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May 15, 2014 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-15

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Edmund Frank Advertisement

For A Fran si tion

Estate sales can help you downsize and make some money.

By Shannon Mackie

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Frank Kaszynski in front of a Chippendale

reproduction cabinet

12 OPEN DOOR Magazine •

May 2014

Kaszynski said. "We treat
Ruth Fuller of West
everyone with respect
Bloomfield also had praise
and try to make the
for Edmund Frank. The
whole process as easy as
firm completed an estate
sale for her in March.
One key to the success
"Frank was very profes-
of Kaszynski's sales is his
sional," she said. "He was
loyal customer base. "We
well organized, kind and
have people who have
honest. The whole process
followed us and shopped
happened just the way
our sales for 35 years,"
he described it. He didn't
he said.
make any promises that he
The firm's online adver-
couldn't fulfill."
tising also greatly impacts
Glazier and Fuller are
the outcome of a sale.
just two of the many
"On one particular sale,
different types of families
we had more than 8,000
and individuals that
views online," he said.
0 Kaszynski works with. "I
Estate sale finds can
go wherever there are
be exciting discoveries, as
good items," he said. "We
Frank Kaszynski checks out a silver
Kaszynski himself knows.
do modest or grand and
plated Paul Revere replica coffee
He still has his first-ever
everything in between."
estate sale purchase — a
Although he's spent
maker from the 19th century.
trinket box he uncovered
35 years in the business,
during a childhood shopping trip.
Kaszynski has no plans to slow down.
"Everything you've thought about owning
"I expect estate sales to pick up as the
already exists in someone's house," he said.
baby boomer generation approaches retire-
"It's the ultimate recycling. We attract people
ment," he said. "I want to continue to do this
who are interested in quality at reasonable
as long as I can. I truly enjoy it. I love it."
To contact Edmund Frank & Associates about
For those interested in holding an estate
an estate sale, email efcoestates@att.net or
sale, Kaszynski will schedule a home visit and
call (313) 854-6000.
assess the items being considered for sale.



s a child, Frank Kaszynski and his
parents were regulars at local estate
sales. He was fascinated by the
unique items he uncovered and eventually
turned this interest into a 35-year career.
Kaszynski became a certified antiques ap-
praiser, and friends began calling on him for
his expertise. Encouraged by the increased
demand, Kaszynski took his hobby to the next
level and founded Edmund Frank & Associ-
ates. The company provides estate sale and
antiques appraisal services to people across
Metro Detroit.
In addition to Kaszynski, the company has
one other certified antiques appraiser on
staff. The team works with not only those
who are closing an estate, but also with those
who are downsizing, want to redecorate,
or need an appraisal for insurance or tax
Kaszynski and his colleagues begin by
thoroughly examining each item to ensure
accuracy and determine a fair price. Their
years of experience help them to determine
the value of an item and what buyers are
willing to pay.
The interior of the house is also photo-
graphed, allowing potential customers to
"pre-shop" online. All items are then artfully
displayed throughout the home. The sales
are publicized online and in many local
weekly papers.
During the sale, the firm is on hand to
manage the entire process. When a sale is
complete, the team will facilitate the dona-
tion of any remaining items and perform a
complete clean up.
"We offer friendly, courteous service,"

In turn, potential clients should always ask
for references, no matter which firm they're
working with.
At Edmund Frank, the cost of an estate
sale is based on a percentage of a sale's total
income, which is an important benefit for
the client. And, the firm works with a variety
of clients from across Metro Detroit, ranging
from those with small apartments or condos
to those with large homes. A majority of
Kaszynski's clients are referrals — a testa-
ment to his dedication to customer service.
Yoland Glazier of New Boston is one of
those satisfied customers. "Frank was very
kind and sensitive," Glazier said. "We noticed
his professionalism and we liked him right
away. He was incredibly knowledgeable
about antiques and very thorough. We would
highly recommend him to anyone."

5 Things To Consider

Some tips from Edmund Frank:
1. Don't throw anything away on your
own; let a professional tell you what
to discard.

2.Secure all important documents,
photos and mementos.

3. If you're not wearing it, sell it: furs,
jewelry, designer clothes and hand-

4. High-end items draw affluent buyers:
art, sculpture, fine furniture and silver

5. One man's discards are another man's

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