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Ralph Buchheit has over 30 years of auction experience. He is a well known and respected local auctioneer with many ties to the Spokane community. He was co-owner of C&R auction from 1980 - 1983, and has been the featured auctioneer for several prominent local auction companies. He has also been the organizational consultant and main auctioneer for the Inland Northwest Car Club Scholarship Auction since its inception in 1995. Ralph has been the auctioneer of choice for the annual Spokane area Goodwill charity auctions since 1999, and has earned the Goodwill volunteer of the year award. Mr. Buchheit is very knowledgeable in many fields of antiques, with a personal interest in automotive and gasoline collectibles and related advertising, antique phonographs, early telephones, turn-of-the-century American furniture, and vintage hot rods. Leanne Nichols previously was co-owner of Post Falls Auction Center, the largest weekly consignment auction the Northern ID/Spokane WA area. After 5 1/2 years of managing a large volume facility, she sold the business which is now in operation under new ownership. Previous to that, she was co-owner of Northwest Internet Auctions, the first business in the area to accept local consignments to be sold on eBay. During the 2 years Northwest Internet was active, record prices were achieved for many unusual items that could have never realized such value in the local market. At the time, Northwest Internet Auctions was one of the top 100 sellers on eBay. Ms Nichols has been actively involved in the traditional auction business for over 30 years. While a teenager, she worked at horse and livestock auctions in Minnesota. In the early 1980s she managed the office at Western Auction where her father was co-owner and auctioneer. She was also a ring person at C&R auction in the early 80s , and went on the manage other local auctions in Spokane and Post Falls. She also owned an antique shop in Coeur d'Alene, and later became a major consigner in several of the area antique smalls. She has been an active eBay seller since August of 1996, with over 10,000 eBay transactions.
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