Friday, June 28, 2013

‘Antiques Road Show’ appraiser son will open auction house in Salem

By Meg Hibbert

SALEM – It won’t exactly be the “Antiques Road Show,” but Salem will soon have a related antique appraisal business.

Will Farmer, son of Ken Farmer who is an antiques appraiser and evaluator for the PBS television series “Antiques Road Show,” received zoning approval June 24 to locate an antiques auction business at 1701 Midland Rd. in the Intervale Industrial Park in East Salem.

Will Farmer tells Salem City Council about his plans to relocate Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals from Radford to Salem, during the June 24 council meeting. Photo by Meg Hibbert

Will Farmer tells Salem City Council about his plans to relocate Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals from Radford to Salem, during the June 24 council meeting. Photo by Meg Hibbert

Will Farmer said he will hold auctions and sales three times a month, and is planning his first auction in September. The 33-year-old Roanoke College graduate has worked in the family business for 12 years, he said, and is moving Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals from Radford to Salem.

Farmer’s father is affiliated with Quinn and Farmer Auctions in Charlottesville and Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church.

“I’m excited to be coming back to the City of Salem,” Farmer told Salem City Council members. He said he and his wife, Laura, are buying a house here. They already have a 2-year-old and are expecting a second child.

“I think there is a big need for a personal property appraisal business,” Farmer said, “particularly with senior citizens” retiring here and downsizing.

He said he plans to offer free appraisals twice a month, for people to bring up to three items.

Farmer intends to hold two auctions per month on Tuesday evenings and one on Saturday. “And twice a month, we will have general household sales,” he said.

He said the business would store antique furniture on consignment for 30 to 60 days. Currently there are 108 parking spaces, with room to expand at the industrial park that is off Electric Road near the intersection with Apperson Drive.

In other items, Salem City Council presented Green Awards to Sherwood Memorial Gardens, the Salem Museum and Joe’s Deli, respectively, for landscape, energy efficiency and reusing a location. The winners were decided by popular vote on the city’s website. Other nominees recognized were McNamara Center for Chiropractic, the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Chick-fil-A in the landscape category; Roanoke Valley Wine Co., Parkway Brewing and John M. Oakey and Son, for Energy Efficiency; and ITT, El Cubanito restaurant and Fame All Stars for Reducing and Reusing.
Council also decided to hold a public hearing on renewal of the Comcast cable television and communications franchise on Aug. 12, probably in the Salem Civic Center.

Council met in a work session before the meeting with Comcast’s John Conwell, vice president for government affairs, and Paul Combs, director of government and community affairs. Comcast and the city have been without a franchise agreement for more than two years.

Conwell told council most of the requests the city made previously have been met with the upgrading of the system and adding Xfinity services for cable television offerings. One request by the city was that Comcast continue to have a local service office in Salem. Comcast also serves the Glenvar portion of Roanoke County and a sliver around Bennett Springs.

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3 Responses to “‘Antiques Road Show’ appraiser son will open auction house in Salem”

  1. Have an artisian glass chandelier from Germany that is around 50 years old that we would like to know the value of and how to best sell it

  2. Janet Croy

    I have a print (watercolor) painted by John Haymson. It is about 15×20 (just guessing). It has been framed in a matted form. No hard frame. Curious what you might be able to tell me about this painting. It depicts what looks to me to be in New York. Times Square possibly.

  3. Been to some of their auctions with JW (who I work with) and we find a lot of hidden treasures that are way underpriced and undervalued. Good auctions sometimes but the online live auction allows people nationwide to bid and buy which is good for the seller and Farmer – It is not good for local auction goers and can kill local interest.


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