WAVERLY – The name is now slightly different, but it is still pretty much going, going, gone as usual every Tuesday at the Community Building in Waverly.
The weekly consignment auctions that have become a tradition in Waverly are under new management.
Bill and Bernie Frohner of Wahoo ran the consignment auctions for many, many years as Main Street Auctions. Tyler and Kelly Sudik of Wahoo have taken over the business and call it Main Street Sales.
Kelly said they wanted to keep the name similar because everything is pretty much continuing like it was.
Tyler, who grew up a neighbor to the Frohners, has been helping to auctioneer at the Tuesday evening sales when needed for several years. Kelly started helping out with business end of the sales earlier this year,
“Bernie had been doing it herself the last year because of Bill’s health,” she said. “It was just getting to be too much for her.”
That’s when the Sudiks, who already owned the livestock sales barn in Wahoo, decided they could try to take over the business and keep the tradition in Waverly going.
Kelly said it’s been fun getting to know the people who attend the auction. Many of them have been coming for years.
“The people who come to the auction – it’s just like family. They all know each other. They bring their chairs. It gives them something to do, even if it’s just sitting and chatting about the weather,” she said.
It’s been fun for her to get to know the regular sellers too. Staring at 8 a.m. Tuesday, people can start dropping off their merchandise to sell.
Kelly said there are designated, marked areas and sellers just need to come tell her what they brought and where it is located.
On an average week over the cooler part of the year, there can be anywhere between 10 and 20 consigners a week. Now that the weather is warmer and a portion of the sale can be held outside in the parking lot that number can rise upwards to 30 or more.
“Most of the people will bring a load or two. It’s a lot of local people,” she said.
But the auctions bring people – both sellers and buyers – from outside of Waverly too. Kelly said there is usually a good mix of people from different communities who attend every week.
Those who do come regularly will notice Bernie is still attending too.
“She’s been such a big, big help,” Kelly said. “When Bernie’s there and if there is an issue, she is on it.”
Most of the Main Street Auction employees are now working for Main Street Sales. Kelly said that has really helped the transition.
It helped those who grab a meal or a snack on Tuesday as well. Kathy Drews of Yutan will continue to provide the concession stand. And, her husband, Ron Drews, will continue to work with absentee bidders.
Kelly said absentee bidding is becoming more popular. People can come browse before the sale starts at 5 p.m. and leave a bid. Ron Drews, or whoever is handling those bids for the evening, will then put in their bids when the item comes up for sale.
“With people’s busy schedules, we are starting to do more of that,” she added.
With the Sudiks’ own busy schedules, there has been one small change made to the auctions.
The Frohners usually opted to only run one auction line at a time. The Sudiks have added a second line for the bigger consignment auctions.
Even with two auctioneers selling on a recent sale, Kelly said she still left Waverly after midnight.
“That makes for a really long day,” she added.
Despite the long days, the Sudiks are finding the work enjoyable.
“It just kind of fit,” Kelly said about the decision to take over the weekly auctions from the Frohners.
But, it’s not only the sale’s organization that gives her some pleasure. Some items will put a bidder number in her hand too. Some outdoor planters and benches came through in recent weeks that caught her eye.
Auctions, Kelly said, can be addictive.
“It’s something about bidding. Winning can be fun,” she added.