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Waynesboro Elks Club auctions off items of all shapes and sizes

October 13, 2009

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Buyers lifted their numbers to bid on everything from a box of forks to a bowling alley during Monday's auction of Waynesboro Elks Club items.

Among the lot was an artificial ficus bought by Kimberlee Ketterman for $1.

"I figured I came all the way out here, I should get something," said Ketterman, a Gettysburg, Pa., resident who was interested in an ice machine that was taken off the auction block.

BPO Elks Lodge 731 scheduled the auction when it planned to close its social club. Although Elks officials are working to reopen the club on a smaller scale, much of the kitchen and restaurant equipment was sold.

Included were a few uncommon items, such as a two-lane duckpin bowling alley set up in the basement of 66 W. Main St.

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Amy Gibson, of Boonsboro, bid just over $800 and won the bowling alley. Now she needs to figure out what to do with the several 20-foot sections after removing them from the club.

"We're going to store it for a while," she said.

Gibson said the bowling lanes are too long for her house, but the item caught her attention of that of her husband. She speculated they'd have to build a barn to install it.

"Boonsboro doesn't have a bowling alley," Gibson said.

The auction got off to a rocky start, with no bids offered for boxes of glasses, teapots and coffee mugs. Bidding started to be steadier once water, champagne and shot glasses were made available.

Auctioneer Mark Baranowski, who is based in Harrisburg, Pa., speculated many of the bidders came from fire departments, clubs and restaurants.

"Everyone has a story of why they're here," he said.

Ketterman is the manager of the American Legion club in Gettysburg, Pa. She maneuvered the silk tree to an outlet and plugged in a string of white lights intertwined with the branches -- the lights worked.

"Every now and then, we have a veterans' luncheon," Ketterman said, saying the tree will provide more decoration. "They're like $72 at Michaels."

Other items of interest included a Windsor chair ($45), slate-top pool table ($210), soda and beer dispensing machines, punch fountain ($6), Waynesboro youth football and cheerleader uniforms, shuffleboard table ($420), and Hobart vertical chopper ($30).

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