About us

My name is Donna Long I have traveled extensively all over the world, but I call Cookeville my home. With over 10 years experience in real estate in the Cookeville area as well as my 20 years at TTU I have met wonderful people from all walks of life and built a network of people who follow my sales. Including an industry that supports me and who I trust to make sure to get the most accurate prices for your items. I have conducted sales all over the Cookeville area, and also have conducted sales in Florida, developing a vast knowledge of antiques, furniture and collectibles. I love allowing old items to continue on and give new people the joy they brought their previous owner for years, allowing treasures to be shared and turning treasures into cash for those who are going to a different chapter in their life.

Have you got a “House full of things?”

At Cottagelady Estate & Moving Sales, we recognize each client has different needs. Some need our help because a loved one has passed away, or they may be transitioning into a nursing facility, moving, or just ready to down-size. We can help you facilitate any and all of these needs.I will meet with you one on one, I will meet with seniors, their children, estate executors & trustees to evaluate the sale, then I will completely & quickly clear out the entire contents of the family home. Turning those treasures into cash.

  • Moving? Downsizing? Divorce? Re-married (and usually ‘she’ doesn’t want ‘his’ stuff. etc)

  • Death of a loved one? Foreclosure?

  • Handling an estate and not sure what to do with all of the “stuff”?



Downsizing or ready to declutter?

An estate sale may just be the option for you! On-site estate sales are an efficient and profitable way to sell everything from household items, automobiles, antiques, collectibles and everything in between. From everyday use items, high end antiques and even the strange and unusual, we are equipped to handle it all.

CottageladyEstate & Moving Sales is proud to be a member of the American Society of Estate Liquidators. We have the expertise and knowledge necessary to make your sale successful. 

We do not charge an upfront fee, we work on commission only! We know our business and have it down to a science we are so sure of the success of your sale that we do not even require a minimum guarantee like many of our competitors.

Heirs, Executors, Realtors, Attorneys, and Families

Any person or family member who finds themselves needing to sell, or liquidate inherited personal property, or those who are in the position of having to liquidate their own personal property can benefit from our services. This may also include offices or businesses.Estate Sales are no longer only thought of as the sale of the personal property of someone who has passed away. Estate Sales can also be downsizing or moving into assisted living, hence the reason for the name of my company “Cottagelady Estate & Moving Sales” we’ve got you covered!

I would recommend Cottage lady to anyone looking to conduct an estate
sale for the reasons listed below:

1.  Adaptability: Owner Donna Long generally does these sales only
after the homeowners have moved or internally stored everything they
do not wish sold.  This was not practical in my case, so Donna found a
way to work around it and was relentlessly cheerful about doing so.

2. Honesty:  If Donna did not think an offer appropriate for what the
piece was really worth, she would call me and advise me not to sell,
even though that meant she would lose money.  She is also very good
about being there when she says she will.

3. Industriousness:  Donna flat worked her you-know what off getting
this done.  She has amazing stamina and is relentless about selling
all she can for as much as she can for you.

4. Responsiveness:  Donna answers calls and texts religiously, making
you feel like you’re what matters.

5. Attitude:  Donna is always cheerful and an interesting person in
addition to her other qualities listed above.

In sum, if you are interested in selling things off, doing it fast,
and having it done by a real pro, Donna and Cottagelady are for you!

Doug Dimond

Doug Diamond

So glad your sale went great. I honestly don’t know how you do it. You’re either so much younger or a lot better health but I could not ever keep up with you, not even close. 17th is great for final pick up. I’ll be in touch for keys swap. I tried to help by collecting stuff in pantry in den but may have missed stuff? Thank you so much for everything and if u ever need a reference you can always call me! Will talk to you soon. Get some rest!!

Family of Betty Berry

Donna I can’t thank you enough for all you have done to help my family. I KNOW how much work this was for you and it overwhelms me. Most of all in life I’m glad our paths crossed. You are a special lady! Your friend,😘

Kim Langley

I agree 100% with Claudia’s post. Donna recently handled an estate sale for my sister’s family and the entire process was carried out in a most professional way. I would highly recommend Donna.

Juanita Kane

Donna is the BEST! She took care of everything and, priced it all and gave me a check at the end. It would have been to emotional for me to do and you can’t put a price on emotion! She is still trying to sell a couple of pieces of furniture for us but everything else us gone and cleaned up. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone…..plus she is honest and fair! Hard to find in this day and age!

Sherron Luhn

“My family recently hired Cottagelady Estate & Moving Sales (Donna Proctor Long) to handle our mother’s estate sale. I cannot sing her praises enough! Donna went so far above and beyond what we expected, that I still cannot believe it.

She handled every single thing about the sale, down to making sure there were lightbulbs to display the items. She was meticulous about record keeping,handled going through every item in every space, and made 100% correct judgement calls on what should be sold, donated, or disposed of. And she took care of doing that too! (Countless trips to the library) She was very respectful of our items and kept us constantly updated on what was going on. The place was left completely cleared out and broom clean, something I was not expecting.

Bottom line, Donna did a more than excellent job of taking care of what is normally a painful process (liquidating a parents possessions) in a respectful, professional, and thorough way.

Donna’s motivation is to HELP people. She certainly helped my family, and we are so very grateful. ”
Thank you, Donna!

Claudia Williams & Family

Cottage Lady Estate Sales’ staff members amazed us as they quickly and thoroughly prepared our recent estate sale. We were attempting to meet an unexpectedly early closing/occupancy date on the house that was being sold. Cottage Lady owner, Donna Long, and her staff managed to advertise, the. appropriately price and display a houseful of goods – – from the furniture and clothing even paper and cleaning products! Almost everything sold and we were satisfied with the outcome.

The Fred Vossel Family

Been to many of Donna’s sales. Always professional and great values. Totally liquidates all items. Would highly recommend!!!

Kelly Morgan

Excellent and well done! It is an enormous amount of work to conduct an estate sale, and Donna stays cool, calm, and collected and handles all details with aplomb!

Patty Atnip

Oh My Heavens !!! I now have been to 5 of her estate sales and have found the best treasures ever for an awesome deal!!! I will definitely be using Them for my future Family estate sales!!! So very professional, reasonable and can liquidate everything!

Cryste Bennett