Here’s What You Can Get at a Closed Mall Liquidation Sale

  • Lakeforest Mall, a shopping center in Maryland, closed at the end of March.
  • Now, the property is auctioning off all the items that were left behind.
  • Everything from store kiosks, to an enclosed play area, to a Lakeforest-branded Chevy is up for grabs.

Lakeforest Mall in Gatlinburg, Maryland, opened its doors to the public in 1978.

Over time, the shopping center evolved — at one point, it was home to a movie theater and an ice rink — but in March, after more than 40 years in business, it joined the ranks of malls across America shutting their doors.

The good news for mall fanatics is that they can bring some of the Lakeforest Mall home through its liquidation sale.

The sale, which is being facilitated by Capital Online Auctions, began on June 8 and will run through July 6 at 1 p.m. EST. Almost 600 lots are available, and they all opened at a price of $1. 

Everything from store kiosks and an enclosed play area to hanging, decorative birds and a Lakeforest-branded Chevy Silverado are available to the highest bidder. 

The physical space that the mall occupies will be demolished and redeveloped in early 2024, according to a press release from Capital Online Auctions. The mall’s fate is similar to those of many retailers across the country. There are only about 700 malls left in America, down from 2,500 in the 1980s. 

Here are some of the most bizarre oddities available at the auction:

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