Auction to benefit fire dept. toy drive

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A charity auction at 6 p.m. tonight at Bargains on Broadway will raise money and toys for the Clark County Firefighters Association to give to local children this Christmas.

Owner Robert Pritchett said the business, which has operated at 26 E. Broadway St. for about two years, has traditionally helped Lighthouse Church of God with its Christmas program. When members from the firefighter association asked him to help with their program, Pritchett said he decided to host a separate auction to support them as well.

The store’s employees have spent the last two days putting hundreds of different items on display, including toys, holiday decorations and even Christmas trees. Everything sold at today’s event will benefit the firefighters toy drive, and Pritchett said 10 percent of all sales, including those from the attached restaurant, will be donated to the cause. Additionally, for every toy sold, Pritchett said he will donate one to the drive.

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“We’re hoping for a minimum of about $400 to $500 plus what toys are donated,” he said.

Bargains on Broadway is a family-owned and operated business that is actually three businesses in one. The building hosts auctions every Saturday on constantly changing items, has other items on sale for retail purchase and Pritchett’s brother operates a cafe there boasting the best cheeseburger in Winchester.

Pritchett said a typical Saturday night auction will draw as many as 200 people to the location.

“What we do is a little different, and it’s fun,” he said.

Bargains on Broadway auctions off a random assortment of items, and Pritchett said sometimes not even he knows what’s going to be delivered.

He said the family works hard to help out Winchester however they can, often through charity auctions like the one tonight or through donations of items that get delivered to the store. He said he recently was able to deliver more than 300 maternity dresses valued at more than $9,000 to New Beginnings of Winchester.

“I’m all about Winchester,” Pritchett said. “I grew up here, this is my home.”