The Curious Cat Estate Sale Team

Ruthanne Leslie Zanti


Founder of "Curious Cat Estate Sales" and "Smooth Transitions Boston North Shore” she  began her career in service to those in transition when she was left the task of coordinating the moves for two of her aunts nearly 15 years ago.  Without the help of professional move managers of today, she personally handled the downsizing, the cleanouts, the estate liquidations of belongings and real estate, along with the relocation of her aunts.  Ruthanne realized that those faced with stressful transitions such as during retirements, following a death of a spouse, or during marital breakups, could benefit from the guidance of a personal consultant experienced in such transitions.  She has also applied her training from the MFA in design and merchandizing by organizing and managing her own estate sales and dealing with charitable organizations. With experience and a caring personality, Ruthanne provides each client a uniquely personal and professional transitional experience.

Robert J Moore


 Robert served in the USAF and is a graduate Engineer from Cornell University.  He has worked in both engineering and education for many years.  Along the way he has recycled several homes and designed and built his own waterfront property in Maine.  Like Ruthanne, Robert had the good fortune of moving many friends and family before joining  Curious Cat Estate Sales and Smooth Transitions Boston.  He is a problem solver and caretaker during all phases of  transition.  As they say, "he is a jack of all trades and a master at none".

Rose Stoia


Rose is our Angel!  She has played a major role in Curious Cat Estate Sales for some time now and has recently joined the Smooth Transition part of our group.  Rose is bilingual in Spanish and invaluable with our Spanish speaking friends.  She has a wealth of knowledge with antique prices and can appraise many of the items we see at most of our sales.  Most important is her conscientious and caring personality, Rose can bring a smile to your face on your worst day.  Finally, she also has her auctioneers' license and thus provides us with an in-house auctioneering option for our clients. 

Jan Schmid


Jan is one of our primary consultants when we need to have appraisals done. She has significant experience with many items including Dolls, Jewelry, Civil War artifacts, Ephemera, and Glassware Jan is also one of our invaluable game day specialist

Other Consultants


Curious Cat Estate Sale Company is fortunate to have excellent working relationships with many North Shore auction houses and Cleanout companies and have used several in the past.  It should be noted that CCES does not perform Cleanouts. Decisions on which company to use usually depends on the items being auctioned or removed.   In the end, our mission is always to find a good home for each item while trying to maximize the return for our client.

Owner-Smooth Transitions Boston Northshore


Ruthanne founded the only Smooth Transition company servicing northeastern Massachusetts in the summer of 2013 after working for several years in the vintage auction business.

Member- National Association of Senior Move Managers


Ruthanne became a member of NASMM after attending the Smooth Transitions workshop in Louisville during the summer of 2013.

Owner-Curious Cat Estate Sales


Ruthanne founded the company in 2015 after recognizing the need for an Estate Company that would be an advocate for the client.