Some buyers were seen carting away couches on little red wagons.
While not everyone bought something that large, last month’s sale of items from the closed Yorktowne Hotel brought in gross sales of $61,400 to help pay for renovation of the landmark building, officials announced Tuesday.
The proceeds from the May 27 sale in downtown York do not reflect expenses for advertising, services of the auctioneer, Toomey Auction Service Inc. of Hellam Township, and other items, officials said.
A total of 7,000 items – including furniture, kitchen equipment, room items, glassware and dishes, mirrors and art – wound up being sold, said organizer Blanda Nace, senior project manager of the hotel effort for the facility’s owners, the York County Industrial Development Authority.
“It was an amazing mix of stuff,” he said. “The auction was not so much about raising money, it was more about making room for renovations to start, and giving the community a chance to own a piece of York’s heritage.”
On the negative side, there were some thefts of the items at the sale, held inside the closed East Market Street hotel in downtown York, officials said.
One woman who had just bought a mirror from the hotel endd up having it stolen, but a staff person at the auction gave the woman their own mirror, said fellow organizer Kim Hogeman, manager of community affairs for the York County Economic Alliance.
“That was very discouraging. It was just people behaving badly,” Hogeman said. Organizers also said there were some incidents that were more about confusion over how sale pickups work than thefts, they said.
One couple had their jacket stolen, with their car keys inside the jacket, and York police had to be called, sale organizers said. The couple got their jacket back, but without the keys, and no arrests were made, the organizers said.
However, the theft victims, who were not identified, have opened a downtown York establishment that they are outfitting with old Yorktowne items, Hogeman said.
But, she said, “We had amazing attendance, very positive feedback and a nicely attended preview, so the good far outweighed the bad.
“Our mission was to empty the building to begin the next phase of the renovations, as well as ro engage the community to make sure people had a chance to take home a piece of the Yorktowne for themselves,” Hogeman added.