Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals to move to Salem

by Matt Chittum | 981-3331

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ken Farmer Auctions and Appraisals is re locating its Radford business to Salem with an anticipated opening date of Sept. 1.

Salem City Council unanimously approved a "use not provided for" permit to allow the company to move into a building the auction house intends to lease on Midland Road, near the intersection of Apperson Drive and Virginia 419.

Ken Farmer, known for his appearances as an appraiser on the popular "Antiques Roadshow" program on public television, has operated in Radford for 30 years, said his son Will Farmer, 33, who will run the Salem business. Ken Farmer manages another location in Charlottesville, while another partner runs one in Falls Church.

Will Farmer, a Roanoke College graduate in the process of moving to Salem, said he anticipates hosting up to three auctions a month. Two will be Tuesday night "treasure" auctions of more common household items. Every 30 to 60 days, he'll have a nationally advertised catalog auction of higher-end antiques.

Farmer said many bidders drive two or three hours to attend auctions, and some drive five or six.

He hopes the first auction will be Sept. 3.

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This article was originally published by The Roanoke Times