Former Crestview car dealership gets new life

auction house car dealership renovation

At Anything Pawn and Auction, a variety of collectibles share newly renovated space.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 06:26 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The auctioneer's staccato trill, the bang of the gavel and the familiar cry, "Sold to the highest bidder" have arrived in Crestview with the opening of Anything Pawn and Auction.

Located in what for 70 or more years was a succession of Chevrolet dealerships on West James Lee Boulevard, the vast building has had a major facelift, with its exterior brick cleaned and wood trim added.

In the refurbished former car showroom, glittering showcases display materials for sale.

Flat-screen TVs, classic "one-armed bandit" slot machines, guns, swords, china, crystal, jewelry and a brace of cannon indicate the higher-end caliber of goods offered.

During the April 13 Flea Across Florida on U.S. Highway 90 from Jacksonville to Pensacola, the building's parking lot was the site of a bustling flea market.

"It's a flea market, auction house and pawn shop all in one place," sales clerk Ricky Youngblood said. "We have food, too."

Sweet Southern Comfort, a mobile eatery offering southern cuisine, sits near James Lee Boulevard in front of what was originally Award Chevrolet's used car office and later, the News Bulletin's editorial offices.

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