Whitcomb + Cate

(707) 481-1002  Bonded and Insured Elite member since Sep 9, 2016 - 5 years in business

About Whitcomb + Cate

We understand that you have a number of options when choosing an Estate Sale Company and our ultimate mission is to educate people so they can make the best and most informed decisions for their families. Our experienced team can help you determine whether its best to host an onsite sale or have us host the sale at our Warehouse showroom, or seek a full buy-out of the home's contents. Every situation is unique and we endeavor to be empathetic and helpful in what is usually a difficult emotional process.

We offer onsite Estate Sales, Premier Buy Out Services (Quickest Liquidation Option), Salvage Services and VIP Consignment Options.

We welcome every opportunity to serve our clients with a positive attitude , utmost professionalism and caring respect in every phase from staging and hosting through to the final clean out of unsold items.

Our "Broom Clean" guarantee ensures our clients can rely on a consistent and satisfying result.

We offer Free Consultations and Free Appraisals. In almost all cases, we don't require any out of pocket expenses from our clients and are instead compensated by profit sharing on the proceeds of the sale. This means our success is predicated solely on how well we do for our customers. Our over 25 years of combined experience in the secondary goods market makes us uniquely qualified to bring you top dollar for your items from precious metals to rare antiques to automobiles to tools and everyday household items. The ultimate goal of an onsite sale is to empty the house and prepare it for sale or transfer. We deeply empathize with the emotional attachment that comes with many belongings and our growing list of satisfied clients will attest to the warm and loving attitude we bring to every sale. This ensures your relative's items find a loving new home.

As a full-service Estate Sale company, we typically don't charge additional fees for clean-outs after the sale as we take pride in making sure the left over items find a good home through our vast donation network. We think its equally important to spend the extra time recycling unsold items that are not suitable for donation. We endeavor to become the most environmentally responsible estate sale company in the county.

In addition to our pricing advice (we have a number of websites that we utilize for research) we can also provide a number of more sensible liquidation options for certain antiques and valuables.

We also specialize in helping remove unwanted stored items from attics & basements, foreclosed properties, estates, evictions and more. In most cases, After seeing the property, we will submit a written bid to you at no cost or obligation. Go Local and save.

Selena Cate has spent the last two decades honing her skills through antique curating, thrifting, merchandising and creative writing. She grew up on an olive farm in the north valley of California. Her father, a self made inventor, was a great inspiration for her as she watched him build things for the farm from cast off junk from the local dump. She later spent four years in Europe where she began to work on furniture design and restoration. This is a family owned business run by Selena, her father, her daughter and son.


Service areas

Based out of Mill Valley, CA also serving areas near Berkeley , CA , Concord , CA , Hayward , CA , Mill Valley , CA , Novato , CA , Richmond , CA , San Francisco , CA , San Leandro , CA , South San Francisco , CA , Vallejo , CA and Walnut Creek , CA


Services Offered

  • In-person Estate Sales
  • Online Auctions
  • Appraisal Services
  • Off-site Sales
  • Clean-out Services

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Furniture Vintage Stereo Art + Tools

Whitcomb + Cate

Just a friendly reminder that we are requiring that everyone that enters our showroom to wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will be allowing 12 shoppers in at a time. We will have hand sanitizer at the door. We will be adding more phot...

100 Brown St Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale starts Fri. Jul 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM PDT
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Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage Linens, Tools, Household

Whitcomb + Cate

We are excited to be back in Sebastopol for our February Showroom Estate Sale. We bring you two lovely estates from Petaluma. The first is a hilltop home which was full of contemporary furniture and household items. The other home is a time capsule a...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Feb 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT

Petaluma Estate Sale - A Gardeners Delight and Quaint Estate - Greenhouse

Whitcomb + Cate

NO VALUABLES KEPT ONSITE - THE PREMISE IS STILL OCCUPIED, PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB TENANT. THANK YOU! We have really enjoyed getting this absolutely charming and welcoming home ready for the sale, Our mindful downsizing client has almost literally "le...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Feb 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sonoma Estate Sale - HUGE Woodworker/Machinist Shop KUBOTA Tractor + MANY Xtras - Fishing Gear added + NEW PHOTOS

Whitcomb + Cate

SATURDAY UPDATE: TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENTS HAVE SOLD Its day TWO and there are still scores of power tools and hand tools and loads of supplies and hardware (many new in package) in this HUGE double shop that runs the length of a house. Come on by for s...

Sonoma, CA 95476
Sale ended Sun. Jan 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage Items + Antiques, Tools Clocks Mission Furniture, Household

Whitcomb + Cate

We are remodeling our showroom to make more room and have emptied out the back and finding some cool stuff as well as offering some great bargains on aged merchandise. Featured items in this sale are: Mission Style Oak Queen BedMission Style - Cedar...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jan 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale -Final Estate Sale of the Year!

Whitcomb + Cate

Another year has gone by and this is the FINAL WAREHOUSE SALE OF THE YEAR. This special 3 day sale will feature a number of eclectic items from Sonoma County, Napa County and Marin County Estates. We start with the final items from the Santa Rosa el...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Historical Countryside Estate in Graton

Whitcomb + Cate

We have a busy couple of weeks in front of us with one Team running this lovely historic countryside estate sale in Graton starting December 13th while the rest of the Team is working on our next Warehouse Estate Sale scheduled for December 20th. Thi...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Holiday Estate Sale - New DVDs - Disney - Toy Cars - Christmas

Whitcomb + Cate

Please note - we are adding more photos hourly but we still have way more items than featured in this advert. More is being unpacked staged and priced but are not yet in photos . Please check back often before the start of the sale and we will do our...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Extended DISCOUNT Day MONDAY now 75% off 10am-2pm and Leftovers will be FREE after 2:15PM!

Whitcomb + Cate

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Extended Discount Day MONDAY 75% OFF 10am-2pm 75% off - LEFTOVERS WILL BE FREE AFTER 2:15PM (We need a 15 min break to prep leftovers) PLEASE NOTE: PHOTOS ARE OF THE ACTUAL ITEMS STILL FOR SALE The warehouse is located just...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Mon. Nov 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Huge Estate Sale - Vintage Audio - Vintage Short Wave - Brand New Tools and Appliances -

Whitcomb + Cate

8PM Friday update - Client addsRare Mint JBL Paragon Speaker (only 1200 made) at nearly 9 Ft long it’s a piece of designer furniture and an incredible sounding speaker More vintage studio from marantz, Pioneer and Sansui and more More Short Wave Rad...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Nov 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale -New in Box Appliances / Kitchenware, Entertainer's Dream Sale, Tools

Whitcomb + Cate

We are delighted to be back this weekend with another super fun fall sale as we bring you the balance of the Seattle estate and our showroom is packed with fresh vintage items and loads of items that are perfect for holiday entertaining. We are also ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Nov 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Packed to the Walls - Home Furnishings - Dining - Entertaining - Vintage Oddities Collectables

Whitcomb + Cate

This fall Sale is brought to Sebastopol all the way from Seattle; WA..... Only because a satisfied former Petaluma client was so delighted of the work we did on the large Petaluma Victorian; that she called us when it was time for her to downsize. He...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol - Pop Up - Estate Sale - Huge collector

Whitcomb + Cate

93 year old Sebastopol native collected a few too many nice things and it’s all in a warehouse marked at bargain prices in this pop up 2 day estate sale The sheer volume was too much for the house so it was all moved and staged in a clean dry wareho...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Lovely Santa Rosa Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

This is wonderful 2-day sale at a sweet home in the JC neighborhood of Santa Rosa. GardenPatio SetsAvocado TreesGarden ToolsPlants Leather Sofa Leather Recliner Fine Wool RugsPotteryNavajo Basket Porsgrund Norwegian Dish Set Mid Century ModernLa-Z-...

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Sale ended Sun. Oct 6, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Inspired Barn Studio Craft Supplies - Vintage, Tools, Sports Memorabilia

Whitcomb + Cate

We are back in Sebastopol for our first sale of fall featuring an eclectic collection of modern and vintage items. We have curated dozens of fresh selects from the Inspired Barn of Petaluma, a private studio, who has graciously provided us scores of ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Sep 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage Toys - Barn Items - Vintage Garden

Whitcomb + Cate

We are back in Sebastopol for our last sale of the SUMMER and its a DOOZIE! Once again Selena has worked hard to stage our showroom full to the brim with a wide variety of time capsule items. We are featuring (Part 2) of the Petaluma Country propert...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Sep 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Packed Sebastopol Estate Sale - Time Capsule Toys - Bohemian Club - Vintage Stereo -Antiques

Whitcomb + Cate

We have TWO sales this weekend in West County. 1. Our WAREHOUSE sale STARTS on FRIDAY. 2. The 2nd one in Graton STARTS on Saturday. We are back in Sebastopol after an amazing summer of on-site sales all over Sonoma and Marin County. You will love ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Aug 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Vineyard Downsizing Estate Sale- Fine Art, Fine Furniture, Navajo Rugs, Navajo Baskets, Wine Making

Whitcomb + Cate

5MP ROAD !! SALE IS DOWN A COUNTRY LANE - POSTED 5 MPH- PLEASE ENTER SLOWLY AND BE PATIENT PARKING IS LIMITED and located down by the shop, please park sensibly and don't block the road or main driveway for loading. This is wonderful 2-day sale at ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Aug 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Elegant San Anselmo Estate Sale - Mid Century, Fine Art, Orientalia, Garden + Patio -

Whitcomb + Cate

This week we are in the hills of San Anselmo just off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and invite you to help us clear a tastefully decorated home filled with mid century modern, antique pine and contemporary furniture, fine art including fine oil paintings...

San Anselmo, CA 94960
Sale ended Sun. Aug 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Historic Cloverdale Winery Estate Sale - 150 years in the same family WWII, C.A.P. Pilot

Whitcomb + Cate

We are truly honored to be a part of this historic Cloverdale Winery Estate Sale owned by the same family for over 150 years (1866). This unique property will be a walk down memory lane in every room or outbuilding, The old winery is loaded with vint...

Cloverdale, CA 95425
Sale ended Sun. Jul 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Petaluma Estate Sale - Master Model Builder, Woodworker, Car Collector, RC Enthusiast and full House of modern amenities

Whitcomb + Cate

This week we are in a tranquil east Petaluma neighborhood just off McDowell Blvd with a full house estate sale of modern furniture, modern household items, solid wood furniture, fine patio garden furniture in a house made for entertaining. The pri...

Petaluma, CA 94954
Sale ended Sun. Jul 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

ONE DAY Santa Rosa Pop Up Man Cave Estate Sale- Vintage Kawasaki Motorcycles, Parts, Bicycles, Tools, Signs FUN!

Whitcomb + Cate

THIS IS A ONE DAY ONLY SALE! This is our second ONE DAY ONLY SALE of the weekend and its a man cave central at this Santa Rosa estate where a wonderful man lovingly curated mint condition vintage motorcycle parts to lovingly restore 3 Vintage Kawas...

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Sale ended Sat. Jul 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Santa Rosa 1 - Day Estate Sale - Wood Shop full of Delta Power Tools, Tools, Furniture, Household and more

Whitcomb + Cate

This weekend we are hosting (two) separate 1-DAY downsizing sales. The first is on FRIDAY and is featuring former cabinet maker and woodworker who has an immaculate shop. His 1970's Delta 3HP Single Phase Unisaw looks like NEW and its wide 60" Fenc...

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sale ended Fri. Jul 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Majestic Sonoma Ranch Estate Sale - Fine French Antiques, Vintage Birdcages, Porcelain Signs, Vintage Garden and Architectural items,

Whitcomb + Cate

NOTE: This is a 4-Day Sale that starts THURSDAY JUN 27 at 9:00AM - GATES OPEN 6:00 AM One of our most exciting sales of the year is finally here!! This 4-Day estate sale is being hosted on a majestic 10-acre Sonoma estate that is surrounded by pictur...

Sonoma, CA 95476
Sale ended Sun. Jun 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Motorhome, Antiques, Collectibles, Garden, JAM PACKED

Whitcomb + Cate

We are back on our feet and feeling great again and the extra time has allowed us to JAM PACK our showroom with a wide variety if items. Where our last sale focused on furniture and fine antiques, this sale is JAM PACKED with boxes and boxes of "smal...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jun 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Fine Art- Victorian, Arts and Crafts, French, Vintage Garden, Sterling, Jewelry, Roseville, Orientalia, Limoges. St Louis Apollo. Silhouettes, Czech Amber

Whitcomb + Cate

We are excited to present one of our poshest warehouse sales to date. Our showroom is filled with everything from 18th century French furniture from a Tiburon Estate that was lavished with fine furnishings and Egyptian revival pieces. A Grace Tract e...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jun 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Mid Century + Antiques +Fishing + Clocks + Tools + Jewelry

Whitcomb + Cate

We are thrilled to be back in Sebastopol after traveling as far as Sea Ranch last month in order to bring an exciting variety of fresh merchandise to our May showroom sale. Father's Day is fast approaching and we have you covered with a great select...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. May 19, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Mystery Pop Up Sale - One Day Only

Whitcomb + Cate

Mystery Pop Up Sale - One Day Only CASH ONLY Welcome to our first mystery sale. Not much details and one photos. Hence the mystery :-) We need to clear this house quickly and hope you can help. Nothing will be priced but a couple pieces of furniture...

Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Sale ended Thu. May 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM PDT

Packed Contemporary Santa Rosa - Fountaingrove Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Space is limited due to the large quantity of items in a smaller house. This means we cannot safely let more than 15 people in at a time. We do HONOR THE LIST - so patience will be rewarded with your help. PARKING NOTICE: in FOUNT...

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sale ended Sun. Apr 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage + Antiques + Sailboat + Garden

Whitcomb + Cate

This week is an eclectic mix of some fabulous Vintage + Antique items from Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol estates and features a complete vintage shallow water sailboat with Mast and Sail, Drop In Keep and Articulating Rudder. This all wood beau...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Apr 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage Garden - Statuary - Patio - Sculpture - Tools - Plants

Whitcomb + Cate

Spring has Sprung and we are back with one of our favorite sales of the year. All fall and winter we save up plants, pots, patio furniture and statuary for our Spring Garden + Patio Estate Sale here in Sebastopol. These items have come from all over...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Mar 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Whitcomb + Cate Sebastopol Estate Sale - Fine Furniture, Fine Art. Rugs, Garden Items,

Whitcomb + Cate

We have a busy spring in front of us and this March we are bringing an incredible two-part sale where are featuring items from a San Francisco and Petaluma estate. This week we are featuring fine Mission Style oak furniture including a Dining Room ta...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Mar 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Whitcomb + Cate Estate Sale Packed Garage - Tools - Vintage Toys

Whitcomb + Cate

Despite the rain (and floods) we are heading over to Rohnert Park this weekend for an estate sale of a former deck and pier installer. He has many excellent tools in well organized and excellent condition, many Look New. The lovely home near the gol...

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Sale ended Sun. Mar 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Elegant San Rafael Estate in Peacock Gap

Whitcomb + Cate

This week we travel to beautiful Marin County and the historic Peacock Gap in San Rafael. This lovely mid century home is tastefully appointed with fine furnishings, and hand selected treasures from Israel, Africa and South America as well as contem...

San Rafael, CA 94901
Sale ended Sun. Feb 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Whitcomb + Cate Sebastopol Estate Sale - Antiques, Vintage Metal Hardware, Contemporary Household

Whitcomb + Cate

We have a busy month in front of us packed full of sales. Our first is home in Sebastopol at our showroom. We are bringing to you a gorgeous estate from Petaluma that includes a Studio Pottery Collection, Contemporary Linens, Dishes and Kitchen Items...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Feb 10, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Cast Iron, Native American, Sterling Silver, Art+ More

Whitcomb + Cate

Welcome to our first Warehouse Showroom sale of 2019. Thanks to all who made it to our elegant Sebastopol Estate Sale 2 weeks ago. We are back in downtown Sebastopol and are featuring the second half of the Native American items from the Santa Rosa E...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jan 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Elegant Sebastopol Country Estate

Whitcomb + Cate

PLEASE NOTE: ACCESS BY CAR IS LIMITED: Customers will park and then a short 1 block walk down a one lane private road into the gated sale. EXERCISE CAUTION: This property is located right off HWY 116 and there is NO PARKING ONSITE so...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jan 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Native American, Sterling Silver, Art, Furniture, Collectibles, PACKED

Whitcomb + Cate

Happy Holidays! An unusually busy December has us back again for our final warehouse sale of 2018 with an absolutely packed showroom of fresh merchandise from Sonoma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma estates. Whether you are looking for ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Point Reyes Station ~ Marine ~ RC Hobbyist ~ Boat Builder Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

This is one of those rare sales that you will be glad you made the scenic drive. Trains Planes Boats Gorgeous grounds and garden Packed house and garage with 30 years of collecting. A full barn/shop packed with professional woodworking tools....

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Sale ended Sun. Dec 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage Christmas + Craft Supplies + Household

Whitcomb + Cate

We are excited to be back in Sebastopol for another multi estate offering in our warehouse showroom. This month we are featuring a large collection of vintage and contemporary Christmas items that we acquired from multiple Sonoma and Marin county est...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Mon. Dec 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Petaluma Time Capsule Estate Sale - Home of Former Butcher / Auctioneer

Whitcomb + Cate

PLEASE NOTE: This is rural property and the following rules apply: THERE IS limited STREET PARKING on Bodega Avenue only - Please be Extra Safe when parking / crossingTHERE ARE NO RESTROOMS ONSITE - PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLYPlease stay behind all cau...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Nov 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Vintage + Antique items + Tools

Whitcomb + Cate

We thought we'd start our photos today with one featuring creepy dolls just in time for Halloween. We have a few contemporary Halloween items as well. We also have a mix of many estates this weekend from all over Sonoma County. We have some fabulous ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 28, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Huge Selection of Crafting Supplies, Kitchen Appliances, Clothing and Vintage + Antique items

Whitcomb + Cate

We are back in our showroom with so many fabulous vintage and modern wares. We have items from a country estate in the hills of Sebastopol and a lovely modern home in Santa Rosa. We are again packed with so many items and we can't wait to share them ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Whitcomb + Cate Multi-Estate Warehouse Showroom Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

After a relaxing 2 week break, ok, we admit it, we never stopped working... but we are excited to bring you another fantastic multi-estate warehouse estate sale with some incredible FRESH collections of unique and vintage items that are primarily fro...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Aug 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Industrial + Vintage + Farm

Whitcomb + Cate

This is one of our favorite showroom sales of the year due to an amazing estate in Geyserville that not only sat empty for over ten years but the family farm has lived many decades on the same property. So many vintage clothing sat folded neatly in a...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jul 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

West Petaluma Ranch Estate + Vehicle Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

PLEASE NOTE: This historic 5-acre property is a rural property and the following rules apply: THERE IS NO STREET PARKING - Beware of 45 MPH Fast and dangerous deep shoulder Rd THERE ARE NO RESTROOMS ONSITE - PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLYTHEIR IS A SLOW T...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Jul 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Whitcomb + Cate Showroom

Whitcomb + Cate

We have relocated an entire workshop from St Helena from the home of a former dairy refrigeration repairman. The original shop was immaculate and well organized and everything is in excellent condition. Most tools look new and were barely used. The...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jul 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Fabulous Petaluma Ranch Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

We are without cell coverage at this property which means CASH ONLY. Out in the country means out in the country. :-) This week we are over in the hills of west Petaluma for a fabulous Ranch estate sale. This stunning property is filled with anti...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Jul 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Tools + Vintage Industrial + Collectibles + More

Whitcomb + Cate

We are back in our showroom with so many fabulous vintage and modern wares. We have items from an estate in Novato, another in Ukiah, a high end home in Napa, a stunning estate in the hills of Oakmont and a lovely vintage home in Santa Rosa. We are a...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jun 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Historic Ukiah Winery Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate

A lovely estate sale at an historic winery in Ukiah. A select Number of Crates remain to tell the stories of T. Casella, who was the owners, mother’s, step grandfather. The other crate belongs to R. Guidi, who was her father. The winery was calle...

Ukiah, CA 95482
Sale ended Sat. Jun 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

Sebastopol Estate Sale - Fine Antiques + Furniture + Collectibles + More

Whitcomb + Cate

Our apologies, we have postponed our Large Tool Sale until June due to a high number of estates that required priority liquidation. We are also in the middle of our own move to a magical country property in Sebastopol. We officially have a lovely re...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. May 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM PDT

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What People Say About Whitcomb + Cate
Well, if your situation is anything like mine then you definitely need to read this review.

I left my wife and three young children on Christmas day and flew 3000 miles to California because my sister was dying. I was grateful to get there for her last few days but after she passed I was suddenly thrust into a situation I had never faced before. I was standing in a three-bedroom home stuffed with things. Some of them were clearly valuable others were not. Some I had no idea as to their worth. So I did what most of you are likely doing right now, I turned to the Internet and began researching estate sale companies. After interviewing several experts in this field it became obvious to me that Whitcomb and Cate were different from the rest. What set them apart, constitutes the entirety of this review. To put it in a sentence though, I would say that some folks stand apart from others by their willingness to be helpful and Tim Whitcomb and Selena Cate are clearly dominated by the spirit of loving service. How do I know this? Well, here's what they did for me.

1. Whitcomb and Cate clearly recognized the difficulty of my situation and the grief I was experiencing. We all know that real empathy can be felt. I experienced it through their eye contact and communication style. They seemed more interested in me and my well-being than they did in getting the job. They demonstrated genuine sympathy and compassion throughout our entire relationship. This compassion even extended to the point where they humbly expressed confusion after I wrote them an email that failed to recognize a significant aspect of our contract. They could have pointed out my gross error easily but instead they asked me to clear up their confusion thus helping me realize my mistake on my own. Not once did I feel like I was just another job for them.

2. They offered a service that was far superior to their competitors. Not only do they have extensive experience, but they also have a network of experts for determining the value of many different objects. In my case, there was one object that was looked at by three independent experts before a price was put on it. Ironically, I ended up keeping it because it was so special and they had no problem with that.

3. Whitcomb and Cate are very negotiable on what can be excluded from the sale, are willing to set reserves on certain items, and even negotiated their commission down for certain high-value items. I was very impressed by this because no other company was willing to do that.

4. Whitcomb and Cate will tell you the truth even if it's hard to hear. In my case, learning that my sister's beloved mink and sable coats were almost worthless was a tough one given that I know she paid thousands for them.

5. Whitcomb and Cate are educators too. They helped me understand many of the difficulties associated with settling an estate. For example, I was worried about the tax repercussions associated with the income derived from the sale of all these items. Tim explain to me that this is usually in non-issue due to the fact of depreciation. For the most part items sold at estate sales are sold for significantly less than fair market value. Thus, if you document this, it is easy to demonstrate a capital loss for the IRS.

6. And speaking of documentation, Whitcomb and Cate offer a level of services that none of the others I interviewed do. First of all, they except credit cards. This is a huge advantage as people tend to want to impulse buy at these sales and often do not have enough cash in their pocket. Secondly, they use software that tracks every detail of the sale. At the end of each day I received an itemized report of items sold, for how much they sold, and whether or not they were discounted. I also received a final report at the end of the sale with all categories listed and every item accounted for. Remarkable!

7. Finally, it needs to be said that Whitcomb and Cate went the extra mile at every possible opportunity. They referred me experts for areas outside the scope of the sale, they offered to set up an alter in honor of my sister as part of the sale, they left the house clean and completely empty--ready to be sold. They donated many of the leftover items to charity. They sorted through rubbish and recycled what should be recycled. They took hazardous chemicals to the appropriate disposal facility on my behalf. They even delivered heavy furniture to people who purchased from the estate sale who did not have the means or ability to get it themselves, and they did this out of the goodness of their hearts.

I believe, as did my sister, that we live in a world where the kind and good people should prevail. So, if you're like my sister and I, please consider giving your business to Whitcomb and Cate and discover the power of the spirit of loving service and what it can do for you during the challenging times associated with end-of-life.
Jim L.
Selena & Tim helped me with an estate sale in Santa Rosa after my mom's death. They were professional, kind, & efficient with handling the prep, sale, & aftermath and left the house clean & neat. They also were kind enough to offer help on tangential issues, which was highly appreciated given my emotionally fragile state. I stayed away during the actual sale, but neighbors told me they were on top of things. I also appreciated their focus on being "green" by donating/disposing of sale leftovers in as environmentally-friendly a manner as possible. I would definitely recommend them to others.
Gurjeev S
I was referred to Whitcomb and Cate after the sudden, unexpected death of my mother. My mother was a humble woman of limited means, but her home was full of a lifetime of sentimental treasures. My initial plan was to discard and/or donate seemingly worthless items. Whitcomb and Cate's advice was matchless: don't throw anything away. With this simple instruction, it relieved me of the burden of going through all of my mother’s things and making a value judgment. They took care of everything. The estate sale exceeded everyone's expectations. I was gratified to see items that sold that I was going to throw away. Whitcomb and Cate saw the value in things that I simply did not. Whitcomb and Cate have extensive knowledge of all kinds of subjects: jewelry, antiques, artwork, vehicles, tools. They used good judgment in arranging and staging all the items for sale. Their staff was professional, respectful and efficient. They were concerned with the security of the house and its belongings. Whitcomb and Cate were good at dealing with difficult people during the sale. They were honest, transparent, and prompt with respect to financial affairs. We enjoyed good communication. The house was left empty, with no loose ends left for me to resolve. They were understanding in an emotional time. Based on my experience with my mother's estate sale, I recommend Whitcomb and Cate without reservation.
Amy S
"Pros: Very Knowledgeable and quickly researches to find age and appropriate pricing, many specific contacts with variety of expertise - art, automobiles, motorcycles, vintage items etc. Compassionate and understanding with family for estate sales. Cons: Sold a household product that needed to be installed. Tim quickly replaced the item. My experience with Whitcomb + Cate: Positive attitude, honesty and likability. That's what I felt from the very beginning and throughout my family's estate sale. They were available immediately for free consultation and quote, and able to schedule the sale within a week's time. My brother's garage was absolutely packed with great tools and his attic filled to the max with anything you could think of. Once the attic and garage were freed up for space, they laid out and grouped specific items and priced. Parts of the backyard were taped off so buyers wouldn't wander where they weren't welcome. Meanwhile the inside of the house was being sorted, tables brought in and items priced. Being very environmentally conscientious, they handled disposal of hazmat items, recyclables and items for donation. They following Wednesday at 5 p.m. the house was empty and broom swept clean. I am amazed at the amount of work they completed in 7 days. They both went out of their way to help me in any way they could, which happened to include a ride to the nearby airport. I am so happy I found Whitcomb & Cate for my brother's estate sale. They took a dreaded task, dug in and went to work, leaving my family feeling a large weight lifted from our shoulders. "
Candace P.
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