Kings Gap General Store in Dickinson Township is up for sale, and now many of its contents will be on the auction block.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, many of the antique and collectible items from inside the historic general store will go up for sale in a two-day auction.
“Even if you’re not interested in the sale, I would definitely encourage people to come out just to take in the history of the place,” said Chris Bream of Dan Hershey Auction Services, which is handling the sale.
Items up for sale range from antique tin signs to an oak ice box; from kerosene lamps to an antique doctor’s buggy.
“This is probably a once in a lifetime to come to a sale like this,” Bream said. “Anything you’ve seen walking through a country store from the ‘40s to the present is inside this country store.”
Debby Stone and her husband, Robert, purchased Kings Gap General Store in the 1100 block of Pine Road in Dickinson Township in the 1980s.
The store, however, has been in operation since 1894.
The three-bedroom, two-bath, 3,196 square-foot home and business on a little more than one acre of land was put up for sale in February.
“We’re both in our 60s, and I guess after 30 years we’re both ready to retire,” Debby Stone told The Sentinel in April.
She said the sale of the store is a bit bittersweet as the building has served as the couple’s home, livelihood and passion for roughly three decades.
“I don’t think I’ll miss the long hours, and I don’t think I’ll miss the seven days a week,” she said. “But I sure will miss the people.”
Despite the business being up for sale and the auctioning of some of the contents, Bream said the store will remain open for business.
Bream said bidders will need photo ID and payments can be made by cash or credit card. Bidding begins at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. A listing and photos of the items up for sale is available at danhersheyauctioneeringservice.com.