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Five Points Auction reopens after fire

A family business in Cass County is reopening after it burned to the ground in July. Five Points Auction on U.S.12 is a staple in the community and the owners said damaged from the fire cost nearly $75K. 

The hefty price tag isn't stopping them from bringing this business back to life this weekend. 

On Saturday night there's not much to do in the rural area of Union, Michigan. 

Tommie and Tim Schmidt said, “We have a lot of people that are here every week. I mean they have their own seats. It’s their Saturday night entertainment!”

The town's entertainment came to halt this summer when this community staple burned to the ground. The owners were on the cusp of retirement-- but knew they couldn't leave five points legacy in a pile of ashes. 

Schmidt said, "I should have just quit because I’m stubborn. Well they say if you keep busy you stay young so that’s what we’re doing.”

Tommie and Tim have been married for 44 years and just like the vows they promised to each other, they stood by their business for better or for worse.

Schmidt said. “I wanted to come back and work 2-3 days a week but it’s been harder! He’s been working 60 hours a week all summer. It worked out well."

The floor is stocked and the goods are ready for bidding. 

Schmidt said, “Anybody needs to picnic we got a picnic basket with some wine, a tea set, tools, gloves..." 

Now they just need the community that's supported them for years to fill the chairs. 

Schmidt said, “I hope somebody shows up. Ooo I’m sure they will!”

Saturday night the inspection of the auction items start at 3p.m. and the event starts at 5p.m.

After 4 months of rebuilding from the ground up they’re hopeful for a brighter future.

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