A part of Sedalia history traded hands early Saturday morning with the sale of the McLaughlin Bros. Furniture Building.
More than 65 people came to the sale and watched Carolyn Miller of Sedalia purchase the building located at 515 S. Ohio, for $70,000.
The century old building was owned by the McLaughlin Family until then owner Mary McLaughlin donated the building to State Fair Community College.
The college used the facility for several purposes including as classroom space and a storage facility until earlier this year when it was decided by the Board of Trustees at SFCC to sell the building at auction.
SFCC Board of Trustees vice president Judy Parkhurst and board member Patty Wood were present during the sale of the building.
“We are very grateful to Mary (McLaughlin) and her family for giving us the gift of the building,” Parkhurst said after the sale. “We are hopeful that the monies from the auction will go toward something needed on the campus and we are grateful to those who came to bid and for the continued support of the community.”
The city had been in talks with the college to purchase the building but, as reported by Nicole Cooke in a Democrat on December 22, City Administrator Gary Edwards said the college had decided against the sale to the city and chose to sell the building at auction.
Several representatives from the city and area businesspersons attended the sale.
“We had four bidders,” Dick Hutchinson of Dick Hutchinson Auction & Real Estate L.L.C. said after the sale. “We had about 25 people who came to the open house on January 30 but you just never know how many will turn out for the actual sale of a property.
“Mary did a good thing donating the building to the college and we hope the buyer does something that is a good fit for the downtown community and honors Mary and the McLaughlin family,” Hutchinson added. “This sale really is a win-win for both the college and the buyer.”
Miller who purchased the building on behalf of her husband, Harvey Miller and herself said she was both excited and overwhelmed by the prospect of owning the historic building.
Upon hearing that she had outbid the others hoping to purchase the building, the first thing Miller did was call her husband who could not attend the sale.
“Honey,” Miller asked of her husband by phone. ‘“Do you want a building?’ because we got it.”
The couple operated a vintage and historical clothing store and museum in the former C.W. Flowers Building also located on South Ohio said the couple planned to open a similar store in the new location.
“We’re going to restart the fashion museum and vintage store but we are planning some new additions and surprises as well,” Miller said. “I don’t want to give away too much just yet but it will appeal to people who like antiques and vintage items.”
Miller did not have a timeline for the opening of the new business but indicate a reason for wanting the location was that it was almost move in ready.
“Mary and the college did an excellent job with the upkeep of the building over the years,” Miller said. “It may need a little paint in a few places here and there but we hope to be open soon.”
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