ASHVILLE - The former Ashville Training Center is now the site for Jim Wroda Auction Service.
The Lake Chautauqua Auction Center, located at 2118 Magnolia Ave., Ashville, hosted a grand-opening celebration April 15-16, welcoming the community with food and beverages.
Wroda, of Greenville, Ohio, purchased the site from the Ashville Fire Department and got a variance to hold about 21 auctions annually. The first auction was in December, with one auction being planned about every three weeks, said Judy Wroda, Lake Chautauqua Auction Center manager and Jim’s sister.
Ms. Wroda said when the building is not being used for auctions it will be utilized to help the local community. One way is by allowing Boy Scout Troop 141 to use the center. The building can also be rented for banquets or weddings.
The auction center will also help the community when it is used for auctions. Ms. Wroda said money will be donated to a local family in need each auction. Also, money will be donated to the Ashville food pantry.
Wroda, who started doing auctions in 1997, said the community has been great.
‘’I’ve been extremely happy here,’’ he said. ‘’What’s not to like (about Ashville).’’
Wroda said he accidentally found out about the building being up for sale.
‘’I was looking for a house in New York state and found this building listed under residential properties,’’ he said. ‘’Once I walked through the doors I knew I wanted it.’’
Wroda, who also has an auction house in Greenville, Ohio, said he does auctions all over the country.
‘’I like meeting new people,’’ he said. ‘’You get to learn things from other areas of the country that you can’t learn by just being in one area.’’
The auction center will continue to host auctions throughout the summer, with items from cars to carnival glass to pieces members of the local community can bring in to be sold. A Fenton glass auction will be held at 9:30 a.m. June 4 with more than 1,000 pieces available.
During auctions, Wroda said people from all over the country - from California to Texas - and from other countries - from Canada and England - travel to participate in his auctions. However, people can also participate through Internet bidding and on the phone.
Also, the auction center is displaying local artist work that will accompany an art show auction in the fall, Ms. Wroda said.
For more information on the auction center, go to jimwrodaauction.com or call 526-4230.
From left, Jim Wroda, Jim Wroda Auction Service owner, Mike Baker, auctioneer, Brian Rismiller, auctioneer, and Troy Keis, auctioneer, during the grand opening April 15 for Jim Wroda Auction Service, located 2118 Magnolia Ave., Ashville.