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One Person’s Unwanted Items Can Truly Be Another’s Treasures

by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:04 pm

Imagine opening a 1920s steamer trunk full of ladies clothing, hats and silk stockings, taking a close look at a Philco radio, or a framed picture of someone’s beloved cat. These kind of items all hold a patina of age and mystery. For those who love antiques looking through some of the items is magical and the idea of being able to purchase something that belonged to someone who lived many years ago is intriguing. It’s a way to connect one to the past.

Sydna Worthington gets to experience all that and goes through her clients’ household goods for a living. She is the owner of Treasures Estate Sales, Consignment and Design, a unique service in Coronado which helps sell or consign unwanted items. The design part of the business comes into play when a client gets rid of items and then wants to sell the house. Worthington then uses her interior design skills and contacts to decorate the house.

Worthington recently held an estate sale on Adella Avenue at Adella Apartments where most of the items were from the 1920s and 1940s. The original house belongs to her client’s grandmother and dates back to the 1920s. It was eventually split up into six apartments which were furnished. “What we have unearthed is original furniture and stuff left behind by tenants,” explained Worthington.

Worthington, who is originally from Atlanta, came to Coronado in 1985 with her Navy husband. The couple had three children and over the years Worthington worked in retail as a buyer for the Marine Corps, as assistant merchandise buyer at the Hotel del Coronado followed by more jobs in retail at places like SDSU and Loews Resort. For a few years she move back to Atlanta and worked as a realtor for Sotheby’s and as an interior designer.

In 2016 Worthington was back in Coronado and after she had an accident she was forced to retire. “What I am going to do?” she remembers asking herself.

“I had to reinvent myself at 62 years old. Then my friend asked me to help her get rid of furniture in her house and a treasure was born,” said Worthington.

Her idea of a new business became a reality. The estate sale business was a job that fit her schedule since she wanted to enjoy her grandchildren and have a job where she didn’t have to be at work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

When Worthington is contacted by possible clients, she visits their homes and does an assessment of the value of their items. After she holds the estate sale, with the help of Lisa Daniels, they remove all the items left which are then sent to consignments stores to be sold. Because Worthington has many relationships with consignors she makes sure her clients get the best price for their items. 

In cases when homeowners want to get rid of specific pieces and not have an estate sale Worthington takes care of the consignment. If the homeowner is selling the house after an estate sale Worthington can send someone to clean the house and help to decorate and furnish it. If there are garage sale items left after the estate sale Worthington and Daniels hold a garage sale in Coronado. “We’ll take it from the very beginning to the very end. We are one stop shop,” she said.

Daniels, who has a background in accounting, takes care of the financial part of the business as well as helping Worthington with the estate sales. Daniels loves the fact that since Coronado is a small town she ends up running into people she knows at the sales.

“We get to know the regulars and we put stuff aside for them,” she said. For example she has a buyer who collects colored Pyrex, or another who buys costume jewelry, still others who collect cameras or knives. The duo also sees a lot of Coronado memorabilia that comes out of people’s attics and garages as well as unusual items. Just recently at the Adella estate sale they came across something they weren’t sure what it was. It turned out to be wooden camping cooler with two sides, one for hot foods and the other for cold foods. Some of the items they found were wrapped in newspapers from 1922, 1936 and 1971.

The duo finds that most often people have an emotional attachment to pieces but Worthington and Daniels can help them through the process by sorting through things for them. This way their clients keep only what it’s really valuable to them. 

Worthington and Daniels have known each other since their respective kids were in first grade. Worthington loves the hunt. “I find it fascinating. Each sale is different,” she said.

Daniels agreed, “Every day is different. When they hire us, before they do anything we tell them ‘Don’t throw anything away.’”

As the saying goes someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure.

Worthington has often spoken to people who tell her “I wish you had done this when my mother died.” “It takes the stress out of it, we do everything …we go through the kitchen cupboards, the linen closets,” she said.

“Most estate sale companies take the money and walk away, we clear it out and take everything,” explained Daniels.

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