COVID-19 Complications Forces Bodnar's Auctions to Sell Lots Online

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Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during a fundraising auction for Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during ... Credits: Keith Muccilli
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Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during a fundraising auction for Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during ... Credits: Keith Muccilli
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Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during a fundraising auction for Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during ... Credits: Keith Muccilli
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Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during a fundraising auction for Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during ... Credits: Keith Muccilli
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Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during a fundraising auction for Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Auctioneer Joe Bodnar works the crowd at Trump's National Golf Course in Bedminster Feb. 29 during ... Credits: Keith Muccilli
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EDISON, NJ - :Like so many businesses caught in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bodnar's Auctions has been forced to readjust and adapt to the circumstances.

There will be an auction tomorrow, as scheduled, but things will be a bit different.

For good reason.

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Bodnar's has to comply with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order banning large gatherings to minimize social contact in an effort to hamper the spread of COVID-19. The live auction is usually attended by 300-400 bidders.

Another good reason is that The New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Raritan Center - where Joe Bodnar usually conducts his auctions - has been taken over the by state and transformed into a 500-bed field hospital to treat the expected overflow of patients from hospitals filled with CVID-19 patients.

Murphy, Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) and other officials and reporters toured the facility on Wednesday afternoon - normally the time Bodnar and his staff would be setting up for the 12-14 hour auction and holding a sales preview.

But the show will go on, starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m..

"In the auction profession the show must go on," Bodnar said, noting that for the past 27 years he's been in business, he's never canceled an auction due to weather, natural disaster or anything else.

Bodnar's solution was to turn to the Internet and hold the auction online, which he plans to do as long as needed.

The online sale of 372 lots features the contents of an estate including Hummel figurines, Longaberger baskets, dolls and other collectibles. The items are set up in his home, filling the living room, dining room and all available space to be viewed individually on camera as the sale moves along.

Bodnar and his staff of auctioneers will be featured on camera.

“I will miss the interaction with my client base for I love to entertain and stay social, however this is the right thing to do until this war is won,” he said. “I am grateful we have the capabilities to offer the auction in this manner and still try to be an asset to the community.”

Bodnar’s is also using the Internet to make virtual house calls utilizing technology with Face Time evaluations and estimates done with photos through email.

“These tools are working so when we reopen to go out in the public, we can stay In front of the rush of phone calls; I expect to hit like a tidal wave," Bodnar said..

Full details can be found at www.bodnarsauction.com  where you can register for the online auction before or during the sale.

Bodnar explains the process, and how winners can retrieve what they have purchased in a YouTube video:  . 

Bidding will be online using several different platforms, with shipping options - immediate in-person pick-up, or Bodnar will hold on to the item after the state eases restrictions.

The next scheduled dales are April 23, featuring an estate collection of Star Wars, actions figures, Barbie dolls and other quality toys and May 14, which will feature a quality estate packed with Art Pottery, Art Glass and fine antiques.  Full details can be found at www.bodnarsauction.com  

Full details can be found at www.bodnarsauction.com  where you can register for the online auction before or during the sale.

Bodnar explains the process, and how winners can retrieve what they have purchased in a YouTube video:  . 

"The sale will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday,  April 9, 2020. We start with item number one and go in order to the end of the sale. At that time if you left bids prior to the sale the platform will bid for you. You can also bid live during the sale and watch the sale live," Bodnar said..

"Once the sale is over, we invoice you and arrange shipping or pick up. We are handling most shipping in house so you don’t have to find a third-party shipper. If you want to pick it up you can. We will hold your items until the travel ban is lifted free of charge.

"So Basically register, bid, win and have fun, Bodnar said.