothing well loved maintains perfection for long) but it’s all classic, quality, usable and can be re-vamped by the creative mind!

Inventory changes, we add to it twice or more often monthly.

..and for those shoppers who sign our email list and get bi-monthly updates on our estate and OPS sales, you also get special discounts and flash sale notices!

A small section of a showroom is dedicated to “final priced” goods, that are marketed for our estate sale clients through online sites. They are also for sale to O.P.S shoppers.

Come see us at 93 Monocacy Blvd just off the I-70 South Street Entrance. Between East Patrick and East South Streets. Look for our yellow signs.

EstateMax is a social enterprise small business. We ask shoppers to drop a dollar in the donation jar at the front counter which is given directly to charities in the Frederick MD Area . Thank you for your generosity, in advance and to all those who have donated over the past few years!


Why Pay Full Price for Consumables?

After 37 years on the front lines of Consumer Goods via traditional channels like big box stores and specialty boutique locations, I fell into the estate sale business and never looked back; I know how you can save yourself a bundle on stuff you will want!

My main revelation upon joining forces with industry veteran Laurie Zook in our company “EstateMax” was that the successful “Boomer” generation is downsizing and moving to retirement locations at a record pace.   We call these “Living Estate Sales.”  So, In addition to normal “estate sales” where folks have passed and there is a legal estate to be liquidated, most of our work is in turning unneeded good stuff into cash for our clients.  To fund their starting over…

This is a happy occasion, as clients opt to start over again, rid themselves of stuff they no longer need – due to duplication, or just wanting a fresh start – and they get the cash!

Much of what we find now is cool vintage stuff, collectables, antique goods, such as furniture, art, apparel, books, and nicnacs, items from world travel in some cases.  When sold, these goods get a second life, and go to estate sale shoppers who refurbish, or collect, or resell.  Talk about a treasure house full of things that could become unique wedding gifts!

Fair market value of the goods can be 30 cents on the dollar in many cases less.  So the owner gets cash back after a lifetime of use, and the new owner finds great stuff, many times  in great condition and hardly used at all, due to the love given to the goods by the original owners.  China, silverware, linens, decor……

For our younger shoppers, just starting out, it’s a gold mine of stuff needed for everyday life, or even a first collectable antique or art object for home decor.  One can furnish an entire home or apartment for much less than half of what it would cost in a traditional store….and many times you would get BETTER STUFF than they offer now…… because…..they really don’t make ’em like they used to!

Lastly, learn more about the business and how to find sales at www.EstateMax.net and discover our retail warehouse, Other Peoples Stuff (O.P.S.) where we liquidate unsold estate sales goods twice a month, and benefit S.H.I.P. of Frederick County in the process.  FYI, there are always really cool unsold goods to sell at 75% off for our customers.

See you there,    –Steve Berryman.



Other People’s Stuff the Best of the Rest of Estate Liquidations 50% and 75% OFF Tags OPEN the 1st and 3rd Weekends Monthly, Starts Friday at 10

O.P.S. is now open two three day weekends, monthly. ( The other two, we are on site at our client’s homes conducting downsizing and estate sales).

Come to Other People’s Stuff on the first and third weekends of every month, starting Friday at 10 am to #SHOPOPSVALU on Vintage, Antique and Litely Used Furniture, Home Decor, China, Pottery, Crystal, Flatware, Silverplate, Tea and Coffee Services, Textiles, Books, Rugs, Hardware, Architectural and lots more.

We bring in the best of the balance of the estate sales we run. Sometimes we have tools, hardware, bikes, etc. Sewing Machines, Fabrics, Designer shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Clothing. It all depends on what our client had to offer.

For sale to the public and pickers alike at super discounts starting at 50% off estate sale tags then to 75% Off in 60 days. We are here to liquidate…move the merchandise. Not our goal to be an antiques museum but have things that should and could be in one…treasures to be found!

93 Monocacy Blvd. Easy off and on Interstate 70 at the South Street Exit. In Patrick East Business Park. Look for the OPS oval on our signs and our street flags. Unit A-6 in front beside Mason Dixon BBQ.

We accept Cash and Credit. Delivery available by private contractor but best if you bring your own vehicle.


Other People’s Stuff Social Enterprise Small Business

Taken at our OPS FNP photo shoot

Frederick News-Post article interviewed us last sunday for OPS!   

by Ed Waters, February 22/23, 2015

Nestled in a small industrial park off Monocacy Boulevard in Frederick, a business is helping people with unwanted items from estate sales and helping a local charity.

“It’s not a consignment shop. We’re not an antiques store,” said Steve Berryman,  a team member in Other People’s Stuff with Laurie Zook.

They operate EstateMax, which coordinates estate sales, generally in a 50-mile radius of Frederick. Zook has helped people downsizing or moving with an estate sale here and traveled as far as Boston to ensure their things are delivered and handled properly.

After an estate sale, there are nearly always items left over that didn’t sell, from furniture to books to glassware and artwork.

“Laurie has a good eye to see what is worth reselling and what we would have given to charity or what we would trash,” Berryman said.

The next sale at Other People’s Stuff is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A walk through the business reveals vintage furniture and glassware, first-edition books and vinyl records.There is a vintage Daisy BB rifle, a rubber-band-powered BB pistol, an antique martini shaker and even some electronics.

“We don’t want to become an antiques and collectibles museum. We want to move these things,” Berryman said.

From a large rolltop secretary/bookcase to bookcases, china cases, glass-top tables and chairs — so many they are hung on the wall — a tour of the shop shows many items from recent estate sales. A hand-built Scandinavian couch will be in the next sale.

“We have everything in here except enough space,” Berryman said.

“Sometimes, we are just clearing out the house for a client,” Zook said. “Some people call us when they are in a crisis, they just have to get all that stuff out of the house.” It may be for a sale or moving or downsizing.

Time is needed to organize and price the items. “We put a price on an item and if it doesn’t move at one sale, we knock off 50 percent, then down to 30 percent at the next sale,” Zook said. Participants get a coupon worth $10 off at the next sale.

The owners emphasize it is not a typical consignment shop. People cannot bring in items to sell.

Though the sales are scheduled, if a group of shoppers want to come in and see what is in Other People’s Stuff, they can call for an appointment, Zook said. She puts some items online for sale, but said she would rather it stay in the area as many of the items may have local historical or family connections.

“Coming in here has a sort of sense of adventure. You don’t know what you might find,” Berryman said.

Helping Advocates for Homeless Families

As one enters the business, there is a large poster for Advocates for Homeless Families, a Frederick charity that helps families get back on their feet.

“It isn’t just a handout,” Berryman said. “The people have to work, to show commitment and are out of the house in two years.”

A tip jar is on the counter for donations, and those who come to the sale are asked to donate $1.

“It is a great partnership between OPS and Advocates,” said Doug Stone, a member of the charity’s board of directors. “It helps the homeless and the community.”

OPS is committed to helping the charity, providing Advocates with a sustainable base, Stone said.

At every sale, an Advocates volunteer is on hand to greet customers and tell them about the charitable organization.

“We are the first face they see,” Stone said, adding that he has been a volunteer onsite for a sale.

“We ask for a $1 donation, but I am surprised at how many will put in a $20 bill. People are enthusiastic to help,” Stone said. It provides not only the opportunity for the donations, but to educate customers about what Advocates does for the community.

At its two sales so far, Other People’s Stuff donated “a few hundred dollars in the first sale,” Berryman said, and $750 at the second sale.

What started the idea

Zook is from Pennsylvania and has been in estate sales since 1999. She has a background in interior design and commercial management. She once sold BMWs in Hawaii.

“I’ve been helping people organize things for the best part of my life,” Zook said. “A lot of people we help should have done it earlier, organizing, cleaning out the house.”

Berryman is from Rockville and spent 38 years in retail management with Montgomery Ward, Target and Sports Authority. Though much of it was in the East, he worked for a while at the corporate offices of Montgomery Ward.

“We both had the same interests. It was a natural matchup. I had the retail experience and she had her background,” Berryman said.

There is some diversity though. “I’m on the conservative side, and she is on the humanity side,” said Berryman, who wrote a column for The Frederick News-Post for several years and now writes for The Tentacle.

Doing the estate sales and initially giving leftover items to charity or trashing them if the items were not worth keeping, Zook and Berryman decided that choosing the quality items and reselling them would be a good business idea. They chose Advocates for Homeless Families as the charity to help because they admired the nonprofit’s work in the community, they said.


Note: O.P.S. is interviewing non profits based in Frederick County to work with for 2016. In 2015 we have raised over $7000 for Advocates for Homeless Families through public dollar at a time donations at our sales events, our matching funds and contributions.

Other People’s Stuff Open the 1st & 3rd Weekends, Monthly

Other People’s Stuff, The EstateMAX Estates ReSale Showroom in Frederick MD is OPEN the first and Third weekends of each month, beginning Friday at 10 AM.

HOURS: 10 am to 5 PM Friday and Saturday and Closes at 4 PM Sunday

Other People’s Stuff SHOPOPSVALU on Vintage, Antique and Litely Used Estates Goods, Is the Best Value on Quality, Pre-Owned Furnishings, Home Decor, Art, Table top, Tools, Toys, etc. in the DC METRO area. 

Progressive Discounting Starts at 50% OFF the Estate Sale Tagged Price, and Progresses to 75% at 45 Days.

Come See Us at O.P.S. for your next Shopping Adventure!



EstateMAX supports SHIP Of Frederick County

EstateMAX, through our estates Liquidation Center, Other People’s Stuff, is supporting SHIP of Frederick County Student Homeless Initiative Partnership, in raising funds for their good work- supporting the hundreds of Frederick County Public School Students encountering Homelessness through various programs and housing initiatives.

When the public visits O.P.S. we ask you to donate a dollar or more, to SHIP, in their collection jar, at the door, or at the cashier’s desk. All donations go directly to SHIP of Frederick County.

Thank you for your support!shiplogo