Whitcomb + Cate

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About Whitcomb + Cate

We understand that you have a number of options when choosing an Estate Sale Company and our mission is to educate people, whether they hire us or not, so they can make the best and most informed decisions for their families.

This is why we offer Free Consultations and Free Appraisals.

Our 15 years of combined experience in the secondary goods market makes us uniquely qualified to bring you top dollar for your items while also assuring the home is emptied in a timely fashion. 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.

We also don't charge additional fees for clean-outs (in most cases) as we take pride in making sure the left over items find a good home through our vast donation network. We like to set ourselves apart from most companies, we throw little, if anything, away and we think its important to spend the extra time recycling unsold items that are not suitable for donation. We endeavor to become among the most environmentally responsible estate sale companies 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 over a decade 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.

Timothy, who is an award winning filmmaker, has evolved into interior design when he spent 5 years remodeling an 100 year old laundry facility into Portland's most advanced digital film studio.


Service areas

Based out of Petaluma, CA also serving Novato , CA , Petaluma , CA , Santa Rosa , CA , Sebastopol , CA and Windsor , CA


Services Offered

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

Our final sale of the year is a rare opportunity to shop at the sprawling estate of retired Antique Dealers. They have just sold their property and now need our help emptying their prop...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Our final showroom estate sale is a fantastic 2-Day affair with select items primarily from two multi-million dollar estates in St Helena. Featuring a state of the art Sub Zero Wine Chiller that holds 132 bottles to fabulous&...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are hosting two estate sales this weekend. This is our second estate sale that starts on Saturday November 18th at 9am. This beautiful home is on the green in north part of Rohnert Park. Our clients, both having been in sales, are sellin...

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Sale ended Sun. Nov 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We have 2 sales this coming weekend. The first is in Sebastopol starting on Friday at 9am. It's another multi estate offering in our warehouse showroom. We opened fresh boxes of vintage and contemporary Christmas items that we acq...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Nov 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are excited to be back in Sebastopol for another multi estate offering in our warehouse showroom. Please help us to kick off the holiday cheer early this season with an opportunity to shop from our large collection of...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Nov 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Our clients are generously giving all of their proceeds to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Monday, leftovers will be free. See below for date/time.Charming Santa Rosa Estate is a full estate featuring a nice collection ...

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Sale ended Sun. Oct 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Good morning,  we will opening our showroom for a 2-day only liquidation sale this Sat and Sunday.  We have an excellent collection of vintage items from stereo equipment to surveying equipment to vintage ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are kicking off the holiday season early with an opportunity to shop from our collection of vintage and modern toys. We recently brought in two estates with large amounts of toys. The vintage one includes Fisher Price Little people from the 1970's...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we are a magical drive through the rolling hills of Petaluma to a sprawling 25 acre farm that was in the family for 90 years and once served as a chicken farm. The main house is chocked full of quality antiques and vintage items including e...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Oct 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are excited to be back home and presenting this month's showroom sale which, as we promised, is absolutely packed with multiple estates. Collections this month are from Mill Valley, Windsor, Novato, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol. We have ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Sep 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This idyllic 20 acre estate is just 7 miles from downtown Sebastopol and features a large farm and immaculate house that boasts excellent rugs, beautiful artwork and antique furniture. The Barn and outbuildings hold farming implements, tools, porcela...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Sep 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we will be hosting 2 sales. The first one is our Warehouse Estate Sale in downtown Sebastopol which begins on Friday. Our 2nd estate sale is in North Santa Rosa and begins on Saturday. We will post a separate ad for that sale but just to sh...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Aug 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we are humbled to present a wonderful Historical Victorian in Petaluma where "The voice of Petaluma" and his wife spent over 50 years accumulating antiques and collectibles. This family loved to entertain and boast a vast quantity of dishes...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Sun. Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are back home for a spectacular PACKED warehouse sale! We are featuring all new items from multiple estates, and as promised we are primarily featuring selects from a wonderful Mill Valley estate of a former surveyor, and his 70 years of collectin...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jul 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we are venturing to Marin County to beautiful Bel Marin Keys. We hope our friends and customers in Sonoma County will make the short journey south to this packed contemporary sale. This beautiful house sits right  on the water and is f...

Novato, CA 94949
Sale ended Sun. Jul 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are back with our most packed warehouse sale to date filled with fresh inventory from multiple estates. Merchandise is carefully selected from homes in and around Sonoma County, Marin County and Mendocino County. More photos will be added on Th...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jul 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we travel to Petaluma to a charming estate packed with vintage treasures from over 60 years of collecting. The packed garage has a variety of tools, vintage items, a fabulous metal cubby drawer unit and we found a suitcase full of WWII e...

Petaluma, CA 94952
Sale ended Mon. Jun 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Once again we are back home in Sebastopol for a lovely sale in an immaculate 5 Bedroom estate. There are many beautiful Contemporary and Asian (Japanese, Chinese) items, from stunning white linen sofa and chair to the carved wood and glass Asian c...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jun 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We have so much fresh inventory that our warehouse showroom is expanding again. This sale will be our biggest yet with more antiques and collectibles than we have ever offered before. We have acquired merchandise from all over Sonoma, Marin and ev...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Mon. May 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We are back home and local this week with a lovely packed sale featuring a fabulous collection of vintage items from the former Pellini Chevrolet of downtown Sebastopol. The house includes vintage furniture, MCM bar ware, vintage office, old games...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. May 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Time Capsule Estate in Redwood valley  This breathtaking custom built home sits on a sprawling 15 acre estate with multiple outbuildings including a large barn in which countless antiques and vintage items were pulled. The home is easy to find ...

Redwood Valley, CA 95470
Sale ended Sun. May 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Sale is Saturday & Sunday this weekend. Please join us in Napa Valley for a quaint sale just off downtown lovely St Helena. This estate sale of a former musician boasts some truly excellent furniture for those who enjoy primitive and mid century ...

Saint Helena, CA 94574
Sale ended Sun. Apr 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb and Cate Estate Sale Company is back with our most packed warehouse sale to date filled with fresh inventory from multiple estates. (We do not buy storage units) Merchandise is carefully selected from homes in and around Sonoma County. Th...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Apr 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This week we travel to the heart of wine country to just a mile off the square in lovely downtown Healdsburg. This charming home is full of elegant fine Mahogany furniture from Henkel Harris and Kindel that include a near flawless 4-Poster Queen Bed,...

Healdsburg, CA 95448
Sale ended Sun. Mar 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb and Cate Estate Sale Company is back with a new multiple estate antique and vintage warehouse sale this weekend.  We have a fresh variety of incredible of antique and vintage items including a number of fantastic mid century designer ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Mar 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb and Cate Estate Sale Company is having their monthly antique and vintage warehouse sale this weekend.  We have a number of great items from a variety of Sonoma county estates, clean outs and excess inventory. The Furniture is priced ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Feb 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Our next estate sale can be found at the end of a wonderful drive through rolling hills, grass fed cows and begins with magnificent views from a stunning mountaintop property will take your breath away. The view alone is worth the drive but we are co...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Feb 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Please join us for a fantastic estate sale at the home of a former marketing professional who's impeccable taste was the result of being raised by a family of antique dealers.  Her spectacular garden oasis in her backyard  sports some...

Sonoma, CA 95476
Sale ended Sun. Jan 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb and Cate Estate Sale Company is having their first antique and vintage warehouse sale of the New Year.  We have a number of great items from a variety of Sonoma county estates, clean outs and excess inventory. Most everything is pric...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Jan 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate are home for the holidays this weekend presenting a lovely Sebastopol Estate packed with treasures. We send you a warm invitation to take a peek into the past of a former SAS flight attendant and world traveler who evolved into a mas...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Dec 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb + Cate are up in Windsor this weekend at a fabulous sale where we take a peek into the past of the Colgate Palmolive Plant that was based in Berkeley California. A family member of this estate used to work for Colgate years ago as a chemist....

Windsor, CA 95492
Sale ended Sun. Nov 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This picturesque vintage Apple Farm located in Sebastopol is full of antique, vintage, rustic and equestrian treasures from 70 years of collecting. Some of the unusual finds include a spectacular 18-foot long horse drawn vintage circus cart, a ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Nov 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

We have a great sale this weekend with many boxes to dig through. This client's father was a Machinist with a packed garage that almost has the feel of being in a hardware store. Tons of random items. They also were avid travelers and there is a tast...

Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Sale ended Sun. Oct 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

Whitcomb and Cate Estate Sale Company is having their first antique and vintage warehouse sale where you can find a variety of quality antiques and vintage items at or below wholesale prices. We have a number of incredible antiques from a variety ...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Oct 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM PST
In-Person Estate Sale

This weekend's sale is in Sebastopol, just off of Bodega Avenue. The home was owned by the mother of RS Basso and the home features lots of Solid Wood Furniture from this former high end store including a stunning 7-toot tall, solid Alder si...

Sebastopol, CA 95472
Sale ended Sun. Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM MST
In-Person Estate Sale

We have a very clean and modern estate sale this weekend. We are representing a family with roots in India. A beautiful collection of Indian Sari sets are available for sale, many are 100% silk with stunning colors. Our client's mother kept...

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Sale ended Sun. Sep 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM MST

This company has posted a total of 53 estate sales. Only the most recent 36 sales are shown.

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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