Mary Andrews, a resident of Longmont CO, recently had an extremely bad day. She had a garage sale but did not manage to sell everything she had on offer. However, that is not unusual.
Before Andrews cleaned up all the leftover items from her lawn, she left her house without locking her door. When she came home later, she found a lot of people inside her home taking everything that was not nailed down.
Why? An estate sale was supposed to be held two doors down from Andrews. People mistakenly believed that hers was the house for the estate sale. Furthermore, these people mistakenly believed that everything left over, which included the items in her house, were all left over and free for anyone who wanted them.
The police filed a report on the incident. However, they have closed the case due to the lack of suspects. Fox News reported on this incident in "Colorado house ransacked after estate sale mix-up."
The good news here is that people who are having estate sales can expect very enthusiastic buyers, even if they are not giving the items away for free. Estate sales have proven to be a great way for heirs to dispose of property they do not want. Buyers are so enthusiastic that many elderly people are having estate sales while they are still alive as a way to downsize before moving to a smaller, more manageable home.
Reference: Fox News (March 28, 2018) "Colorado house ransacked after estate sale mix-up."