13. Real estate sale
The estate sale, where Emil had found this particular dresser, was held to auction off the various possessions of a deceased man. Such sales are often made to sell the property of the person that the family members do not want or do not want to keep.
These sales can be a goldmine for cheap antiques and other valuables as the deceased's family members are sometimes unaware of the value of each item offered for sale. This also applies to the sale of outlets when families are just looking for some free space in their home, no matter how valuable some items may be. And that was exactly what Emil Knodell had encountered.