Owner Brette Bates and her team of experienced assistants have worked with hundreds of people who have downsized. Testimonials say it all, as evidenced by these two from happy clients:
Thank you for the quick turn around on the results of the sale. You sold over 80% of what we had! What a great job! It was great working with you and I appreciate your patience as I worked through this very emotional process.
Caroline, May 2018
"Bethesda Downsizing did an extraordinary job in planning, preparing and executing the 3-day Estate Sale for us. Their meticulous approach assured that the entire effort came off without a hitch. Their marketing efforts produced large turnouts each day and the attentive staff participated actively in the very successful sales effort. And they were a delight to work with throughout.
We know books can accumulate over time and become a huge weight on your shoulders. We try to make selling and hauling them quick and painless, so we always follow these four simple steps: 1) Gather your books and contact me to discuss your project; 2) I'll review what you have and make you an offer; 3) You'll get paid and I'll haul the books away the same day; 4) I'll donate the ones I can't use and you'll receive a tax receipt if you want one.
Of course, I"m looking for books in good to very good condition. I can't do anything with books that have water damage, mold, or torn pages and bindings. I can use some books with torn dust jackets, but the value is far lower than a book with an intact dust jacket. The same is true if the dust jacket is missing. Also, I can't take books from a smoker's home. Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to get the smell of the smoke out of the books.
I take children's books for donation. The resale value for children's books is usually very low. But, if they're in good condition, I often donate children's books to title-1 schools, and they're given directly to kids whose families can't afford them. I will take all your books. Any books I can't use I will donate. If there is no resale value in your collection, I will still take out a carload (about 22 boxes). I will normally give you an estimate, pay you, and haul away all the books the same day. If it requires multiple trips, we'll figure out another date that works for both of us.
"If you like book shopping and don't like paying a lot of money, this is the place for you. I was very surprised at how good the selection was; and all between $1 and $4! You can't beat getting a half-dozen books in good condition for $12. Oh, and did I mention it goes to charity!"
— Carpe Librum Customer
Chevy Chase, MD
Randolph Hills Shopping Center
4886 Boiling Brook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 984-3300
at the Old Silver Spring Library
8901 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 933-1110
Organizing kitchens, closets, laundries, home offices, garages, etc.
Managing files and paperwork
Downsizing, Moving, and Staging
Downsizing your residence
Moving into an assisted living facility or retirement home
Preparing for a relocation
Staging your residence for sale
Having a party – birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby showers, other social events
Arranging a business meeting or other event
Helping with such services as invitations, venue selection, preparing menus and hiring caterer, decorations, etc.
Paula Lettice founded Gal Friday Associates as a second career, to use her passion for planning and organizing in helping others with these skills and experience. She served as a senior executive in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the U.S. Government and as the Executive Director of the Entomological Society of America, a national scientific society.
Paula has many years of experience with non-profit organizations, serving on boards and committees, and chairing fundraisers and other events, both personal and professional. She is available to help you solve your organizational and event planning needs with understanding, care, and dedication – and hopefully you will enjoy this experience as much as she will!