The Great Hoboken Auction (2009)

4/24/2009 Reminder:

Don’t forget, the great Hoboken Auction is tomorrow!

Lots of interesting things on the block – the most interesting to me – is the parking spot they’re auctioning off! See link below.


Saturday, April 25th!

The hottest ticket this spring is the annual Great Hoboken Auction to benefit the Hoboken Historical Museum, Saturday, April 25. This year, the event moves indoors, into the former Hollywood Video store in the Shipyard complex behind the Starbucks at 12th St. and Shipyard Lane. Doors open at 5:30 pm with a bargain-hunter’s paradise in the Silent Auction, which offers a diverse selection of antiques, collectibles, gift certificates and merchandise to suit every taste. Delicious sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase all evening. Admission is $10, free to children age 14 and under. More details are available at

The pace quickens at 7:30 pm when auctioneer Eugene Flinn, restaurateur of Amanda’s and Elysian Café fame, opens the Live Auction.
New items include:

  • A signed, painted rocking chair from folk artist Mose “T” Tolliver, whose work is collected by the Folk Art Museum and other connoisseurs of “outsider art”;
  • An original neoclassical brass desk from the Hoboken Bank for Savings building, which was built in 1929 on Washington St., across from City Hall. Includes the lighting fixture.
  • Music and sports events ticket packages, including tickets to U2’s 360 tour and a package of Yankees tickets.

“The People’s Auction”

The Museum’s auction is truly an event for everyone – it’s affordable, festive and full of unique experiences to bid on. Imagine sailing on the Hudson River on a 32-foot sloop, along with three of your friends, with a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. Fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a fireman: Bid on a chance to ride in this year’s Memorial Day Parade seated on a Hoboken Fire Truck.

The auction offers you a chance to commission a local artist to paint a portrait of your home or favorite Hoboken scene, or a professional children’s photographer to take a unique, artistic portrait of your kids. Lovers of Italian pastries can bid on a chance to have one of Giorgio’s master bakers come to your home and teach you how to make their treats. And for a truly Hoboken experience, bid on a private tour of one of Hoboken’s best-kept secrets, the Stevens Institute of Technology’s Davidson Laboratory, whose wave tank and talented professors have pioneered racing yacht design for generations.

The Museum welcomes additional donations of antique furniture, collectibles, and, of course, products and services from local businesses. The Great Hoboken Auction is a major fundraising event of the year, and it helps support the Museum’s exhibits, programs and publications. Because the HHM is a nonprofit organization, donations are tax-deductible, call the Museum at 201-656-2240, ext. 6. Volunteers are also needed, no experience necessary. For more information, email


The Annual “Great Hoboken Auction” is taking place over at the old Hollywood Video store (1203 Shipyard Lane) on Saturday, April 25th. Doors open at 5:30pm and the live auction begins at 7:30pm.

What is the Great Hoboken Auction all about? Well, Hoboken Historical Museum Trustee Sylvia Schwartz wrote a column all about it!

The Past is Ever Present

hoboken-historical-musuem-logo.gifBy Sylvia Schwartz

“With everyone looking for bargains these days, who knew that there was one right in your own backyard?

The Great Hoboken Auction is Saturday, April 25 and it’s just $10 at the door!

This event is one of the best entertainment values there is — especially with Eugene Flynn of Amanda’s Restaurant as its Master of Ceremony. This is also an important fundraiser for the Hoboken Historical Museum, so everything you bid on goes a long way to helping the Museum continue its great work.

What will you find at the Auction? While each year is different, here are few donations to think about as we continue to gather lots of special and one-of-a-kind items. Imagine sailing on the Hudson River on a 32’ sloop getting your own close-up view of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan along with three of your friends on board. Prefer to be closer to the water’s edge? Try kayaking with a seasoned guide in his two-man kayak that will have you feeling the waves you probably didn’t even know the Hudson had. Looking for something onshore? Why not celebrate this Memorial Day seated on a Hoboken Fire Truck for the best view in town.

(The Great Hoboken Auction, continued…)

Love art? Then we have that in spades. We have signed etchings, paintings, watercolors, historical prints and much more. Want a renowned artist to paint a portrait of your Hoboken home? We got it. Want a professional photographer to capture your children in a fresh, artistic way? Got that, too. Long to see art from the curator’s perspective? Let the American Folk Art Museum’s curator take you on private tour of their remarkable upcoming Kaleidoscope exhibition.

More interested in music than art? No problem. We have excellent tickets to the upcoming U2 360 Tour at Giant’s Stadium. Love Broadway theatre? Then snap up great seats to see Shrek and the Jersey Boys. Interesting in cooking? Treat yourself and your friends to homemade pastries baked right in your home from Giorgio’s Bakery. A Yankee fan? You’ll find seats just waiting for you. Got a threesome for golf looking for a forth who just happens to be a member of a prestigious Country Club? We have that, too.

What else do we have? What about a private tour of one of Hoboken’s best-kept secrets, the Davidson’s Laboratory? You can watch history in the making by seeing how the 1944 warship, the Vandenberg, will be sunk on May 15th to become an artificial reef in Key West. You’ll see what it will take to sink this warship properly by viewing a scale model of it in the giant Wave Tanks that have been used to test the designs of winning America’s Cup racing yachts, U.S. navy ships, and even the buoyancy of NASA’s Apollo flotation balloons. There are literally hundreds of unique items all waiting for your bid.

See what’s being auctioned off by going to

In year’s past, we’ve held the event under a large, circus-like tent in the Shipyard Park. This year, we’re taking our festive auction inside in what many still think of as the “old Hollywood Video” store at 1203 Shipyard Lane/1202 Hudson Street. The doors open at 5:30 pm, so you have time to see both the silent and live auction items. The live auction will start at 7:30 pm and if you’ve never seen Eugene Flynn in action then you’re in for a real treat.

You’ll also enjoy great food, drinks and music for a fun, social event that you’ll be talking about long after it’s over. So mark your calendar and check out the website. You’ll not only have a great time, you’ll be donating to a great cause — the Hoboken Historical Museum, an important institution that needs your support in order to continue it’s educational and cultural programs. Children are welcome and attend free. For questions about the event, just stop by the Museum or leave a message at 201.656.2240, option 6.

Museum: 1301 Hudson St.; open noon to 5 pm weekends, 2 to 7 pm Tues. through Thurs., and 1 to 5 pm Fridays;

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So I am sitting here thinking what a disaster my apartment is and how much crap I have and what to do with it and I see there is a gift certificate for Clutter be Gone…hmm