When you walk through Downtown Lodi during the Street Faire next May or the Lodi Grape Festival in September, you’ll see all sorts of antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries. Vendors may have purchased some of those items on Sunday at Ogren’s Auction.
Sunday marked Ogren’s final major auction of the year, attracting more than 100 people to the warehouse on Sacramento Street that felt like an icebox. Others checked out Sunday’s auction on Ogren’s website and bid from the comfort of their home rather than in person.
“I’m here today because they have a lot of great stuff here,” Lodi resident Paula O’Keefe said. “Today’s a great day to buy Christmas presents.”
O’Keefe said some people, like herself, come to see if there’s something unusual they’d like in their home. But she said she sees Street Faire and Grape Festival vendors looking for merchandise.
Another potential shopper said she comes to Ogren’s Auction to find bargains to resell.
“We have a shop, and we’re here to pick up some items to sell in our shop,” said the woman, who declined to give her name. “We go to auctions all over the place.”
Others are pickier. They may not buy anything unless they find exactly what they want.
“I come occasionally to see what’s here,” Lodi resident Ron Westerman said. “One time, they had a German Lugar for sale. My wife looks for the glassware.”
As do a lot of people during Sunday auctions, the Westermans left Ogren’s shortly after 10 a.m. to attend church, then returned to the auction, which ended about 3 p.m.
Many customers do that on Sunday, owner Calvin Ogren said. Some will submit a written bid for an item before going to church. After worship, the customer will find out whether his or her bid was high enough to purchase the item.
Sunday was a special day, with Ogren family members preparing a free breakfast for anyone who came for the 10 a.m. auction. It doubled as an opportunity for regulars to mingle.
The old warehouse just north of Lodi Avenue was filled with furniture, paintings, Indian jewelry and a lot of historical items.
Ogren said he sold between $30,000 to $60,000 worth of merchandise on Sunday. The biggest-selling item was some gold and silver coins that went for $3,600, he said.
Some 100 people were seated in the ice-cold warehouse, while others had to stand. The items were pictured on three large-screen TVs for everyone to see.
Ogren, who runs the auction with his significant other, Denise Rinaldi, started the proceedings by saying, “Twenty dollars, who wants this ring right here?”
Buyers held what resembled a ping pong paddle
He ended up selling the ring for $50. Then it was on to the next item.
Ogren explained that auctioneers like himself talk a mile a minute when seeking bids because customers enjoy it.
“It gets them going,” Ogren said. “It makes them happy.”
Dan Bell is a newcomer to the auction. He met Ogren in November because he wanted to sell some items that his late grandfather owned. A storage locker at the family’s home near the Woodbridge Golf & Country Club contained about 500 items, ranging from an old German music box and military memorabilia.
Bell drove by Ogren’s, knocked on the door and talked to Ogren.
“It’s like a family,” Bell said. “I never met him before that. The most important thing is he is the most honest person I ever met.”
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