Auctions: What I Should Sell & How Does it Work?

How Do Auctions Work for the Seller?

When selling your items at an auction, you should expect one of four things to happen: your items will be sold for what you expected, for more than you expected, for less than you expected, or they might not sell at all. When you take your items to an auction house that not only boasts a vast collection of items, but that markets your specific type of item — that’s how you increase your chances of a great sale. 

Bodnar’s Auction is the largest, most trusted auction house throughout NJ. When sellers come to us with their beloved vintage, classic, or antique items, they can rest assured that they’re valuables are in the right hands and expect a fantastic outcome in their favor.

What You Should Consider Selling at an Auction

One of the most exciting parts about going to an antique auction house in NJ is watching others place value on your items that you personally may not have deemed valuable. Rather than gathering old or unwanted items, like games, furniture, clothing, or jewelry, and tossing them away, take them to a local auction. Collectors travel from near and far to get their hands on an antique rarity — and you may just have one sitting in your closet. Don’t let your precious items collect dust; bring them to Bodnar’s Auction. 

Sometimes antiques pile up from getting passed down from past generations; however, once stored away, they don’t always get a second glance. Whether you’re looking to sell items or buy them, here are five types of valuable antiques and items to look out for.

Early Asian Antiques

Artwork and antiques created in Asian countries do very well at auctions. Pieces from artisans that have designed Samurai swords, wooden furniture, military items from WWII, and pop culture collectibles are all sought-after. 

Mid-20th Century Furnishings 

As you sort through your classic gems, look out for mid-century furnishings that have a modern, futuristic design for its time. Collectors gravitate towards these pieces and are often willing to pay a reasonable price for them, too. 

Paintings by Listed Artists

Rare paintings turn up when you least expect it. If you have one laying around your home, you may not be sure what to do with it. At Bodnar’s Auction, our professional auctioneers are experts in determining the authenticity and value of early paintings. Antique paintings often turn up during estate sales, which is where many buyers show interest. 

1960’s Toys & Collectibles

If you’ve been holding onto toys and other collectibles, you could be sitting on something quite valuable. Over time, toys and comic books become extremely valuable and are one of the primary sellers at Bodnar’s Auction. 

Art Deco Design Furnishings

Art deco designs are very unique; they’re often crafted from solid oak and straight lines. They are known for their eye-catching geometric shapes and designs. For its time, art deco furniture had a very streamlined finish, making it valuable to this day.

If you’re unsure whether or not you’ve been holding on to a piece of significant value, visit one of our upcoming auctions to get an appraisal. Our local auctions in NJ host a wide range of pieces and works from various time periods, so you’ll be sure to get the deal you’re looking for. 

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I’m happy with everything Joe and Janet did, you were both informative and were very helpful with the questions I had being that I was never in that position before. Janet’s response time was also positive for me. It was interesting to watch the auction live. I thought you did an amazing job and had a nice banter back and forth. You seem to be a good team! Thank you for all your hard work and making this difficult time of letting  my deceased father’s collectibles go an easy experience.

Kim F.

I would like to thank you for including me in your online sale.
Everything from none contact drop off, to none contact pick up, was handled with the outmost professionalism.
I appreciated your clear communication after the sale with a printout and an explanation of when I’ll receive my check.
Overall I was very please with the prices my jewelry achieved, some lot  went for less then I expected, others went for more, it’s all in the average.

Thank you very much

Michal F.

I come to your auctions often. You and your staff are great. Your change to an online auction on 4/9 is just another testament to your fine character and being thoughtful of others. The items are great no doubt, but a big reason I keep coming back is due to the culture you have created. Thank you. Art

Art F.

Thank You Joe! We Had a Very Good Experience With Your Team! 8/15/19

Carry G.

Sold in July 18, 2019 sale and Overall Pleased!

Frank D.

I received the proceeds from the Auction and wanted to again thank you and your team.  Everything went so smoothly and you all did such a great job from start to finish.This was an overwhelming experience for me and you made everything so easy.  I have been recommending you to everyone!

Thank you again for helping me; your kindness was very much appreciated.

Debbie B

Five Stars!

Samuel P.

Great deals and great company

Armand P.

Love this service! Great deals if you know what to look for!

Anthony D.

As I said once before, Wonderful People Work here. Thanks too all for your constant help. One Huge Look Auction!

Michael L.

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