Going, going … goodbye – but their hearts remain in auctioned ...


Going, going … goodbye – but their hearts remain in auctioned dorp

Couple bade farewell to their home - and immense antique collection - when Verkykerskop was sold

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The couple who became the driving force behind the tiny Free State hamlet of Verkykerskop – which went on auction at the weekend – said that while they may be moving on, their hearts will remain in the escarpment outspan.  

Antique collectors Matt Hoffman and his wife Beth Hillary, who amassed a one-of-a-kind trove of antiques, including a vintage Shell petrol pump and one of the largest collections of enamel signs, are moving to the Cape.

“Saying goodbye to the town and everything we’d accumulated over 11 years was bittersweet for us in the beginning. It was hard,” Hillary told Times Select. The town, 40km from Harrismith and replete with a general dealer, a guesthouse and a post office, took a winning bid of R3m...

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