Cinderella's coach runs out of time on eBay

Item from theme park doesn't get any bids

July 28, 2004|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF

Cinderella's pumpkin coach, once part of the Enchanted Forest theme park in Ellicott City, did not receive any bids during the 10 days it was listed on the eBay Internet auction site.

When the auction closed near midnight Monday, no bidders had been tempted by the $6,000 starting price placed on the item by two Essex businessmen who bought the car-sized, orange fiberglass coach last month at a charity auction.

"We were trying to get a consensus on what people think it is worth," said Elby Proffitt, owner of Precision Environmental Cleaning and Testing.

He and business partner Scott Shepherd, owner of Bay Home Inspections, have not decided what to do with the pumpkin, Proffitt said. They have received offers from several local businesses and individuals to buy or take the coach.

"We haven't talked about that yet," Proffitt said. But when they bought the item, they said they wanted to see it end up in a safe place where the public could enjoy it.

The coach once carried children through the 52-acre park, which had storybook-theme buildings, characters and attractions. The park closed in the late 1980s, and a shopping center was built on most of the property.

After a brief reopening of the park in the 1990s, the remaining attractions were fenced in behind the stores and remain there today, crumbling amid weeds and overgrown trees.

The coach was left outside the main fence, sitting behind a PETCO store until the property owner, Kimco Realty Corp., gave it to the Coldwell Banker office in the shopping center for the office's annual charity auction.

Volunteers from the office, led by broker Debbie Burchardt, spent a month refurbishing the coach and sold it at the auction to Shepherd and Proffitt for $2,300.

Since then, community members and fans of the old park have expressed concern over the future of the piece.

"A lot of people, I think, are feeling a little bit bitter about it," Burchardt said when she heard the coach was on eBay. "A lot of people wanted me to put it on eBay. I wasn't going to do it. I was adamant about keeping it here locally."

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