For 40 years Kate Ullman has bought and sold stuff. She has gone from prowling flea markets to owning her own shop selling collectibles in the Castro District of San Francisco. Her current business called “Everything Goes” has her seeking out people who want to downsize their lifestyle or liquidate their estates and buying and selling the items she finds valuable.

Among her finds over the years has been a huge suitcase filled with diamonds (which she returned), A hidden closet filled with liquor from the Prohibition Era, a tea can containing someone’s ashes and a Dr.’s bag filled with sex toys (it’s unclear if she returned these).

Kate is a New Yorker who attended the University of Miami and in her own words, “had no plans.” Five years ago she founded an improv theater company, after the one she was involved with shut down. She says what she likes about improv theater is that if offers a positive approach to life. “What you do is never wrong, it’s always right since the idea is not to find the answer but to explore what is possible. It also helps you play well with others.” This May, the company will perform at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Springs.

Kate is currently the Board chair for The L-Fund, an organization that provides emergency funds for lesbians in crisis and offers money for lesbians looking to improve their lives through education. She can help you sell your stuff as well as act out your thoughts in her theater group and if you accidentally sell her a suitcase full of treasures she will return it. She has lived in Palm Springs for nearly 20 years and has clearly made it a better place.