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Estate sale to be held in Zelman's building

David Moses stands in front of his family's former downtown shop.WICHITA — Almost a year after David Moses announced that he was preparing his family's Zelman's building for development, the downtown space is ready to see some activity.

First, there's going to be an estate sale there Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1.

"It'll be a very, very interesting sale because there's a lot of history," says Becky Leason of Becky's Estate Sales.

Moses' grandfather, Sam Zelman, immigrated here from Czechoslovakia in 1920 and started his Zelman's clothing store in the '20s.

There will be all kinds of store fixtures for sale, including glass counters, shelves, hangers, advertising displays, signs, a hall tree and a hat rack that Bonnie Bing apparently has already claimed.

"I looked at it in the window for years," Bing says.

There also is some jewelry for sale and some things from the former hotel upstairs, such as a few pieces of furniture.

"And we've got a wonderful antique cash register," Leason says. "Just absolutely beautiful."

She says she's still researching it to determine how old it is. She estimates it's not newer than 1920.

"It could easily be earlier."