Estate sale startup sells ‘everything but the house’

Company sorts and photographs items, and auctions them online

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Estate sales typically involve the liquidation of a home. But, of course, the home itself is just one of many pieces of property that often needs to go when an owner dies or moves to an assisted living facility or retirement home. Everything But The House is helping people offload, "literally, everything but the house," mixing old-school practices with online auctions. The startup claims to conduct 50 to 60 sales a month and attract 350,000 monthly unique visitors from all 50 states and 46 countries. It says it sold $9.9 million in goods in 2013, and expects to do $14 million in volume in 2014. The company plans to use the $13 million in Series A funding that it recently raised to expand out of smaller markets like Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky, into big cities like Boston, Chicago and Denver, TechCrunch reports. Everything But The House starts the estate sale process off in a fairly traditional manner: It sends an employee to a home who sorts an...