John McKinlay is looking for a new place along St. Petersburg's waterfront to rent bicycles and surreys. He is one of the merchants and vendors displaced by Friday's closing of the St. Petersburg Pier.
He is also one of the few hanging on to his cash register.
"Most are retiring or closing up shop. Seems like a majority of them are," McKinlay said, referring to other Pier business owners. "Kind of sad to see them all go -- a lot of them have been out here 10, 20 years."
A lot of them are also participating in an absolute auction next Tuesday, along with the city of St. Petersburg. There may be some leftover inventory, but most of the items listed on the auctioneer's Web site are commercial items.
"Not very many small goods at all," the city's Beth Herendeen confirmed. "It's really furniture, fixtures, restaurant cooking pans, things like that."
Tuesday, a pair of city employees wrangled potted palms onto a lift truck. Herendeen said some other furniture, such as desks, will be used at other locations.
That leaves artifacts such as trash cans, benches, tables and chairs, umbrellas and bike racks.
All sales are "as is" and "where is." The Pier will re-open for a buyers' preview Monday from noon to 2 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until the auction starts at 10 a.m.. Walking shoes are recommended.
"Anyone who wants to come will need to park in the main Pier parking lot, register, walk up the approach, and then the auction itself will be a walk-through auction, so a lot of walking involved," Herendeen advised.
For more information, go to: bayareaauctionservices.com/calendar.htm
Then click on "Absolute Auction THE PIER" to see photos.
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