Fountain City Auction opens year with Advertisement Auction

By Ken Lay

Fountain City Auction will soon begin the New Year with its biggest event of 2021.

On Saturday, January 2, it will host its 16th annual Advertisement Auction.

But COVID-19 has made things a little different.

The event will be completely virtual this time around due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols. The auction has previously been held in a hybrid live-and-online model.

Bidding is currently live and bidders can preview each item and its current bidding price online. Shoppers may bid through, which can be linked through and the AuctionZip App.

“This year will be completely online,” Fountain City Auction co-owner Greg Lawson said. “And I’ll take phone bids from older customers who don’t have computers.”

Items available at the upcoming event include a vintage Royal Crown Cola Machine, a vintage National cash register, a multitude of vintage signs including an original Interstate 40 sign, vintage beer and gas and petroleum signs, cap guns, arcade games and other items

“We have some arcade games and a lot of gas and petroleum signs,” Lawson said. “We have cap guns and pedal cars and people can register to bid with their credit card at”

“We’ll have 500 lots to bid on.”

Fountain City Auction is located at 4109 Central Avenue Pike off the Merchants Drive Exit off of Interstate 75. A preview for the annual auction will be held Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For questions, call Lawson at (865) 603-3468 or email