Our Business

Total Estate Sales is a family operated business conceived and owned by husband and wife team, Lee Lazarus and Natashia Nelson. We have been directly involved in the antiques, collectibles and resale business for nearly 20 years. Our love and passion for all things old, interesting, and unique led us to conduct our first estate sale in 2002.  Since then, we have conducted  hundreds of estate sales and helped many more via our estate warehouse.  Total Estate Sales is Charleston’s most experienced and longest serving full-time estate sale company. With a sweat equity email customer base of 10,000, our reach continues to grow across the entire Tri-County area.

Our Resume

When choosing an estate sale company, we suggest that you consider experience and trust above all else. Our business was not built overnight. Instead; we developed a successful business model via tried and true practices formulated over many years. That experience is what makes us the go-to company for Charleson and the Tri-County area.

20+ years of experience

We have over 20 years of EXPERIENCE selling all things antique, second hand & collectible.

10,000 Email addresses

A growing list of over 10,000 emails provides access to a diversified group of customers throughout the Tri-County area.

Interactive Facebook Page

Our Facebook page of over 4,000 allows us to instantly update our customer base.

16+ years Real Estate

Owner/partner, Natashia Nelson, has over 16 years of experience working with AgentOwned Realty.

Insured and Bonded

We are insured, bonded and collect sales tax on your behalf as required by law.  All employees are covered by worker's comp.

Online Sales & Warehouse

Our exclusive DIRECT SALE format and offsite estate showroom provide you with a variety of options.

Our Story

Buying, selling and collecting is Total Estate Sale’s passion and lifeblood. Natashia grew up attending auctions, car shows and estate sales with her parents, Gary and Pat.  Gary, a pilot and airplane mechanic, collects British cars while Pat had a passion for Asian decor and blue & white porcelain.

Natashia's grandmother, Florence, was an antiques “picker” who collected and sold to dealers long before the term became fashionable.  Florence’s appreciation for the finer things trickled down to her granddaughter.  Today, Natashia enjoys collecting perfume bottles and Scandinavian figurines.

Lee is a Charleston native who grew up surrounded by old and interesting things. Lee’s maternal grandparents, Alice and Louis, taught him an appreciation for old things. His grandfather, Louis and uncle David, restored and collected antique music boxes and phonographs.  His paternal grandmother, Sylvia, came from a family that owned a NYC antiques shop prior to The Great Depression.

Total Estate Sale's evolution into the estate sale business began nearly 20 years ago with a highly successful eBay business. By attending every auction, estate sale, and second hand store possible, Total Estate Sales gathered a wealth of knowledge in the process.  Combined with Natashia's 18 years of real estate experience, Total Estate Sales has a garnered unique understanding of all facets of the estate liquidation business.

Prior to their involvement in the liquidation business, Total Estate Sales owned and operated a Mid Century Modern retail store and sold in several antique malls including Atlanta Antique Gallery, Charleston’s Hungryneck Antique Mall, and the former Junk and Jive Retro Mart.

Today, Total Estate Sales is 100% dedicated to conducting estate sales and looks forward to serving your needs!

Our Team

Sandy Powell, Staff Manager

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Dean Mersenski

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Bruce Evans

Retired after a long career with the US Postal Service. I enjoy all aspects of life in Charleston and particularly relish time with grandchildren who live nearby. Charleston is a great place to experience a wide variety of activities; both indoors and outdoors. I’ve found it rewarding to interact with visitors to Total Estate Sales events as well as with my colleagues there while we attempt to maximize the enjoyment of the customers.

Hope Manigault

Hope E. Manigault  is a 1988 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, located in the queen city , Charlotte, NC. Hope has 17 years experience in banking and  as many years  in the area of Customer Service. Hope brings a warm welcome and her unconditional love to talk and great people.  Hope loves to spend time with her husband, Don of soon to be 24 years of marriage, and her two sons.

Cristina Meiring

Cristina Meiring: Graduated from College of Charleston in 1999 with a degree in Special Education. Specialize in teaching children with autism, currently teach at an elementary school in Charleston and  I am a National Board Certified Teacher. I particularly enjoy my second job with TES because I love meeting new people and working with the TES team.

Brett Powell

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Carla Manning

Carla Manning comes to Total Estate Sales with almost 20 years experience dealing in antiques, collectibles and home décor. Carla has recently relocated to the Lowcountry from Columbia, SC. She is originally from San Francisco. She is married and has three sons.

Bailey Powell

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Lucia Wattrick
Debra Demyan
Laura Gazecki
Adel Lazarus

What our clients are saying

"You all did a fantastic job on the house. I was completely stunned at all that you were able to sell. It is a real heart warmer to be able to rely on someone else during a sad time like this, and you guys were great."

Cindy and Sherry

"Lee and Natashia quickly proved themselves worthy of the trust we gave them. They identified items that we had overlooked and even found money that we had inadvertently left behind. Aside from that the sales they performed yielded far more than we expected."

Lyles & Julie

"If you need to dispose of estate property, please contact Lee & Natashia of Total Estate Sales, LLC. We were very pleased with the efficiency of the process while, at the same time, being relieved of a great burden during a difficult time."

Buddy & Punkin

"You made a stressful job very easy and we appreciate it."

Bobby and Carolyn Cremins

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