1981 First Action Auction Flea market (by Abbott’s Magic)

ABBOTT’S FIRST ANNUAL FALL CLEARANCE SALE OCTOBER 17TH – SATURDAY – STARTING 1:00 P.M. Hundreds of items…Grab bags…Auction…Some New…Some Old…Some Dusty. We’ve cleaned house, both here at the plant and in the ‘White House’ (where Duke used to live) and found a ton of magic treasure. No phone calls or advance sales. You must be here in person. The sale will start at 1:00 P.M. and continue until all sale items are sold.

Note: We do not know much more about that first auction except that Abbott’s made $2,400 that day. Hank Moorehouse (whom the auction was later named after) explained that the first three auctions were all Abbott inventory and the event was held inside the shop. However, after the third year it was opened up to other dealers by invitation. A tent was setup next to the Abbott store to handle the expected larger crowds and the fourth Abbott fleamarket with the additional dealers was scheduled for May. Unfortunately it snowed that day and Hank and several other dealers spent the day shivering in a tent during a snowstorm.

The current event is still held in May and is free to attend, you only have to pay if you want to sell magic.

Author: Abbotts Magic Company

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