Berlin auction house plans move to Southington

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SOUTHINGTON — A family-owned auction house plans to move from Berlin to a new location in Southington.

Nest Egg Auctions started in Meriden and moved to its current Berlin location at 4 Rod Road six years ago.

The owners include Ryan Brechlin, his mother, Mary Ellen Brechlin, and Tom Selmont.

Nest Egg owners are looking to move their company to 172 Wonx Spring Road, an industrial building with a glass-domed entrance visible from Interstate 84.

Ryan Brechlin said it will be used for warehousing merchandise and holding live auctions.

The company is currently leasing space in Berlin.

The agreement to buy the Wonx Spring Road property is contingent on town approval.

“It’s time to own a building,” Ryan Brechlin said. “We’re proud and happy to be building owners.”

From high volume to valuables

Nest Egg started with estate sales and an auction house that moved large lots of items. With the move to Berlin, the owners began to specialize in more valuable items.

“Nest egg now focuses on specific areas,” Ryan Brechlin said. “We do a lot with estate jewelry, coin collections, silver vintage watches, fine art.”

Buyers are more interested in those high-value items and it allows owners to spend more time describing and photographing individual items “rather than selling big boxes of stuff from estates.”

“It’s very hard to ship a dining room set,” Ryan Brechlin said.

The company has many customers in the Meriden and Southington area.

Live and online auctions

Nest Egg was restricted to online auctions only for the past year and a half. Several weeks ago, the company started its live auctions again.

If approved and bought, the Southington location will allow for live auctions.

Since there’s a retail component to the business, Nest Egg needs approval for a site plan, according to Dave Lavallee, the town’s acting planner. The Planning and Zoning Commission heard the proposal at its meeting last week and allowed Lavallee to approve it once it met the town’s regulations.

“If there was not a retail component it would just be a zoning permit,” Lavallee said. “It has not been signed off on yet.”

Ryan Brechlin said there are still approvals needed, such as approval from the fire marshal.

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