Business Spotlight: Enlisted Auctions

Posted: April 24, 2012

Josh Puffenbarger auctions for Enlisted Auctions, as clerk Carol Histand tracks sales. The Stuarts Draft company will hold tailgate sales once a month at the Bridgewater Lawn Party grounds. (Photo by courtesy)

Most people have heard of a tailgate party. But have you heard of a tailgate sale?

Enlisted Auctions will hold tailgate sales on the last Saturday of every month through October at the Bridgewater Lawn Party grounds, at 8 a.m. Registration for sellers begins at 6 a.m.

Sellers can haul their items in the trunks of their vehicles, says auctioneer Josh Puffenbarger, and set up at designated lots.

Most people bring tables to display their goods.

“It might make it worth a little more value if you set it up… eye appeal is always pleasing,” he said. “But some have literally sold off the back of a truck.”

Puffenbarger, of Mount Solon, said Enlisted Auctions, out of Stuarts Draft, is a family-run business owned by Ben Yoder.
In February 2011, Yoder started a monthly auction the second Tuesday at Augusta Expo in Fishersville. The first auction had three sellers and 30 registered buyers. But by October, there were more than 200 in attendance, with 22 sellers and 150 registered buyers.

“That’s incredible for a weekday sale. And the quality of items is just tremendous,” Puffenbarger said.

The Expo sale has developed a good reputation, he said, and brings in many professional buyers who make purchases for antique shops. Items often sell between $100 and $200, he said.. “We’re hoping to do as well in Bridgewater.”

There is no fee to set up in a 20-by-20 foot lot. Sellers will take designated lots in numerical order as they register. An auctioneer will start with the first lot, progressing through each one.
Commission rates apply on a graduating scale, Puffenbarger said, with the higher the dollar value, the less the commission. Sellers can also pre-register to have items advertised and pictured online.

Since the auction is outside, inclement weather postpones the sale until the following month.

“It’s a judgment call. If it’s pouring down rain, there won’t be a sale,” Puffenbarger said. “But a light rain, we do sell. I’ve sold in rain more than once.”

For more information, visit or call 337-3446 or Josh Puffenbarger at 421-5007.









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