Steve and Tammy Rodgers are selling all of their furniture and most of the items in their Sheridan home in an estate sale on May 15-16.
Steve and Tammy Rodgers are selling all of their furniture and most of the items in their Sheridan home in an estate sale on May 15-16.

People accumulate a lot of stuff.

Especially, when they’ve lived in the same home for many years.

Sheridan’s Steve and Tammy Rodgers are downsizing. They’ve already sold their 5,000-square-foot tri-level house and barn on six acres on Jerkwater Road.

But that still leaves a house full of stuff they’ve accumulated in the home where they’ve lived and raised their three children the last 27 years, during their 39 years of marriage.

While having a garage sale, posting items for sale on Craigslist or even bringing in an auctioneer is a solution for some, there is an easier way, the Rodgers said. Truthfully, they already feel a relief from the method they’ve chosen.

The Rodgers, Steve, 58, and Tammy, 57, are having an estate sale on May 15 and 16 at their home. They hope to liquidate everything in their house that they’re not taking with them.

“We have a lot of stuff accumulated,” he said. “We needed to make some decisions. We could have done this stuff ourselves, but it’s pretty daunting when you’re dealing with what we have here.”

They separated what they wanted to keep and let Aether Estate Sales deal with the rest, about 4,000 items.

“It was just a lot easier,” said Marsha Horne, 40, who with her husband, Craig Horne, 50, two weeks ago had a two-day estate sale produced by the company. “This is the only way I would have done it,” she said. They downsized from a 4,500-square-foot house in Westfield’s Brookside neighborhood. Movers came on a Wednesday and moved everything out that the family wanted to keep. Then Aether Estate Sales came in and organized and inventoried everything the Hornes intended to sell. “By Sunday, the house was empty,” Hornes said. “I would do this again. I really would.”

Lee Parsons is owner of Aether Estate Sales, based at Keystone at the Crossing, with other locations he owns in Chicago, Denver and Naples, Fla.

Parsons, 28, Fishers, said his company redefines the industry standard. “We are a pioneer in the industry. From the advertising to the technology and bar-coding (of every sale item), we bring a whole different flavor to it,” he said. “We can do a 10,000-square-foot house in about three days, with four people.”

First, the house is staged, then set up like a boutique shop, with sale items on display throughout the house. They bring in lots of tables and price items to sell. “It definitely has a retail shop feel,” Parsons said. “All of our sales are throughout the entire house,” he said, but stressed that his employees take care of the house. “Only our crew moves furniture in and out of the house.”

Parsons said the company, which takes 30 to 40 percent of gross sales, has a following of thousands of regular customers. “Just because we do it so differently,” he said, “We’re just changing the entire industry.”

Sales are typically two days with items priced to sell, “but we’re not giving the stuff away,” he said.

But he said, “We sell stuff you wouldn’t expect people to buy.” Like trees, plants from the yard and landscaping rocks, to food out of the kitchen pantry. They also sell cars, boats, trailers and RVs.

A third-generation antiquer, Parsons named his company Aether, “an old Greek word that means the space beyond the terrestrial spear,” then gave the name to his first-born, now 10-week-old daughter. “I always planned naming my first daughter, Aether,” he said.

In the two years that he has been in business, Parsons said he’s staged more than 200 estate sales. But long before that, he was buying and selling antiques. At age 9, he knew the values and brands of different vintage toys, “things that a typical 9-year-old boy shouldn’t know,” Parsons said.