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Mike Savaloja, the “garage sale guru,” says he can help you sell that ’80s black-and-white television, the bun warmer you’ve never used, the headboard nobody wants – the stuff that just clutters up your life.

Savaloja will organize, clean, price, advertise and help sell the items you’ve wanted to get rid of for years. He absorbs the upfront costs and keeps 40 percent of the gross income.

“Because of age, illness, or just a lack of time, people don’t have the time to deal with this,” he said. “I help people who want to get their space back.”



Savaloja helps his clients properly price their sale items (“Too-high prices is the biggest mistake most people make,” he said), clean and organize the goods (“Get rid of the broken stuff, the chipped China”), and run the sale.

“It’s easy to sell good stuff,” he said. “The hard part is selling the … riffraff.”




Savaloja, who says he’s been a garage sale consultant on and off for three years, can be reached at 559-6812.

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James Poland, a Grass Valley attorney who specializes in wills and trusts, has been elected chairman of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council for 2004-05.

Other new officers include Treasurer George Graziano, a CPA at Francis, Scinto and Associates; Secretary Terry Brown, a financial planner at Sechovec, Brown and Associates; and Program Director Kim Zwick, a CPA at Full Circle Financial.

The council is comprised of accountants, attorneys, financial planners and others involved in estate planning. A membership directory is available by phoning Poland at 273-5955 or Graziano at 273-3200, ext. 104.

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Linda Kaneko, a vice president of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate, will conduct a seminar on the buyer-brokerage agreement Friday at Esterly Hall in Grass Valley.

Kaneko was a member of the task force that developed the new contract. Tickets for the 9 a.m. seminar, sponsored by the Nevada County Board of Realtors, cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can be reserved by phoning 272-2627.

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The Nevada County Joint Chambers of Commerce has received $110,000 from the county to promote tourism in the area during the 2004-05 fiscal year.

The allocation includes $15,000 in in-kind services from county Information Services, which may include networking services, training and Web site development, and setup of a kiosk at the Nevada County Airport.

The joint chambers include the Grass Valley/Nevada County, Nevada City, Truckee, Penn Valley and Rough and Ready chambers.

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Technology from two Nevada City companies was used to prepare and display graphics at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

ProQue, which provides video playback equipment for live and taped events, used Telestream’s FlipFactory Pro to reformat all graphics used at the convention and transmit them to Grass Valley Group Profile servers for display on a 90-foot rear projection screen and 34 plasma screens, located throughout the convention hall.

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If the sign on the Nevada City branch of Citizens Bank of Nevada County looks different, that’s because it is. The sign, originally installed 10 years ago, was cleaned and repainted by Sign Systems of Nevada City and Grass Valley as part of a general refurbishing of the building.

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Got local business news? Contact George Boardman at georgeb@theunion.com or 477-4236.


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