Auction family has Morinville connection

The Schlamp family have three generations working their auctions. Gordon Schlamp, his wife Stella, their granddaughter Lyndzee Wheeler and her Mom Koni Wheeler. Gordon worked for the Morinville Auction Service for roughly 25 years before starting his own business. – Lucie Roy Photo

By Lucie Roy

Gibbons – Gordon Schlamp Auction Service held their first in-town Gibbons auction at the Community Hall Oct.23. The auction consisted of antiques, collectibles and miscellaneous items, and was held for an owner that was down-sizing his possessions.

Lorna Simpson of Gibbons was looking over this collectible Elvis Presley tin at the first Gordon Schlamp Auction held in the Town of Gibbons. The Auction was held in the Community Hall Oct. 23.
The hall was packed with people from the local area looking for good deals. More than 1,000 items were up for grabs, including tools, shop and yard items, furniture, washers and dryers, toys, electronics, antiques and more.

Gordon Schlamp Auction Service usually conducts four consignment sales a year in Thorhild and area, but this sale came too late to be included. When the Community Hall was available, it was a first to be conducting a sale in the town and in the hall. Gordon Schlamp also conducted an auction sale in Morinville two years ago at the Legion for two seniors who were also downsizing.

The Schlamp family has auctions in their blood and they are no strangers to the area. Gordon said he bought his first wagon at an auction when he was four years old. He also worked as an auctioneer at the Morinville Auction Mart for more than twenty-five years before starting his own business in 1975. His wife Stella is also involved in the auction world. So too is their daughter Koni and her daughter Lyndzee and son Warren.

Gordon is the auctioneer, Stella assists in presenting the items for sale, Lyndzee writes down the bid number and price, and Koni does the office paperwork and cashier duties. Warren is a runner. One of the runners on Sunday was Shawna McLaughlin. Her Dad Charles McLaughlin owned the Morinville Auction Mart for more than thirty-four years. Originally Gordon worked for her Dad, but now she works for Gordon.

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