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    Refreshing Estate Sales

    Are you looking for a professional Estate Sale company in Maine? Our services include: full estate inventory & valuation for taxation purposes; full in situ estate sales; and full service estate liquidation. For details call Annette Markward, owner of Refreshing Estate Sales, 512-850‑9347, or email us at

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After the loss of my husband a few months ago, it was very difficult for me to make the decision to down-size and move but with the expert help of Annette and John they made it a reality for me. With a life time of collections and memories to part with, I didn't know where or how to begin. Annette & John came in and spent 5 weeks in my home carefully going thru our items sorting, organizing and researching and were most careful to set things aside which may be "keepers". They sold on eBay, held private collection sales and cleaned and tagged our items for the 3-day sale so my stuff looked like it was in a luxury store. In the end, I was given detailed cash register receipts, donation receipts and our house was left clean and ready for the realtor to come in and begin the sale of our home. Annette, John and their staff worked tirelessly and were always professional and compassionate to me. My neighbors were kept informed and always their consideration was important to Annette and John. Over all, I was extremely satisfied with the huge estate sale and so grateful to Annette and John for their diligence in helping me thru this very stressful and heart breaking time in my life. They know how to properly "get it done".
Ruth Kriger, Austin, TX
November 2019
Huge thanks to Annette Markward and her team at Refreshing Estate Sales for their stellar work. They were meticulous, organized, diligent, knowledgeable, skillful, and highly professional. Their attention to every last detail ensured a very successful estate sale which thoroughly exceeded my expectations. A total class act from beginning to end, I truly could not have been happier.
Jinji Willingham
June 2019
Professional, Trustworthy, Experienced, Detailed, Conscientious, Compassionate. The RES team did a wonderful job this past month at our parents’ home. Not even at my most ambitious and organized could I have pulled off what Annette, John, and the team achieved. We were overwhelmed by 90 years of personal belongings- mementos, collections, furnishings, and general household items. Annette and her team went through every cabinet, closet, and attic space, carefully removing family photos and mementos for our viewing, and identifying what would be sold. Every item, or collection of items, was carefully tagged, researched if necessary, and displayed beautifully! Each room of the house looked like a small boutique that I wanted to visit. Annette was very sensitive about setting aside mementos and photos, and she treated the household with such respect. The sale went wonderfully, the reporting of all sales was very detailed and she handled all of the remaining items for donation without any effort on our part. All in all, we are tremendously grateful to Annette, John, and the rest of the team, and offer our highest praise and recommendation for tackling such a daunting project!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Kimberly and Bruce McDonald
November 2018
I presented Annette and John with a very difficult task. When my Mom passed away she left a house filled with European antiques and vintage furniture, etchings and paintings, ceramics, glassware and jewelry. But I didn't realize, at the time, the full extent of the value of these items. Each item (100s of them) was carefully researched and priced and nicely staged. After the sale I was given good advice on donating a few remaining items.

If you feel you need an estate sale that requires careful planning and loving care, I would highly recommend Refreshing Estate Sales.
Bob Stevens, Austin, TX
June 2018
Annette assisted me with a client who needed her parents' home made ready for Market. She was very professional, hardworking, and very knowledgeable! Even though the temperature was 100 degrees she never hesitated to move forward to meet the deadline. I would not hesitate to recommend her again for even the most challenging Estate Sales!
Sheryl Lowe (Kuper / Sotheby's Realty), Austin, TX
May 2018
The day I first met Annette Markward was my lucky day! I could tell from the moment we met that she was the one I wanted to handle my downsizing and estate sale. She was organized, meticulous, honest and calming. Everyone who worked with her had nothing but great things to say about her abilities. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.
Georgia Duke, Austin TX,
December 2017
One of my dear friends and clients passed away in February of 2020. As part of the estate administration process, I was referred to Annette Markward of Refreshing Estate Sales. I retained Annette to prepare an inventory and appraisal in the preparation and filing of an estate tax return. Annette was the consummate professional, always doing what she said she would do. She completed her work when she said she would. She delivered a thorough, well documented report when she said she would. And she kept me informed throughout the process. What’s more, she did all of this during a time when the world was largely shut down during the COVID pandemic. Annette is a pleasure to work with, does great work, and is very dependable. She has informed me she is moving to New England and will resume her business there. Texas’ loss is Maine’s gain. Good luck!
Gene Wolf, Kemp Smith LLP.
July 2021