(10/10/12) - Piece by piece, memorabilia from a once-popular Saginaw club is being auctioned off.
The Germania Town and Country Club closed in 2010. Now, everything is being sold so the new owner can have a clean slate.
Wednesday's auction attracted serious bidders, as well as people who just wanted one last walk down memory lane.
Longtime member Jim Trier is saddened, but not surprised by the closing of Germania.
"As the people got older and the young ones didn't join, or couldn't help support it, it was inevitable that it was leaving," Trier said.
Like many people here, Trier came to Wednesday's auction to see what was left. Some drums brought back good memories.
"My sister and I and my cousin Don would beat on those things until they would tell us to go back downstairs, and get with our parents," he said.
Those drums and a baby grand piano likely entertained thousands over the years.
Perhaps even former member Claudia Wallace. She won the bidding war for the piano.
"It's going to be cramped in the little house that I'm in, but it's going to get played," she said.
She's excited to have a piece of Germania's history, as well as replace a beloved gift. "I lost mine in a house fire in January," Wallace said.
From chairs to silverware to golf course signs, everything must go.
Fred Wasco fondly remembers the years his grandfather was president of the club. That's why he's glad a friend bought the statues that once greeted guests in the lobby.
"It is what it is I guess. You know, we move on and it was a great place, great memories, but it's time to move on," he said.
Items from the bowling alley will be sold Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.
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