Ken & Erika’s West LA Bungalow

We’re so excited about this weekend’s liquidation estate sale in West LA. There are so many awesome pieces of furniture, an eclectic collection of ethnic decor, vintage boho chic clothing – fun stuff!! Most enthralling of all is the story of Ken and Erika, both extremely interesting in their own right, and their lives are so clearly reflected in the items they collected.

Ken was such an interesting person, excuse me while I just name off thing after amazing thing that Ken accomplished!!

  • Ken’s the guy who is responsible for training the birds in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, “The Birds”.
  • He was friendly with Walt Disney and was an animal behavior advisor in Disney wildlife films such as “The Living Desert”.
  • Ken travelled the world collecting birds and mammals for work and his own scientific interests, over many years adding specimens to museums.
  • He spent time in Burma hunting man-eating tigers with the infamous Burma Jack!!!
  • He collected rats out of Egypt’s pyramids to be used in his successful search for a cure for Typhus.
  • He spent time in South America and discovered a canyon that nearly rivals the Grand Canyon for size (read: he discovered a magnificent canyon!!!)
  • He collected all manner of animals, birds and mammals throughout Australia and Africa.
  • During the Second World War Major Ken Stager spent six months behind Japanese lines in Burma harassing the enemy.
  • He was a part of the outfit known as Merrill’s Marauders earning a Bronze Star.
  • He was a military advisor for Chiang Kai-sheck’s forces against Chairman Mao’s communists earning the China War Memorial Medal from the Government of the Republic of China for contributions made by American’s in the China Theater during World War II.
  • He was responsible for a number of significant scientific discoveries in the field of ornithology.

What a remarkable life! His family tells us the stories he told and the adventures he had experienced would enthrall any audience – and they were all 100% true.

Ken’s wife Erika led an equally distinguished life. Brazilian by birth Erika moved to Germany with her German born parents at the age of twelve. During WWII her school in Hamburg was bombed and she survived three days under twisted rubble before being rescued (can you imagine!).

After the war, at the age of twenty, her family moved back to South America where she began work in the fashion industry becoming chief fashion buyer for Sears in Brazil. After she met Ken in South America they moved to Los Angeles where she became head of the fashion department for Bullocks, often escorting famous film stars on fashion buying trips to New York and personally outfitting their wardrobes. How exciting!!


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1980 Mercedes 280E ONLY 55,034 miles

We’re selling a 1980 Mercedes Benz 280E with only 55,034 miles. This gorgeous blue sedan is automatic, has blue leather interior, the original stereo/cassette player, electric windows and doors. It’s a 6-cylinder, runs beautifully, was recently smogged. It’s in very good condition inside and out with the exception of the front passenger side window control. The asking price is $7000 OBO. If you would like to see the car or make an offer contact

The car is located in Palos Verdes Estates and the address when you email Stacy.

Viewings will be on Tuesday, May 17th from 7am – 10am, the car will continue to be available for viewings during the sale on Friday, May 20th from 9am – 3pm. All offers will need to be submitted no later than 3pm on Friday, May 20th. In the instance that we receive multiple offers for the same price we will ask for best and final offers and the car will go to the highest bidder.

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We’re Hiring!!!

Do you love vintage? Is attending estate sales, thrift stores, antique malls totally your jam? Does the same job day after day, and week after week make you squeamish?

If you feel like you would have fun digging through someone’s house, organizing it so it looks pretty, and researching a huge variety of household “stuff” then you might enjoy working estate sales! And the jobs are changing from week to week, so it’s never boring! If you have specific vintage knowledge all the better!

Succor Estate Sales is hiring.


Patient and good with the public in a fast paced environment.
Works well in a team environment.
Can follow directions easily but also comfortable taking your own initiative.
Okay standing for long periods of time.
Ability to use phone or iPad for research purposes.
Previous cashier experience is a plus.
Vintage knowledge is a plus.
Knowledge with how to operate Shopify POS is a plus.
Okay getting dirty!!
Can lift heavy object is a plus.
Must be willing to travel anywhere within Los Angeles County.

This is a part-time with some full-time weeks type of job but the hours are not guaranteed so it’s best for someone who is looking for extra income or has a flexible schedule. That said we are in our busy season and can host two to three sales per weekend so it’s likely we’ll be sending a lot of work your way through the summer and possibly well into the fall.

Pay is dependent on experience but we usually start people off at $10/hr. and increase them from there dependent on ability and commitment. We also reimburse mileage over 20 miles from your home base and will always schedule you for sales close to your side of town if possible.

Please email your resume and tell me why you want to work estate sales and what you think makes you a good candidate, include your availability. Email address: I am planning to interview people Thursday, May 5th and/or possibly phone/Skype interviews before then.

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Patience is a Virtue, So They Say.

It all seemed pretty mundane when I picked up a box of personal memorabilia from my grandparents last weekend, but as it turns out we’ve had quite a week discovering the inner pages of my baby book. I only slightly peeped inside and there it was, pink and blue, “Baby’s Milestones; Birth to Seven Years”. I’ve discovered 1st and 2nd year birthday cards, several years of fearing Christmas on good ‘ole Saint Nicks lap, progress reports from Pre-K, notes my sweet momma left for me some 36 years ago (my birthday was October 8th by-the-way!), and the list goes on. Memories. I have to thank my Mom for keeping this going as long as she did, it’s pretty cool to know that I learned to tie my shoe laces from a Nun showing me one time when I was only 2 1/2 years old. A sign of brilliance, so they say – I’m proud. 


You might be wondering what all this has to do with patience; the answer is nothing. But in that baby book my husband (naturally) found a photo of me probably only four years old looking annoyed beyond be belief, and my mother mentioned in a progress report that she wasn’t sure if I had hearing problems or if I was ignoring her (I think I have hearing problems). It’s hilarious because it goes to show (to me anyway) that my belief regarding all behaviors being learned is wrong, some behaviors really are innate. 


Some people are lucky, they walk around with an ounce of zen and are able to maintain a cheerful state with ease. Others get irritated at the slightest disruption to their plan, and it usually has to do with saving an extra five minutes: a slow car, a long line, the new cashier, and on and on and on. Personally, I teeter the line and lean a little toward the annoyed side; the picture of me four years old sitting on a boat and smirking at the camera says it all. 


It’s with this story that I tell you we are transitioning to a new check out system and we ask for your patience as everyone learns the ins and outs. If the line is long we’ll jump back to the old system to get you out of the house ASAP. But if your second or third in line and it’s taking a wee bit longer than you like, please have a little patience, we promise that eventually this system will move things along at a much faster pace. Also prepare to give us your name and email address (yes, again), and phone number if you’d like text message alerts, we’re going digital with receipts (save a tree!).

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