- Last Updated on 01:38 PM 08/23/12
- BY Tiffany Hudson
No regrets. That’s what Lavonne Maiorano of Alton is saying after starting her new business Redilian Auctions LLC in Boydton.
Maiorano worked in accounting and bookkeeping for 25 years including working for J. Harman Saunders Construction, Virginia Carolina Paving and as an auditor during the eight-year construction phase of Hyco Power Plant.
“I wanted to venture off with a career that had more people interaction, where I could go outdoors, and I wouldn’t be sitting inside in front of a desk all day,” said Maiorano.
“I have no regrets at all. I’m ready to take this as far as it’ll go,” she added.
The new business owner attended Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, N.C. to become a licensed auctioneer. The intense course consisted of nine days training.
She and her husband, John, co-own the new business, and they are available to do consignments, business liquidations, estates and real estates.
“John has been very supportive and encouraging,” she added.
The two decided to venture into the new business when they realized there wasn’t an auction outlet to buy or sell at auction in the area, naming the business Redilian Auctions, a representation of herself and her husband.
They wanted to give the local area including Halifax and Mecklenburg counties an outlet for buying and selling good vintage collectibles and household items in their regular bi-weekly sales.
The Maioranos hold an “antiques only sale” every few months for higher end antiques.
Once deciding about what they wanted to do, Maiorano began looking for a location, and although South Boston was her first choice, Boydton was the ultimate decision.
“It all worked out. We came across the building in Boydton and come to find out that that building was originally used for auctions years ago,” said Maiorano.
After only being open for a couple months Mariorano, husband John and the staff are busy taking in items -- anywhere from 10 to 300 items at a time for auction. The Redilian will take one item on consignment or an entire estate, and they are currently positioning themselves to purchase estates.
According to Maiorano, the staff consists of Kara Floan, assistant manager; Kasey Cole, clerk; Mikey Ginther, lead ring man; Chelsea Burch, ring lady; Cheryl Fuller, cashier; and Kathy McDowell, smalls clerk.
Items include antiques, furniture, vintage collectibles and household items and even some donated items from Prestwould Plantation.
“This morning we had someone drop off an oak sideboard, a beautiful piece of furniture, with carved winged lions, just a fabulous piece of furniture. It’s a buffet that goes in the dinning room with huge columns and mirrors,” said Maiorano.
Maiorano’s favorite part of the business so far is being able to talk with the people.
“I can talk for 30 minutes with a total stranger,” she added.
However, she admits she doesn’t love the amount of time the business, or the start up of the business, has taken her away from her family. Meeting with clients and inventory alone is a very time consuming process, she explained.
Beginning the day at 10 a.m., sellers start trickling in with their items where they are sorted by lot numbers for inventory and wait for auction day, until the process begins all over again the next day.
Currently, the Maioranos are conducting auctions in-house at Redilian Auctions LLC in Boydton but hope to branch out eventually. Merchandise is currently brought in by appointment only; however, pick up and delivery is available.
Maiorano recently met an older couple in the Boydton area that wished to sell off several items and use the funds for a cross-country trip.
“I would love to help them achieve that,” said Maiorano who adds, every day is met with something new and exciting.
“I want our business to be world reknowned one day,” concluded Maiorano.
The next antiques only auction will be Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at Redilian Auctions LLC, 14659 Hwy. 58 in Boydton, and the next miscellaneous consignment sale is Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. Items to be sold at the auction can be seen online at auctionzip.com
For more information, call Lavonne Maiorano at 434-738-3540.