Founder of “Smooth Transitions Boston North Shore” and "Curious Cat Estate Sales", 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 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 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.
Arthur Potter is our gentle giant. He is the co-founder and long-time owner of Boston Auctions and Antiques LLC. Arthur also performs many of our clean outs to rave reviews. There really is nothing he cannot do from auctions to home and storage facility clean outs, to demolitions, to furniture deliveries, to tree and stump removal and more. Arthur is knowledgeable and will do just about anything to please our clients.
Curious Cat Estate Sales is fortunate to have excellent working relationships with many North Shore auction houses and have used several in the past. Decisions on which house to use usually depends on the items being auctioned. In the end, our mission is always to find a good home for each item while trying to maximize the return for our client.
Jan is one of our primary consultants when we need to have appraisals done. She has significant experience with many items including jewelry, ephemera, and glassware. She has a particular expertise in civil war paraphernalia. Jan is also one of our invaluable game day specialist
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.
Ruthanne became a member of NASMM after attending the Smooth Transitions workshop in Louisville during the summer of 2013.