Photos by Matt Choquette
All good things must come to an end, right? Thankfully, you might be able to take a bit of a good thing home with you.
Sapulpa’s favorite event center, Signs of the Times, its building having been sold to Sparks Reed Architecture, is auctioning off a prominent part of their collection to buyers, both online and off.
The auctions are being held by Ball Auction Service and will be split into two separate events with their own themes. The first, on Saturday, February 29th, will feature items from the oil and gas industry, and gasoline globes. The second auction, taking place the following Saturday on March 7th, is being themed “country store, toys, and knives” and will feature a lot of the knife collections and signage and memorabilia from old stores from a bygone era.
According to ballauction.bid the official description and links to the online page for each auction is as follows:
Saturday, February 29th
- Automobilia, oil/gas, and country store signs, neons & collectibles including Phillips 66, Texaco, Sunray, Sinclair, Magnolia, Gulf, Conoco, DX, Getty, Arco, ONG, Chevrolet, Ford, Otasco, Willy’s, Ford Tractor & more
- Over 150 gas pump advertising globes including Kanotex, Texaco, Sinclair, Sunray, Red Crown, Cities Service, Johnson Wing, Conoco, DX, Cosden, Wolf Head, Pan Am, Bell, Cushing, Derby, Skelly, Phillips 66, Tydol, Deep Rock, Lion, Shell, Flying A, Crown, Cyclo, Gulf, Esso, Mobil, Richfield, Independent, Deep Rock, Derby, American, Elreco, Malco, Atlantic, Zephyr, Champlin, Senzo, Cushing, Gulf Coast, Tulsa, Pemco, PenZip, Co-Op, Barnsdahl, Imperial & more
- Gas pumps & service station collectibles including 2 restored G & B mdl T1765’s, Wayne 515, visible pumps, Eerie no. 771, computing pump, lubester, Eco air meter & more
Saturday, March 7th
- Coca-Cola & soda signs, clocks & neons including Coca-Cola button signs, Pepsi signs & clocks, Aztec clock, 2-tone neon clock, soda clocks, Nesbits, Dr. Pepper, Squirt & much more
- Soda fountain & soda fountain collectibles including original soda fountain bar w/ back bar, malt mixers, ice cream scoops, jars & more
- Barber shop chair, poles, signs & more
- 100+ toys & banks including cast iron, stamped steel, tin & die cast by Arcade, Hubley, Smith Miller, Buddy L, Structo, Nylint, Marx, Tonka & more
- Country store collectibles & general antiques
- Over 40 Case collector knife sets (over 350 knives)
- Coin-op machines including Pulver Gum, stamp machines & peanut machines
- Collector radios including Fada, Zenith, Airline, Philco, GE, Crosley, Telechron, Hotel, RCA & more
If you prefer to bid in person, the event will happen at 18 E. Hobson, doors open at 8 am.
Proprietor Larry White has assured us that the most local items to do with Sapulpa history will not be sold, and will in fact be available for viewing at a new facility to be constructed just down the street.
Sparks Reed Architecture began in 2011 and is relocating from Tulsa to Sapulpa and said to be bringing at least a dozen jobs with them. Their architecture and interior design can be found in numerous prominent facilities, including Sapulpa’s George F. Collins Stadium, OSU’s Boone Pickens Stadium, Victory Bible College, Ditch Witch, and the historic Coleman Theatre in Miami, OK. White told Sapulpa Times that when he purchased the building, there was a tree growing through it and that it required a lot of love and care in the rehabilitation. He only agreed to sell to Sparks Reed because they promised to keep the historic integrity of the building intact.