River Valley Estate Sales: The Go-To for a Little Bit of Everything



Belinda Rice

For The Beacon


   What began as a hobby nearly two decades ago has developed into a career for a local husband and wife team from Flatwoods. The business is now known as River Valley Estate Sales and has grown to the point where the couple recently invested in a building just to house the overflow of unique items they’ve harvested throughout the years.

   Co-owner Brett Nunley spoke lovingly of his spouse and noted “she’s so good at what she does, she’s busy every week and is constantly getting calls from people who need help disposing of estates, clean outs, etc.” Rhonda Nunley, the “primary organizer of the operation,” knows her antique and vintage items well and knows value when she sees it. “Things are cyclical,” she said. “We have a lot of things I’ve seen that either our parents or grandparents had, and now those things are highly sought after.” Popular items trending are vintage Christmas tree lights, glassware, quilts, and this shop has them all!  Blow molds for different holidays, pottery, cupboards and locally made collectible glassware may be viewed throughout the unique establishment.

   “Due to different circumstances, people call us any time they need to liquidate the contents of a property; whether it be disposing the items of a recently passed relative, to ready a house to rent or sell, just many reasons people call on us to help empty the residence,” said Rhonda.

   Although the Nunleys have been buying and selling mostly via internet sales during their collecting, the actual estate sales has been in operation for about four years, and has become a well-known enterprise, with some properties selling out before the scheduled “final day.”

   Opening a “walk in” business is a way for the Nunleys to remove some of their overflow from their private home and give the public an easy way to shop their inventory. Located at 748 Bellefonte Road in Flatwoods (in the former Jan’s Creations Candy Shop and more recently Beeline Bakery building) the shop is very nicely stocked and every nook and cranny houses a treasure. Some of the more desirable items are an antique cane rack and tickets to Woodstock. From Beetles memorabilia, Barbie dolls, furniture and crocks to vintage Pyrex, china and cookware, the shop has a little something for everyone.  Items were staged well, easy to view and showroom clean. 

   Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also wish to follow the business on Facebook at River Valley Estate Sales so you will know location of upcoming estate sales in addition to shopping the store.