Duane Scott Cerny has been running in vintage sale circles for most of his life. He currently owns Broadway Antique Market with his business partner in Chicago. With a lifetime of collecting and selling under his belt, Cerny has more that one strange story. In his book Selling Dead People’s Things: Inexplicably True Tales, Vintage Fails & Objects of Objectionable Estates, Cerny gives readers a look not only into the strange estates he’s picked through, but the sometimes creepy experiences he’s had.
Being a vintage dealer means sometimes going into the homes of hoarders, encountering grieving relatives, and even vicious landlords who are more than happy to send someone in to do their dirty work if it means getting their building rented. This collection of essays has more than one story about creepy goings on, like a television that turns on without power while a family sits Shiva for the dead.
Selling Dead People’s Things is an enjoyable read but not certainly not a conventional story. Reading this collection of essays feels more like sitting down with someone while they tell you hilarious stories over drinks. Look past the off-putting cover and give this book a shot. It is now available from Thunderground Press.