A new NJCEC staple in April the Gem & Mineral Show is running Apr 11 2014 until Apr 13 2014. Attractions will include: Fine Mineral & Gem Gallery, Dinosaur skeletons, UV mineral room, Wholesale-Only area, etc. Also exhibiting is The Minerals & Fossil of NY/NJ!
Hours: Friday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
$8 Entry, Ages 5-12 are $3, under 5 years old are Free, Good for all 3 Days
For more information go to http://www.ny-nj-gemshow.com/
Experience Indian art, culture and heritage, ethnic food, and shopping at wholesale rates at India Fair!
Bodnar’s Auction Sales relocates
to New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison
Central New Jersey’s largest auctioneer is going, going – and will be gone from their current location in Franklin Township, moving to a new and more expansive home at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison.
Bodnar’s Auction Sales inaugural sale at the new location in the Raritan Center industrial complex will be Thursday, April 24 beginning at 10 a.m. Previews are Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. the day of the sale.
The auctioneer has been stockpiling a wide variety high-quality antiques from four major collections for the first-ever sale at the new location. The collections include high end antiques and collectibles, Victorian jewelry, English and period American furniture, cut glass and 19th century decorative arts and more than 1,000 toys from all generations.
The final sale at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Franklin, will be April 10.
The two weeks in between will be a busy time for Bodnar and his crew as they prepare for the inaugural sale at the new site in Raritan Center, located at the intersection of several major interstates and state highways – the New jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Routes 1, 9, 35 and Route 287 and Route 440.
Just a few minutes ride from the Outerbridge Crossing and adjacent to the campus of Middlesex County Community College off Woodbridge Avenue, the centralized location was one of the main reasons Bodnar chose to relocate.
Helping to welcome Bodnar to the new venue will be Somerset Patriots’ mascot “Sparkee” and race car driver Chuckle Stones who competes at New Egypt Speedway in the Fast Track Crate 1 Sportsmen Division. Stones is overall track champion and was voted No. 1 newcomer in 2013. Bodnar has signed on as a sponsor with Chuckle Stones Motorsports. The race car will be on display.
The Convention & Exposition Center, a premiere location for trade shows, antiques and crafts shows, exhibitions and large-scale events moves the auction closer to those New York customers who cross the river into New Jersey each month for Bodnar’s wide-ranging sale.
The auction format features a “five-ring circus” of multiple auctions within the auction – antiques, collectibles, household items, furniture, toys, comic books, vintage and costume jewelry, coins, paper ephemera and the contents of entire households, with more than 6,000 lots being sold at each sale by a team of veteran auctioneers.
Bodnar will fine tune and streamline the format at the new location.
“We’re looking to have better customer service for sellers and buyers,” he explained. “Instead of running a five-ring auction, we’re going to try to contain the sales, rein it in so every sale is not going on during the main auction event which begins later in the afternoon.
“We’ll weed out some of the lower-end merchandise and stick to better quality merchandise, cut out the garage sale stuff from coming through the door,” he added.
The larger space will enable Bodnar to isolate each of the preliminary auctions leading up to the main sale.
“No longer will there be two sales in the same room simultaneously,” Bodnar said. “That can be daunting for the buyer; sometimes the auctioneers interrupt one another. What we plan to do is take each auction ring and contain it to its own separate room so they won’t be competing against each other.”
Whether it’s a fine piece of Victorian jewelry, a rusted weather vane or a vintage movie poster, a good auctioneer will goad, cajole and humor their audience to raise their paddles and bid higher and higher, looking for more, more, more.
More is what Bodnar will have at the new location – more space to display items, more room to load and unload merchandise before and after the sale and more parking for bidders.
Bodnar had also run out of room at the Ukrainian Center, an 8,000 square foot hall.
“Right off the bat, we’re going to more than triple our size, upwards of 30,000 square feet if needed,” Bodnar said.
Another plus for Bodnar’s crew and consignors is the availability of 14 bays at the loading dock providing plenty of room for unloading merchandise that is transported from Bodnar’s warehouse and brought to the auction by consignors.
The Edison site will also provide more parking with spots for 1,800 cars.
Bodnar has come a long way since conducting his first auction as a teenager in a Bound Brook parking lot in 1996, moving to the East Brunswick Elks’ Lodge for several years before relocating to the Ukrainian Center in 2002.
He has been honored twice in the past five years as the reigning Bid Calling Champion by the New Jersey Association of Auctioneers. Bodnar and his monthly auction sales are featured regularly on two cable television shows, “The Toy Hunter” on the Travel Channel and on “Comic Book Men” on AMC.
The schedule for Bodnar’s monthly sales at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center follows: April 24; May 29; June 19; July 17; Aug. 21; Sept. 25; Oct. 30; Nov. 20; Dec. 11. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available at the on-site cafeteria.
Consignors are able to drop off merchandise on the Tuesday prior to each sales from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
The New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center is located at 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ, 08837. Further information is available on the website, http://www.Bodnarsauction.com or by calling (866) 349-7378.
New Brunswick Kennel Club is here at the NJCEC this week. Dog breeds from Pugs to Mastiffs are being shown.
For times and details about when dogs are being shown go to nbkc.org.
No outside dogs allowed, you must be registered
The 22nd annual Super Billiards Expo is at the NJCEC this year. This show runs from March 12th – March 16th . From 8 am – 6 am every day and 8 am – 5 pm on Sunday.
Come to the expo to browse from the latest and greatest in the billiards industry. Among the sea of merchandise, you’ll also find the exciting Amateur Players Championship series, the TAP League Rally event, and three different professional events.
For all vendor, ticket and tournament information go to http://superbilliardsexpo.com/
25th Annual New Jersey Home Show & Interior Design Expo. Those attending Home Show Expo can expect to see all types of solutions for your home. Over 500 exhibits featuring state-of-the-art products and services for inside and outside your home.
March 7-9 Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
More information http://www.homeshowexpo.com/
Kidzsinment is one of the most fun events we have. You can get everything for your child, from cloths to strollers, from Transformers to Barbie’s, this is the place to go. And it is FREE!!!
Hours: Friday – 9:00am – 7:00pm (Strollers are OK).
Half Price Sale (items not marked NO Discount) Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (1/2 off most items)
The New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo is brought to you by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and features hundreds of boats on sale at affordable prices from the top dealers in the state. The show also features a huge boater’s market with all the boating accessories and boating services you need, plus activities for the kids and for the adults boating and fishing seminars.
This show has something for every age and interest with hundreds of new boats on sale from the top dealers in the state representing boating’s most popular brands. Attendees will be able to board and shop over 50 different boat brands and models of all sizes. The show also has an expansive Boater’s Marketplace full of boating products, accessories, services; FREE Seminars & Boating Safety Classes and the Kids Cove with activities for the little boaters and much more.
Admission $6 (16 & under are free)
Thursday & Friday 12-8pm
The annual Flower show is moving in (Last years photos above).
Need your landscape designed & built but don’t know where to turn? At the NJ Flower & Garden Show, you can expect rivers of color and fragrance in beautiful display gardens, sit in on seminars and see fabulous display gardens, & shop in the Garden Marketplace.
Hours: Thur Feb 13: 1-8pm. Fri Feb 14 10am-8pm, Sat Feb 15: 10am-8pm. Sun Feb 16: 10am-6pm
Admission: Adults $15, kids 12-17: $6 11&under: Free Seniors (65+): $10
Your pets deserve a day out. They have to have cabin fever just like you so get out to the Pet show this weekend, where pets on leashes are welcome!
Pet Show Hours: 2/7 Fri: 4-9pm. 2/8 Sat: 10am-7pm. 2/9 Sun: 10-5pm
for more information http://www.superpetexpo.com
And the inaugural Marriage Equality Wedding Expo will be in the building on Sunday February 9th from 1 pm – 4 pm. 68 wedding businesses will be displaying at the event. Every imaginable wedding good and service will be represented including: Hotels, Caterers, Reception Sites, Tented Weddings and Yachts over 25 different locations to hold a wedding, plus unlimited options with off premise caterers.
For more information go to http://www.americanbride.com/
Country Folk Art and Spa are at the NJCEC
Country Folk Art Event hours: 1-24 Fri; 5-9pm. 1-25 Sat; 10am-5pm. 1-26 Sun; 10am-4pm.
Admission: $8 for more information go to http://www.countryfolkart.com
Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout Expo Event hours: 1-24 Fri; 2pm-8pm, 1-25 Sat; 10am-8pm, 1-26 Sun; 10am-5pm