EJ’s Auction & Consignment Sells 16th Century Statue
Arizona’s First Big Box Retail Auction Facility Now Offers Online Bidding for Furniture, Jewelry, Collectibles and more
GLENDALE (March 12, 2014) – In only its fifth auction since opening in a new 30,000-square-foot facility, EJ’s Auction & Consignment sold a circa 16th century carved marble statue for $17,500 to a buyer in the U.K. The statue originally came from the estate of a Thatcher woman who had fled France with all of her belongs during World War II because she was Jewish.
“This particular piece had nearly a dozen international phone bidders competing for it as well as more than 100 bidders within the United States,” said Erik Hoyer, owner of EJ’S Auction & Consignment. “The amount of interest in this piece as well as several others we have had in the last few weeks has been very strong.”
As Arizona’s first Big Box retail auction facility, EJ’s has been averaging 500 attendees on auction days and recently began offering online bidding for its “Bid Find” auctions of furniture, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Patrons visiting EJ’s experience a unique retail environment featuring three distinct sections. The front of the building houses estate furniture, fine art and other high-quality pieces in EJ’s “First Call” retail consignment store, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturdays, the central and rear sections of the building are transformed to conduct simultaneous live auctions. The “Bid Find” live auction in the building’s center features estate furniture, jewelry and collectibles. The “Crate Find” live auction in the rear of the building features box lots, tools, appliances as well as larger items that are housed in train-sized shipping containers. Both live auctions include hundreds of items up for bid beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Demand for services have grown so much, EJ’s is preparing to expand its business exponentially in the next 24 to 36 months with additional locations either under construction or in the planning stages.
“We are opening another facility in the Phoenix metropolitan area within the next two months and we’re also looking at Denver or Las Vegas following the launch of our second location,” says Hoyer. “My vision for EJ’s is simple: to create the first retail Box Box auction facility that attracts more of the retail buyer similar to a buyer going to Costco or IKEA — except we’re conducting auctions.”
EJ’s Auction & Consignment is located at 5880 W. Bell Road, Ste. B, on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road in Glendale. For more information, call (623) 878-2003 or visit www.ejsauction.com.
Sue Kern-Fleischer, Olson Communications, (602) 810-1404 cell
Erik Hoyer, EJ’s Auction & Consignment, (623) 878-2003