The Brackney’s Cody, Sissi, Taylor, Bob, and Maddie Sedona, AZ 1997
Cody is 28 and a fireman/paramedic for the Heartland Lemon Grove, CA fire station #10, Taylor is 26 and the manager at a San Diego Starbucks location, Maddie is 31 and is married with three daughters.
A bit about us...
"If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life", someone once said.
Well, we love what we do!
It really isn't about us.
It is always about what God does in your life to help bring you to where you need to be. Thank you Lord!
Bobby has been buying and selling in this industry since 1977, with knowledge of the basic and the peculiar. I'll describe him as a "quick, on his feet" thinker. Looking at an estate home, his mind is positioning tables and merchandise almost immediately. Evaluating a room, he knows exactly what needs to be moved out and what needs to be moved in for aesthetics.
We joke, that we have a "Nordstrom section", a "Penny's section" and a "Walmart section"
Placing the more valuable items together allows us to keep a closer eye on them. It just makes for an easier job when you can categorize items based on value and placement happens faster in the set up process.
As his wife, I used to think I was as fast as him, but when I look at what he accomplishes when I am not there, I am shocked. He is good, really good at what he does. Prioritizing is the key to working quickly. Bobby has that down. We just follow his lead.
In his words...
"Visiting the outdoor swap meet, every weekend with my family growing up, introduced me to "other peoples stuff". It was just as good as something new plus it offered an adventure digging for the unknown in all those boxes. It was something we looked forward to as a family. Something for everyone.
I worked for my dad, Jack Brackney, for years in his craft, making handmade hard wood duck decoys
At some point, I realized I needed to earn extra money, with a wife and young daughter to care for. My dad always told me "Robert, ordinary things for ordinary people" and it seemed to work. However, I soon realized that people will buy just about anything. The more merchandise I bought, consequently, the more I sold. Therefore, every truck I bought had to be bigger than the last. Then one day in the mid 80's someone said "can you sell everything in my house?" That is how it all started.
My wife, our daughter and our two sons have all played a part in building this business
As soon as we expanded into the estate sale arena I found it extremely rewarding to be placed in a position of trust and responsibility by family members suffering a loss. It empowered me to do the best I possibly could in order to meet all of their needs. My wife and I both were lifelong 'hands on, take care of your loved ones no matter what' kind of people, so when someone calls with a need we knew what they were facing.
Our governing values dictate...
that we live our lives treating others as we would wish to be treated so therefore, have made a concerted effort to do business the same way. After all these years, we have mastered the estate liquidation process. We don't want to just blend in, we strive to offer an extraordinary service."
Chief Muk and the staff
Chief Mucks wife
Sissi, born and raised in the Los Angeles area, started her working career at an aerospace company where her mother worked as an executive secretary. She started working in the advertising field in the early 1970's working her way up to an advertising designer position. In 1982, she moved to a small town north of Houston to be near her family who had relocated there. A family emergency brought her back to California in 1985 to take care of an aunt and uncle in El Cajon. Her plan was to move her relatives back to Houston. In the process of their care, she put an ad in the newspaper for a liquidation sale. Who knew that this ad would change her whole life. Bobby answered that ad. He didn't buy anything but he was anxious to help in her need. She thought he was the nicest guy she had ever met. He had a heart of gold. She never moved back to Houston, instead, married Bobby six months to the day after they met. It was a God thing, those fine thin threads only He can maneuver.
Chief Muckety Muk (owner/operator)
My husband Bobby, until two months ago, had lived on the same street in El Cajon California his whole life. His experiences at the swap meet go way back to his childhood where his family regularly shopped. He has grown up in this industry and has been a student of second hand sales. He sometimes lies in bed at night just thinking how he is going to set up a house and make it look nice. He is driven for this purpose. It is what he loves. As a wife, I try to intervene with a "better idea" but he says "if it's not broke, don't fix it". He has a method to his madness. He has built our business to what it is. We recently sold our business in California to a great couple who understood and agreed with Bobby about integrity and honesty.
Bobby is sure footed. He knows his stuff and I know he is well respected for his integrity and work ethic. We will miss California and what it offered but we are way too excited about our new life here in Glendale, Arizona and meeting new people to serve. He was so ready to "get out of dodge".
Wonderful son-in-law and
overall talented guy
Todd is an engineer/machinist and is currently running his own one man operation. A direct result of having worked for K&N Engineering in California for over 5 years; strategically moved, to all departments, to learn all aspects of design and manufacturing of air filters. The machine shop is where he gained valuable experience running and programming all of their CNCs, lathes and other various equipment. His boss gave him the opportunity to advance with the company and he was promoted to design engineer, merging two departments for a better flow. He is extremely talented and has taken on many projects and jobs: including motorcycle builds/restoration, air condition tech, door installer and repair man, car salesman and black jack dealer. We are blessed to take some of his spare time to help us in our business. He is the father of our three incredible Grand Girls; Saylor, Zoey and Dakota. Needless to say, they live in The White House.
Interesting side note:
It is like a Who's Who for us. Our past sales have included; a woman who was the cryptologist and administrative assistant to the attorney in the Nuremberg trials, Carrie Baker and her husband Col. Harry Baker who built the gallows for the trial; a man in Class 6 of the Navy Seals Louis DeLara; the first woman and woman president in Toastmasters, Helen Blanchard; for one of the first five women colonels in the army who was a tour guide for Helen Keller, Col. Lane Carlson; for a leader in Boys and Girls club; for a CFO of Coors; for an executive at Convair and the Ginger Rogers auction here in San Diego in the late 1990's.
So many fun sales with wonderful history. It has been such a unique journey. We have loved every minute of it.
Jack Brackney Decoys;
A San Diego Legend
Bobby's father's decoys are all over the internet. It was what he loved to do and Bobby was right there working along side of him for years. Bobby not only cut, carved, sanded and painted the decoys he packed up the finished ducks carefully in boxes and packed the old station wagon for shows. Bobby's mom and dad travelled to any local craft show they could gain entry into. It was a very rewarding life for both of them and they made wonderful friends along the way. This sweet family business created a lot of really great memories.
Here are a couple of ducks Bobby made. The one on the right he made for me after we were married in 1985, and gave it to me for Christmas. It is a Sleeper Teal in walnut. It is my most treasured possession. If our house was on fire, this is what I would grab on the way out.