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Auction business enjoying success

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An auction business that opened late last year at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Rome Township has been bringing in crowds of about 200 on the past few Saturdays, according to Marshall Daniels of Marshall's Auction Service.

Marshall signed a contract with the Lawrence County Fair Board to operate 49 weeks at the Jonas Payne building at the fairgrounds off Ohio 243. The auction will close down during fair week and the week before and after. He also plans to take off a week in the spring and fall.

"I hope I've found a home here," Daniels said Tuesday. "We had a slow start, but it's picking up. The last few weeks we've had about 200 people here. It's been booming."

The auction starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. Marshall accepts consignments from 1 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

"It's a family business," Daniels said. "My mom and my son run the concession stand. My daughter helps me. My brother helps me too."

Kathy L. Whitley of Proctorville, also helps out. Her mom, the late Sally Gorby Rigney, was in the antique business in Proctorville for years, Whitley said.

"I grew up buying and selling antiques," she said.

About 350 items are auctioned every week, Daniels said. The auction is open to the public. There is no admission fee, he said.

"We auction off new and used furniture, primitives, antiques, tools and other items," Daniels said.

Daniels had been in the produce business for about a decade before deciding to go in business for himself. "I went to an auction school last fall," he said. "I became an auction firm manager. It takes a year or more before you can be an auctioneer."

"We'll get dealers from antique shops and swap meets," Daniels said. "We get people from Charleston, to Paintsville, Ky., to Middleport and Athens Ohio."

Some of the items scheduled to be auctioned off can be seen at Marshall Daniels Facebook page. He also can be contacted at 304 633-6447.