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Phillips prepares for auction at pawn shop

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Donnie Phillips, Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn Shop Owner Donnie Phillips, Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn Shop Owner
Tony Pearson, Pearson Auction Company Tony Pearson, Pearson Auction Company
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After 24-years of owning an east Albany pawn shop made famous on American Idol, the father of music star Phillip Phillips says it's time to retire.       

Donnie Phillips has held several auctions over the past few of years to try to clear out items in the store. He says now everything at Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn Shop must go, including the building itself.  

"We just tired, I'm older, and I want to spend more time with my kids and my grand kids," said Donnie Phillips, Owner of Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn Shop. "I got a new grand baby coming."  

"He's told me to go ahead and sale all kinds of things like I said that we haven't been able to sale in the past," said Tony Pearson, with Pearson Auction Company. "So. I'm expecting it to be a good sale."

Phillips will hold an auction at the business in the 1700 block of East Ogelthorpe tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. It will include three guitars signed by his son along with guns, tools, jewelry and more.      Phillips hopes to get a bid for around $300,000 for the building and land. If not, he says he may keep pawning.

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