Faces of Arkansas: The Face of Auctions, Blackmon Auctions


Blackmon Auctions, a third-generation, family-owned, specialty auction company is celebrating its 83th year in business.


“I’d like to say that there isn’t any situation you can throw at us that we haven’t seen, but the auction business is always shocking,” says Thomas Blackmon, president of Blackmon Auctions. “I seem to learn something new everyday.” 


Blackmon Auctions is unique, as its specialty is still on-site live auctions with internet bidding.


“Many auction companies have gone to online-only auctions but I think they are missing what makes an auction exciting, and that is the live bidding energy and competition,” Blackmon says. 


The successful auction company has done business in all of the lower 48 states. But Blackmon says that his success is due in part to getting back up when you fall down.


“My first auction I booked was a disaster. It was bad on multiple levels. After the auction was finished, my dad and I got in the car for the long drive back to Arkansas from Alabama,” Blackmon recalls. “First thing he asked me was if I learned anything. I told him that I had learned a lot about what not to do next time. He said, ‘Good, let’s go to Dairy Queen.’ He always believed that failure was the greatest motivator to do better next time. I constantly fall down but learn what not to do next time. The greatest lessons are the ones that cost you the most.”


Blackmon has proved over the decades that his business can withstand any challenges thrown its way, as well as the test of time.


Blackmon Auctions  – 501-352-4702  blackmonauctions.com