(I initially addressed this to Mrs. Pittman, to be respectful, but
it read like one of those crazy 'my father died and left you $3
My condolences on the loss of your partner, and congratulations on
reaching the milestone of grief that you speak of. Some people never
My sympathies as well regarding scams and crooks on Craigslist and
eBay. The thought of easy money makes people crazy, I think. If I
were in your shoes, I would take samples and a completed inventory
list, and visit 5 or 6 local independent jewelers in person.
Alternately, do you have any friends in the real estate business, or
in law? They might be able to recommend a reputable estate auction
house. See if you can get a referral of a few past customers.
I googled 'Portland estate sales' and found
big site, I didn't go in depth
but I did see a jewelry auction advertised on it.
Before committing to anyone or anything, I would google the person's
name, and the word 'scam', 'complaint', 'legal', 'dishonest' etc.
then do the same with the business name. Better Business Bureau will
have info on businesses.
If all else fails, post that completed inventory list on Ganoksin,
or set up a temp website page somewhere and give us the link - you
know we'd buy it!
Blessings, and the best of luck