Route 32, Showtime Join Forces

Merger brings together two prominent auction companies, and a new field of antiques and collectibles to the public.
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Kevin and Jill Parker of Route 32 Auctions, Crawfordsville, Ind.

Kevin and Jill Parker of Route 32 Auctions, Crawfordsville, Ind.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – A new and vast field of antiques and collectibles is opening to collectors, with the merger of Route 32 Auctions and Showtime Auctions.

Kevin and Jill Parker, owners of Route 32 Auctions in Crawfordsville, Ind. recently announced the purchase of Showtime Auctions in Ann Arbor, Mich., from Mike and Lori Eckles. 

The Parkers started Route 32 Auctions in 2017 and have concentrated mostly on petroliana, automobilia, soda advertising and collectibles. They also recently purchased the Indy Antique Advertising Show, which is held in May and September at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ind. This is also in conjunction with Gateway Gas, which is held in Springfield, Ill., in February.

The Parkers said they are excited to have the Eckles merge with the Route 32 team and continue their work in the auction industry. Mike Eckles has over 50 years of auction experience, while Lori Eckles brings exceptional customer service that was utilized during her 10 years of owning two Wendy’s franchises before joining Mike in the auction business in 2004.

Mike and Lori Eckles of Showtime, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mike and Lori Eckles of Showtime, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Eckles have held two premier auctions a year, representing over 150 categories of antiques and collectibles. 

“Teaming up with the Parkers is a dream-come-true for us. It will allow us to have many more auctions each year, which will accommodate all of our collector friends and acquaintances,” said Mike Eckles.

The first auction under this new merger will be held on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Route 32 Auctions facility in Crawfordsville. This will be followed up by a November auction on Nov. 20 and 21. The 2021 auction schedule is also looking to be busier than ever before, with auctions being projected monthly.

For more information, contact either Kevin Parker at kevin@route32auctions.com or 765-307-7119; or Mike Eckles at mike@showtimeauctions.com or 951-453-2415.

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