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UPDATE: Belle Center hardware store to sell items at store

The Community Hardware store in Belle Center will sell items at its store in a “going out of business” sale instead of proceeding with the auction that started Friday and was to continue Saturday, but was canceled later Friday.


This wooden National Cash Register that likely dates back to the early part of the 20th century is among the items for sale at the Community Hardware store in Belle Center, which is having a "going out of business" sale, its owners said. (EXAMINER PHOTO/REUBEN MEES)

Carol Jordan, who owns the store with her husband, Jack, said in a telephone conversation today that they will mark items down below retail price and remain open to anyone who wishes to buy the items at reduced prices.

“We took yesterday off and made peace with it,” she said. “I imagine we are just going to mark everything down from the price when we were open and try to sell out on our own. It’s all just so up in the air now.”

Auctioneers Nigle Standley and Ted Pfarr began an auction Friday morning, but it was called off Friday afternoon after Mr. Jordan said the auctioneers were not getting enough money for the items they were selling.

The items expected to bring top dollar were not expected to sell until the continuation of the auction on Saturday and are still among the Jordans’ possessions.

“There are some items we have no idea what the value is,” Mrs. Jordan said. “We don’t want to overcharge people, but we don’t want to give them away either.”

But she said remaining open is not an option.

“We definitely are not going to reopen it for business. We are going to try to sell what we have left and sell the building,” she said.

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