We were in the process of downsizing when a friend attended a program by Mr. Will Farmer on appraising, auctions and today’s styles and trends. She relayed that our mid-century modern furniture was back in vogue. We were familiar with the Farmer name from Antiques Roadshow, but knew little about the auction business. We showed Will Farmer, now owner of the business, photographs of our furniture and he was interested. He came to our home, looked at the furniture, described the auction process and carefully reviewed the contract we would sign. From start to finish the entire process was very professional. The Salem, Virginia gallery is spacious and well organized with plenty of parking. The entire staff is very friendly and courteous. The movers were very nice and careful. We were kept informed at every step. We were given a possible range of prices each item might bring, but no promises were made. Auction day was fascinating and fun. Some items brought more than expected and some less. In the end it was a wonderful experience and one we would not hesitate to do again.

We were in the process of downsizing when a friend attended a program by Mr. Will Farmer on appraising, auctions and today’s styles and trends. She relayed that our mid-century modern furniture was back in vogue. We were familiar with the Farmer name from Antiques Roadshow, but knew little about the auction business. We showed Will Farmer, now owner of the business, photographs of our furniture and he was interested. He came to our home, looked at the furniture, described the auction process and carefully reviewed the contract we would sign. From start to finish the entire process was very professional. The Salem, Virginia gallery is spacious and well organized with plenty of parking. The entire staff is very friendly and courteous. The movers were very nice and careful. We were kept informed at every step. We were given a possible range of prices each item might bring, but no promises were made. Auction day was fascinating and fun. Some items brought more than expected and some less. In the end it was a wonderful experience and one we would not hesitate to do again.
Fine Art Collection (including Dali, Chagall, Miro, Rothe, Fairchild, Ferjo, Gougis, Max Ernst and other Limited Edition Lithographs & Serigraphs, Early Wierix & Other Engravings, Original Works and More), Hand Knotted Rugs, Mackenzie Childs, Concrete Lawn Ornaments, Porch Rockers, Knotty Pine Bench & Drop Leaf Table, Bow Glass Curio Cabinet, Mahogany Corner Cabinet, Mahogany Dressers With Mirrors, Cast Iron Pedestal Urn, Marilyn Monroe Life Size Vintage Poster, China, Empire Sideboard & Chest With Mirror, Flatware, Japanese Wood Block Prints, Antique Oil Paintings, Rugs, Steiff Bears, Fender Acoustic Guitar, Sterling Dresser Set, Beswick & Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter Figures, Wii Gaming System With Games & Balance Board, Porcelain Dolls, Doll House Lighting & Accessories, Antique Barrel Roll Top Desk, Cedar Blanket Box, Nascar & Coca-Cola Collectibles Including Many Signed Pieces, Gorham Sterling, Jewelry, Tom Clark Gnomes, Tools, Craftsman Lawn Mower, Ariens Tiller, Porch Swing, Patio Furniture, Propane Turkey Fryer, Collectibles, Mirrors, and MUCH MORE!
You can even use some online auction sites on your phone. While longstanding auction sites like eBay have apps you can download and use on the go, there are other options to make monitoring and bidding on the things you want easy and fast. Handbid is a silent auction app you can program to continually bid on an item up to a predetermined amount. Tophatter lets you participate in 90-second auctions for everything from electronics to toys. In short, you don't have to be tethered to your computer to participate in an online auction.
I had a family members military collection to dispose of and Farmer Auctions and all of their staff did an awesome job in all areas, from picking up the collection of items, to the research and marketing to buyers, display, photography, and the actual auction. Will Farmer kept me informed of all of the aspects of how the research and grouping of items for the auction was progressing leading up to auction day. We were very pleased with the auction results and truly knew that we had picked the right people to handle this auction. They are an top notch company and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
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