May is always one of my favorite months in Richmond, VA. It’s a beautiful time of year to be outside just before the excruciating, brutal Richmond humidity hits and scorches away all signs of life! There are always lots of church yard sales, outdoor fleas and local farmers markets to check out. However, this time I wanted to share with you some information about a really exciting auction that is happening in Brunswick County on Saturday, May 19th.
To bid or not to bid, that is the question!
I normally don’t write about auctions, mostly because I don’t go to a lot of them. Some of my antiquing-buddies swear by them and say that you can really get great deals if you’re willing to travel and give up an entire afternoon. I’ve only been to two auctions, both in the Richmond area. At one auction, I purchased my first piece of antique furniture when I was 21, which was an oak washstand. At my second auction, in King William County, I waited all day to bid on a beautiful mustard colored pie safe and was out bid at the very last second. Hey, you win some, you lose some…isn’t that what they say?
When I received the email from Victoria Auction about the upcoming auction and real estate sale of the C.B King General Merchandise and Country Store, it really peeked my interest. Why? Because historic gems like this are far and few between. No only are the original contents of the general store for sale (which dates back to 1870), so is the general store building and the adjoining 3,800 sq. ft. farmhouse!
Here is glimpse of some of the gems that will be up for your bidding pleasure:
Let’s put this counter in my kitchen…oh wait…it wouldn’t fit! Look how long that baby is!!!
I would put this cute little wagon on my front porch…and fill it with flower pots!
This old coke sign would look awesome in my kitchen!!
Can you imagine how many clothes you could fit in this beauty! Aw…a girl can dream…
These would look awesome in a row filled with bright colored candy, sitting on top of a cupboard!
I don’t know why I love these old cupboards so much…look how warn the paint is from a century of hands opening and closing it’s doors and drawers! LOVE!!!
A Rich History
Here’s a little back story on this place and why its so unique according to Victoria Auction’s website:
C.B. King General Merchandise 1870-1935 was built and operated by John James King at the end of the Civil War, the store was renamed C.B. King General Merchandise when John’s son, Charles B. King, became the proprietor in 1896. At the time, the store was considered the largest and most up to date in Brunswick County and sold groceries, dry goods, men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and caskets. The upstairs served as a hat shop and carpentry shop for over 25 years. The store is a great location for that business you’ve always wanted. With its original counters and shelving, this country store transports the visitor back in time. With over 1,800 square feet of floor space, updated wiring, a rear deck and an additional 1000 square feet upstairs, the country store can be described in one word: opportunity. Husband and wife team Jim Halley and Huyen Bui are only the second owners of the property since it was built. The King family operated the store, a cotton gin and small farm until the store was closed in 1935 during the Great Depression. It remained closed until the current owners purchased it in 2004. The ice cream shop and kitchen are located in what once was a grocery store.
Why I think YOU should go
One reason is because I can’t go…I’ll be heading to the Fishersville Antique Expo. So, I need you to go and tell me all the about the auction! The second reason you should go is if you are into antiques and are looking for something special to add to your collection, this certainly seems like the right opportunity. LOTS of old advertising and special finds that you just don’t see everyday! The third reason you should go is because places like this are so rare…it’s a part of american history that is quickly disappearing from our landscape. Small old towns are becoming vacant and historic landmarks like this fall to neglect or become replaced by new strip centers. Who knows what will happen to this place, so go and see it and be reminded of a time past.
For more information about this special auction, visit the Victoria Auction site here. And if you go, come back and tell us how it went!
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