Hello. My name is Shirley.
35+ years ago, I began helping my brother and sister with their antique sales businesses. I learned so, so much about buying and selling from them... loving every minute!
I'd go with them to live auctions, swap meets, storage locker buyouts (waayy before that show!) ... also, weekly attending local Flea Markets, mainly Wildwood's in Pittsburgh and Roger's in Ohio.
My sister is an expert in dolls and glassware, my brother in old furniture and well, just about anything else!
Years later, I found it very natural to step into the role of being one of the the point persons running HUGE yard sales for my children's school and also several non-profits in my area.
Then, our Mother passed and we found ourselves unprepared for what to do with some of her belongings. Oh, splitting up some sentimental items between myself and my 6 siblings and her 27 grandchildren was the easy part.... but what to do with all the 'other' items? None of us felt okay with packing it up and taking to a flea market. It just didn't feel right and certainly would have been a daunting thought and quite a lot of work.
Even though I had been a longtime PowerSeller on eBay as well as one of the first 'education specialists trained by eBay University' going back to 2003, giving live classes all over the Pittsburgh area, I knew that online/Internet sales weren't the answer for our situation. With both large furniture and a house filled with everyday household items left, we wanted to sell the house in a timely manner.
I'd seen some my closest friends and other family members go through what they've told me was one of the most difficult and stressful times of their lives and had been there to help out, but now? Now I realized first hand what they meant. It was a lot to sort out and take care of.
I realized there was a great need 'out there' not just for someone to help downsize or liquidate the contents of a property, but for that someone to also be compassionate and sensitive with them during a fragile time. For this reason, I wanted to create Morning Star Estate Sales.
At Morning Star, we have the experience you'll need.
We have the passion.
We have a pool of honest, hard-working and respectful individuals, each bringing their own knowledge to your sale.
We are fully insured.
We have the know-how and are eager to run a sale for you from beginning to end.
Please feel free to call with any questions you many have!
Most sincerely, Shirley/ owner of Morning Star Estate Sales.
As an Education Specialist for eBay University, Shirley has taught thousands in the Pittsburgh area how to buy and sell on the site.
From recent clients;
~ Above & Beyond!
Thank you for all you did to make our sale so successful... even taking the extra trash to your house!
*NOTE: These clients sent me the nicest card, gift cards and also a special decoration! SO thoughtful and made me so happy!!
A HUGE thank you to Shirley and her team for a fantastic estate sale!!! Our down sizing move would have been much more difficult with out this sale and service! We are very pleased with the results. Muchas gracias Shirley and team!
(From the Middle Road sale) - Jill D.
We recommend Morning Star Estate Sales
Shirley and her team worked diligently and prepared very well for our estate sale. The items were well displayed and the staff on the days of the sale were well organized and focused on maximizing sales. Communication was straightforward and we received accurate sales figures promptly after the sale. All in all, we are a satisfied customer.
Mike, Logan Road, Wexford, PA 15090
SHIRLEY!! You are a dollbaby! As you know, I tried several times to advertise my Aunt's Broyhill dining room to no avail and yet you sold it the first time you tried! If I ever know anyone who needs your services, I'll be sure to pass them on to you. I can't thank you enough for helping us with that.
All the best, Roberta and Aunt Lorrie!
Really enjoyed our visit this morning. Thanks for all your help for the estate sale. You were helpful and professional throughout the entire time. I would highly recommend you. It was a real pleasure working with you and I wish you continued success.
Judy F. , Glenshaw_on Richard Drive (Mom & Dad's family home)
Colleen Fitzgibbon Meloney
Wildwood Road 15101
I must say to all of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas that we had the pleasure of getting to know Shirley and watch her work her magic as she jumped into the Wildwood sale head on!! There were so many obstacles that she had to overcome BUT she prevailed and had the most wonderful sale that lasted over 2 weekends! She did all of this for us and even though we are in Atlanta she kept us posted every step of the way. We thank our lucky stars that we chose Shirley(Morning Star Estate Sales) to take on this daunting and over-whelming task.We met the most wonderful and gracious people in Wildwood and we made a life long friend in Shirley. If any of you need to have an estate sale you can't go wrong if you choose Shirley and her team.!!!! :)
Do you know how much I ADORE this woman :-D She has worked her fanny off, bent over backwards for us and alleviated so many headaches for us . I WOULD reccommend her to anyone that needs her services ....The best, would use again in a HEARTBEAT..sorry for gushing Shirley but I so appreciate all you have and continue to do <3
Debi and David Fisher, West View /Laurel Gardens
The Morningstar company was reccomended by my realtor. She had known of their work in the past. I can't thank her enough for introducing myself and my husband to them. Shirley explained all of my many questions we had aboout doing this and only then did we felt good about selling most every piece in our home of 45 years. We give them a 5 star rating and say thank you so much for the professionalizm and care that you showed to us. Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Sherman 15206
Shirley, what can I say about the estate sale that you did for us prior to our move! You came very highly recommended but you still exceeded our expectations. You and your staff efficiently got the contents of our home ready for the sale without being obtrusive. You were extremely efficient and even lots of fun. Not only that, but it was a profitable and smooth experience. We will recommend you to anyone that asks. If you are looking for a very professional experience, definitely contact MorningStar estate sales.com!
Pam and Barry Montgomery
The Greens in North Park
Selling a house is always stressful, and when it came time to sell my parent's house, I found myself a little overwhelmed. They'd been living in that house for over 50 years, and that meant there was a whole lifetime's worth of furniture, clothing, tools, etc. that needed to go too. I had no idea what to do with all that stuff. I couldn't fit it on my own house, but I certainly didn't want to just throw it away.
Along came Shirley.
Recommended by friends, she made the whole process easy. She walked me through all the steps while maintaining realistic goals. She brought in experts to assess and price everything in the house, from the biggest painting on the wall to the smallest teacup. During the sale, she provided constant support and even located a good cleanup crew to clear out the house afterwards.
So what can I say? Shirley get a total AAA rating form me. She said what she would do, and then did what she said while maintaining a really friendly atmosphere along the way.
- Mr. Robert Godfrey, Casa Grande Drive, McCandless, pa 15237
This particular estate sale was unexpected a mere nine months before, as my wife of 31 years died after a short and sudden illness. Shirley was a lively, delightful and Christian presence in my household at a very challenging time. She was thorough, diligent and went the extra mile in so, so many ways. She spent one afternoon — way, way before the sale date — helping me sort through what to keep and what to sell of a kitchen full of items that was a mystery to a non-cooking guy like me. Her team, likewise, were considerate and careful with all the items that they examined and priced. All the way through the lead-up to the estate sale, Shirley mentioned the various means that she would use to get the word out, and it sure worked. When I left the house at 6 AM the first day of the sale, there were already people lined up outside my door. If you are looking for someone that is high energy, caring and professional, look no further! I honestly can say that I made a new friend through a very heartfelt and challenging process — moving to the next stage of life after a huge, huge loss. We laughed, I teared up a few times, we sang 60s and 70s songs from my iPod while sorting through items — Shirley made this a memorable experience in the best, best sense of the word.
I recommend her very, very highly. — Pastor Dan Muttart, Hampton, PA
"This has been an interesting experience but I felt less stressed
knowing that I could trust in your ability to do things right. We
are all very pleased with the outcome of the sale (minus the few
negatives that had nothing to do with you). Mom will be using the
money for not only bills but fun stuff too! She already has her list
of new Alfred Dunner clothes that she's looking to buy. Thanks for
making a stressful time in our lives bearable with your positive and
up beat attitude. I will try to make it to your sale in the south
hills sale. Looks like my calendar is open for that week end so far."
Jayne Novak, Harrison City, PA
"All the pressure was off me and my family. I was very impressed with Shirley's knowledge and professionalism.
Shirley and company did it all! I only helped because I wanted to and it was so much fun spending time with Shirley. She was a joy to work with.....I would say she went above and beyond her job, spending all the time necessary for a successful sale.Thank you."
Marcia & Sam R. from Morningside, PA 15215
"The experience I had with Morningstar Estate Sales was exceptional. I was facing the monumental task of liquidating my elderly aunt's house single handily until I met Shirley Jones Kolarik. Right from the start she put me at ease, explaining everything precisely and clearly . She made the work pleasurable and shared so much knowledge as to the value of my aunt's furnishings .She also went above and beyond in her research, things I thought had no value were sold and my aunt was very pleased too. Everyone who worked with Shirley was friendly, kind and very helpful. I highly reccomend this company if you don't want to do it all yourself."
The Flynns, Ohara Twp., PA
"To Morningstar estate sales company. I want to tell you thank you for being patient with all of my parents stuff. I know it was alot of work for everyone. I could not have done it the way your girls did. You made it look easy and I've been telling every one that . and thanks to Angie for being good at Math! HAHAHA!"
Ken J. , 15202
"Shirley, I want to thank you so much. You made a sad time for us all a lot easier. Our whole family appreciated it.
Please tell your staff it was a pleasure meeting them all."
Joan and the Anderson family, from Pittsburgh, Pa. 15209
We called four companies and right away after talking things over about my Mom with Shirley I knew that's who we wanted to have host my Mom's sale.
and we were right to do that. We made money but most of all it was nice because we didnt have to drive all her stuff to a donation center. Also, the staff was really nice and me and my sister all said we trusted them . If you need someone nice and knows whats what, you should also call the company Morningstar! You will be glad you did.
The Allen 'girls'.
Some unsolicited comments from recent customers,
whom we greatly appreciate!
~ 😊 you & your crew go above & beyond to be kind! Always courteous, Smiling & willing to assist customers
~ Our daughter LOVED her Homecoming dress! It was just perfect-- me and my husband were giving her $300.00 and she was to supply the rest overt that ammount. However- with buying this like new one at your sale, we only spent fifty dollars! I'll have to post a picture on your site to show you it fit her perfectly!. Many thanks for such an unexpected blessing!
~ One of my finds today at the Hidden Oak Drive sale....I was looking for something to hold the extra toilet paper in my small powder room. Thank you Shirley Jones-Kolarik for doing such a wonderful job!
.proud to be a groupie 😊 Karen DeLette Wilkinson
~Wowzer,, I am both touched and so thankful for this unexpected gift from one of regular Morning Star visitors!!
... she brought me all sorts of her homemade canned goods! ^_^
Thank you Ms. Patricia--- I'm a rookie at canning compared to you-- you really must have us gals over sometime to teach us more-- haha thanks again-- God Bless! ~Shirley
~ My friend Julie Croushore Koehler, and I enjoyed your Logan Road sale! You are delightful, and your passion for your business shines through!! I got a few pieces at the sale, but my favorite were the ceramic ducks in flight! They go beautifully in concert with my framed print!_Hilary Lotze Larkin, Bakerstown.
~ LOVE my BLUE birdfeeder! She did like the color blue, didn't she? I think you all did wonderful. That was a big place, and although you had parking challenges... I think everything was put together very well. _Siobhan S.
~ Amazing sale Shirley. Thanks for posting photos early, I love my Aztec chairs. Your pricing is very fair. This sale is worth going to just to see the gorgeous property! ♥♥♥ _Nikki S.
~ We love our blue patio chairs!_ Joanne D.
~ Shirley Jones-Kolarik, 🌼 I've never been to one of your 'estate sales' & had You or one of Your employees be rude. 🌸Always more than Gracious! 😊 Make Today Great! 👗 Keep Smiling, Shirley, hoping to see you soon ~Patricia V.
~ Once again, I am amazed at the grace and efficiency_ Diane K.
~ Great job and a great sale! See you next time.
~ Well done!_ Robert S.
~ Shirley you tops with us! We love your sales! Your always happy and have a beautiful smile that you greet everyone with and the people that help you are the best too! We know there is a lot of the hard work that goes into each sale and each sale is unique. But you and your helpers make everything flow with ease! Linda & Gary R.
~ This was the 4th sale of yours I've been to and you continue to impress. I tell you at the checkout that I'm a groupie. Take a breath and revel in the success. I'm looking forward to the next sale. 😊_ Karen D.
~ Awesome sale as always... thanks for good prices and letting us go back into the shed... glad u knew what i was going back for.. wish the big metal work benches was still there but someone beat me to them. _R.P.
~ Very well organized and thank you for having the prices on the items. I don't like when I have to ask. _S.L.D.
~ As I tell you at checkout, I’m a groupie (of yours!). Can’t speak to all the liquidators, but I think you do a tremendous job and you are the only one I follow. Looking forward to the next sale!!
~ Just had to say, I think you rock!! Your sales are clean fairly organized I think your reasonable to work with and you do have the concerns of the sellers and the buyers thanks for all you do. Anna
~ We just wanted to say thank you to all the worker who helped us with the dining room. We really appriciated that those two young men didn't roll their eyes when we asked them. LOL_ Sunny X.
~ Wow! The Morningstar group has great customer serve-- the fact that you mailed my chest key and took time to write in the card is service not found these days. You guys are the best-- keep it up! _ Robert K._Hampton. PA.
~ We have to say your HOLDING system is both hilarious and effective. Good thinking there ! lol We don't like having to tote all our goodies about the house in our arms, so it works for us!
Deb and Bob from Akron, Ohio
~ I love whachu do and howudit!
~ Wonderful sale...outstanding Sales crew. Thank you for making my very first Morning Star Estate Sale so much fun👍.
~ ... thank you Shirley Jones-Kolarik for being so pleasant and to your crew.... kudos on a job well done!! It was my first experience with your team and it was a VERY good one :)
Nancy Oakes Macfarlane
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