Everything is for sale at the former Temple Oaks Baptist Church and school, from pew to steeple – except someone’s already taken the steeple.
Laryssa Lee and Lee Smith are business partners with Off the Hook Vintage and Estate Sales, working on behalf of church trustee R.P Jones. They have been trying to parcel out furnishings and fixtures in the church on 34th Street for weeks, with a big push this Friday through Sunday on-site at TOBC.
They are urging area churches, educators, collectors – really anyone – to come make offers on pews, pulpits, choir risers, school desks, light fixtures, musical equipment, kitchen appliances. You get the idea. What was a fully functioning church and school for half a century is up for grabs.
The property itself is also for sale, but Lee says a pending sale fell through, giving them a little more time to organize and find the right buyers for the contents within the buildings.
“A lot of people are coming to buy a piece of nostalgia, and that’s good,” she said. “Maybe they went to the church or attended the school, they want a keepsake from that time.”
Lee attended the school and was taught by Jones’s wife, she says. Now she’s helping to dismantle the Temple Oaks legacy, hoping the items don’t end up in a landfill. People are already stealing items, vandalizing the church and the property has caught the eye of vagrants.
Lee and Smith will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to guide potential buyers through the maze of items available for purchase.