Trusted Auction & Appraisal Services For 20+ Years
Auction Services With a Personal Touch
Our business is based in Morgantown, WV and is family-owned and operated. Our team strives to provide each customer with personalized services. We are a small, dedicated team and unlike with larger companies, you will work directly with our head auctioneer and every member of our team. We are very community-oriented and give back through charity auctions for a number of local organizations. We get to know you and your situation before your auction and make it our goal to get you the most money for your property.
You can count on us for complete, comprehensive services. We are the entire package! We cannot only appraise and sell your items, but we provide roll-off dumpster rental services, and can help you clean out a home, tidy up a property, and prepare it for sale.
Putting Our Expertise to Work for You
When you choose Wade’s Auction Service, you can count on working with skilled appraisers and knowledgeable auctioneers. We have over two decades of practical experience in promoting auctions and our clients’ merchandise, as well as appraising antiques, fine art, and collectibles. We have a deep understanding of the marketplace and the current value of the items we sell. We place a lot of importance on creating awareness surrounding each auction, which ultimately results in successful sales.
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Meet Our Team
Thomas A. Wade
Thomas A. Wade is our lead auctioneer and appraiser, and he is devoted to customer service. He is licensed to sell personal property and real estate in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He is a long-standing member of the National Auctioneers Association and the West Virginia Auctioneers Association. Tom placed in the top three for many years in the West Virginia Auctioneer contest. In 2005, he won the Grand Champion Auctioneer Contest as the best bid caller in the state of West Virginia.
He graduated from Fairmont State College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in 1995. Thomas holds a designation of a certified general personal property appraiser (GPPA). He attended the Alderfer School of Appraisals in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He also holds the designation of certified estate specialist (CES) from the National Auctioneers Association.
Tom has conducted all types of auctions in diverse locations. He is experienced with auctions of all sizes, some generating revenues well over a million dollars. He has helped sell everything from rabbits to real estate, but he has a special place in his heart for cars, antiques, and business liquidation auctions.
Thomas (Tommy) Wade, a professional auctioneer, helps to raise the most money and ignite the excitement at his auctions or events. An all-around entertainer, he is lots of fun to see and hear. Tommy has worked with groups as few as two people, to as large as a sold-out crowd of hundreds.
A 2016 graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, North Carolina, Tommy won Best All Around in his graduating class. He is a rising star and one of the best up-and-coming auctioneers in the nation. He is a 2017 graduate of Morgantown High School, the home of the Mohigans.
Tommy was raised in the auction business, attending and working his father’s auctions since the age of one. He enjoys being active in the auction industry and is a true asset to the Wade’s Auction team, bringing the amazing art of bid calling. His open cry is the popular sales method that helps to provide for his family.
He is a student at Fairmont State University studying Business Administration and plans to graduate in 2021. He brings with him new and innovative ideas, and is expected to take Wade’s Auction to the next level as he continues to grow in the business.
Tommy is ready for hire for your next auction or event.
Carl Felosa, Jr.
Carl Felosa Jr. is a lifelong resident of Shinnston, WV. He provided for his wonderful family by “retiring” twice after a 40-year career as a coal miner for Consol Energy, including several supervisor/foreman positions. His aforementioned family includes his lovely wife of 50 years, Susan. The couple have two sons, Stephen C. (49) and Patsy J. (43). Patsy has two daughters, who are the apple of pap pap’s eye.
Carl Jr.’s interest in auctions began with his late father, Carl Sr., taking him and his older brother, Joseph Anthony, to stock and auction sales in their youngster days. J. Anthony would carry his passion a step further, as he became a certified auctioneer after a full career as a telecommunications specialist. J. Anthony served as Tom’s mentor.
In addition to serving as an auction setup and ringman, Carl Jr. worked as a meat cutter and on several construction jobs. As he was fueling America with coal, his other passion for rebuilding and selling cars would later fuel a business, Salvage Unlimited, Inc. This venture was also shared with his brother, J. Anthony.
Over the course of three decades, Carl Jr. would assist his brother with hundreds of estate auctions. After the passing of his brother in 2004, Carl Jr. continued his auction service and has worked with Wade’s Auction Service ever since.
In his spare time, Carl Jr. works as a meat cutter at Maple Valley Meat Market in Bridgeport and a doorman at Perine’s Funeral Home in Shinnston. Further, Carl Jr. enjoys hunting and fishing as hobbies.
Carl Jr. honors his Italian heritage as a board member and street organizer for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg. In his 20 years on the board, he has earned the title “Boardman of the Year” three times.
Ashlynn joined the Wade’s Auction team in 2018. Her responsibilities include preparing and serving food and drinks, registering and checking out customers, holding up items, cleaning the auction facility, as well as setting up and tearing down for events. She keeps you well-fed on auction night! Ashlynn has her food handler’s certification and certainly puts it to use! In addition to working with the team Ashlynn is currently studying at West Virginia University pursuing a degree in Agricultural and Extension Education. She enjoys farming her family’s homestead where she raises Purebred Hereford cattle.
Christine Wade is one of three auctioneers with Wade’s Auction & Appraisal Service. She works side by side with her husband, Thomas Wade; son, Tommy Wade; and daughter, Whitney Wade, to provide service to many customers. She and Thomas have worked together in the auction industry for 24 years.
Christine received a bachelor’s degree and master’s education from West Virginia University. She brings 18 years of supervisory experience in record keeping and database management at the federal and city government levels, and a positive approach to serving our customers in any way possible. She has had many opportunities to work with amazing people and impactful organizations. Her work often leaves her with feelings of gratitude, relief, joy, and accomplishment, and she believes the ability to produce positive results for her clients makes for memorable auctions.
Christine enjoys the competitive, high-energy atmosphere of the auctions. Her favorite place, however, is right beside her husband and children, giving them support as they diligently work to meet the needs of their customers and bring the highest value possible. She brings the positive art of change to the business, always looking for new ways to better our services while adapting to the changing needs of society.
She is always excited to partner with community-based charities and fundraisers, often offering services to churches, schools, and nonprofits. She sees it as a way of giving back. She appreciates that the entire family is able to directly impact the success of a fundraising event in a very immediate way. At the end of the day, it’s about bringing people together for a good cause. That’s hugely rewarding.
Whitney Wade, the youngest of the Wade’s Auction Service team, has grown up in the auction business and is now a strong contributor to a family of auctioneers. Whitney learned to become an auctioneer while working with her father from age one, packing and unpacking boxes, holding items up to be sold, greeting customers, and bringing a sense of youth to each auction. Whitney often visited livestock auctions with her mother and father, worked charity events, and accompanied her father to client meetings.
This early exposure helped to develop her love of the auction industry, and it soon became a foregone conclusion that she would opt for a degree dealing with people, auctioneering, and estates. With the help of her father, she graduated from the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in 2016, in High Point, North Carolina at the young age of 14. She has a genuine respect and love for people, bringing integrity and ethic to the team. She is currently a student studying business and plans to attend West Virginia University College of Law.
Being an auctioneer’s daughter encouraged her to love more than bid calling – she now wears many hats. She is a marketer, bid caller, humanitarian, realtor, problem solver, liquidator, and appraiser. She has a strong love of her community.
Whitney has always had an interest in supporting charitable events and auctions, holding her very first benefit auction at Suncrest Middle School as an eighth grade auctioneer. She works behind the scenes of the business with accounting and record keeping. Whitney helps with set-ups, pick-ups, advertising campaigns, kitchen management, and much more. Over the past 16 years, Whitney has already learned enough to progress towards becoming an ambassador in the industry and a leader to many.
Robert (Bob) Luke joined the Wade’s Auction team in 1999. The journey started because of his interest in antiques, crafts, and just enjoying attending auctions in general. During his time with Wade’s, Bob has done did it all. He worked in the office, on-site coordinating auction set-ups, bid-spotting on auction day, handling collections, and check-out. Bob’s experience in the special events industry, coordination, and attention to detail brings an added value to our clients.
Bob has always enjoyed attending auctions, and while attending one of our auctions years ago, he helped the staff hold up items. Tom asked Bob if he wanted to work for him at that point, and he has ever since. Estate auctions are his favorite, but he also enjoys working the numerous charity auctions that Wade’s has done over the years.
Bob has been married to his wife, Terri, for 18+ years. They have one son, Nicholas, who is 12. In addition to working with our team, Bob works full time at Sundale Nursing Home, where he has worked for 24 years. He was the food service director for 16 years and has served as the purchasing director at the facility for the last 8+ years.
Bob’s food service experience began in 1981 while he was working in restaurants and nursing homes. He became a certified dietary manager in 1991. He is a member of the West Virginia Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, and serves as the current secretary and newsletter editor. He is a past president of the organization.
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