For many Tulsans, Glenda Silvey is a household name for her 19-year career as a KOTV reporter and anchor. Today, she and her husband, Larry, are making a name for themselves in the world of estate sales.
They originally launched Silvey Estate Sales in 2002 with three other family members. They ran the business for eight years before ceasing operations due to commitments to their full-time jobs, family and community. After both retired, they resurrected the business in late 2017.
"We appreciate assisting people at what’s usually an extremely stressful time in their lives, and being able to offer them complete assurance that they can trust us to be honest, efficient and well-qualified to manage the sale of their property," Glenda says. "I’ve felt at times that I’m part liquidator, part social worker/minister."
Glenda, who retired in 2015 as OU-Tulsa’s director of communications, handles most of the client relations and is largely responsible for pricing the sale inventory, which often involves research to assign the appropriate value to items.
"My unofficial title with Silvey Estate Sales is ‘vice president of grunt,’" says Larry, who formerly served as a communications manager for the Tulsa Regional Chamber and created a communications and publishing division for a department at OU-Tulsa. "My jobs include handling logistics, photography, research, marketing and keeping the music going during the sale."
Their daughter, Katherine Silvey Bates, works at Gilcrease Museum, but finds time to assist with marketing and communications.
The Silveys’ advice for anyone considering an estate sale is to plan ahead and work with a qualified, trustworthy estate sales company.
"We advise anyone considering a downsize, the sale of their home, a move or clearing out their parents’ estates: Don’t wait," Glenda says. "Many linger too long before taking action. It most often takes several weeks to prepare for, market and conduct a sale, which usually runs for three days."