Generic started his estate sale business in 1991 with the passing of his mother. 24 years ago, estate companies only liquidated large, important estates and James was forced to sell his mother's estate himself. He realized that there was a need in Oklahoma City for someone to handle smaller sales, and his estate business was born, followed by an antique store, James Bean Antiques, located at 4207 N. Western.
Susan started in the antiques field working for his father at age 6. Brian started by learning restoration and helped with buying and selling and as a kid, practically lived at different auction houses. Brian continued dabbling in selling antiques as a way to pay for college and in 1995 worked for a large antique mall selling and assisting with liquidating estates. In 1997, he partnered with James Bean to expand their antiques business to Dallas and Houston, and expanding their estate liquidation business. In January 1999, they opened Western Avenue Antique Mall located at 5219 N. Western.
In 2002, James and Brian sold their antique mall to devote their time to liquidating estates. James passed away in a house fire on January 2, 2005. After rescuing two friends from the house fire, he went back to rescue two dogs he was fostering in his home, and was, ultimately, overcome by smoke inhalation.
Brian Benson and the rest of the crew have committed to continue the company James founded, and to keep the name of James Bean alive. More information about James may be found on the James Bean Memorial Page.