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Slice of the previous out there in ongoing public sale | Information

MOUNT HOPE — A dose of treasured Mount Hope historical past is at present on the market through a web based public sale.

The public sale—being ignored by Beckley’s Entrusted Auctions—options most of the contents of the Bon-Bon Confectionery & Ironmongery store on Fundamental Avenue. The shop, which was featured in an episode of the Historical past channel’s “American Pickers” in 2021, closed in 2020 after 100 years in enterprise.

The public sale options over 1,000 tons and can run by mid-January. A particular walk-through preview tour is ready for 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, Jan. 15. The bidding begins closing at 6 pm on Jan. 17.

To evaluate the net public sale, go to—Historic-Bon-Bon-s-Confectionery—{Hardware}.

The introduction of the public sale itemizing on reads as follows: “ENT 326 – Historic Bon Bon’s Confectionery & {Hardware}. Over 1,000 tons. Welcome to Bon Bon Confectionery & {Hardware} Retailer. We’re proud to supply the contents of this 100-year -old landmark retailer to most people.This huge assortment consists of vintage and classic breweriana and beer indicators and different promoting objects, 1930 Ford Mannequin A coupe with rumble seat, Coca-Cola collectibles, soda fountain collectibles, fancy vintage stained glass backbar, Mount Hope and Princess Theater collectibles together with schedules, tickets, ticket bins, movie slicers, film mild, posters and extra.Many Mount Hope collectibles, Seeburg sales space music bins, a number of new and used {hardware} and instruments, drink and ice machines, jewellery, vintage wall telephone, mid-century trendy furnishings and equipment, wicker, classic glider, pool desk and plenty extra.”

A 17 % purchaser’s premium will probably be added to the ultimate excessive bid for every lot. Tons start closing at 6 pm, with seven tons closing each two minutes. Transport will probably be dealt with by The Packaging Retailer of Roanoke, Va. Bidders are advised to name or electronic mail their workplaces at 540-772-0999 or with Visa and MC registration.

These desirous to bid should register beforehand.

Former Mount Hope mayor, Floyd Bonifacio, and his spouse, Phyllis, have been the proprietors of Bon-Bon till their deaths in 2011 and 2019, respectively.

Their surviving sons, Dean and Doug, say the time is correct to promote the shop’s contents and among the household objects. The 2 males nonetheless reside in southern West Virginia.

The brothers have stored some private objects for themselves and some objects on the premises aren’t at present out there on the market, comparable to centerpiece soda fountain.

After promoting the private property, the plan is to promote the true property, Dean Bonifacio defined.

“Our household’s been in enterprise for 100 years, however the individuals who grew up on this city or would come to the film theaters (Princess Theater and Mount Hope Theater) that my dad operated, this was a part of their life, too,” he stated. “It provides them the chance to purchase a bit of what they bear in mind.”

“The one factor about this public sale is it provides an opportunity… We have 100 years, our household was in enterprise right here,” stated brother Doug. “They by no means removed issues. If individuals watched the American Pickers present, they aw that my dad and my mother, my household, my grandma and all of them, they stored issues. They purchased issues and by no means let issues go to waste.

“It could take us 50 years to (attempt to promote individually).” With the public sale organized in tons, it presents “one of the best ways to get anyone to have enjoyment out of lots,” Doug added. “There isn’t any use of them sitting on a shelf.”

He additionally stated the public sale ought to function a “form of like a stroll down reminiscence lane… for us and anyone that knew them.”

“It is thrilling. It is actual,” stated Dean. “We have been engaged on it onerous, getting it prepared.

“To truly see it on-line and also you see your loved ones’s historical past flashing earlier than your eyes, it is a little bit emotional. I additionally know it is the best factor to do.”

Dean stated one of many important attracts would be the beer promoting memorabilia, which reaches the neighborhood of 300 items. “That was simply being in enterprise,” he stated. “It wasn’t like my dad stated, ‘I will acquire beer indicators.’

“He was in enterprise seven days per week, 364 days out of a yr.”

The imprint, he identified, remains to be on the partitions from the place the indicators have been taken down.

He additionally stated the public sale will probably be simple to take part in, and most tons begin at $10. Addressing the Jan. 15 preview, Dean Bonifacio stated, “When you simply need to are available in and look, or for those who’re a few (specific merchandise), you are able to do so.”

Tara Jones, an affiliate auctioneer with Farmer Auctions, of Salem, Virginia helps Entrusted Auctions and the Bonifacios arrange and proceed with the public sale. She says the public sale provides the neighborhood a “nice likelihood to step in… and buy a bit of historical past.”

“There are lots of objects right here that have been displayed throughout their enterprise,” stated Jones, issues comparable to promoting indicators and home goods. “Slightly little bit of one thing for everyone,” she stated.

In keeping with Dean Bonifacio, the Mannequin A is a automobile that “Dad would drive it round when he was older.” It was operational when the mayor was nonetheless residing and should not require an excessive amount of of a monetary outlay to rise up and operating, Dean stated. The excessive bid on the Mannequin A as of Wednesday morning was $9,650.

The shop advanced over time, stated Dean Bonifacio. “It began as a shoe store, then it advanced into Bon-Bon’s Confectionery (soda fountains, ice cream, beer). Then, they received into {hardware} objects, then it progressed to extra of a convenience-type retailer. You possibly can purchase groceries , toiletries. You possibly can purchase a little bit little bit of all the pieces.”

And, it was a well-liked gathering place for locals. “The native morning espresso drinkers all the time confirmed up, and we solved the world’s issues.” Dean has nice recollections of rising up across the retailer, which is comprised of three linked buildings. “I can bear in mind as a child taking a nap on a shelf,” he stated. “That is all the time dwelling. Lots of good recollections.”

Among the many different out there objects are a pulley system to run present curtains within the former theater, in addition to a former exterior Bon-Bon signal that was painted over a classic Coca-Cola signal. “It is an attention-grabbing merchandise” for collectors and historical past buffs alike, Dean famous, including, “When you grew up in Mount Hope and also you did not know the place Bon-Bon’s was, you did not come from Mount Hope.”

Anybody with questions in regards to the public sale can name 304-207-0808.

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