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Auction on Building’s Contents to Pay for Demolition

HONESDALE — Lots of items were up for auction in Honesdale Monday afternoon in hopes of helping to pay for a building demolition in the borough. The old H...
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HONESDALE -- Lots of items were up for auction in Honesdale Monday afternoon in hopes of helping to pay for a building demolition in the borough.

The old Hussco Shoe Factory on East Street in Honesdale has been falling apart and was condemned earlier this year.

The former owner who couldn't fix the place up left a lot of treasures behind, and now those items are up for auction.

The idea: try to make some money back to pay off the loan being used to tear the building down.

Auctioneers were working hard to make some money in Honesdale off a treasure trove of items taken from inside the condemned building.

"The man who last owned it was a hoarder of everything, as you can see. We have tools, antiques, glass, toys. You name it, it's here," said auctioneer Gina Goonan.

This building is the former Hussco Shoe Factory here in Honesdale, lately, it's been falling apart, brick by brick.

"The building became dilapidated, and we did have a third story collapse. Basically at that point, the borough went in there, (and) we condemned the building," said zoning and code enforcement officer Dan Hnatko.

The borough has taken out a $170,000 loan to demolish the three-story building, hoping to earn some of that money back at auction.

"Why not?" said Val Grabek. "It brings the crowd down. It's a good way to gather and have fun."

Borough officials in Honesdale say that just so many items were taken out of the building that they're going to need another auction. More items will hit the auction block next Monday.

A Clarks Summit consignment shop owner is hoping she finds what she's looking for now.

"I'm looking for some old antique cabinets, maybe they're missing a door, or a drawer," said Joan Scandale, Retro décor consignment.

From art to old metal stoves, and even an apple computer with a floppy disk drive, there's just no telling what you'll find while helping Honesdale.

The auctioneers say they hope to bring in about $10,000 from the two-day auction in Honesdale.

Borough officials hope to start tearing down the condemned building within the next month.

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