Auction Held at Westdale Mall

By Brady Smith

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Everything must go.

That was the attitude at Westdale Mall Saturday morning, as dozens gathered to bid on whatever was left inside the common areas and empty store spaces. Tables, signs, chairs, and even restroom partitions weren't safe from the auctioneer and the troop of bargain-seekers crowding around him.

Only a few minutes in, Teresa Smith had already placed a couple winning bids.

"I already bought a big picture frame and a mirror, and now I'm over by the Christmas decorations, and my husband's going to kill me," Smith joked.

As for the price of each individual item, it all depends on who's in the audience and who wants it the most.

"You know, some of the stuff's going higher, but a lot of it's really low, so who knows what I'm going to end up with?" Smith told us.

Kathleen Watson found out you can get a good deal if you listen closely.

"It moves really fast, and you don't have to spend $100,000 on things," Watson laughed.

But not everyone was there to get into a bidding war.

Dan Knight came to see if there was anything he absolutely couldn't live without, but also to remember Westdale during its better days.

"At that time, it was so full you could hardly get through. I mean this was the place to go," said Knight.

Now, with the common areas completely gutted and most of the store spaces nearly empty, there's not much left to look at.

"The santa suit over there, it's just like, oh this is sad," said Smith.

Sad though it may be, Backes Auction and Realty said most of the remaining items would sell, proving they haven't outlived their usefulness.

"I guess it kind of makes of makes sense, because otherwise a lot of this would be getting landfilled," said Watson.
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