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Breckenridge, CO, Self-Storage Operator Hosts Retail Auction on Behalf of Sheriff’s Office

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Breckenridge Mini Storage, a self-storage facility in Breckenridge, Colo., will host an auction on behalf of the Summit County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office on July 29 in which it will sell off 1,600 items seized from an outdoor-products retailer. A court order allowed the items to be taken from 123 Mountain, a retail operation that collapsed amid numerous vendor lawsuits and complaints from customers, according to the source.

The auction at 156 County Road 450 will include high-end outdoor gear including avalanche airbag backpacks, climbing equipment, clothing, footwear and skis. The products will be sold in bulk, meaning bidders must buy the entire inventory. The minimum bid is $31,530.62, and all buyers must register in advance with the sheriff’s office, the source reported.

123 Mountain faced more than a dozen lawsuits from various vendors and received nearly 140 consumer complaints at the Better Business Bureau. Owners Anna Sofia and Olivier Goumas were accused of selling items online they didn’t actually carry among other questionable business practices. When credit-card companies stopped processing the retailer’s transactions, the company allegedly told customers their cards were declined and took payments via cash, check or wire transfer, according to the source.

The couple closed retail stores in Copper Mountain Village, Frisco and Lakewood, Colo. The auction merchandise comes from the Frisco location.

Web developer Greg Gantzer, who created the retailer’s website, was among the first to sue the company. He is hoping the auction will help recoup $60,000 he says Olivier Goumas owes him. “He would take money and services, but he just didn’t like to ever pay people,” Gantzer told the source.

Gantzer obtained the court order allowing him to seize the inventory. It took the Web developer and a team of 10 people 16 hours to remove the items.

Olivier Goumas was present during the seizure, but the couple has since disappeared, the source reported. “He gave me a sideways glance, but that was it,” Gantzer said. “He knew he was done.”

Breckenridge Mini Storage has served Summit County since 1976.

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