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3 Floors – Packed FULL!

Oak Street Antique Mall SELLOUT

725 Oak st. Wis. Dells, WI

Sat & Sun, Oct 24 & 25, 2009 9:30 Both days






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NOTE: Due to serious injuries from automobile accident, Nick & Virginia are forced to close their store. Selling out to bare walls-ALL merchandise & fixtures

NOTE! NOTE! Bring trucks & trailers. Large sale. Store is full-ALL 3 floors. Everything from quality antiques to ordinary items. Most sold in box lots. Mostly smalls. Not much furniture.

PARTIAL LIST! We are sorting & boxing. Over 2500 boxes full. (not done yet) (updated)

Antiques, Collectables, Etc.

Glassware 1000’s all kinds
Furniture-Hoosier cupboard, 3 Curved glass china cabinets
Old juke box
Beer signs & memorabilia
Pepsi & Coke memorabilia
Tonka & other toys
Fisher Price
Tin toys
Pedal car
Dukes of Hazard
1000’s books & magazines
1000’s records
Old jewelry
Penny Arcade scale
Thorson coffee grinder
Tobacco basket
Milk bottles
Tin signs
Political pins
Pottery & Earthenware
Wicker buggy
Lighting rods
Tin ware
Thousands of smalls & boxed items
Almost “some” of everything

DISPLAY CASES & SHELVING (Sold abt. 1:00 Sunday)

Many locked glass & other display cases & shelves

Lots more! Building has 3 floors and they are all full. Impossible to list all. Too crowded to get quality pics. See on web site

TERMS: Cash or good check. Items settled for day of sale. Sales Tax Applies.

Reg. Wis. Auctioneers: Col. BobWedel #608, Pat O’Brien #287.

Antique store goes on the block

A July car accident injured the owners of the Oak Street Antique Mall in Wisconsin Dells and caused them to close the business they had operated for 15 years.

Nicholas and Virginia Novak were injured July 13 in a roll over vehicle accident, Nicholas said in a phone interview from Glenview, Ill. where he and his wife are staying with family.

Virginia is partially paralyzed and under treatment for a spinal cord injury, and Nicholas said he is wearing a brace and has a cracked vertebrae.

Virginia is unable to work and caring for her consumes most of Nicholas’ time.

The couple, now in their 70s, bought the store 15 years ago. They lived in Chicago at the time and were retired. Nicholas, a former painter and paint contractor, moved to Wisconsin Dells to run the store, and he had help from Virginia on the weekends. Before moving to Wisconsin Dells herself and working at the store full time she worked for Cook County in the register of deeds office for 20 years, according to Nicholas.

“We were both retired, and we were doing something we enjoyed doing,” Nicholas said.

He and his wife had a good time going to auctions, buying up antiques and reselling them. They had other antique dealers who paid to use space in their store and sell their items. Sometimes they would have dinner out with a few of them, he said.

One of Nicholas’ most memorable customers was Debbie Reynolds, a singer and actress who had been performing at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre. Nicholas said about eight or 10 years ago she came in and looked among the old magazines they had for articles about her. Nicholas said she gave him and his wife a photograph and her autograph.

Throughout the years they sold some things Nicholas found particularly intriguing. He said he the store sold an “Uncle Sam wants you” poster for $1,750 and a 77-year-old Shirley Temple doll for $1,200.

The couple lived upstairs above the store year round. The busiest months were July and August.

Their family from the Chicago area came for visits.

The Novaks have five children and nine grandchildren, most of which still live in the Chicago area.

Another employee ran the store until it closed at the end of September.

An auction is planned Oct. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. and will possibly continue Oct. 25. Shelves and display cases will be for sale as antiques like a 1948 Werlitzer juke box, Coca-Cola memorabilia, Raggedy Ann and Barbie dolls, Pillsbury Doughboy items, Flintstones and Wizard of Oz items and other collectibles, according to Nicholas.

A partial list of items is available at Bob’s Auction Service in Columbus at

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Last Updated: October 20, 2009