"Creative Characters" Found at Auto Auction

By Rachel Martin

September 4, 2011 Updated Sep 4, 2011 at 6:16 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Some interesting characters can be found at the RM Collector’s Auto Auction over Labor Day Weekend. Rachel Martin traveled to Auburn Sunday to check out some of the more eclectic sights and sounds.

“I’ve never seen nothing like it, that’s for sure,” said Adam Chamness of Fort Wayne. He and his father, Al, were at Auburn Auto Park for the annual Collector’s Auction Sunday. “I like them. They’re different,” he said.

“They are quite a bunch of characters…and some of the dummies inside too,” said Jim Fiddler jokingly about his friend, Dave Bostwick. Fiddler runs the Mid-American Auto Lifts booth right next to Bostwick’s “Creative Characters” booth. “It’s always interesting to see what they bring out every year,” Fiddler said.

Dave and his wife, Nena create and sell “Creative Characters,” life-like mannequins that can sit, stand, or be animated to talk and move. Bostwick said he has 50 different molds and builds them on an assembly line. The faces are made from polyurethane and the bodies are wooden.

“We hinge the arms and legs so everything is jointed, everything moves,” Bostwick said.

Bostwick has been making the dummies for 25 years. It started as a hobby and is now a full-time business. He and is wife travel coast to coast selling their character, but for the past 10 years, they’ve traveled five hours from Oblong, Ill., to Auburn just for the auction.

“I love this park! I’ve always done good here.”

At his booth, right next to auction house, you can see characters like a crazy scientist, an old butler and maid, a mechanic, cowboys, Willie Nelson, Lucille Ball, Abraham Lincoln, and the King of Rock n Roll.

“Who doesn’t love Elvis?,” Fiddler said.

“I can do just about anything you want,” said Bostwick. He said you can use them for just about anything you want also.

“People put Elvis in their cars, in museums, in the office, in their game rooms. Just to have fun with.”

Creative Characters cost $499 if sitting, $599 if standing, and $699 if they are animated.

For more information visit the Creative Character website at, www.charactersbydave.com

“I think this is going to nothing but grow. I think year, after year, after year, it’s going to get better, and better, and better,” said Bostwick.




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