About Winter Associates

For over forty years, Winter Associates has provided personal property appraisal and estate liquidation services. We are one of New England’s most highly respected auction firms. We have earned a reputation for honesty and integrity.

Maximizing Returns

We have liquidated personal property for a variety of clients including law firms, museums, trust departments and other professionals. We also assist individuals who are downsizing or settling estates. We are available whether it is one item or an entire household. Winter Associates understands that the undertaking of selling one’s possessions can be both overwhelming and disconcerting. Our staff knows that the success of a project is not just its financial return, but the comfort level a client feels while we work with the objects they have enjoyed for many years in their home. It is important to provide a willing ear and well-informed responses when clients are asking for advice on what to sell and what to keep, as well as how to maximize their return.

Turnkey Operation

Winter Associates, Inc.’s services can encompass a “turnkey” operation. In such instances we will remove and market all saleable items, and also organize removal of all goods to be donated, dispose of any refuse and leave the home “broom clean”.

Reputation for Honesty and Accuracy

Our firm prides itself on properly examining and cataloging items for sale. We have a well-earned reputation in the industry for honesty and accuracy. It is important for both a seller and purchaser to know that items have been correctly described. We have the expertise to recognize items of importance and to promote them properly.

These are just a few of the reasons we have developed a strong client base of both sellers and buyers. Winter Associates, Inc. is proud of the reputation it has developed as a successful and well managed personal property appraisal firm and auction gallery.

Linda Stamm Curriculum Vitae

Linda Stamm is sole owner of Winter Associates, Inc., and was one of the firm’s founding members in 1979. She oversees the management of the firm while also acting as auctioneer and appraiser. The firm specializes in estate liquidation selling approximately 25,000 items per year.

She is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and has successfully completed the National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course and exam.

Education and Experience

Linda Stamm is a graduate of Smith College with an A. B. in American Studies. Her museum experience includes an internship in the American Art Department at Yale University Art Gallery and a year-long Decorative Arts seminar at Historic Deerfield.

Treasure Hunt

Linda Stamm was pleased to serve as the appraiser during several seasons of Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s series Treasure Hunt, in which she searched local homes to “unearth” interesting and valuable items.

'Thank you for everything'

P.T. / Consignor

Just wanted to quickly send a note to say thank you for everything – I watched much of tonight’s auction and I have to say it was far more interesting than I anticipated. Kudos to you, not only for keeping everything going but also for how well you managed the whole process! There are far more moving pieces than I would have thought, it was far more interesting than some of the shows on TV! I’m also fascinated by the variety of the catalog that you all put together […] Will you please pass out thanks along to everyone involved? We appreciated all the work you have done.


Stamm has made presentations to the Greater Hartford Probate Forum, the Western Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council and the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association examining what constitutes a qualified appraiser and what should properly appear in an appraisal. She has also presented lectures on antiques and the antiques market for Old Sturbridge Village’s Antiques Collectors Weekend and to numerous Historical Societies, retirement communities and clubs in the Greater Hartford area.

Linda Stamm gives talk to local civic, professional, and charitable organizations about the antiques, auction, and appraisal business. She provides topical information about current market trends, how to evaluate family heirlooms, and how to maximize financial returns when selling estate and personal property items.

Linda Stamm, Auctioneer and Appraiser

Board Appointments, etc.

Stamm served for many years on the board of directors for the Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, New Hampshire; and was also on their Collections Committee. She also served for many years on the board of directors for the New Britain Youth Museum, New Britain, Connecticut. She has served as program chair for the Decorative Arts study group at the Hillstead Museum.

Stamm has provided her skills as an auctioneer at fund raisers for The New Britain Museum of American Art, Hill-Stead Museum, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, and many other area organizations.

She is a member of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hill-Stead Museum, The Connecticut Historical Society, New Britain Museum of American Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Mattatuck Museum, Connecticut Landmarks, Historic Deerfield, Mark Twain House & Museum, Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Farmington Historical Society and a Friend of Wesleyan’s Davidson Art Center.