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Thompson the driving force behind Briarbrook Auctions

November 15, 2011

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Some items are on display from an auction conducted by Briarbrook Auctions at the Varnum Memorial Armory.

EAST GREENWICH – Auctioneer Nanci Thompson won’t give her age.

“If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be described as circa 1960 mid-century modern,” she said.

Thompson, one of only two female auctioneers in Rhode Island, is the force behind Briarbrook Auctions, the East Greenwich-based house that operates from a local farm on Route 2.

The East Greenwich native and lifelong resident has been a licensed auctioneer for six years and Briarbrook Auction’s co-owner for two of those.

“I have been around antiques since I was a kid,” she added. “My family operated Briarbrook Farm for over 65 years, and, back in the early 1960s, we also had an antique shop that my Aunt Ruthie ran. My Dad was an auctioneer. I grew up playing in the shop.”

While Briarbrook Farm houses the office, the Varnum Memorial Armory at 6 Main Street has been the auction house’s base for the last two years. Auctions are held there on a monthly basis.

But this is only one nightly stop. Briarbrook has conducted on site auctions in several states, in places like Jamestown, at the home of a retired priest who was moving to Florida, and at a $6 million sprawling country estate in Hadlyme, Conn.

“I am on house calls seven days a week in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. We offer solutions for folks that are downsizing, dealing with the estate of a family member, or just looking to find some ‘cash in the attic’ in the current economic times,” said Thompson.

For more information pick up a copy of the East Greenwich Pendulum

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