Going once, going twice, sold! Barnes store now auction house

For a few years now, the building that once housed Barnes Town and Country Furniture has sat empty. No longer.
Jon Joyce, owner of Joyce Auctioneering and Real Estate, purchased the building late last year. He plans to use the building as an auction house; the first auction there is slated to take place March 6, at 6 p.m.
Joyce said the building’s size and location made it an ideal spot for holding auctions.
“Honestly, it’s got a lot of traffic running by it,” he said. “It’s a nice facility, lots of room. We can house a lot of merchandise (and) different types of merchandise. There’s enough acreage here, we can do heavy equipment auctions and car auctions and stuff like that. It will be kind of a catchall for every type of auction. Everything I needed was pretty much already here. Restrooms, the handicap-accessible ramp, I mean, the works.”
Previously, Joyce held his auctions at a location in Marshfield. His new location on Highway 266 west of Springfield is much bigger, which he hopes will mean more people will attend auctions.
“From my previous auctions in Marshfield,” he said, “we had a crowd of anywhere from 65 to 100 people, which is a fairly decent crowd, and I’m hoping to get more with a bigger building. My old building was 3,600 square-foot, and this one is a 40,000 square-foot building. So, we can house a lot of merchandise, and it takes a lot of people to carry that merchandise away. And that’s our goal.

People with items they are interested in having Joyce auction off can start bringing them to him around the middle of February, he said. He will look at them to get a sense of their value. He may assign a reserve value to items he thinks will sell for larger amounts.
“I try to steer away from reserve items, because I think it kills your auction,” he said. “But if it’s something that’s worth quite a bit of money—you’re talking $1,000 and up—we can talk about a reserve. Of course, I’m not going to sell a $10,000 painting for $2; it’s got to be within reason.”
Joyce, however, will not auction just anything.
“The nicer the merchandise, the more people that are drawn in,” he said. “We try to keep our standards high, that way we can get the good crowd and get the good money for people’s merchandise.”
While auctions can be a good way to get something at a lower price than what you might find in a department store, Joyce said the main draw of auctions is the sense of community that develops among those who attend them.
“You get to know people whenever you come into an auction house on a weekly basis, or every other week,” he said. “You get to know the clientele there. And so, you build relationships and friends, etc. I like to think that the years in Marshfield, I made a lot of friends through my auction.”
Where:  8240 W State Highway 266.
When: Auctions will take place on the first and third Friday of every month beginning at 6 p.m. sharp. Merchandise up for auction can be viewed the day of the auction, beginning at 7 a.m. Auction fees are 20-percent for anything that sells for under $1,000 and 10-percent for anything that sells at $1,000 or higher.
For more information, call Jon Joyce (417) 859-2700, (417) 207-5412 (cell number), or e-mail him at jjoyce24.jj@gmail.com.

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