The Turtle Creek News, Week of Sunday May 20, 2001 p.1B
Questions and Answers
Ronda Ross Hooks
Antique Expert Stays Busy With Thriving Estate Sale Business And Twin Toddlers
By Sally Blanton, Turtle Creek News
Just one call to "Help Me Ronda" could simplify your life, de-clutter your home, and add a very fat check to your bank deposit, as it did mine.
Her business, which is 90% referral, has grown in the last six years. Much of Ronda's success is attributed to the following: a mailing list of 3,000, an e-mail list of close to a 1,000, a web-site, good appraisers and an employee roster numbering nearly thirty.
This isn't your mother's "garage sale". Her clients have made thousands of dollars after her 25% to 30% commission. Yes, your cast-offs are someone's treasures.
Ronda admits she needs to slow down.......she says, "Read a book?? What's that like?"
In Dallas, December 27th, 1962
My father worked in real estate and mother took care of the home.
Always busy with friends and activities.
Highland Park High School, UT Austin and University of Arkansas.
Yes, he is fourteen months older. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons. He is a great supportive brother.
My parents, camp counselors, some teachers, a great aunt and uncle.
Follow your heart and always tell the truth.
Trust the Lord with all of your heart.
Always remember that what comes around goes around. Life will bring a lot of challenges and they will strengthen your character. Think before you speak.
My mother and I owned McKinney Ave. Market, the first co-op antique store in Dallas.
Worrying about things you can't control. People who interrupt while you are talking.
At a garage sale you sit outside, trying to get rid of your junk. But at an estate sale you have pretty things in a pretty setting. It says, "These things have worth."
Anything you have - coins, stamps, rugs, etc. - I have an expert. Twenty or thirty appraisers are just a phone call away.
I am always learning more and more about antiques. Also, I love finding an item in an Estate that the family has been missing for years!
Get a massage.
It truly helps the family in dealing with emotional issues relating to the loss of a loved one.
I believe there could not be anyone more perfect for me than Brian, my husband. He is funny, compassionate, strong, supportive and beautiful. My twin fraternal daughters, Hallie and Lauren, will be two years old in July. They are angels.
I used to have collections but now I enjoy finding unique pieces.
Besides real estate investing, he salvages architectural elements.
Marketing and promotions.
King Charles Cavalier Spaniels......Mr. Buster and Miss Abby and a cat, Chedi.
Europe, and any beach.
At home with my family.
My girls, my husband, my brother and myself.
Lobster salad. Chips and queso.
None, just no time right now.
"Forrest Gump" and "It's a Beautiful Life".
20/20, Dateline, Barbara Walter's Specials, Oprah.
Watching my girls grow and being with my husband.
Lack of morals.
To slow down. To be supportive of my daughters and allow them to be themselves.
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