The owner, Ronald Gallops, who bought the property in 1979, says goodbye to the city he built.
TAMPA, Fla. — It’s been around for more than 40 years, but by the end of the weekend, it will be part of Tampa Bay’s past.
“Gallopsville” is a vintage style city a Tampa man built. Owner Ronald Gallops wants the public to take part of the historic home with them at an auction on Saturday.
“I want them to buy something they will remember,” Gallops said. “Put it on a shelf somewhere and look at it and say, ‘Man, that’s pretty neat. “”
Gallops says he bought the property in 1979 and one day the idea came to him.
“I said, ‘Man, I could make a nice little town here,'” Gallops said.
Gallopsville has a vintage-style barber shop, salon, and even a sheriff’s office. Gallops said it was used for Photo and front televisions.
Each piece is carefully chosen to match Gallops’ vision. All approximately 200 articles must leave now.
“I’m 80 and I can’t hold it down anymore,” Gallops said. “I’m at the end of the book, so now I have a new chapter started for as long as I can make it last.”
Gallops said he was moving to Dade City with a slower pace of life in a country setting.
John Harris is the auctioneer for the event and said he expects everything to sell out. That’s how valuable he said vintage collections are.
“Everything they see is going to go back to a period before 1930,” Harris said. “If they want to own something, they have to be here tomorrow.”
Along with vintage items, Gallops, who found success in the automotive industry, is also auctioning off a one-of-a-kind “steampunk” accessory he built. The vision is to make it appear usable for land, air and sea.
Additionally, there will be another vehicle inspired by the Inspector Gadget movie for the highest bid.
The auction takes place from 10 a.m. and is located at 914 East 128th Avenue in Tampa.
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