Danny’s Auction back in action

Danny’s Auction back in action

A Danny’s Auction event back in 2016. Foster’s famous auction house is back, but there will not be livestock auctions as seen above.

FOSTER – After closing its doors more than two years ago when former owner Danny Calise died, Danny’s Auction is back in business and holding its first public auction this Saturday, Sept. 14.

Dennis and Jennifer Goldberger partnered up with Calise’s daughter and her spouse, Lori and David Mihaldies, to bring the old auction house, located at 150 Danielson Pike, back to life.

The Goldbergers operate Gold Star Auto Sales in Johnston and were looking for a change of pace. With the help of Dennis’ business partner, Rick Santilli, the group decided to reopen Danny’s Auction.

The Goldbergers said they decided to keep the name Danny’s in memory of Danny Calise, and also because their son is named Danny.

“We saw a vision, and we went for it,” Dennis said.

With Lori Mihaldies having experience working in the auction, and the Goldbergers’ experience in car sales, the match was perfect, Jennifer Goldberger said.

Danny’s Auction holds auto auctions every Thursday at 2 p.m. that are restricted to registered car dealers. Danny’s has held six private auto auctions since reopening.

“It all just kind of worked out,” Jennifer said.

Saturday’s public auction begins at 11 a.m.

The new owners are looking to hold most of the same auctions that Calise had in the past including cars, food, lawn and garden, and Christmas sales. Dennis Goldberger said car auctions last around two hours, but other auctions can last between four and five hours.

“He did everything, really,” Jennifer said of Calise.

The Goldbergers will continue to hold food auctions, where overstocked goods from large markets are auctioned off, springtime lawn and garden sales, and the Christmas auctions.

“We want to fill up that auction barn as best we can with all the items the public wants,” Jennifer said.

She said the Christmas auctions have a cult following in Foster. She said all of the couple’s family members have been to one of Danny’s auctions, but she and Dennis had not.

She said the public should come for the great deals and to enjoy raffles, food, and drinks.

Jennifer said as an animal lover, she could not bring herself to hold livestock auctions as was done in the past. She said there have been many calls from people looking for animals, but they will not be holding the sales.

“I’m a huge animal lover. We just couldn’t do it,” she said. “I can’t look at it knowing it’s going to slaughter,” she said.

Jennifer said they are working with the same auctioneer as Danny used, and will be able to hold many of the same sales. She said the next public auction after Saturday will be a food auction in October, though she does not have the date yet.

The Christmas auctions will be held on Nov. 9 and Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. She said in the past the Christmas auctions attracted some 300-400 people.

They said the community is already buzzing since seeing movement in the building, and they are excited to be able to finally let everyone come inside.

For the past nine months, the Goldbergers renovated the old building from floor to ceiling, creating a brand new space.

“We renovated the entire outside, inside. Everything from lights to paint, you name it,” said Jennifer. “It looks really good compared to what we walked into to what we have now. I think you’d be surprised to see it.”

Dennis and Jennifer Goldberger took over ownership of Danny’s Auction, 150 Danielson Pike, in Foster, for a change of pace from auto sales in Johnston. They said they kept the name in honor of the former owner and because their son is also named Danny at right.