How did HGTV’s effervescent estate sale expert Cari Cucksey get started?
—Diane Hatcher, Wheeling, W.Va.
The host of Cash & Cari started buying, selling and trading at age 12. She caught the fever from her grandfather, Morris Cucksey, a World War II veteran. “He went through the Depression, so he couldn’t throw anything away,” says Cucksey, 35. “If he saw a computer on the side of the road, he’d pick it up and get all of the screws and nuts out of it because he didn’t want to see anything go in the garbage.” Now with more than 10 years of experience as a professional estate liquidator, she owns and operates RePurpose Estate Services in Northville, Mich.