Vickie Thompson makes a living selling other people’s things.
But she finds her inspiration in giving other people’s things away.
The Waddell woman and her husband, Mike, own Vickie’s Priceless Treasures, which organizes and holds estate sales primarily in Sun City and Sun City West.
Thompson specializes, then, in selling other people’s belongings, usually on the behalf of a family member.
Generally with an estate sale, items not taken by family members are for sale because ultimately, the house must be vacant. Items not sold are often donated to various nonprofit groups, thrift stores or resale stores, provided a trustee or family member has given permission for them to be donated.
About six months ago, one of Thompson’s employees, Holly Fink, a Glendale resident, suggested the nonprofit organization, Faith House, which helps domestic violence victims get back on their feet.
The pairing was a perfect fit. And Thompson, Fink, Rozanne Tofel and Maggie Wheeler — the dynamic foursome at Priceless Treasures — have found a new inspiration in their job.
“We were looking for some place where we could really do some help and where they would give it away, and not make money on (the donated items),” Thompson said. “It’s really a win-win situation for all of us. It makes the estate sale absolutely worth more, (and) it makes us all feel very good.”
The shelter gives away all the donated items to domestic violence victims. Thompson said she especially looks for clothing, shoes, linens, kitchen utensils and cookware to donate — “things a woman would need if she was starting over in a new place.”
“This is the one place we can take it where we know items are given away,” she said. “It’s just something very near and dear to my heart.”
“I saw some of these women when I went down to the church ... it really touched my heart,” she said. “It makes me feel good like we’re giving back. We’re helping these women get a new start on life.”
Thompson said her clients are typically “all for” donating items not sold to the shelter when they hear about the opportunity.
“Clients love what we do. Most of the time when we tell them that is our number one charity they are all for it,” she said. “We now have customers, once they find out what we’re doing — when they find out we donate to who we do — they think it’s absolutely fantastic. We actually take some donations (from our clients) as well.”
And if there is a particular charity a client wants to donate to, Thompson said she accommodates that wish.
“If there is another good charity that we can help out, we will,” she said, adding that she and her employees box up and hand deliver items to be donated. “We’ll do whatever it takes to help them out.”
Items are donated to Mission Drive Baptist Church on behalf of the shelter, which remains anonymous for safety reasons, Thompson said.
The church is at 7801 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix.
For information about estate sales put on by Priceless Treasures, call Thompson at 602-881-3192.