X-ray technicians at the local hospital shook their heads at their motionless patient—a mummified bird that had appeared in a lot of Egyptian artifacts set to go up for auction. After the techs confirmed that the bird was genuine, Richard "Jeff" and Amelia Jeffers, owners of Garth's Auctions, couldn't wait to put the important piece of ancient history in their catalog. Amelia Jeffers remembers that in fact, the bird did poorly at auction, as not many people collect mummified Egyptian wildlife. Instead, collectors flock to Garth's Auctions for vintage Americana, local folk art, Oriental rugs, and even real estate.
Since its opening in 1954, Garth's Auctions has appraised and sold thousands of collectibles at auction, but took on newfound enthusiasm and energy in 2006, when the husband-and-wife auctioneer team took it upon themselves to make auctions accessible to everyone. Amelia notes that first-timers should not be intimidated by the auction format, as the price range for items varies widely and auction catalogs list everything from fine art to firearms and novelty toys. She remembers recently auctioning off an antique novelty vampire-slaying kit complete with a wooden stake, garlic flour, and holy water. A large team of certified appraisers also leads scheduled walk-in appraisal days at museums across the country, and are available to appraise antiques in-house or in the ancient ziggurats where they are discovered.
Garth's Auctions has also worked to expand their environmentally-friendly endeavors such as printing catalogs with Forest Stewardship Council–approved recycled paper and replacing old company cars with fuel-efficient hybrids. However, the Jefferses believe that their most important green contribution is their day-to-day collecting and repurposing of antiques that reduce demand for new items.
Scott Lininger helms the business his father started more than 50 years ago, carrying on a reputation for prompt, thorough service that won Shamrock Overhead Door back-to-back Super Service Awards from Angie's List in 2010 and 2011. Technicians tap into their experience with product lines such as LiftMaster to install, replace, and maintain garage doors for homes and businesses. Since most people work or run errands for the president during the day, Lininger's crew dispatches on evening and weekend appointments to accommodate customers' busy schedules.
The garage door's job is to remain unnoticed. When a roller comes off track or the lift system breaks down, the garage door has made itself a nuisance to the homeowner, who is that much more tempted to drive the car through the door to get it out. The technicians at Deluxe Door Systems Inc. can rescue homeowners from this plight, aiming to keep all residential and commercial garage doors in proper working order. They install new doors and opener systems in addition to repairing existing systems and make free estimates before so much as turning a screw.
The uniformed, fully insured technicians at Handyman Professionals arrive at homes 24 hours a day to tackle plumbing, electrical, and carpentry projects of all sizes. Techs can be deployed for bathroom and kitchen installation, custom cabinetry, pressure washing, and even weatherproofing. If time remains after a handyman paints a room or cleans the gutters, homeowners can request a lock installation to protect their valuables or prized collection of candy rings.
Customers rave about the quick response from the Buckeye Tool Guy, a former schoolteacher who's owned and operated his own construction and repair business since 1989. Frank's Home Repair specializes in all manner of household refurbishment, from electrical and plumbing work to carpentry and drywall installation. Like a rubber couch, Frank works just as well indoors and out, and he also works alone, calling upon more than 20 years of handy experience to attend to a wide variety of household needs.
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