COUNCIL BLUFFS — There will be live entertainment, food, pool tables, games, socializing.
Oh, yes, and an auction. Every week.
An auction house inside the Mall of the Bluffs, approved by the Council Bluffs City Council last winter, is ready to open.
The first auction will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the former Old Navy store. It will be run by Good Buys Full Service Auction House, based in Atlantic, Iowa.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., with the live entertainment at 5 p.m., followed by a three-hour auction, said Kerry Namanny, Good Buys co-owner with his brother, Ken. An auction will be held every Monday evening.
“We hope not to be just an auction house, but an attraction, a destination,” Namanny said.
There is no fee for admission or to register for bidding, he said.
The items to be auctioned are broken down into categories, including household items, antiques and sporting goods. Some of the miscellaneous items available Monday include a gun case, bull whips, musical records, a picnic table, commercial shelving, a vacuum cleaner, a bicycle, surfboards and a snowboard.
“We sell everything but junk,” Namanny said. “We'll have high-quality merchandise.”
Good Buys specializes in consignment, estate, commercial, real estate, auto and farm auctions, he said.
The auction space covers 20,000 square feet, Namanny said, and there will be seating for 75.
Off to one side will be a social area offering 10 tables for four, plus a pool table and video games in the back. Popcorn, donuts and beef jerky will be for sale.
Of course, people can always walk to the mall's food court and bring food back, he said. “A lot of people go to an auction to socialize and have food.”
Omaha country music singer Jason McGhay will be the grand opening entertainer. Namanny said they plan to showcase local entertainers.
For those who are unable to take their items home, Good Buys will deliver them for a fee, Namanny said. For those interested in auctioning off their items, they will also pick items up for a fee.
Rebecca Clarken is coordinating the event.
For more information, call 712-256-7300 or find a link with this story at Omaha.com.