Abrams Home Solutions is a one-stop shop for all your home organizing and Staging needs. You may wonder what a day in the life of a professional organizer or home Stager is like. To be honest, each day is different from the next because each client and family is different. There is no “cookie cutter” solution when working in the fields of organizing and staging. That being said, there is one constant. That constant is that I cannot do this job alone! My success as a professional organizer and home Stager is a result of having a digital rolodex of vendors that I can call at a moment’s notice to provide additional value and service to my clients. This blog post and part two which will follow next week will give you a snapshot of a few of the vendors that I count on each day so that I can provide red carpet service to every client. Each of these players helps my clients in different ways, but the end result is that we move them closer to realizing their organizing or Staging goals. So, without further ado, here is a sneak peak behind the scenes of the referral partners that make my job so much easier!

This blog post will focus on two partners, a company that provides custom cabinetry and a sports memorabilia appraiser/collector. Each individual was asked the same questions in order to give you information on who they are and what they offer to consumers. Make sure you come back next week to meet two more vendors.

Marc Levin, ShelfGenie of Chicago North, Owner

Marc is a lifelong resident of Chicago and has over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked for large hotel brands and spent the last ten years as the Vice President of Hospitality for a nationally recognized casino hotel. He has a passion for delivering excellent service and exceeding customer expectations.

What is your background and area of expertise?

Three years ago, I began my new chapter in life as I left the corporate world and fulfilled a personal dream to start my own business.  After researching several business opportunities, I found the perfect fit in the ShelfGenie organization. The culture and values of the ShelfGenie team epitomize my customer-centric philosophy.

After spending three decades in the hospitality business, I am excited to partner with the ShelfGenie organization to continue my dedication to delivering exceptional customer service.  I use my past experience and personal philosophy to bring recognition to the ShelfGenie brand and to expand the high-quality product line into the Chicagoland area.

What can a client expect when working with you? What is the process?

When we are contacted by a client, we provide a complimentary in-home design. One of our expert Designers will come to our client’s home to truly understand their unique needs and assist them by providing a custom designed solution.   From the measurement to construction of our Glide-outs to installation, we do it all.

What is the most unique item you have seen or the most unique client situation that you have been involved in?  

I have clients who both who are wheel chair bound and required access into their kitchen cabinets and pantry. We had a wonderful design meeting where we discussed what their needs were and how we can place everything within reach to the both. I have two pictures of their pantry, which we split with glide outs for them to have easy access to all items. My clients were overwhelmed with joy after the installation and we truly had an impact on making it so much easier to have access to their items.

Why do you love doing what you do?

I truly enjoy working with my clients in turning their pain and frustrations into joy and happiness. I love my team of Designers and Installers as we all share the same passion of providing our clients with excellent customer service and exceeding their expectations.

For more information on Shelf Genie or to contact Marc Levin, check out the website www.shelfgenie.com or follow them on Facebook at Shelf Genie Chicago. 

Michael Osacky, Baseball in the Attic, Owner, Sports Memorabilia Appraiser, Sports Collector, Author, and Vintage Sports Expert     Mr. Osacky has appraised world championship collections from former NBA and MLB athletes (Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees). He is certified by International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Mr. Osacky is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards; especially tobacco and Cracker Jack baseball cards. He has written numerous articles for national publications such as Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s Magazine and American Legion Magazine. Michael enjoys interviewing professional sports’ owners such as Tom Ricketts (Chicago Cubs), Bill DeWitt Jr (St. Louis Cardinals), George McCaskey (Chicago Bears), and Shad Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars). Additionally, Mr. Osacky is the vintage sports expert for various TV and radio outlets in Chicago, IL.

What is your background and area of expertise? 

I have a finance background, but have always loved collecting vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia.  This passion for collecting started in 1997.  Today, I am a certified vintage sports card and memorabilia appraiser.  I also write for Parade Magazine.  Locally in Chicago, I am on WGN TV and WGN Radio several times per year.  I am also pretty verse with comic books, Beatles Cards, and Disney toys.

What can a client expect when working with you?  What is the process?

Clients can expect an honest and hands on approach.  I am very transparent and always available to answer questions 7 days a week.  Word of Mouth grows my business so I make sure every client is happy.

What is the most unique item you have seen or the most unique client situation that you have been involved in?  

One of the Most valuable items I have appraised was a  1915 Cracker Jack Baseball Card Set of 176 cards.  In 1914 and 1915, Cracker Jack manufactured baseball cards and inserted one card into each package of Cracker Jacks.  The cards normally have caramel staining on them.  I asked the couple what they thought the set was valued at.  They responded, “$2,000.”  I said you are way off.  The set is worth north of $75,000.  They both cried and I gave them some tissues.

Why do you love doing what you do?

It’s a daily treasure hunt.  I never know what I am going to see or what unique item I will appraise on a daily basis.  That is what keeps me going. Being able to accurately tell people what their collection is worth is very gratifying.

For more information or to contact Michael Osacky, check out his website and follow him on social media:


Facebook:  BaseballAttic

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