Southern California residents have the chance to bid for a piece of their childhoods this week.
The owners of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour have moved the contents of its shuttered restaurants to Riverside to be auctioned off on Thursday, Sept. 14.
“Here’s an opportunity to pick up some history,” said Johan Graham, co-owner of I-15 Auctions in Victorville.
One of the items, part of Lot No. 440, is a framed photo of late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey playing piano in a Farrell’s restaurant with a garter on his arm like the Farrell’s employees surrounding him.
The public can preview the wall decorations, garters, furnishings and memorabilia being auctioned off at the Riverside restaurant 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.
The auction, which is online, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with lots closing one-by-one roughly every minute.
Winners can pick up their purchases at the restaurant Friday and Saturday. Any unclaimed items will be resold, Graham said.
There are nearly 500 lots. Some of them are useful items like kitchen equipment and security cameras. But Graham said more than half are nostalgic, and potentially cheap.
At press time, bidding stood at $5-$15 for such items as menus, birthday stickers, postcards, plastic cups, giant furry mustaches and even the Riverside liquor license.
Pricier items include Tiffany-style ceiling lamps, cast-iron bar stools and two of Farrell’s signature sundaes, dishes for Pig Trough and…