Allen Fitzsimmons holds a BA in economics and political science and an MA in management. A successful entrepreneur, Allen Fitzsimmons founded Transitioning Forward in 2013.
Yard sales and flea markets are popular but inefficient ways for individuals and families to recycle clothing, appliances, furniture, and other goods while making some money in the process. Businesses also need to divest themselves of unwanted or unused furniture, equipment, and supplies, sometimes as part of moving or downsizing, or simply to clear space to accommodate new purchases.
Unfortunately for the sellers, there’s no shortage of stories of people who’ve bought items for a small sum and resold them for hundreds or even thousands of times what they paid. Indeed, collectors and dealers regularly visit yard sales and flea markets in hope of finding valuable items and buying them for far less than their actual value. The very casual atmosphere of most yard sales also opens the door to pilferage.
Transitioning Forward inventories, appraises, and sells unwanted items for clients, regardless of the reason. Key to this process is the appraisal, conducted by licensed experts and which often uncovers items of unexpected value. Another critical element of the firm’s service is its conduct of the sale itself. When appropriate, the firm markets the items professionally to a geographically diverse marketplace, rather than restrict itself to an on-site sale, and handles all aspects of each transaction, including packaging and delivery of items to purchasers.
In addition to conducting sales for clients, Transitioning Forward works with law firms and real estate professionals to appraise items for estate valuation, divorce settlements, and impending moves.