J.A. Baker LLC is a company that appraises personal property and handles all aspects of estate and tag sales as well as comprehensive liquidation services. The jobs we handle daily vary in scope and nature. We have handled the complete liquidation of a 23,000 square foot residential estate. We were called upon to sell a rare book collection that numbered more than 6,500 volumes. And we are very often the expert that families turn to after the death of a loved one leaves a home filled with possessions acquired over a lifetime. It is our goal to approach each of these jobs with the same level of expertise, care and competence you deserve. We are confident we can meet all your needs and exceed your expectations.
Founded by Jeff Baker, an executive with extensive retail, production, development, management and sales experience, J.A. Baker LLC has built a reputation for dependable and honest service.
Jeff Baker is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and meets the Qualified Appraiser requirements of the IRS. He is an accomplished Executive with over 17 years experience in the furniture and antiques business working for some of central Ohio’s most visionary and successful furniture and home goods retail organizations.
Baker is a past President of Global Living where he was responsible for all aspects of this “start-up” retail operation, including company vision, domestic and international purchasing, sales, marketing, staff management, client contact and development. By the close of the second full year of operations, Baker was responsible for doubling original sales projections.
Baker also served as Divisional Merchandise Manager for American Signature, Inc. where he was responsible for the product development of several of the company’s most profitable furniture lines.
Baker’s keen eye for identifying and valuing property also comes from his experience as an owner of an Antique Import Business that he founded in 1994. Along with sourcing containers from Europe, Baker maintained a seven-thousand foot warehouse space to house and store antiques.
Baker’s proven track record of identifying and developing market trends, strategic thinking and problem solving is key to J.A. Baker LLC’s continued success. This varied and expert business acumen was recognized in 2004 with Business First’s 40 Under 40 Award.
Along with being an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and meeting the Qualified Appraiser requirements of the IRS, Baker is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and as an Appraiser of Fine Art.
Elizabeth J. Taylor brings background knowledge of fine art, design, marketing, and account executive experience to J. A. Baker LLC. She holds a BA in Art History from Skidmore College and spent four years working at Grand Central Art Galleries and Hirschl & Adler Galleries in New York City. For the past 11 years, she was Marketing Manager at Priority Designs, an internationally recognized industrial design firm in Columbus, Ohio, where she developed and implemented the company’s marketing plans and coordinated new business development. At J.A. Baker LLC, she assists with Fine Art appraisals and estate sales.
Allyssa Hixenbaugh started collecting art and antiques at a very early age. Before coming to JABakerLLC she worked for nine years at the Grandview Mercantile eventually as General Manager. The Mercantile is a 20,000 sq. ft. antique marketplace located in the Short North Arts District of Columbus. With her Mercantile experience, she has knowledge or is familiar with just about every category of antique or collectible imaginable. Allyssa is also a Design Consultant at the LeVeque Tower assisting with the interior revitalization of this beloved Columbus Landmark. She holds a BA from The Ohio State University in Art History and is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers.
Japheth Patrick is multi-talented! He is a master with Visual Merchandising and with his expertise; we have added “Home Staging” to our services. Japheth grew up surrounded by antiques and was interested in them at an early age. His grandparents were antique dealers and had a shop in northern Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS concentrating in Residential Interior Design. He has been a manager at retail stores and also a local antiques shop. Presently, he is working on his ISA Accreditation. Who knew hanging chairs from the ceilings would come in handy for our sales at Bexley Square.
Johnny Hixenbaugh is a lifelong collector and an instrumental JA Baker Project Manager. He focuses on the preparation, staging and organization of JA Baker “on-site” estate sales. But as a jack-of-all-trades; you can also find him assisting on personal property appraisals, hanging artwork at our “home base”, or doing general maintenance around the shop. Johnny is a cheerful addition to our staff, with a ready-for-anything attitude, and is a favorite amongst our regular shoppers.
Lane Rothchild is a past President of the Little Garden Club of Columbus and presently serves as an Associate Member. This organization has supported Franklin Park Conservatory, Dawes Arboretum, Inniswood Metro Garden, Chadwick Arboretum and other public gardens around Central Ohio. The organization also promotes conservation of natural resources, better horticultural practices and civic beauty. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, Rothchild also serves an Associate member of the Franklin Park Conservatory Women’s Board. At J.A. Baker LLC, she assists with estate sales and serves as an assistant for appraisals.
Anne Young Gerlach assists with many facets of services provided by JABakerLLC. She is instrumental in preparing, staging and organizing estate sales “on-site”. She also assists with property appraisals. A lifelong Columbus resident, her previous background includes: banking, retail sales of home furnishings and decor, and commercial real estate brokerage experience. She graduated with a BA in History from Kenyon College.