Auction gallery opens in Batavia

February 23rd, 2007    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: News

A new auction consignment gallery has opened in Batavia. Craig Lytle Auctioneer LLC has moved from Milford and opened at 675 College Drive.

“We moved here to work in a nicer facility,” said owner Craig Lytle. “We’re all excited about this new facility. We’re working on being one of the top-notch facilities in the area.”

Lytle first got into the auction business 15 year ago, and received his license four years ago. He is a certified appraiser and estate specialist. He is currently studying for advanced certifications with the National Auctioneers Association, and last year finished second in the the state bid calling championship held in Columbus.

After running a successful auction house in Milford for two and a half years, Lytle says he is ready to expand the business.

The new auction house in Batavia is a 14,000 square foot facility with a full concession stand and ample parking.

Lytle says that auctions are not only a great place to find items you are looking for. He says that auctions are a great way to make a little extra money.

"Selling items on consignment is a great avenue for the dispersal of your things," Lytle said. "It is a fool-proof method of marketing - you will always receive fair market price for your items."

As an example, Lytle says that someone redecorating their home can recoup the value of their old furniture or other items through a consignment auction.

"If you get a new dining room set, you can sell the old one through us," he said.

But there is no limit to the number of items that can be sold. Lytle can handle individual items or full house clean outs after a death, divorce, or bankruptcy.

Lytle also does benefit and charity auctions for churches and school groups, fraternal organizations, and scout groups.

"We can do charitable auctions from start to finish," Lytle said. "From the promotion and set-up to the auction itself."

Lytle also participates in the pie and cake sale at the Clermont County Fair.

"I'll be selling in there along with some of the other Clermont County auctioneers," he said. "I'm very proud to be a part of that."

Auctions begin every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the doors open at 4 p.m. Preview hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It is also possible to set up an appointment to preview items to be auctioned.

For more information, visit on the Web, e-mail Lytle at or call (513) 236-5325.
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