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PA auctioneer inducted into Hall of Fame

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    EXETER, PA (WNEP) — The Lewises are making room on the wall inside their auction hall for something special.

“I was inducted into the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame,” Linda Lewis said.

Linda’s family started Chuck’s Auction Service in Exeter in the 1970s. That’s where she started on the auction block.

“A lot of auctioneers go to auctioneer’s school. There’s various ones around the country. I really didn’t have time to do that, so one day they just said you got to get up there and sell, so I just got up and tried it and I was really nervous. Now it doesn’t really bother me to be up there,” Linda said.

Linda’s husband Jim is also in the hall of fame. Both are now part of 62 members. Linda is the second female to ever have the honor.

“I think it’s pretty amazing, actually, and humbling, too,” she said.

“It’s an honor, there’s no honor higher in the association than being inducted. In 2005 I had the honor of being inducted by my peers and actually, for the last year we had a great time keeping it a secret from Linda because it’s an anonymous ballot,” Jim Lewis said.

The Lewises say the business has changed a lot since the center opened 40 years ago, but they’re ready to face those challenges together

“Just like retail shopping and a lot of folks want to, as Corey advertises it, a bid from your bathtub if you want, and we just a couple months ago, just opened an online-only division where you can literally bid at 2 o’clock in the morning,” Jim said.

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