I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV or movies or cartoons, or they are owned by someone famous.
Last month I drove by a garage sale that looked good. I asked my parents to stop, even though it was late in the day and we were all tired. I am glad that we did, because the lady was the daughter-in-law of a famous Hollywood actress. She was very nice and into organic food, just like me and my family, so she let me and my parents into a closed room, where there was more art and art books.
In this room was an amazing, painted original fashion illustration that was signed by the fashion designer Ray Aghayan, who was a partner with fashion designer Bob Mackie. I knew of Bob Mackie because he designed an outfit for the most expensive Barbie Doll ever sold (and I am a big vintage Barbie collector). This Ray Aghayan illustration was of costumes he designed for a 1965 movie starring Doris Day, and I even found a movie still of Doris Day wearing the dress in this illustration! I couldn’t believe that the lady sold me this rare illustration. Even though it had a water stain on it, I sold it the next week to a collector of Hollywood illustration for $300 and I was told that was very cheap.
Here I am with my friend Kate, who has written for television shows, including “The Rugrats.” Antiques, movie memorabilia, jewelry and furnishings will be featured in her sale.
Then, a last week, I got a call from my friend Kate, who is a four-time Emmy nominee and screenwriter of some of my favorite cartoons, including “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thronberrys” and “The Mr. Men Show.” She also wrote TV shows that my parents watched, including “Family Ties,” “Growing Pains” and “Bay Watch” with Pamela Anderson. She asked me to do her estate sale, which will be April 4-6, 2014 in the Hollywood area. We will be selling some her personal scripts, show jackets, promo toys, furniture and her wonderful antiques.
I will be attending the show on Saturday and Sunday—I will not be there on Friday morning, since I have school, so my parents, grandma will be working the sale, and Will Seippel, the CEO of WorthPoint, is also planning to help. I will be going to her house after school and on the weekends to run the sale, and will be pricing items by using the WorthPoint app.
So, if you happen to be in the Shadow Hills, Calif., area on April 4-6, please come by and check out this sale. I’ll be sure to “hi.” The sale opens at 9 a.m. each day.
For more information about this sale, visit the estatesales.net page or my Estate Sales by Connor website. You can follow me on Facebook for news about future sales and updates.
If you can’t make this estate sale, I will be offering free antiques and collectibles valuations on the fourth Sunday of every month at the Topanga Vintage Market, held at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. Come one by… I’d love to meet you!
Connor McCrory is a 3rd-grader who is known as “America’s Youngest Picker, runs Estate Sales by Connor.
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