Mother-and-son duo Debra and David Blue see a lot of unusual stuff as the founders of Blue Moon Estate Sales. Going from one house to the next, appraising items, doing pop-up sale marketing, participating in the downsizing or end of people’s lives, the estate sale business is unlike any other—and in this age of “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars,” business is booming.

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Blue Moon Estate Sales began franchising in 2013 and is already up to 14 locations, including its first franchised location, run by patriarch Ken Blue. Its locations are primarily in North Carolina, but range as far west as Houston all the way up to New Jersey. As it seeks new units, Blue Moon is seeking to radiate outward from its existing turf.

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