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Multi-Estate Sale, Furniture Factory Liquidation to Keep Stevens Auctions Busy in April

by WorthPoint Staff (04/07/11).

This wooden Cigar Store Indian, circa 1920s, once owned by movie star Tab Hunter, will be among the articles up for big in a multi-estate sale to be hosted by Stevens Auction on April 16.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – There will be no rest for the weary at Stevens Auction Company in April. The firm has two major events lined up: the multi-estate auction of three prominent estates on Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. (CDT); and the on-site liquidation of the contents of nationally known furniture maker Nostalgia Furniture, on Saturday, April 30, also at 10 a.m.

The April 16 multi-estate auction will features several pieces of Belter, Meeks, Boudoine and other important cabinetmakers. Another sale is court-ordered and includes more than 300 pieces. And the last estate also has some 300-plus pieces in a wide array of categories.

Some anticipated highlights from the April 16 auction will include two Empire banquet tables, four Empire secretaries, Victorian bookcases, a set of six rosewood dining chairs, a set of eight Chippendale antique chairs, a Meeks marble-top parlor table and over ten other marble-top parlor tables, period Empire sideboards, cut glass and glassware, Oriental rugs and much more.

The April 30 on-site Nostalgia Furniture auction will be held on County Road 53 North in Ethelsville, Ala., located just a few miles outside Columbus, Miss., on U.S. Highway 82.

“Nostalgia Furniture was a family-run Southern business that personified entrepreneurship, ingenuity and perseverance,” said Dwight Stevens, the owner of Stevens Auction Company.

Nostalgia Furniture started from humble beginnings in 1990, when Mike and Martha Ellis, who were already retired, decided they might like to open a furniture shop in downtown Columbus, Miss. After seeing a collection of Indonesian furniture in Atlanta, they were hooked. They opened the one store in Columbus, and later added a second location, in Birmingham, Ala.

Never settling for anything less than the very best, the Ellises would personally travel to Indonesia, to learn for themselves how to make a better product for their discriminating clients. After taking on a business partner from San Francisco, the couple began working from a factory, which at one time employed about 250 highly trained professional artisans. Quality was job one.

At the peak of their success, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis were shipping between 200 and 300 pieces per week; each piece a superior, high-quality product. Eventually, the Ellises oversaw operations in North Carolina, Georgia, California and Mississippi, and they were featured in several nationally known magazines for their contributions to the furniture industry in the U.S.

Ironically, it was not a downturn in the economy or a drop-off in demand for product that led to the demise of the business. Rather, it was events and complications following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. These caused the Ellises’ investment in Jakarta, Indonesia to run into a number of deep and troubling disruptions. These eventually led to the closing of their Indonesian venture.

This queen-size mahogany plantation-style poster bed is just one of several pieces of furniture made by Nostalgia Furniture to be sold in a factory liquidation auction on April 30.

All of the furniture to be sold April 30 was manufactured at the peak of the business’s success. Each piece has been made from kiln-dried mahogany and teakwood, and every one is top-quality and intended to last a lifetime. The furniture may be viewed at open house previews planned for Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until start of sale.

For auction information, and to view many of the items to be offered in both the April 16 and April 30 auctions, visit the Stevens Auctions web site, call 662.369.2200 or e-mail to stevensauction@bellsouth.net. No Internet bidding will be available at either auction, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted.

Terms will be cash, all major credit cards and pre-approved checks. All sales will be final, with no warranty expressed or implied. A 12-percent buyer’s premium will be charged on each total purchase price, with a 2-percent discount for cash, business and personal checks with proper ID, or wire transfers. A 7-percent sales tax will apply to all purchases, with exceptions.

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