About Us

Established in 1986 as one of Ontario's leading Auction companies, owned and operated by Barb and Krista Richards.  At our initial consultation we will provide you with information personalized for your specific situation.  You may choose any one of the services that we offer.  We have helped many first time committees, chairs, executives of various charities perform their duties.  From our initial consultation, we can make it easy and more profitable for your fundraising efforts.


Barb is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for outstanding service in her community.
She is a two time World Champion Women's Auctioneer and has been the Ontario Champion (Women's Division) as well. Her other awards include the Barrie Business Woman for 2009, and Star award from Grace United Church – the first time ever given outside of the church membership.

Barb is the President of A Touch of Class Auction & Appraisal Service serving all of Simcoe County, Ontario and Internationally as well. 
Barb is founder of the Canadian Auction College held in Barrie every February and August.

Barb is a charter graduate of the Institute of Canadian Certified Auctioneers, The Certified Personal Property Appraisers Group of Canada and the Certified Appraisers Guild of America.  She is also a member of the Ontario Auctioneers Association (Past President/Board of Directors), the New York State Auctioneers Association (NYSAA) and the National Auctioneers Association (USA). 

Barb has been an auctioneer and appraiser since 1986 and has been involved with many fundraising and charitable events throughout her career.  Recognizing a need to service our seniors and their families, Barb has started a new charity called Senior Wish – making dreams come true for seniors – because you are ever too old to make a wish!

She is also the founder of Legends and Legacy a group of women who assist charities and non profits to raise money while honouring women in our community.


Krista Richards is a Professional Auctioneer for A Touch of Class Auction & Appraisal Service, since the early 1990's.  Marketing and promotion are Krista's forte and she uses her skills for dramatic and immediate results within A Touch of Class. 

Krista is also an instructor at the Canadian Auction College, sharing her administrative knowledge of auctions and her auction voice with a new generation of auctioneers.

Krista served as President for the Auctioneers Association of Ontario (2009), and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association.  Krista is a graduate of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and the Certified Personal Property Appraisers Group of Canada using her skills as an appraiser for A Touch of Class, providing professional reports for all types of appraisals.  Krista is also a graduate of the Institute of Canadian Certified Auctioneers Institute.  Krista strongly believes in education, and is a graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) held at Indiana University, this is the highest designation you can achieve as an auctioneer.
Krista is a winner of the World Championship Women's Auctioneer and the New York State Auctioneers Association Women's Division Championship.
Krista provides auction consultation to various local charities, and is a proud and active Lady Shriner. 


We have additional members of our team including:
Jeff Walters
Michael "Hoss" Bertrand
& More



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