In 1967, my parents Leighton and Kathryn Evans started Green Valley, holding the first auction on a spring Friday night in the old bank barn on the family farm. My father had grown up stacking hay and walking across the beams of this 100+ year old barn; now he was transforming it into an auction barn. The granary quickly became the office, the big mow (hayloft) was set up for display and the main bay was reserved for customers to set up their chairs. A quick phone call to our neighbor, who farmed the land (today his son farms it), and plans were made. We would simply pen the cows up in another field and folks could park in the pasture. For the next 15 years we chased cows every Friday morning before an auction.
In 1971, my parents added the Green Valley Book Fair. Once again the old barn was put to use as homemade tables were filled with used books. As the Book Fair grew, new books were added and soon the mangers in the basement of the barn were removed to make room for shelves of books.
1985 was a landmark year for me as I graduated high school and purchased a share of Green Valley Auction. We also built our first modern building on the farm - complete with indoor plumbing (until then porta-potties were provided). This 8,000 square foot building was shared between auction and Book Fair until 1997, when we opened our current 22,000 square foot auction house.
In 2009 I became the sole owner of Green Valley Auctions and started Green Valley Moving as well. As I reflect on all of the changes and growth that have taken place over the years, I’m also reminded of all of the similarities. What started as a family business is still a family business. My four sons work summers and auctions just like I used to and my wife Elizabeth works alongside me year round. I am truly blessed to be able to call Green Valley home.
Green Valley Auctions & Green Valley Moving
The mission of Green Valley Auctions and Green Valley Moving is to serve God, bringing honor and glory to Him; to serve our customers, respecting them as ourselves and putting their interests above our own; to serve our employees, providing an environment in which they can grow professionally and personally; and to serve our community, having a positive impact on our neighbors.
When Green Valley Auctions was started in 1967 by my parents, Leighton and Kathryn Evans, my father’s goal was simple: to provide for his family and be his own boss. He saw a need (a place to hold auctions indoors) in the community; he looked at his resources (he had a barn); and Green Valley was born with the first auction taking place only a few months after a bouncing baby auctioneer, named Greg (I was really cute) was born. I grew up working in the family business. Friday nights weren’t about football, they were about auctions. It was obvious at a young age that the business was in my blood. I would sneak into my sister’s room and load her dollhouse furniture into my Tonka U-Haul truck.
Now in 2015 (six years after I became sole owner and added the moving division), Green Valley finally has a written mission statement. While my parents never had a formal mission statement, the unwritten rule was to be honest, treat people right and do the best job possible. As I watch my kids work in the business, I realize what an impact those unwritten rules had on my life. I pray that this written mission statement will have such an impact on my kids, my employees and beyond.
How did Dad’s simple three-part goal in 1967 turn out? 1) To fill a need in the community: in 2014 we registered 11,389 bidders, served 812 consignors and sold 64,052 separate lots. 2) To be his own boss: in 1972 he started the Green Valley Book Fair which quickly outgrew the auction. 3) To provide for his family: now closer to 45 families between all the businesses.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.
Green Valley Auctions is a state-of-the-art 22,500 square foot facility only two minutes east of I- 81. This major north-south highway boasts a daily traffic count of over 35,000. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Green Valley is only two hours from Washington D. C. and Richmond, Virginia.
The handicapped accessible facility features three smoke-free galleries with security cameras, a separate lobby housing computerized registration and check out, loading docks and acres of lighted parking.
Two miles east of Mt. Crawford between Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia. I-81 Exit 240, turn east on Route 682 (Friedens Church Road), go 1.5 miles to Route 681 (South Whitesel Church Road). Signs are posted. Directions.