New auction house opens in Hillcrest

Glenn McConaughy, a former railroad engineer, is enjoying his new retirement occupation of holding auctions every Saturday at the former Ruritan bingo hall on Route 45 near Wellsville. (Submitted photo)

WELLSVILLE — Hillcrest Auction is the area’s newest auction house and service.

Glenn McConaughy, a railroad retiree who acted on a long-standing interest in auctioneering, purchased a former Ruritan hall on Route 45 outside of Wellsville, and began holding weekly Saturday auctions there on May 12.

McConaughy accepts consignments of all types for the 5 p.m. auction and also hosts an 8 a.m. flea market on the grounds every Saturday, with vendors invited to set up their tables for free at the present time.

The auctioneer said he’s having great fun at his second career, enjoying the interaction with bidders while doing his best to provide good buys for them and fair prices for consigned items. The auctions have been drawing near-capacity crowds of 75-80 attendees, he said.

McConaughy is assisted by six or seven helpers during auctions. A concession offers sandwiches, snacks, drinks and coffee.

“I will accept for consignment nearly anything a person wants to have sold, including household furnishings and goods, appliances, estates, produce, flowering plants, vegetable sets and even some animals,” said McConaughy.

He may be contacted at 330-420-5763. The auction house is located at 1142 Hillcrest Road, a mile northwest of Wellsville, top of the hill on Route 45. Hillcrest Auctions has a listing on the auction website

McConaughy, an East Liverpool resident, retired as an engineer in 2016 after 39 years with Conrail/Norfolk Southern Railway. He trained that same year at K&M Auctioneer School in Coshocton, then apprenticed under auctioneers Dan Gallagher of North Jackson and Mike Hanlon of East Liverpool. McConaughy is licensed through the State of Ohio. He is bonded and available to do on-site estate and other liquidation auctions.