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Dempsey Auction Company Founder Ray Dempsey, center with visor, was one of several lively auctioneers at the Main Street building sale. In addition to in-person bidders, there were many people in attendance as spectators.
The historic Main Street building that most recently housed Moore Furniture sold at auction last week, Thursday, May 27.
The auction was held by Dempsey Auction Company, whose owners said the turnout was excellent. In addition to the four in-person bidders, there were 14 online bidders from Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia.
“That’s really exceptional and says a lot about the product and a lot about Jasper,” said Dempsey Auction Co. President Lou Dempsey, who co-owns the business with his father Ray Dempsey, founder.
The two parcels, totaling around 6,900 sq. ft., sold for $510,000 plus a 10-percent buyer’s fee. The purchaser was Canton attorney Doug Flint, who owns several other properties in Jasper under Silex Station LLC and Silex Ventures LLC, including the Woodbridge Inn, the large industrial property off Hood Road that was once a shoe plant, and the Main Street site most recently inhabited by Coco’s Cottage.
According to the description on the Dempsey Auction website, “the original building was constructed in 1916 and has served in many capacities, including the original Pickens County Post Office, Rexall Drug Store, but most notably from 1961 until recently it served as Moore Furniture. Mrs. Maxine Moore, along with her husband GL, owned and operated Moore Furniture, selling everything from footstools to bedroom suites to thousands upon thousands of north Georgia residents.”