Vail Valley auction aims to put spark in local shopping |

Vail Valley auction aims to put spark in local shopping

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL ” Nobody’s having much fun shopping these days, in the Vail Valley or anywhere else. Lynne Schleper’s out to change that.

Schleper, owner of Treasures consignment shop in Eagle-Vail, hopes to put a spark in the local shopping scene with an old-fashioned, no-reserve, wave-your-paddle-in-the-air live auction Thursday. Items up for bid include furniture, antique china, luggage, a couple of motorcycles and an old camper rig that she’s talked her husband, Buzz, into selling.

“I have no idea how we’ll do,” Schleper said. “But we’re trying to add some excitement, some fun back to shopping. There’s not much fun in it now.”

Schleper said people have asked her if she’s closing down and that isn’t the case. In fact, she said, if Thursday’s event is a success, she might have auctions as often as once a month.

There’s still plenty of consignment merchandise at the front of the store, and that won’t be auctioned off. What’s available is a potpourri of items that has sat in the store unsold for more than 60 days, and a lot of items that have come in from folks who just want it out of their homes.

Once the warehouse space is cleaned out, Schleper wants to paint, “but I can’t paint with stuff on the walls.”

Schleper caught the auction bug a few summers ago on a family trip to the Midwest. That bug led her to enroll in an auctioneer’s school in Missouri. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to run the bidding.

“I’ve done a couple of charity auctions here, but not this one,” she said. Instead, an auctioneer from Denver will come up to run the show.

While the auction will start promptly at 5 p.m. Thursday, the doors will open at 3 p.m. for people to check out the merchandise and register. Just about any kind of payment will be accepted, but Schleper said people need to provide a valid ID to get a bidder’s number.

But, she added, she’s also encouraging even non-shoppers to come out.

“Just come out to socialize,” she said. “We’re going to have food and snacks available, and we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or

What: An auction.

Where: Treasures consignment store in Eagle-Vail

When: March 5, starting at 5 p.m.

Can I sell something? Yes. Items are being accepted until about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more info: Call 970-845-9104, or go to, then type in 81620 into the zip code box.

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