A Testament That Good Things Can Happen When Life Gives You Lemons
Judi Scanlon-Loud is the successful owner of Griffin Estate Sales, but only a few years ago, life handed her not just one sour lemon, but a whole bag of them. She hit rock bottom after she left her husband and the reality that she needed to leave her beautiful Paradise Valley home and start anew sank in. With support from her family, she gathered her strength and began to pull the pieces of her shattered life back together. In fact, she glued those pieces into the shape of an elegant crystal bowl, filled it with a bunch of lemons and eventually sold it.
First she moved into a much smaller place, but had way too many things for her new home. Storage wasn’t practical, so she decided it was time to let go of the excess. She did interior design and worked in the furniture business; so she took her knowledge of sales, made a few phone calls and sold everything she didn’t need. The money she made helped establish her new life, and at the end of the day she learned that it could be very cathartic to purge.
A few months later, Scanlon-Loud received a call from a friend going through a divorce who asked if she could help her downsize by selling the furniture from her 7,000-square-foot home. This was a turning point for Scanlon-Loud, and the beginning of Griffin Estate Sales.
Plant a Lemon Tree
Scanlon-Loud has more than 23 years of experience selling furniture, which created a strong foundation when beginning her company. Her love of interior decorating is useful as well, especially when staging a sale.
“I love what I do. I work in beautiful homes and meet wonderful and exciting people,” says Scanlon-Loud. “We have done some of the most prestigious estates in the Valley. Every estate sale and client is unique, and the items some of my clients wish to sell oftentimes tell a wonderful story.”
When someone is interested in holding a sale, Scanlon-Loud offers a complimentary evaluation to see if it’s the best route for them.
“If we can help, we will do our best to accommodate you with whatever we can,” she says.
She and her staff will stage and price items, and even invite a variety of clients they feel would be interested in purchasing. Sales are typically scheduled for one or two days and payment is made to the seller within 72 hours after the sale closes.
“No auction house or consignment store can give you that quick of a turnaround. It’s a painless and simple process with the best financial results,” says Scanlon-Loud.
When discussing the best items to sell, she says that somewhat unique items with character, items that will attract certain interests or would be an asset to someone’s interior designs, are most desirable.
She also has some great advice for people who are on the fence about letting go.
“Remember, the only things you can take with you when you leave this world are the memories you’ve packed in your heart.”
If life throws a few lemons in your direction, Scanlon-Loud recommends focusing on the future.
“Tomorrow is another day and it will get better, trust me.”
To learn more, visit GriffinEstateSales.com.