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Pickers Auction lures shoppers

Photos by Candice Black Auctioneer Craig Worstell with Beardsley Auction Service of Lowell works to sell a table of goods provided by John Weddle during the annual Pickers Auction at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sunday.

MARIETTA — The Junior Fair building at the Washington County Fairgrounds was packed with antiques and shoppers Sunday afternoon during the annual Pickers Auction led by Beardsley Auction Service LLC of Lowell.

Since 2018, auctioneers with Beardsley have traveled around the area and in more recent years, online, to help people add to their collections or resell items. Ryan Beardsley, owner and auctioneer, said Sunday’s auction usually gets about 100 or so bidders. Before an auction, Beardsley Auction employees post pictures of the items online and Beardsley said sometimes people come to the event with a particular item in mind.

“We just like to bring the community out to have a good time,” he said.

John Weddle of Marietta provided the loot for people to look through and place bids on. Beardsley said the auctions typically last three or four hours.

“He might buy for 10 years and just put things in different trailers. Then all of a sudden, it’s the right day and we’re going to have a sale,” Beardsley said.

From left, Ryan Beardsley, Ethan Wiley and Craig Worstell with Beardsley Auction Service accept bids for items at the Pickers Auction at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

People come in from upward of two hours away to attend the auction and sometimes bids get as high as $800 or $1,000 for hot items like old signs, marbles or oil and gas memorabilia, some of Weddle’s favorite collectibles.

“There’s a lot of oil and gas books. There are always oil and gas items here for sale. There’s always milk bottles and local collectibles. We just like to get it all out and make one big event of it,” Beardsley said.

Auctions were a family affair for Weddle and he said he grew up going to auctions and collecting. His father was an auctioneer along with his grandfather and uncles.

“I was born and raised at auctions. All of the antique dealers would tell me to go to an auction, buy the best piece or two you can afford and save it for older years and that’s what I’ve done,” he said.

Weddle said he likes to see crowds of people to come out, bid on the items and likes to “see the things they fight over.”

Cory and Emma Rush traveled from Zanesville to attend the annual Pickers Auction in Marietta Sunday afternoon.

Chris Ford, who grew up in Washington County, came to look for items to re-sell. He said he likes going to auctions to get items for a cheap price.

“I saw on the auction photos that there’s some old telephone parts and odds and ends, so I figured I would come down and see what they’ve got,” he said.

Cory and Emma Rush made the trip from Zanesville and said they enjoy going to auctions about once a month.

When people attend auctions, Beardsley said it’s a good community event and allows for friendly competition.

“An auction event is more of a community event. Several people came to these auctions and they sit beside somebody who outbids them all day long and at the end, you get them once or twice and it becomes kind of their little thing where they’re razzing each other a little bit. At the end of the day, they’re good friends and they might even buy each other lunch,” he said. “It’s a blast and we look forward to every one we have.”

Photo by Candice Black Chris Ford, Washington County native, looks for items he can re-sell at the Pickers Auction in Marietta Sunday.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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