A well-attended, well advertised auction is by far the best way to determine fair market value. Tag sales, consignment shops, and antique dealers offer one person's opinion of the value. We are able to place the items in the proper auction, and let them be exposed to a number of dealers, as well as individuals that may be looking for items for their personal collection. Even in this age of buying online, people appreciate the personal connection of a live auction. Our auction house is one of the few that offers a live video feed during the internet portion of our auction.
Sam Schnaidt (Founder/President) grew up in a home of long time antique and automobile collectors. Sam started collecting at the age of 12, buying his first antique car at auction, a 1926 coupe, for $20.00. He collected antique toys as a teenager, many of which are on display at the auction house today. Sam and his wife, Heidi, have bought, sold, and collected antiques for almost 50 years. Sam graduated from Ohio University and Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1963.
Sam and Heidi were joined at Apple Tree by their son, David, in 1993. David filled Apple Tree with his great enthusiasm and expertise until he lost a brave battle with cancer in 2013.
Sam and Heidi's daughter, Debbie Schnaidt-Allen (Vice President) grew up going on antique buying trips that were thinly disguised as family vacations. She loves the warmth, patina, and history of antiques. She grew up with a grandmother that collected antique dolls, and loves that she still gets to, "play with dolls" at work. Debbie attended auction school in 1994, and has now assumed management and auctioneering duties at Apple Tree. Debbie has also implemented a new auction program. Debbie looks forward to growing the business for the next generations.
Sam and Debbie are both very involved in the daily operations of the business. Additionally, Apple Tree has developed a very professional group of dedicated associates. We are proud of our team, and the expertise that our associates provide throughout the auction process.
Spencer Johnson (Debbie's oldest son) joined our team in October 2017. He is taking classes through GIA to further his knowledge on jewelry. He is also currently serving his apprenticeship to become an auctioneer.
Lillie Leonard is our very competent office manager. Lillie also acts as our title clerk for all vehicle sales. Lillie is also responsible for the extensive paperwork required for all of our firearm transfers. Complete ATF compliance is absolutely essential and important to us at Apple Tree.
Kim Felts assists Lillie in keeping the front office running smoothly.
Meredith Brown (engaged to Spencer Johnson) is in charge of our social media advertising. She also helps with photographing and cataloging jewelry and other items.
Joanne Czinke, Susie Stuart, and Louise Yeakley head up our cataloging and research team. While very knowledgeable, they are also an exceptional research staff. They handle many aspects of both our antique and specialty auctions.
Larry Daniels, a gun collector and former gun-store operator, is always available to assist us with cataloging firearms.
Nicholas Cochran serves as our technical support here at Apple Tree. He is a licensed auctioneer and assist with auction duties. He keeps our programs running smoothly, resolves our technical issues, and ensures that we are informed and up-to-date on all technological advances.
Lue Rhinehart leads our very busy household auction crew. Lue, assisted by our hard working crew, is responsible for handling pick-ups for Apple Tree.
Our doll auctions have continued to be more and more successful over the past four years. This is due, in no small part, to Mark Harris. Our staff of Julie Harris, and Sandy Laszlo are kept busy sorting and cataloging the wide variety of dolls we receive for these auctions. All while Mark travels the country, ensuring that we receive some of the finest doll collections in the country. Mark Harris also serves as lead auctioneer for these events.