In July,2013 our elderly friend who is 87 years old was placed in an assisted living facility because he could no longer live alone. His situation was dire because the facility required 2 months of upfront money.
We contacted Holly Latch, A Hint of Vintage( specializing in estate sales) and explained the circumstance our friend was facing. She came by and surveyed the house and its contents and decided she
couldn't hold an estate sale in the home due to the broken air conditioner.
In the course of the evening we explained to Holly how clueless we were as far as selling a houseful of furniture, knick knacks, pricing, we needed her help that's why we called her and also how difficult it would be for us to do the sale on our own since my husband was recovering from hip replacement surgery. She made a suggestion of sending out a large number of a blast email to members of her Antique Club with our name & number. People would call and make an appointment to make it easier for us to deal with and "that our phone would be ringing off the hook." For her services/expertise we would Give her some of the items she had already put aside to purchase. The next day & the day after we received 2-3 calls, one being from her assistant. That was it.
When it was time to total up the goods,there were (3) large vintage glass table lamps 2-turquoise, 1- white (along with a numbered and signed Litho, silver plated flatware, foo dogs, framed picture, vintage rotary dial phone, linen, Bavarian vintage plates, plus too many more to mention. Anyway, she meticulously checked over the lamps and everything else.. She said she recently remodeled her kitchen and the turquoise lamps would match beautifully. However, she pointed out that one of turquoise lamps had a chip on the side by the bottom, & all 3 lamps were loose and moving along the where the glass & base met & a finial or two were missing. She was the person in the know, we knew nothing...this was her field of expertise....Total for everything -$120
A couple of days ago I was searching through a live auction site that shows items up for auction all over the country. I was able to locate an auction house close to my zip code. There they were...The 3 lamps that Holly said were so flawed,( but still took) up for auction! They were proudly described as Old Murano Glass Lamps.. The turquoise set sold yesterday for $850, while the white lamp was paired with another one of similar style & they sold for $800. ($400 for the one)..I can't say and don't know what involvement Holly had in this auction.
I contacted Holly via email upon finding this auction and asked her to make my elderly friend whole just like she did for herself. No Reply to my request of monies returned.
All I know is as it was explained to me by an attorney.. what she did was classic fraud, "she was a person in the know".