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Wakefield auctioneer starts business in Ivor

Published 9:34am Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By Merle Monahan
Contributing Writer
merlemonah@aol.com

Jay Bradshaw auctions an item at his last auction. -- Merle Monahan | The Tidewater News
Jay Bradshaw auctions an item at his last auction. — Merle Monahan | The Tidewater News

WAKEFIELD—A part-time auction business just off Rte. 460 near Wakefield has gone full-time, with regular auctions starting the first of next year.

Jay Bradshaw, who owns and operates Jay’s Auctions, has scheduled his first regular monthly sale for the first Thursday night in February, 2014 at the Ivor Municipal Building. The auctions will continue to be held at night at the Ivor facility.

“It’s something I’ve been working up to,” said the 54-year-old antique enthusiast from Wakefield. “I’ve been doing this part-time for about 20 years now; buying and selling on my own, assisting other auctioneers and for the most part, just getting involved.”

He has also been conducting his own auctions periodically for a few years and says this is a passion he’s had ever since he can remember.

“There is a lot of interest in small-town auctions,” he said, adding that his last one drew more than 200 people.

Bradshaw was born and grew up in Ivor. He is the grandson of Leroy Bracey, who owned and operated an oil company, appliance store and service station in the small town.

Bradshaw worked for his grandfather as a small appliance technician. Later, he started his own small appliance repair business.

Crowd at Bradshaw’s last auction. -- Merla Monahan | The Tidewater News
Crowd at Bradshaw’s last auction. — Merla Monahan | The Tidewater News

“I’ve just closed the repair business,” he said, “and will be devoting my time to auctions from now on.”

The father of two and grandfather of six reveals that his decision to build a successful auction business is not only because he enjoys the work, however, but that he wants to leave a legacy for his family.

“They are already involved,” he said. “They’ve learned the business by helping me and this will be something they can continue.”

The licensed auctioneer says he and his wife, Wilma, who assists him, are in the process of scheduling auctions, including estate auctions, and can be contacted by phone or e-mail. Phone numbers are: Business and home, 899-2293 or cell, 620-9528. E-mail the couple at wishingwell1@aol.com.

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