Auctions lend air of 'excitement' to square

Friday, February 15, 2008
Tribune Photos by Karen Hall There's hardly an empty seat to be had during the twice-a-month auction at the Emporium on the square in Lewisburg. Auction staff Hunter Riley, Travis Ellis, Matthew Eady and Hunter Keel hold up items of glassware being sold in one lot. In the background are autioneer Stacey Pope and clerk Deidra Oehler.

Owner Jeff Ellis says his twice-a-month auctions "bring a bit of excitement to the square."

Saturday night there were vehicles from as far away as Mississippi parked near the courthouse and about 50 people were seated inside The Emporium listening to auctioneer Stacey Pope, of Athens, Ala., work his way through a variety of antiques and collectibles that had been consigned.

Auctions are scheduled at the Emporium at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Buyers had registered and been given a number, and as each item was purchased, the auctioneer's clerk jotted down the buyer number and the amount. These tickets were passed over to the front desk and filed in numbered pigeonholes.

When a buyer was ready to check out with his or her newly acquired treasures all the front desk had to do was total up the tickets and take payment by cash, check or credit card.

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