Hammer falls on auction house

Mac’s Auctions had its final sale last Sunday, closing after almost 45 years in the furniture industry and spanning across five locations in Mount Gambier.

While the name has changed over the years, originally Mac’s Furniture, Mac’s Mart, Mac’s Antique Shop, Mac’s World of Cane and finally Mac’s Auctions, the dedication to customer service and the community has not.

Mac’s Auctions owner Kevin McVilly is moving on due to health and age leaving behind a historic 63 years in the furniture business.

Mr McVilly started off his career in Victoria, moving to Mount Gambier in 1962 as the second in charge at a furniture shop where he shortly became manager.

“My wife and I decided to go out on our own and obviously we made the distance,” he said.

Mr McVilly said he believed the town needed an auction room and hoped someone will start one in his absence.

“There will always be people passing on and moving states and at the end of the day they have to put that stuff somewhere,” he said.

“While it was a hard decision, under the circumstances it had to happen.

“We would like to thank everyone for their incredible support in the time we were fortunate enough to be in business.

“We could have never survived without the ongoing support of buyers and sellers.

“The recent years have been difficult for so many, and we are extremely fortunate to have been able to continue on for so long.

“I think the highlight in any business today is to survive, there is no doubt about that.”

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