If the Redding brothers hit the hammer at the first auction at the Bonaville Event Center, they will do so from the same auction as their father when the Redding Auction Service opened in 1974.
Like items for sale, a podium with a wooden frame has once again become useful in the hands of another.
“We’re moving part of the past into the future,” Pat Reading said.
Auctioneers Pat and his brother Doug Redding will get their first chance to showcase their new facility at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they will hold the grand opening of the auction at 12 Elm Ave., located in Bonoville.
Trailers full of inventory lay for up to a year, waiting to be auctioned off with a strong crowd after the pandemic. Bidders returned in full after an inventory of their belongings during the pandemic, Pat said.
“COVID has resumed auction fever,” he said. “We are dealing with people we have not seen for five or eight years. They are buying again at auctions. “
It is expected that the brothers will put up for auction coins, jewelry, carnival glass, furniture and antiques, more than 150 people are expected. Items are available for on-site inspection starting today, Tuesday, December 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can visit the website, www.reddingauction.comfor the auction schedule or to view items for sale.
He said the new auction house is no more than 15 minutes from the Gettysburg and Hanover districts, which is ideal for local traffic.
Redding’s auction service, located at 1085 Table Rock Road, will continue to specialize in arms auctions, for which the company has received nationwide recognition, Pat said.
The Bonneauville Events Center will be the company’s new venue for the sale of specialty items as well as antiques, household and goods auctions.
The facility, once a banquet hall for firefighters, and more recently the Social Hall of the Little Everett, is 10,000 square feet with an exhibition hall of 6,000 square feet and a large multifunctional kitchen.
Formerly used for special events, the Reading family is working on ways to continue using the facility for this service as well. However, external catering services will be needed.
“When we first bought the facility, people called because they used it for weddings and Christmas parties,” Pat said. “We want this facility to remain part of the Banovil community.”
The new facility allows potential customers more first-hand access to items that will soon be put up for auction. This provides more storage space for items purchased at real estate sales, which is 90 percent of the business, Pat said. It will also make it easier for staff to prepare items for shipment, Pat said.
The new facility is the latest adaptation Reddings has made to stay relevant in an era gradually online. Buyers now have the option of betting online, over the phone or through a part-time bet, instead of being in place, he said. The family business also refuses to charge a premium from the buyer, Doug said, adding that the company makes all its money on the seller’s commission.
Readings now uses print, social media and online advertising to drive traffic to the company’s website, which hosts information and photo galleries related to goods for sale.
Another site, www.auctionzip.com, helps potential customers learn how to find items that will soon be put up for auction, within a certain radius. Although many goods come from Pennsylvania and surrounding states, customers from across the country are involved in the sales, he said.
“We make sales seven days a week,” he said. “Even Sunday sales.”