Rusty treasures for a few bucks

Don Currie had a problem with hoarding.

Don Currie

The longtime Fort Worth auto parts dealer first took a fancy to Model A Fords and started collecting them. Then he took a shine to bicycles. So he started a collection of classic examplars of two-wheeled transport — thousands of them.
Mr. Currie died earlier this year. His collection lay gathering rust and dust in a storage facility on Fort Worth’s soutwest side. Until today.
Don Currie’s son, Jim, who says he didn’t inherit the collecting gene, staged a sale of the bicycles and automotive memorabilia. It drew bicycle aficianados and collectors from far and wide, including some of my biking friends, who picked up treasures for just a few bucks.
I expect to see some of those bikes restored and back on the road before too long.
Born in Jackson, Miss., in 1943, Don Currie moved to Fort Worth in the early 1950s. He was a 1961 graduate of Polytechnic High School. Jim Currie said his dad owned and operated Woodway Auto Supply in Fort Worth’s Wedgwood area and was a neighborhood fixture for more than 30 years.
“He loved flea markets. He loved garage sales. He loved collecting cars and bikes,” a flyer for the sale said of Don Currie. “You are experiencing the fruit of his work today. Please enjoy your treasure hunt. This is the type of event he would love.”
I’m not very adept at restoring old bikes, so I didn’t buy any. But I took a few pictures. Here are some of them, set up as a slideshow.

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Filed under Americana, History, Texana, Urban cycling

2 responses to “Rusty treasures for a few bucks

  1. What a great collection he had! Thanks for sharing the slideshow of neat pictures. It sounds like this sale must have been a lot of fun for collectors and others who enjoy restoring bikes.

  2. Jim Currie

    Jim – so sorry I didn’t see your blog sooner. Thanks for the kind write up. As a post mortem to the sale, here are a few notes:
    – dad collected the bikes over a period of approximately 30 years. More were gathered in 90s than any other time period. His focus included schwinn of 1960s and anything from 1950s.
    – about 20% of his “collection” was top quality…good collectable models. Another 30% were solid antiques that could be restored and enjoyed. The remaining half was largely junk. Determining the difference was the true task at hand. I enjoyed the help of some fantastic men in Ft Worth that enjoy the hobby. I am so grateful to Scott and Mark for their help.
    – we organized the thousand plus bikes into groups by time period and value. We spent three full weekends preparing for the big bike sale. When the day came…so did more than 100 collectors.
    – we devised a system to allow everyone to shop fair and square. Prices were “wholesale”. People did buy…in volume. We sold just under 800 bikes before noon and one buyer bought everything that was left at that time. The average sales price was approx $25 per. That means many at $100 and a whole bunch at $10 or so….
    – the very best part of the day were the stories. Those that recalled having a bike of this sort or that. Those that recalled discussing these bikes with dad. Those that shopped to find a bike they would plan to restore and use. That’s what made us proud…these fine bikes that took 30 years to gather were all going back into “circulation”. Perfect. The hobby indeed goes full circle. It’s the kind of day that dad would have really loved.
    Jim Currie.

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