|By Karin Milliman
TEKONSHA, Mich. — Downsizing is never easy and some big decisions always need to be made to get to the end goal. Perhaps one of the biggest decisions is what to do with the large house that is no longer needed. The Phillips, from Tekonsha, decided to try auctioning their property rather than listing with a real estate agent. And the results for them were all positive.
Their three-bedroom, two bath home was situated on three large lots with plenty of mature trees for shade. There was hardly a spot in the back yard that didn’t offer up shade from the summer sun. With central air and 1,540 square feet of living space, everything one needed was present in this 2005 manufactured home. There was natural gas for heat.
This auctioned property drummed up a phone bidder who wasn’t afraid to compete with the bidders on-sight. The bidding started out a very reasonable price and stalled at $36,000 when the phone bidder dropped out. However, with a little enticing from auctioneer Brian Hasty, the bidding rose a bit more and the final sale price was $38,000. The owners agreed, and the paperwork was started inside the home.
A beautiful and perfectly working “Tempus Fugit” grandfather clock was never moved out of the home with the threat of rain in the sky. So, it was sold where it sat and the new owners of the home were happy as they purchased it for only $100.
A walnut secretary desk with a drop front and the original beveled glass mirror sold for the high bid of $195.
Proving its age, a wooden-wheeled small drop-leaf table sold for $38 while a gate-leg oval kitchen table with spindle legs sold for $15. A dining room table with seven leaves sold for $25.
A matched set of palm tree decorated dressers with a matching tray sold for a bid of $20.
A bow-front oak china cabinet complete with lights inside and a mirror on top brought a bid of $25. A smaller and newer maple lighted corner curio cabinet had spindle rope decoration and sold for $20.
An electric lift chair that would also massage the back brought a bid of $25.
A wicker high chair sold for $10 and a wicker child’s rocking chair sold for $25. A wicker chair for the adults brought the bid of $10.
Anchor Hocking dishes are still selling for good money. A matching set of three bowls with the blue chickens on the sides brought a high bid of $53. Three matching covered dishes with blue chickens sold for a bid of $37.
An unusual set of metal bowls, all decorated with bright fruit and green edges, brought $18 for the set.
The bidding on a twelve-candle making mold rose to $20.
A Craftsman riding lawn mower had a dead battery but it sold; the deck needed some care, and it came with the manual. It sold for $35. A Southland brand push mower sold for $25 and a Ranch King leaf rake that covered a 38-inch area sold for $40.
The Brian Hasty Auction Company can be found just outside of Tekonsha, Mich. They specialize in agricultural related auctions, as well as general estate auctions and business liquidations of all types. With more than 40 years of experience with the auction industry, they are well-schooled in selling farm land, farm equipment or construction equipment, along with private collections from a general home including estate auctions with antiques.