Auctioneer joins local firm in Oskaloosa
by Dennis Sharkey
Auctioneer Jay Knopp moved his family to Oskaloosa three years ago for a better life. Now he’s getting to enjoy it.
Knopp had every intention of working locally but quickly found himself back on the road as he had been for more than 30 years as an auctioneer.
He has auctioned off many items including cars but has spent most of his professional career auctioning real estate.
“If it’s been sold in the auction business I’ve sold it,” he said.
Knopp has spent most of his time on the road at auctions, usually about four days a week. However, he has signed on to be an associate of local auctioneer Bill Fair and auctioned his first property on Saturday in Lawrence.
“I actually get to see my family now,” Knopp said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Knopp moved his family from Atwood about three years ago. Atwood is about 50 miles east of the Colorado border. He has two sons ages 14 and 11. He said the local schools were the biggest reason for moving here.
“We love the small community,” he said. “And the schools are great.”
Knopp said the location of Oskaloosa was also attractive. He said his family loves making short trips to Topeka to watch the Roadrunners hockey team and to Kansas City to see his beloved Chiefs.
Both of Knopp’s sons are already following in their father’s footsteps and have picked up the microphone to auctioneer. He started at the age of 12 and three of his four brothers are auctioneers. He said he was thrown into the fire one day when the regular auctioneer was sick.
“I was scared to death,” Knopp said.
His parents operated a livestock market where he got started in the business. He said auctioneering is a skill that is constantly worked on but he has a lot more confidence after nearly 35 years.
“It’s a skill that you hone,” he said. “Nowadays I know it’s going to sell, it’s just how much will it bring.”
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