Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

May 4, 2014

Contents of Buddy’s Country Store on the auction block

PRINCETON — For years, visitors from throughout the region and beyond have enjoyed visits to “Buddy’s Country Store,” in Bluewell, a privately owned and operated museum that featured a whole lot of items from a day gone by as well as memories of the region’s past.

Due to health reasons, the museum/store hasn’t been open on a regular basis in  some time, and the family of Louise and T.A. “Buddy” Warden Jr., have decided to auction off the contents of the old store as well as the contents of an old coal camp residence, complete with all of the items found in a circa 1930s vintage company house.

“This promises to be one of the best auctions in the state this year, and has already been drawing a lot of interest from outside the state,” Mike Eades of Four Seasons Auctions said. “We had a producer and staff members from American Pickers come here to check it out. The producer was very interested in it, but the show was committed to a schedule of West Coast filming stops, and with the hard winter we had, just didn’t let us work out the details.”

Like the coal camp home, the store also features 1930s vintage items including old gas pumps, porcelain signs, old soda machines, all of the dry goods and other merchandise that a visitor might expect to see in a 1930s era store, along with tools, old mining equipment, advertising materials, cash registers, farm equipment and even some Audie Murphy items including a first edition, autographed copy of Murphy’s book, “To Hell and Back.”

The auction is so big that Eades and his auctioneer wife, Anita Eades, have to split it into two auctions, the first of which will be at 10 a.m., on May 17, at the Four Seasons auction gallery east of Princeton on U.S. Route 460.

“We haven’t set the date yet for the second auction, but it will be in late June and will feature all of the items in the coal camp house,” Eades said. “Anita and I think this will be a really special auction and we wanted to let people know about it.”

The Warden family operated a supermarket in Bluewell many years, and worked to serve the community, region, state and nation throughout their lives Buddy, Louise and their entire family have a great appreciation for area history and enjoyed sharing that history for as long as they could.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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