Liquidation sale ongoing at Concordia

Published 3:50 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The expansive campus of Concordia College is like a ghost town since the school announced last month that it would be selling off all of its assets in a “total liquidation” sale.

But within the school’s gymnasium, every spare inch is filled with a variety of items and people peruse the wares and debate the merits of purchasing a flat-screen TV, a computer or any number of the other cheap items up for grabs.

“We’ve had a real positive response from the local community, the schools, local churches,” said Shane Byrd, who’s assisting with the ongoing sale.

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“Everybody’s been receptive,” said Mark Pedigo, working alongside Byrd.

The two noted that many items have already been sold but new items are filtering in regularly as other items go out.

The sale will continue until at least mid-January and potential customers can purchase items and pick them up later.

Byrd noted that all of the area schools have stopped in to purchase items, as have many area churches and citizens, but some of the customers have been former students and other locals who once called the old campus home.

“They’re a little emotional about it,” Byrd said.

A portion of the campus was once a children’s home and several people who once lived there have stopped in to claim a piece of memorabilia from the old campus. One woman claimed a doorknob as a keepsake, Byrd said.

According to Byrd, the property was purchased last week at auction.

Sheryl Smedley, Executive Director of the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, said that the property was purchased by “Korean investors” who plan to retain the property as an educational institute. No further details on who purchased the property or specific intentions for the property’s use were available.

Among the items for sale are complete computer sets for $125, a washing machine for $200 and a dryer for $150, pool tables for $399 and a wide array of couches, pub tables, college apparel and memorabilia and an assortment of office supplies and furnishings.

The building is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays.