GLOVERSVILLE - The move down the street wasn't far for County Line Auction from 188 S. Main St. to the former Rose Buick GMC building at 275 S. Main St., but the relocation opened up big opportunities for the business.
The family-owned-and-operated business now has three times the space it had, said owner Jack Belknap. That means more parking, more showroom space and seating for the expansive auctions that take place at 6 p.m. every Friday night.
The business also is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Belknap family is shown at the auction table in County Line Auctions in Gloversville on Wednesday. Shown from left are Jack, John, Brenda and Rachele. In front of them is a collection of marbles. (The Leader-Herald/ Amanda May Metzger)
"We have more new furniture now than we ever had and a larger selection of used furniture," Belknap said.
Inventory ranges from antiques to modern-day pieces as well as many Adirondack-themed furniture items on display during a visit last week.
Items up for auction include everything from collectibles to antiques and coins as well as the new and used furniture that comes from estate sales or business closeouts, for example.
For the marble collector, Belknap estimated he had about 50,000 marbles ranging from handmade to machinemade and some in unopened packages.
"People drive quite a ways to get here," Belknap said. "We're one of the larger sales around."
County Line Auction moved into the former vehicle dealership in November. At County Line's former location, they could seat only 140 people for auctions and had parking for only 60 vehicles. Now they can seat 300 people and have room for 200 vehicles in the parking lot.
The property is home to two other businesses as well.
The American Dream Cafe recently opened within the building, and son John operates JB Auto, a mechanic shop.
This weekend County Line will begin hosting a flea market open today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jack Belknap said the business plans to host the flea market every weekend through the summer.
The second weekend in April County Line hosted an Adirondack hunting, fishing and trapping auction that filled the business's seating capacity, Belknap said.
Belknap said when he first decided to locate his business to Gloversville years ago he was uneasy, but he said he's since found it to be a great location.
"I didn't think business would be good here, but I was wrong. It's probably better here than any other place," Belknap said.
Jack and Brenda Belknap operate the business along with daughter Rachele and son John.
County Line Auction also does on-site liquidations and auctions of all kinds in Fulton County as well as neighboring counties.
For more information, visit www.countylineauctions.com.