More Than 500 Bidders Participate in North Country Auction Sale

Wed November 19, 2014 - Northeast Edition

Charlie Ames (L), salesman, directs a bid on a loader at the beginning of the Oct. 18 event.
Charlie Ames (L), salesman, directs a bid on a loader at the beginning of the Oct. 18 event.
Charlie Ames (L), salesman, directs a bid on a loader at the beginning of the Oct. 18 event. Steve Scott of G & G Fuel, Randolph, Mass., looks at a Mack truck. Staff members keep track of online bids from the United States, Canada, the Middle East, South America and Africa. Lawrence J. Spellman III (L), owner of North Country Auctions, works the phone at the auction. Charlie Ames directs the bids on an early lot of items. More than 500 bidders attend the sale. Ronnie Gamache (L) and Ryan Gamache and the Joyce family of Middleboro, Mass., inspect this John Deere tractor. Chris Couture, owner of C. Couture General Contracting of South Dartmouth, Mass., lifts his son Kane Couture to get a better view of this 1989 Caterpillar IT18B. Ben (L) and his son, Henry Doliber, of Lakes Region Paving in Wolfesboro, N.H., get a better view of the auction action from atop this paver. Mike Lambert and his daughters, Desiree and Gabriele of Spencer, Mass., enjoy their day at the auction. North Country Auctions’ inventory included an offering of classic cars.

More than 500 bidders, from all over the United States and Canada and 112 more online from as far away as the Middle East, South America and Nigeria, bid on a vast array of heavy iron equipment, excavators, large trucks, classic cars and more at North Country Auctions’s Oct. 18 event in Wrentham, Mass.

More than 800 lots were up for bid, from the largest Caterpillar excavators and Mack Trucks to rows of small oil filters.

“We saw really strong prices today, better than I thought,” said Lawrence J. Spellman III, owner of North Country Auctions. “The sales of the snow time equipment, the loaders, the excavators surprised me, given the time of year, before winter. The numbers were higher than I thought.”

Based in West Ossipee, N.H., North Country Auctions has sale sites in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. The Oct. 18 event drew hundreds to the company’s Wrentham, Mass., site at 591 Washington St. (Rte. 1) a stone’s throw from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, where the New England Patriots play.

The auction included the liquidation of all the trucks and equipment of BKT Trucking, Ayer, Mass., the surplus liquidation of a major petroleum company, quality consignments from local contractors and area dealers, like Richard’s Automotive that was shutting its comprehensive automobile shop after 30 years.

“The clean stuff is really nice. We had so much of it,” said Spellman. “The classic cars; we had a really nice line up.”

Spellman’s company, which he purchased in 2008, is expanding rapidly south of his headquarters in New Hampshire, especially in Massachusetts.

“We are really growing our southeastern market,” said Spellman. “We’ve seen strong, strong growth in Massachusetts, my home state.”

Spellman is a native of Dighton, Mass.

“We have a good group of bidders, here and online,” said Spellman.

“As technology continues to expand, it expands for every business, including our auction business,” said Spellman. “The technology allows people to get pictures and information about each item instantly to potential bidders anywhere they are, bidders who cannot be here in person.”

Spellman wanted to give special thanks to his staff, including his sales team, Jen Hurd, Ryan Bryson, Brian LeBrock, Bob Young and Charlie Ames and others.

“I have a very dedicated staff at North Country,” said Spellman.”

For more information on North County Auctions, call 603-539-5322 or visit