A trio of businessman have figured out how to bring huge crowds to downtown Elkin — by auctioning off everything in the hall.
Vestal Auctions opened its new location at 120 E. Main St. at 6 p.m. Saturday. Well over a hundred buyers packed the retail store for their first chance at buying bargain antiques and reclaimed goods no longer wanted by sellers.
The business is managed by Wesley Vestal, Phillip Vestal and auctioneer Scotty Vestal. The Vestals are part of the fabric of downtown Elkin and related to the late Evan Walter Vestal. The Vestal family name spans six decades of business in Elkin.
Seen heading out the door of the auction were antique furniture pieces, household goods and people with smiles.
Nathan Lewis of Elkin picked up several blankets made at the defunct Chatham mill.
“I bid on the blankets. I wanted to have a piece of history here. Those pieces are what I look for,” said Lewis.
Jill Sumpter of Wilkes County said she couldn’t believe how many people were walking out of the store with items only a fraction of their value. “I went for the larger items, but I think I need to rethink my strategy,” she said.
Vestal Auctions is in its second year of business. “We have an auction firm. We have an auction house in Wilkesboro, too. When this building (on Main Street) finally became available, we jumped on the opportunity,” said Scotty Vestal.
According to auction policy, customers attending an auction generally walk in and register for free at the reception table. A number will be assigned to each customer. Items are showcased by the auctioneer who suggests a starting bid. Customers show their number to the auctioneer should an item of interest be pursued. The highest bidder wins the product. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Major credit cards are accepted by the business. The swipe access allows for flexibility just in case someone comes across a must-have item. A 7-percent sales tax is added onto all items sold.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.