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We specialize in closure.

What We Do

Unexpected Treasures consults, organizes, sells, donates and clears out the contents of the family home.  When we are finished, your real estate is completely cleared out and broom swept.  We handle it all for you.

Property Clearing Consultation and Plan
  • Plan and advise

  • Options to clear out house, garage, surrounding property

  • Provide outside resources to help you

    • Professional Organizer/Move Manager

    • Appraisers

    • Moving companies

    • Cleaning companies

    • Other resources as needed

Estate Sale/Property Clearing Services
  •  Free ½ hour consultation

  • Schedule and supervise staff for entire project

  • Consult with appraisers and specialists for values

  • Prepare for sale:  sort, organize, clean, display, price

  • Advertise

  • Conduct private or public estate sale

  • Donate useful remainders

  • Provide complete financial and donation reports

Estate Services
How Unexpected Treasures is Different From Estate Sales

The families of those who have passed, or are moving on after years in one place, have a lot on their plates – it can be daunting to face the prospect of managing the estate clearance. 


Unexpected Treasures can relieve you of the burden of the tedious task of clearing your estate. We are not dealers therefore we have no vested interest in only choosing the best items to sell. We coordinate the donation or removal of any remaining items after an estate sale. We completely clear out the property so that you can have closure.


We offer a full range of estate services, from planning an estate sale to touching up the paint after everything is out. Not every home holds valuable surprises, but the greatest treasure you discover may be the unexpected relief of a mind freed from worry about the details of a complex process.


With over 30 years in business, we provide our clients with an extremely high level of trust. We have found stashes of jewelry, cash and other items that we promptly inform the family of so that they can make the decision of what to do with these items. We work with only reputable companies and charities to help us in getting you the best results.


Learn about the process here.

Judy Johnson
Unexpected Treasures


Ring: 650/637-8891



Mailing Address (not a retail store)

751 Laurel St. No. 712

San Carlos, CA 94070

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Estate Sales
Meet Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson has been intimately involved with estate sales and custom liquidation since 1998.  Her skills as a corporate manager and professional estate organizer are enhanced by her background in historical research and antiques. 


She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and worked for The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (M.H. deYoung Museum and California Palace of the Legion of Honor).


Judy has a broad base of professional associates who bring specific expertise to each project as required.


“Your professionalism and the pleasure you projected in being able to perform the services for your client were a delight and something I will recommend highly to others.”


—Kathie Dietz, Menlo Park



“My parents felt respected and supported in the process of letting go of much of what had surrounded them for decades. Peace of mind is priceless.”


—Richard Phillips, Palo Alto




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