A New Year, Re-Caps the Old!

2018 Here we go! Looking back on the last 12 months!

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2017 Was Off to a Blast! Yes, a cold blast that is.
The first sale of the year started with a temperature of -6˚ when we left the office and dropped to -3˚ with snow on the ground before the first cry of the auctioneer. But as the sun shined, so did the buyers. They came in droves to see, bid and buy construction equipment in Pike County, MO. We had barrels scattered around for warming stations. It turned out to be a tremendous sale for our seller.

Following the cold temperature came the big snow. The Interstate was open, but the county roads and property were covered with ice. We hired a salt truck and followed him into the auction. Thanks to Jimmy & Doug and his 2000 lbs. of salt, the auction was on and so was the crowd. An outstanding crowd that day, we say thanks to all of you who are not just fair weather auction followers. Always a fun experience at a Thornhill sale!

The auctions started early and stayed steady, while we embark on our new adventure of opening our very own Auction Barn. We are so excited to start a new phase of our business, a facility that provides a convenient and comfortable space for our customers.

This auction center has a 12,000 sq. ft. facility with all the comforts of home. The second part, to include a spacious auction facility for equipment and large auction items. Last but not least will be exterior renovation of The Auction Barn.

It’s a slow process but a large one, so stay tuned and we will keep you updated on the Auction Center. We have housed and sold anything from vintage dolls to fine antiques, car and backhoes so far this winter. The sale tipper, was an Ansonia china clock that brought $500 and an antique carousel that brought $275.


 End of July auctions did heat up, and boy did, 108˚. The sale was in Warrenton, there was no shade, so we took 4 pop up tents and a commercial fan for our customers. We had a great crowd and everyone was patient and no one complained about the heat!

It has been an extremely busy spring and summer ranging from selling an antique kitchen cabinet for $1,400, a bear trap for $400, wooden barrels for $380 to an oak parlor ice box for $1,800.

We traveled far and wide to finish out the year. From High Ridge, MO selling Landscape Equipment to Orchard Farm, MO selling a complete farm sell out of John Deere equipment to Clarksvillle, MO selling antiques from the Falcon Mansion, and lots of auctions in between.

The best part of our business with the real estate and auctions is that we enjoy what we do, always putting our clients 1st. helping them with life changing moves to retirements and also out of difficult times, in hopes that somehow we have been a positive part of their futures. 

Here’s to 2018 and looking forward to seeing all of our followers for a fun eventful year!
Brenda Thornhill