668 Beaver Dam Road
Keswick, VA 22947
Phone: 434 -296-7906
The great James Scott Mayberry, Senior, who founded Mayberry Auctions in Southern West Virginia nearly 50 years ago is Jim's Uncle. Jim is his namesake and grew up watching his Uncle grow his now famous auctioneering business. "I think auctioneering got in my blood," says Jim.
Jim loves an old fashioned, on-site, under the tent, country auction. "Country auctions are much more than just auctions," says Jim. "They are social events." Jim's auction company is one of the last in his area to conduct on-site auction sales. Jim also likes the mystery & excitement surrounding a good storage locker sale. "The Buyers are different at the storage locker sales," say Jim. "They come for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and sometimes it's there!"
Jim's immigrant ancestor came from England to Virginia in the early 1600s and is buried at New Kent Parish. Jim's love of history, particularly Virginia history, ties in nicely with his auction business which often takes him to old and historic properties.
After graduation from Concord University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Jim had an eclectic career culminating in the founding of the Woodbine Herb Company, Inc. which he ran for 20 years. But eventually, the "gavel" called and jim began his auctioneering career with the founding of Elmore Auctioneering & Appraisal LLC. "I could not have jumped in to this business without the support and help from my wife Jan who is my true partner in this adventure and does all the really hard work," says Jim. Jim & Jan's children, son Seth & daughter Genevieve, grew up in the business and still help out when they can. (They can do any job assigned!)
On the sideline, Jim & Jan love horses. Jan is a lifelong Equestrian and Jim grew up on a horse & cattle farm where he received his first horse at age 4. "We love the outdoors," says Jan, an avid gardner in her spare time. "Jim & I are country people at heart, and we love the rural Virginia lifestyle."
Jim & Jan also share a passion for English sports cars. Jim's first car was a 1959 TR3 and, ironically, Jan learned to drive in her father's 1963 TR3.