“One million dollars, I’m asking one million dollars,” he called into the crowd Friday night.
But there were no takers.
“How about $500,000? We got to get it started somewhere,” Bufford called again.
Still no takers.
At less than half of where he wanted to start, bidding moved slowly, inching only by a few thousand dollars with each raise.
The final bid, $375,000, didn’t reach the minimum bid sought by owners Jack and Sharon Kleinecke.
The hall is still for sale though – for the right price.
Potential buyers can speak with Eddie Haynes Inc. staff to make an offer on the hall situated at the Goliad/Victoria county line.
The Kleineckes, who live in Raisin, along with two other couples, purchased the hall in June 2000 from Schroeder resident Helen Hoff.
Since that time, the other couples have sold back their shares to the Kleineckes, who now alone own the hall.
Having owned it for a decade, the couple have left their mark. Since taking it over, they have renovated most of the inside and even reinvigorated its image.
This will be the second time the Kleineckes have put the hall up for sale.
In 2008, they listed the property with an Austin firm.
“They didn’t do anything to try and promote it,” Jack Kleinecke said in a previous interview. “It really wasn’t marketed at all.”
For those regulars to the hall, the doors didn’t close Friday.
“We are booked through August,” Jack Kleinecke said.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.