Health Crisis. How do we respond? A direct reflection of who we are.

Life for all of us is changing. Facts -2,100 cases of Coronavirus in the U.S. Today. No one is to blame. No need to point fingers. My mom always told me you point one finger at someone and you are pointing three fingers back to yourself. Try it.

It is shocking at how effective this little virus is at bringing us to our knees. (Us) being every human being on the planet. How do we respond? How do we respond if we are infected? How do we respond if our loved ones are infected? How do we respond if we are told our schools are closed , or our sporting events are postponed or cancelled? How do we respond if we have to social distance and our jobs are dependent on having large groups of people come to our events?

How we respond is a direct reflection on who we are and how we have lived our lives up to this point. Are we selfless? Then we offer help and assistance to the less fortunate. Are we caring? Then we reach out to the most vulnerable. Make sure they are safe and heathy. Pick up groceries and medicine so they can stay safe. Reach out on social media and offer assistance to those in need. Are we leaders? Do we take initiative and make the unpopular tough decisions. Or do we throw caution to the wind and continue to shake hands with everyone we meet. Do we complain and get mad and blame others for overreacting, ruining our lives, tanking our 401Ks? Do we act crazy because the grocery store has an empty toilet paper shelf?

Domani Estate Sales and Management Services will do what we can to help our clients, friends and neighbors. We are in the process of developing a plan for how to handle future estate and moving sales. We are hopeful that we can come together and help each other get through this challenge. Please stay safe and let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with downsizing, liquidating your treasures, cleaning out your clutter or giving you advice on the best way to proceed in this very challenging time.

“Shah Mat” The King is dead. Emerald Chess Board

The king is dead. The history of chess goes back almost 1500 years. Starting in India and soon spread to Persia. As nations fought and conquered each other they spread destruction, death, and a love of chess.

The early pieces evolved from elephants to horses. The firzan (adviser) became the queen and the chariot became the castle. The two pieces that passed unchanged were the foot soldiers and the king. Some positions in war and peace remained unchanged. Around 600 the name became Chatrang and the Persian influence evolve Shah (king) Mat (finished) the king is dead. Checkmate.

Every estate sale, moving sale, downsizing sale has many treasures looking for new homes. It is so interesting to see the collection of chess games we have sold for our clients through out the years. This featured set now available as we prepare for the next Domani Moving Sale. It is very elegant with a light ethereal feeling. The mixture of wire and glass gives the game a feel of elegance. We look forward to finding a new home for this lovely set.

Dining Kittinger Style

Quality is paramount. The Kittinger Furniture Company was established in 1866 and from the beginning this company focused on making beautiful hand crafted furniture. All great companies have growing pains and how they navigate through the changing tastes of the marketplace says a lot about the company. The Kittinger Furniture company was sold in 1966. From the beginning The Kittinger Furniture Company has set an unparalleled standard among manufacturers of fine furniture. The Kittinger Family sold the company to General Interiors Inc.

​Although the company changed hands many times over the years until being delivered into the hands of the current owners. One thing remained consistent. Quality.

According to the website, “In 1996, Ray (a Master Cabinetmaker at Kittinger) and Karen Bialkowski purchased the Kittinger Furniture Company and all of its intellectual property. They quickly re-established the company and settled in a new factory in North Buffalo. Many of the original craftsman returned to work for the re-opened company.”

Domani Estate Sales and Management company has been contracted to sell a beautiful English Renaissance Antique Dining Set for a family that will be moving and will not be able to take this beautiful piece with them. The Table and 8 chairs are available for immediate delivery. The original price paid for this set was well over the asking price. We can work with you on delivery and we welcome your inquiries.

What we collect.

I love collecting sunrises and signage. There are many similarities between both mediums. Beer signs, street signs, license plates, gas station signs, eggs stands, everything we buy, sell, trade or collect has been advertised on a sign, somewhere, at sometime. My favorite sign of all times is the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square in Boston, MA.

Historically figural signs were used to advertise barbershops and drugstores, pawn shops and post offices. Collectors Weekly explains, ” in 17th and 18th -century Europe and early America, most of the population was illiterate, so shopkeepers often used figural signs outside their businesses to attract customers:Barbers used a pole painted with red, white and blue stripes in a corkscrew pattern, pharmacists used “show globes” filled with colored liquid, pawn shops displayed three golden balls and tobacco shops placed wooden statues of Native Americans outside their doors.”

Soon the square wood signs emerged. These were signs with the shape, size and material dictating simplistic graphics. “Fresh eggs”, “Gas”, “Motel” . They were mostly hand painted and very hard to keep up in the harsh weather.

The emergence of the billboard, murals, lettering on glass storefronts and tin signs began in earnest in the 1800’s. According to Frontsigns, “The first gas illuminated sign was made in 1840 in Chicago, Illinois for P.T. Barnum Museum. The sign was able to work 5 hours straight.” So began the age of illuminated signage eventually leading to the digital billboard.

Darryl Tilden, Vintage Advertising signs 1800’s//2000’s, writes,”…Lithography in the early 1800’s changed the advertising signs forever.”

Great graphics, logos, colorful backgrounds, neon brilliance, all began emerging in the 1900’s as industrial know how and art merged. Tin, porcelain, glass, vinyl, plastic, all began competing for the sign of choice for the advertiser. Good signage is key to delivering buyers to sellers.

Finding these fun, colorful messages in yard sales, estate sales and moving sales is similar to stumbling across and capturing an outstanding sunrise. It is always a delight and surprise when you stumble across a beauty.

Where have you been lately?

Clutter clean-out began with a phone call. Your dad needs to go to the doctors his foot is infected. When the call comes and you never know when it comes. You have to get into gear. The house needs to be cleaned out. The clutter needs to be disposed of. The artwork needs to be inventoried and appraised. The furniture needs to be assessed. Tools need to be sold, the antique radio needs a good cleaning. The Rolex watch needs to be wound. The refrigerator needs a new cord. All the inventory needs to be catalogued. This is the process we go through for our clients. It is a process and it is emotional for the family. What helps to get through the process is to have the Domani Team of professionals come in with an understanding of what is needed and how best to proceed. The objectives vary and the individual situation needs to be accommodated precisely with the terms and conditions communicated with compassion and understanding. Every estate sale, moving sale, downsizing sale and yard sale is unique. Domani Team works to make your sale a success for you and fun for the future owners of your treasures. See you soon at the next sale.

Essex Estate Sale Oct 4th & 5th

Whatever. Says it all. Whatever you like to read…boxes of books. Whatever you do with your outdoor living space…garden tools, teak swing, push mower and more. Whatever you do for crafts…singer sewing machine, needle point supplies, material, patterns more. Whatever you do for hobbies, art, paint, easel, books, Casio keyboard, albums, cds, speakers. Whatever you need for the home, heaters, freezer, washer and dryer. Don’t forget the whatever you need for decorating your home and hearth…art, furniture, wreaths, butterflies, lamps, sleigh bed, bookcases, supplies, scanners, desk and more. And if you want to keep gardening year round Aerogrow will be your answer. Whatever you do, don’t miss this Estate Sale. Join us 9 am to 3 pm. Oct 4th and 5th. at 2 Cedar Grove Terrace Ext, Essex, CT. #freezer #estatesale #domani.estate #heaters #flatscreen

Estate Sales and Train Trips. What They Have in Common.

The Journey


As I wait to see who will arrive at the Hoop Pole Estate Sale on day four of the sale and the last day, I can’t help but think of this Estate sale as journey, similar to a train trip.  The house is the train, the journey is the sale, and the passengers are the attendees.   The trip as it unfolded.

Saturday the first day of the journey started out as a snowy mess.  The snow started as slush, turned to rain then settled in as snow.  The conductor decided it was too dangerous to leave the station.  Sale postponed until tomorrow. There were some fearless travelers who came despite the weather.  Disappointed, they turned back.  Sunday came with less weather and a steady flow of passengers.  Where is the piano?  You had pictures of tools. Do you still have the American Heritage pool table?  Where is the John Deer Tractor? Will you take $20 for this electric trimmer?  How much for the gaming machine? Is the house for sale?  Wow look at the indoor pool.  Is this the last day of the sale?  What kind of wood is the card table made of?  Do you have any 45’s?  I came from Fairfield, I was here yesterday.  Faces, canes, walkers, children with a stuffed santa dangling from their little hand. A collector bought cat’s meow for her husband’s birthday. Someone else bought St George Church Cat’s Meow to give to the church. Disney Storybook Ornament’s were bought for the grandchildren. Thirty-three responses from people wanting the generator. A couple bought a back pack to give to the homeless, a couple bought kitchenware for their daughter who was getting married, a dad bought some folding tables for his son however ended up giving it to his brother in hospice. As the day came to an end there was a lull and a couple came through with their daughter and they shared with us that they were new to the area and they liked the Baldwin Baby Grand. The beautiful finish, the lovely sound would work well in their music room.  As the day ends and everyone goes home with treasures, gifts, goodies and promises to come back.  Similar to a train trip when you return home you remember all the wonderful travelers you met and you are grateful for the station that gave you the platform to meet and greet so many wonderful people. On we go setting up for the next trip. Life is a journey. Estate Sales punctuate the journey.

Intrinsic Value Estate Sales that Sing

Real estate sales are very similar to Estate Sales. When I was shopping for my forever home I looked at a lot of houses. I am sure I drove my realtor crazy. What she does not know is the reason I bought my house was because of this pond, pictured here.

It was Springtime and my realtor described the scene and I could taste the hot chocolate. Skating on this pond, walkable from my new home, sold.

My point is this four bedrooms, great schools, low taxes, are features. A little pond that freezes over welcoming the young and old to come out in the winter and make that wonderful sound of clicks and scratches on ice is a benefit with intrinsic value.

During an estate sale people come from all over and they are not sure what they are looking for however when they see something that sings to them the way this frozen pond song played to me, they buy.

Our job is to manage the experience by providing easy access, freedom to shop and view the available treasures. And to welcome all with an openness and thankfulness that attendees have taken time out of their day to come to our sale. When you come to a Domani Estate Sale we hope you find your skating pond.

Social Media and the Antique Furniture Market

Antiques.  Today when you ask a young person to define Antiques they will respond an antique is anyone who has a flip phone, landline, or someone who uses a pen and paper to communicate.  

I looked up the definition of antique in the New Oxford American Dictionary.  

An-tique – a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.

In an article in Economics, The Arts by Tyler Cowen he writes, “Compared with the heyday of antiques collecting, prices for average pieces are now “80 percent off,” said Colin Stair, the owner of Stair Galleries auction house in Hudson, N.Y. “Your typical Georgian 18th century furniture, chest of drawers, tripod tables, Pembroke tables,” he noted, can all be had for a fraction of what they cost 15 to 20 years ago.”

Why. What happened to so dramatically decrease the value of antiques?

Ebay, Esty, Amazon, Craig’s List have all helped to bring down pricing because of accessibility. A search in Ebay for Pembroke tables delivers 10 pages of Pembroke tables ranging in prices from $27,000.00  to $130.99. Or you could buy a book on how to build your own Pembroke Table for $29.99.  Pages are filled with tables listed for sale now, not the ones that have sold.  If I want to sell a table you need to see if a similar table has sold on Ebay and what price did it sell for.  Everyone has access to this information.  

Value is created when something is rare, original, unique, different.  And most important value is created when something is desired.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Definition.

Value, worth imply intrinsic excellence or desirability.

Our lifestyles have changed.

Our cell phones have replaced, cameras, projectors, entertainment centers, recorders, turntables, postcards, landlines, fax machines, and so much more.

And our attitudes have changed. According to Greg Nolte large antique dining table sets are not of interest to his millennial customers reported by Allison Lee for Marketplace. She writes,”David Lackey is an appraiser on the long-running PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.” At his shop in an upscale neighborhood in Houston, Lackey said the market for antique furniture is down.”

I asked a friend’s daughter what her attitude was toward her Grandmom’s furniture and she responded. “I would rather Grandmom sell the furniture and take me on a trip.” A genuine 1840’s Victorian Antique Dinning Room Set King Cathedral Walnut and Marble Sideboard might be wonderful to look at and appreciate, however it might be hard to sell.