Wills Auctions: Antiques, General Auctions, Onsite, Appraisals, Valuations, Online Sales, Real Estate Sales.
Open from 10am Wednesday to Saturday
53 Rutherford St, Nelson
My name is Jes, my husband is Lenny (he’s the hat guy) and the kids are James, Libby, and Anna, these you’ll no doubt see running around the auction at full tilt every Saturday. Originally I’m from the UK, came to NZ in my early twenties and totally loved this beautiful slice of heaven lived in a few places across the country, eventually settled in Christchurch 15 or so years ago where I met Lenny. He’s from Dunedin originally, moved around a little bit with his family who owned antique stores up and down the South Island. After we married 10 years ago we decided to open our own antique/ second-hand store, we started in our garage and quickly grew to three warehouses and several staff. After all the shaky business and a lot of snow in Chch a few years back, we decided that it was time for us to head north and find some sunshine. Nelson was a town we’d always loved and because of its sheer awesomeness and family vibe, it was a bit of no-brainer. We packed the family in the truck 4 years ago and haven’t looked back.
Our first 3 years in Nelson were a fabulous mix of sunshine, beaches, new friends and new jobs. I finished my teaching degree and worked all over the place and still do. Lenny opted for a bit of a change and decided to return to real estate. Last year a friend of Lenny’s managed to persuade him to go to the auction to help him out, he quickly remembered how much he’d enjoyed the thrill and buzz of the auction. We had a think about how we can somehow amalgamate all of the things we enjoyed doing into one big thing.. and here we are, we have our own Auction House, we sell houses and sometimes teach your children.