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THE STORY OF OLEY'S
In just a few short months Oley's Auctions owner Amanda Oley quickly transformed an idea into reality which was Oley's Auctions and the transformation has never stopped. With a commitment to changing as the community demands modern and additional services, Oley's just keeps growing.
In 2013 Amanda had been traveling to Sydenham Auctions in Owen Sound, about 5 hours from Powassan, to attend their auctions to purchase renovation materials. She brought them home, used what she needed and sold the rest. One night, someone viewing the items for sale asked Amanda if she could bring auctions to Powassan. With her purchases overflowing her home, yard and other properties additional space was becoming essential.
Right around this time Amanda's uncle passed away in Southern Ontario and she watched her parents struggle to deal with his estate while living 7 hours away from the home. This estate was a very complicated situation and during the liquidating of the estate the work and stress her parents went through and the theft that happened while they were not there was just not acceptable in her eyes. There had to be a need for an honest, reputable company to deal with these situations in the local area as well.
In February 2014 all of these factors came together to become Oley's Auctions. Before an offer on a property was even accepted, Amanda was so confident in the potential for this business that she packed up her two auctioneers and headed to an auctioneers course hosted by the Canadian Auctioneer College in Barrie. This resulted in the certification of experienced auctioneers David Jantzi and James Stoll, as well as Amanda herself. Later Amanda became a Certified Property Appraiser after attending a course put on by the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.
Oley's Auctions had it's Grand Opening on May 31, 2014. Oley's Auctions is a great asset for the Municipality of Powassan providing people near and far with the opportunity to partake in the Live Auction experience, consign their goods, and take advantage of multiple services available at Oley's.
5 Years later, Oley's Auctions has helped over 700 consignors and 100's of live and online auctions. Oley's has expanded in more ways that ever imagined with the addition of Oley's Armoury, Oley's Operations, a Uhaul dealership and Moving Help.
With Powassan being the location of the homestead of Amanda's great grandparents Solomon and Clare St. Jean it seemed a fitting place for Oley's to be located. We look forward to many years of being part of an amazing community.