A Florida business, fully insured, bonded, certified & licensed. Owner: Barry Kuenn
We champion client concerns! Flexibility, innovation,
attention to detail, honesty and rock solid dedication enable us to exceed client expectations. Whatever it takes, you can
count on us to make it happen! Highly acclaimed by clients and customers alike, we go the extra mile to provide a
bright & positive shopping experience which attracts impressive
buying crowds who quickly convert your Estate Contents
into Top Dollar liquid assets. If desired, we completely empty the house, leave it broom swept and ready for
the next phase of occupancy. We thoroughly address unique client and customer needs through understanding and
practicing of Professional Service Excellence. While everyone wants a good-deal, knowledgeable customers
appreciate "a fair price". We target competitive and fair liquidation pricing, in-line with current market trends
& today's tenuous economy.
While our service levels vary greatly, professionally orchestrated,
Genuine Estate Sales
(aka. Tag Sales) and
Entire Content Appraisals are what we do best. Additional
services include Personal Property Item Appraisals, Estate Inventory, Photo-Documenting, Custom Packing & more.
We help people in situations with a loss of loved ones, divorce, downsizing or any reason requiring liquidation or
protection of assets in a timely and sensible manner. We're affordable and willing to serve clients near & far.
NEWS September 2018 ~ Its been a whirl-wind 2-1/2 years! Barry lost his brother Kevin late
in 2016 to liver failure - Anyone who drinks too much take note: its a bad way to go!! Their mom is now in her 90's, she
also lost her drivers license and now without Kevin helping her, Barry & oldest bro. Brent must tag team to help her.
Fortunately she lives on high ground and didn't need to evacuate during hurricane Irma last year as we decided to do so.
We boarded up, packed up and headed out to Yellowstone and several other National Parks and then tried to hurry back as
Maria formed and threatened what, we didn't know. We were very lucky as our home sustained no damage, only some
plants and Barry's prized mango tree were blown over (plus the neighbor's tree fell partly on our yard). Luckily the
Mango was young enough to be righted and has grown much and fruited greatly this year:) Other than all of that it
has been steady business-as-usual.
Follow-up business news: Since our credit card machine died,,, we've also learned of the current IRS' Payment Industry
reporting rules (we do not 1099 report our clients revenue because liquidation of anyone's own household goods should
never be taxable as income unless its a capital gain - and how often does that happen[?]!) --> & so we are sticking with
Cash Only, Thank you all for your patronage, patience & understanding!
January 2016 ~ After many months off, we are now up and going again. Barry
took some time off for home tree-scaping, family medical needs & his own health. He is now fully recovered from:
the shingles, pleurisy and a back injury. Family health has since improved, trees are growing and he has sworn off
giving piggy-back rides! In secondary business news: Our old credit card machine finally expired, we let-go our CC
processor and now seek a 21st century replacement. --> Cash only for now, sorry!
February 2015 ~ Since our move from Texas to Florida, we've completed several sales,
and have seen progressive growth and popularity with each. We feel very fortunate, business is good, the weather is
great and it is nice to be here in Southwest Florida, especially during winter! With our home in North Port
(South of Sarasota) and family still in Clearwater (where Barry grew up) we give preference to locations along
Southwest Florida's "Suncoast", from Tampa Bay to Naples. However, we enjoy travel and invite opportunities from
ALL Florida locations & beyond.
June 2014 ---------> We have MOVED TO FLORIDA...! Even though for
family... it was not an easy decision.., after living in Texas for over 33 years, the place kinda grows on ya! - We've met
a ton of wonderful people, learned so much and witnessed mmazin' things in the GREAT State we fondly think of as its
own Country! Thanks to ALL our beloved helpers, clients and patrons for your loyalty, kindness and
wisdom! We love our Texans, cherish the Lone Star State and are not canceling business there, in the right
situations we'll be back for Appraisals, Estate Sales & maybe just visit!
In 2013 we are going strong with private appraisals and fine sales in progress. We've also
a bit of extra good news to tell: Barry has found a new lady and wasted no time in making her his partner, they tied the
knot in Nov.'12 She comes to us with strong backgrounds in business, accounting, marketing, interior design & much more.
She's already proven her skills and is certainly an asset... Barry says she's a keeper! She may seem quiet and soft spoken,
but don't be fooled, she is sharp as a tack. We hope you'll visit our next sale
where you can meet her.
B-KEEN Company was conceived by Barry and Lisa Kuenn in 2008, through clock-work like Estate
Sale shopping over the course of 15 preceding years & very often finding shortcomings or poor business practices along
the way. Ultimately, one-day, negative experiences led to a light-bulb moment for Barry. As was typical for him
on most any weekend, he had planned and was actively shopping as many sales as he could, from Thursday thru Sunday.
After witnessing another (one-too-many) incident from a moody, disgruntled & uncaring estate sale employee (or was this
person the company owner!?!)... the light-bulb lit & Barry said to himself "I could do a better job than these rude
people". And so began the personal & professional challenge, he decided THIS would be his next career. Not letting
go of his original goal, he still looks for improvement to be The Best in The Business, in fact, many customers
have already gone out of their way to tell us that, bar none, we are "THE BEST". While we don't make every customer happy,
we do try, and we receive lots of kudos. We have a similar track record with our clients, most can not believe how good we've
made their place look, how busy & effective the sale was, even items they thought surely no one would buy -sold, the place
totally cleared out and the proverbial cherry on top, they receive more money than expected! We take pride in our work
and invest heavily in time & effort to promote safe, well received and very effective Estate Liquidation Sales.
Barry brings a variety of experience, knowledge, talent, tenacity, wit and calm demeanor to excel in this
field. He's had a lifelong hunger for learning about history, antiques and collectibles. He grew up in Florida, moved
to Texas at 19 and worked in the electronics industry for over 25 years. He worked various jobs including design
technician, IT systems administrator, UNIX computer support help desk and quality control inspector on security
installations. Eventually, corporate bureaucracy, stress and opportunity all knocked in unison, so he jumped ship and began
making plans to open an antique brokerage business. Graduated Y2K from the Texas
Institute of Antiques and Collectibles in Denton and then traveled extensively, buying authentic pieces to sell via antique
malls and on-line. After the economic impact of 9-11, personal life changes and the afore mentioned "light-bulb moment"
it was time to give that up & move on to his current path, focusing full-time on promoting
High Quality Estate Liquidations.
In July 2010 Barry added the role of Personal Property Appraiser,
with a Certification from CAGA (Certified Appraisers Guild of America),
to his repertoire. He loves his work, especially the discovery & research of unique or finely crafted items, and then
seeing the enthusiasm of proud buyers as they eagerly take possession! Raised in an old world traditional family and
steeped in millennial world frenzy, Barry holds reverence to the old values and lives by a motto
spoken by his late father - "A man is only as good as his word". While we may only operate under signed contract,
we also honor our word and do what we say. Furthermore, Barry insists that We not only do the job,
indeed we do it right!
We do have helpers, and rely heavily on them... our team of experienced friendly, helpful assistants and
consultants enable us to quickly accomplish our charter. They are all family or long-time personal friends with Barry and rest
assured they are trustworthy, honest and very qualified to provide clients and customers alike with courteous
As Barry's previous antique brokerage focused on genuine antique and vintage merchandise offered in a
forthright manner, he also mandates our Estate Sale Service be "Top-Notch". We've combined our best ideas with
only the very best from top liquidators across Texas, Florida, Kansas and Missouri to deliver expedient, 1st class sales.
You're assured Complete Satisfaction when you choose B-KEEN APPRAISALS & ESTATE SALES.
 With the greatest admiration and the deepest sorrow, I must inform everyone of the tragedy which has
befallen us... In mid-June 2011 my late wife, Lisa, was diagnosed with a seriously advanced stage of ovarian cancer. While she
declined uncertain modern surgery in favor of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatments in China, she held strong like no
one else. However, after four short months, one day a tranquil calm took hold and she left our world. She went with a smile in
thinking about her favorite little dog Fabio and two daughters, Ellie and Jessica. I feel honored to have known her for nearly
nine years. She was as complex as anyone could be, strong willed, smart and had superior common sense. As Cantonese, Hakka
and Mandarin were her primary dialects, her English (not to mention Spanish) words didn't always reflect her true thoughts.
She really had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met and somehow always produced well planned generosity. She was
nothing short of miraculous in her cooking skills, things you'd be hard pressed to find on a menu anywhere and it would be
knock your socks off awesome! Ever had papaya or pumpkin soup? How about cantaloupe stir-fry? She was also perhaps the
cleanest person I've ever known and had a great sense of humor. With these and many more unwritten virtues, she will be fondly
remembered for many generations. She was a tremendous benefit to and very much liked this business. She enjoyed meeting
new people, I hope you had the chance. God rest her soul. -B