They sold out the Durango Arts Center Theatre. The people who want to wish local radio station KDUR all the best filled the place to bid on gently used furniture, onetime junk, transformed by 23 kindly artists who donated their skill.
It was Nancy Stouffer's last year as general manager, and she was loaded with presents, including flowers and a furry stool.
"There's a playground that artists and DJs like to go to," she said as she greeted the packed house.
Stouffer has run the event for eight years. Now she's off into the world and Bryant Liggett will take over. Although Pat and Calvin Storey were the official auctioneers, Stouffer made the difference with her money-making promises. Deb Gorton's "Traveler's Box" Stouffer vowed will take the owners to all the places they want to go. And the piece went for $350.
Stouffer swore Dave Claussen's rusted steel and stone sculpture is "guaranteed to bring harmony and tranquility into your life." Someone took a chance on all that tranquility and paid $250.
But the totals of the largesse will have to wait.
KDUR was moving to temporary quarters Monday before re-emerging into the planned new College Union Building at Fort Lewis College. Stouffer and Liggett were too busy with packing boxes to count their money.