News-Antique.com - Aug 18,2010 - North Shore Auction at Rowley Flea Market on Todd's Farm
Auctions are known for being fairly unusual events, and there have been some pretty quirky ones in unexpected locations. Although an auction at a flea market is not something you'd expect to find,n Walt Kolenda feels it's a natural partnership.
Hence, an experimental "Flash Auction" being held on the grounds of the Todd's Farm Flea Market at 10am Sunday morning, August 22nd. (outdoors, next to the snack bar)
There will be an inspection from 8-10
The reason the event is being dubbed a "Flash Auction" is because it will be over in about 10 minutes! But don't worry, there will be plenty of content.
Rather than the average 200 or so individual items separated into lots you are likely to find at the average auction, this auction will mostly contain 10-15 multiple item lots.
There's a collection of marbles, a binder full of antique Victorian trade cards, a collection of postcards, a lot of costume jewelry, sterling silver, lots of DVDs, CDs and some surprises.
The public is welcome and there will be no registration process. To keep the auction simple, the only form of payment accepted is cash. Immediately after each lot is sold, the buyer will pay on the spot, and the next lot will be put on the block.
There's no buyer's premium.
The auction is being held by MA auctioneer, Walt Kolenda (lic#2621) who considers the auction kind of a test balloon. He first want's to see if an auction will work in a flea market, if so, he hopes to develop and expand the idea.
He approached the folks at Todd's Farm about the auction after getting the lay of the land for auction activity in the area. After a recent move to Gloucester, Kolenda quickly found that there are several good auctioneers in the immediate area who conduct high end auctions, but that no one services the "general antiques & collectibles" auction crowd.
His main goal is to spark the interest of dealers and others in the area whom would like to co-operate in future auctions.
What do you think? Would you like to see more auction activity in the area? If so, stop by Todd's Farm on Sunday morning, August 22nd to voice your enthusiasm.
The auctioneer says if the first flash auction is even moderately successful, he'll announce the date of another one, immediately at the end of this one.