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Spring Hope auctioneer makes treasure out of other people’s trash

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SPRING HOPE — It’s a little early for spring cleaning, but after months of staying at home during a pandemic, you might have accumulated some stuff.

Stan Hahnel, owner and auctioneer at One Man’s Treasure Auction Co., is ready to take it all off your hands and help put a couple bucks in your pocket.

Stan and Lea Hahnel opened the Spring Hope auction house in May 2019.

“Until COVID-19, business was great,” Lea Hahnel said. “We have definitely been impacted and had to get outside of the box to find ways to continue auctioning, like online and outside auctions.”

To satisfy social distancing requirements, the Hahnels are holding auctions in a parking lot at 102 West Nash St. across from the Rose Mart in downtown Spring Hope.

Stan Hahnel, a member of the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina, has more than two decades of experience in the auction business.

The business offers pickup services and anyone interested can call ​919-390-4063 for drop-off appointments.

Consultations are free. Stan Hahnel is licensed, bonded and insured. His auction house, located at 111 E. Railroad St., touts an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau.

​Consignors get paid the same night items are sold. While the Hahnels will take and sell just about anything, they don’t want mattresses, bedding, pillows, baby cribs, clothes, illegal items or just plain junk.

For buyers who come out to the weekend auctions, all items are sold as-is with no warranties. Announcements made the day of a sale take precedence over any printed material.

“We work with attorneys, executors, trustees and families to assist with real estate clean-outs,” the auction company’s website states. 

Stan Hahnel attended auctions for years and helped on the auction floor. One of his auctioneer friends encouraged him to get his auction licenses a dozen years ago and he’s been at it ever since, Lea Hahnel said.

The Hahnels said residents have been gracious in patronizing the business. Town officials and the Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce have been a huge help in assisting the Hahnels through trying times, Lea Hahnel said.

“We can’t say enough good things about the town of Spring Hope, its administration, its townspeople and all the other merchants,” Lea Hahnel said. “The people of Spring Hope love Spring Hope and we love Spring Hope.”

The Hahnels, through their nonprofit Transforming Communities, also give back. They’ve asked the town of Franklinton to help them acquire a building reuse grant to turn the old Henderson Pharmacy building across from Franklinton Middle School into a thrift store akin to a Goodwill, according to The Franklin Times.

The Reuse It Center would feature clothes, furniture and other items while providing a place where people with disabilities could be employed and trained so they would be better able to find a permanent job.

“We’ll train them not only in retail, but we’ll also give them some management experience by the time they’re done,” Stan Hahnel told Franklinton town officials during a meeting earlier this month.

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