Update 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18: Rehoboth Beach Country Club staff has notified the paper that the pre-renovation sale has been postponed to a later date.
In the not-too-distant future, the Rehoboth Beach Country Club will undertake a major renovation of its clubhouse. In preparation, the club is hosting a pre-renovation sale of items that would otherwise be thrown away.
Kevin Tobin, owner of Philadelphia-based Pre-Demolition Sales, said the club is selling off all kinds of nice things, such as 400 oak lockers at $80 a pop. He said these lockers retail for over $300. He said there’s a little bit of everything for sale - furniture, sconces, a bar, shrubbery, pool accessories, dining room chairs, interior doors, railings, bar stools and more.
“It’s all nice stuff,” he said. “Everything about it is classy.”
The Rehoboth Beach Country Club was founded downtown in 1925, with a golf course along Silver Lake and a clubhouse on Scarborough Avenue. Construction on the club’s Rehoboth Bay property began in 1960, officially opening in 1966. The last major renovation was in 1989, which saw the clubhouse expanded to its current size and layout.
Tobin said his company has been doing pre-demolition and pre-renovation sales for 30 years in six different states. Among his clients have been churches, bowling alleys, Philadelphia suburb mansions and other golf courses.
Tobin said he and his staff will not let people in early. He said the process is simple - a person signs in, is given a number, and as they’re walking around they mark the sales tag with that number indicating it’s sold. When people are done, he said, they go up front and pay for everything they bought.
Tobin said people will be allowed into the sale in the order of signing up, but it all happens quickly. Yes, the first person to sign up gets in first, but the 25th person will be in 60 seconds later, he said.
Improvements to the clubhouse will be the club’s second recent capital improvement. In late 2017 and early 2018, the club replaced the golf course irrigation system, including pipes, pumps, control systems and electrical components.
Representatives from the country club could not be reached for comment and there is no information about the sale or renovation on the club’s website or Facebook page.
According to the Pre-Demolition Sales website, this is a cash-only sale. Checks may be accepted, with a good ID, but no credit cards allowed. Pictures of some of the items for sale are available at predemolitionsales.com.