Typically, an estate sale takes place after someone has died or moved into a nursing home. The remaining family takes what they want out of the house and, rather than go through the painful process of getting rid of a lifetime's worth of stuff, they hand it over to the professionals. This is where Total Estate Sales steps in. The company sorts through what's left over, accurately appraises it, slaps price tags on the items, and opens it up for a sale. We've seen everything from an old schoolteacher's knick-knack-filled home in North Central to an antiquer's dream in a South of Broad mansion. The sales never fail to put our lives in perspective - you can't take it with you - but we still squeal with delight over the bargains.