Who is Odekirk's?

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Odekirk's Estate Sales was founded by E. Barton and Joan Odekirk in 1960. Bart & Joan were helped to get their foothold by Gladys Smith, the top personal property appraiser and liquidator in the Inland Empire throughout the 1950s. After Gladys Smith retired, Bart and Joan built up their business and soon became the top estate sale people in the Inland Empire. Joan passed away in 1982 and Bart continued the business until his death in 1991. The business was then guided by their daughter Janet Odekirk Foster. Soon, Bart and Joan's son Paul took the helm. The Odekirk family continues to keep the tradition of the business their parents founded alive and well in Southern California.

Bart Odekirk served on the Board of Directors of the Riverside City Museum, started the Riverside Antiques Guild, and was listed in Who's Who of California and Who's Who of the United States. Joan Odekirk was a member of Zonta and helped organize their annual thrift sale. Bart appraised the world famous Native American Basket Collection for the Mission Inn and donated many Native American artifacts to the Sherman Indian Institute Museum in the name of Joan Odekirk. Bart and Joan and their son, Paul donated many photos to the California Museum of Photography and many items to the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley. The Odekirk's home is listed in Esther Klotz' famous book: "Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California". Bart and Joan's son, Paul has made many donations to the Friends of the Mission Inn, The Museum of Tolerance, the Child Abuse Prevention Center, as well as many other community organizations. With the help of our customers and clients, Odekirk's was able to raise a substantial donation to Doctors Without Borders for the Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund. In November 2011 Paul Odekirk held a sale and raised substantial funds for Riverside's Save Our Chinatown organization in an effort to save and preserve Riverside's Chinatown archeological land.

Bart and Joan conducted estate sales for Hopalong Cassidy, the sister of Grant Woods (the model for the painting, American Gothic), Mae West, silent film star Queen Boardman, the Pinkerton Family (from the Pinkerton Detective Agency), Betty May Furman, a member of the Aero Policewomen's Association - her name was listed on the plaque on the Flyer's Wall in the Mission Inn in 1938, Artist John DeWilde, Edgar Payne, and many more famous people. Paul conducted sales for Maxine Frost, the longest serving member of the Riverside Unified School Board, Paul Roy Desjardins, 40 year professor of Plant Pathology at UCR and founder of the Newman Club, Renata J. Rafferty, one of the most engaging and sought-after consultants and speakers in the nation, Marilynn Carlson Webber, author of "How to Become a Sweet Old Lady instead of a Grumpy Old Grouch", Famous Riverside historian and author, Tom Patterson, Architect G. Stanley Wilson, famous Riverside activist Yolanda Garland, old Riversider "Coach" Sandoval, historic Southern California Takeda Family, World Renown Opera Soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, Famous Artist Mabel Hutchinson, as well as many other well known people.

Paul Odekirk is licensed and has over three decades experience in the estate sale business. Starting as a very young apprentice with his parents at the age of 14, Paul learned the trade from the inside out. Learning cash handling, accounting, pricing and customer support. He worked everything from estate sales to working in the family's many antique stores learning first hand knowledge of antique and art appraising. Odekirk's Estate Sale's is proud to announce 2010 was our Golden Anniversary!

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On January 29th, 2013 a poll for who is your favorite estate sale company in the Inland Empire closed. These were the results.

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Our Volunteer Work

On March 21st 2014 Odekirk's started the Huckabone estate sale in Riverside. Mrs. Huckabone was a kindergarten teacher at St Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School for 35 years. In the estate was this quilt from Mrs Huckabone's kindergarten class from 1983. Each square was made by a student and has the name of the child with an image. Odekirk's purchased the quilt from the sale and donated it to the school in the memory of Mrs. Huckabone. The school said they were very pleased to have the quilt and would display it in the school office.

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Odekirk's donated our time as well as many items to the Save Riverside Chinatown Committee's 6th Annual Chinese New Year Banquet Auction on February 1st, 2014 that raised a great amount to help save Riverside's Chinatown site.

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SAVE OUR CHINATOWN
ESTATE SALE TOTAL

WE'VE RAISED $14,430.50 THROUGH THE WHOLE ESTATE SALE ON JUNE 7TH - 9TH 2013.
(TWO SALES COMBINED)

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP IN REACHING OUR GOAL!!!

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On Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, Paul Odekirk discovered the mystery of Sister Mary Alphonsus Wilkinson.

Headstone no mystery, but gravesite is

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Sr Mary Alphonsus Wilkinson Found

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On Sunday, November 4th, 2012, Odekirk's Estate Sales owner Paul Odekirk attended, contributed, and accepted the Save Our Chinatown Committee's invitation to join the Board. A unanimous vote formally made it official.

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On Friday, November 2nd, 2012, Paul Odekirk and staff member Jon Le attended the Pena Family's placement of the grave stone for Tannie Pena at the Agua Mansa Cemetery Day of the Dead Celebration in Colton, California.

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On Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, Odekirk's Estate Sale owner Paul received a bronze medal and a "Good Citizenship" certificate "in recognition of notable services in behalf of our American principles" by the Riverside chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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Because of our history in this local community, Odekirk's has worked helping our clients and old Riversider's to donate historic items to non-profit centers and museums. We recently helped to donate the oldest known map of the city streets of Riverside drawn by the father of Frank Miller, founder of the Mission Inn to the Old Riverside Foundation, as well as many old local citrus photographs. We've helped donate historic items from Nazi Concentration Camps to the Museum of Tolerance, as well as antique items to the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley, CA.

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August 24th, 2012

Tombstone returned to Agua Mansa by Odekirk's

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Twice-stolen gravestone returned to historic cemetery

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On April 2nd 2012, Odekirk's Estate Sales donated 33 boxes of new shoes and 77 boxes of new clothing to the Chua Phat Tue Buddhist Temple in Riverside, CA through the Le family for their plan to clothe the homeless. We are honored to deal with this family and their connection with this temple and their efforts in working with the community.

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In September 2011, our friend and crew member Nate DeBauche passed away before the age of 24. Nate liked to sit by our firepit each evening. In his memory, when we rebuilt our firepit we placed this plaque for him.

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On January 21st, 2012, the Save Our Chinatown Committee honored Odekirk's Estate Sales at their annual Chinese New Years Banquet for our work on a fundraising Estate Sale to generate money to further their cause. Odekirk's is proud to support the Save Our Chinatown Committee's efforts.

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The bunch of us in the Press-Enterprise photo of the closing of Lane's Country Store.

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A group of Riverside Antique Guild members in my father's store on University Avenue back in 1983.

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A bunch of us at Lane's Country Store in a photo in the Press-Enterprise for the DooDa Parade in 1985.

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Here's the story of our house by Esther Klotz in the book Adobes, Bungalows, and Mansions of Riverside, California.

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Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour asked my parents to display antiques in one of their windows in the 1970s

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Glenn Odekirk was our cousin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Odekirk


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