Estate Sale Marks End of a Bethel Artist's Era

The last of Noel Edwards' work -- along with other works from the naturalist's collection -- is being liquidated at his Greenwood Ave. Consignart shop, which will close forever Friday.


It's been a nearly 3-year process, but on Saturday, artist and art collector Noel Edwards will finally leave the building.

Edwards, who died on March 19, 2010, was a science teacher, naturalist and member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Audubon Society. A resident of Redding, he co-owned and operated Consignart, an art and antique shop at 226 Greenwood Ave.

Much of his work focused on nature -- specifically birds.

"Noel Edwards developed an interest and love for birds while going to college," said his artist's statement. Some of his most notable work focused on bald eagles. He would spend hours, according to his artists' statement, searching for wintering eagles, watching them and observing their habits. The Consignart space is full of the fruits of these labors -- see the photos above. 

That statement was written while he was still alive. Since his 2010 death, Consignart has technically been closed since then, and liquidation agent Charles Noe has manned the site. The estate sale runs through Friday. On Saturday, Noe will have select guests over for a private reception, then lock the door and leave Consignart to the ages.

Ann February 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM
I'll believe the closing when I see it! This has been the longest liquidation "sale" I've ever seen. Notice that the statement that was written while he was still alive mentions the estate sale runs through Friday. Will that be the date or is there going to be another "last week"?
CA - CT ANTIQUES- AUCTIONS & ESTATE SALES February 28, 2013 at 02:09 PM
The Liquidation of Consignart is a Very Sad End to a Bethel Business where people could go and talk spend time just looking around maybe buy something . The Store will be missed by many a person .
Doug February 28, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Much better to get on with having another vacant store front. They can liquidate forever as far as I'm concerend.
Ann February 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM
The point is it's dishonest. Charles advertises in Craig's List as a private garage sale when it's a store. He lists items for sale as a private seller. He brings in people from all over that are expecting an estate sale and who end up at a high priced store. Most know what he's up to now but it's not fair to mislead people, especially out of towners who might take it as a negative about Bethel. On top of all this, he reviews the store himself (both on Craig's List and in here as another party). See below where he says "the store will be missed by many a person" That's his opinion -- CA - CT Antiques & Auctioneering (see sign out front). It is true, it's sad stores can't make a go of it in this town but we don't need dishonesty to bring people in.
summer March 01, 2013 at 02:37 AM
The Gentlemen (Charles) who liquidated The Consignart Store he did a great job. Since the owner died it was no longer a business or store . The gentlmen (Charles) had every right to advertise it as and Estate / Garage Sale as that is what had become. I had been in the liquidation many times and nothing was what I would call over priced. I found Charles to be hard working and above all honest person. I watched him explain and even demonstrate how something worked. To his credit (Charles ) had taken on a liquidation that not many in the area could have been able to do . Once you have all the facts you can see why this has taken the course and taken so long . This was not a mom and pop single family home situation .
Ann March 01, 2013 at 01:19 PM
He was open 5 days a week on a regular basis for years -- I think that would classify it as a store (in fact, he was open much more than Noel ever was). Just saying, I hope the notification in this ad that this is the last weekend is true. I just don't like dealing with people who make up stories. Noel was a lovely man and I miss him in town. Hopefully, he will finally be able to rest in peace.
Doug March 01, 2013 at 01:41 PM
As long as he isn't changing the price he listed things at it doesn't matter to me. If someone is interested in an item at a price, who cares if it is at a store or in an attic? Noel passed away, his items are being sold. That is an estate sale in my mind. He had a huge collection stashed in many buildings, that's a big estate, therefore a big estate sale. Maybe taking longer becuase the prices are a high (I don't know) or because his items are not your run of the mill items.
Dave Gesualdi March 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Noel and his store will be greatly missed by me! I think Charles did a great job handling the liquidation. Noel was a prolific collector in the best sense. He assembled an amazing collection of antiques, memorabilia and artwork. Taken as a whole, the sum of all this eclectic mix produced an artistic statement unto itself. Noel was a terrific artist, and one of his greatest artistic achievements may have been this assemblage of amazing objects. I say this because I have learned how many of the objects really need the environment of the store and the collection as a whole to remain vital. I have bought several objects and have been amazed how when taken out of the context of the store and other objects contained there, they seemed interesting, but somehow not as powerful. Critics of the liquidation sale and Charles should understand that on the property there were several barns and apartments used as storage for the shop. These also had to be emptied and the contents sold. I am very happy to have known Noel, and very happy to now own some of the objects from his amazing collection. Dave Gesualdi
summer March 02, 2013 at 04:16 AM
This was a liquidation and what does it matter to you how many days it was or was not open . The job was more than the average person in this area could handle . Seems to me you are the one making up stories . Maybe you have to much time on your hands and need to go get a job . Stop sticking your nose where it does not belong . You should spend time working and not moving around from pillar to post . Maybe if you had been more like Charles you could actually make a living at something . I have to say I wish we had more Noel's and Charle's in this town . The people they had something to do with have all been happy with the end results .
CA - CT ANTIQUES- AUCTIONS & ESTATE SALES March 02, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Thank You to All whom came to the Consignart Liquidation Sale 226 Greenwood Ave Bethel CT 06801 A long journey liquidating nine huge buildings. Met some wonderful persons and had some great conversations . I am glad everyone left happy again Thank You CA - CT QUALITY ANTIQUE & AUCTIONEERING
Tony Dale March 02, 2013 at 06:59 PM
This place has been running a "final days" sale for two years! Somebody from that store has been posting constant garage sale notices on Craigslist. Followup notes warn others that they drove 30 miles looking for estate sale deals only to find a store with full retail prices. That's very deceptive and not a nice thing to do to people.
Joan March 03, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Since the Estate was a part of a multi -owned property settlement 2 to 3 years to settle and estate that large is not uncommon . Since I and others have visited this sale over the period it ran . I can attest to the fact nothing was retail price. Most items were below retail and some items they had a right not to give away as it involved issues of probate . The detractors on here seem to me to be either jealous individuals or individuals trying to take advantage over someone whom had past away and when they could not push themselves and get a $100 item for 50 cents they had left upset . The way the sale went everything was explained red dots with inventory control numbers were on all items and prices were on square little tags. I was impressed how the whole sale was set up and how items were sold in segments .The sale had smalls sold first ,furniture sold second and art work sold in 3rd segment and last everything that was left was sold together . Knowing that over 400,000 square feet of buildings had to be inventoried and sold the way it was done and handled was the best possible way to have done it . I know the detractors could not have handled or done the job with all the people it had to take to pull that huge sale together . My humble best wishes to Charles and all who made that sale possible . I will call on him in the future when I need his services. I will tell anyone seek him out he is and honest hard working person .Best wishes to all.
CA - CT ANTIQUES- AUCTIONS & ESTATE SALES March 05, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Thank You to everyone for such a positive patch response . Thank You to those who showed up for the last time on saturday March 2nd 2013 for The Closing Party for Noel Edwards and The Consignart Liquidation.
jenny March 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Ann, maybe you should take some happy pills!!!
summer March 09, 2013 at 01:30 AM
She needs more than happy pills ;-)


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