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.