Closed for 30 Years, Easthampton Auction House Reopens for One Day
<a href="http://www.wggb.com/2013/05/05/closed-for-30-years-easthampton-auction-house-reopens-for-one-day/photo1-21/" rel="attachment wp-att-223870">NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WGGB) — For over 30 years antiques sat untouched at what used to Glaskowski & Co. Now, because of a financial need they’re finally going up for auction. The hospital bills are starting to come in, the nursing bills, and bills for the house, and everything is kind of pilling up. Luckily I got a hold of George, and he loved to come in and take a look,” said Chad Devine, family friend, and Glaskowski’s caregiver.
Chad Devine has been taking care of his neighbor, 92 year old owner Fredrick Glaskowski for years,
but became strained when Fredrick broke his hip in January, which forced Devine to move him to the Holyoke Soldier’s Home. Glaskowski’s parents originally opened the shop in 1944.
After inheriting it in the ’80s, Fredrick barely kept the store open, because he wasn’t willing to sell anything in it. Now profits from same trinkets he held onto are going to help him.
In a packed auditorium at Northampton’s Smith Vocational Agricultural High School, bidders got down to business. “$20, $30, $30, $50. $100. When somebody really wants it, they get tired. $150! It’s over. It’s how much you want it and what you think the value is,” said Jeanne Stolarski, Runner at George Thomas Lewis Auctions.
Some big ticket items were a silverware set went for $1500, and a painting that went for $2250.
If you think you might have something of value lying around the house, “Contact a local auctioneer, like George, they’ll come out, give you an appraisal, and if they think it’s worth something, they’ll put it in an auction for you,” runner Chris Larivee noted.
Devine says Glaskowski that was only half of the store’s inventory, but even after today’s turnout will not consider reopening the store, but may hold future auctions.