Kristopher Pederson and Eurika Smith, co-owners of S & K Auction, opened their business two or three weeks ago, but plan to have their first auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Pederson said they have been open for resale for a few weeks, and he is excited to hold his first auction at their location.

"I just received my auctioneer's license last Wednesday," Pederson said. "I'm going to have a different kind of auction. I want this to be a friendly atmosphere."

The auction will start at 6 p.m., but Pederson said they will have a cut-off time of 10:30 p.m. S & K Auction plans to have an auction every Saturday. Tuesday through Saturday at noon, all items at their store will be up for resale, except for online auction items.

S & K Auction has not yet finished their website for their online auctions, but they plan to have it up-and-running soon with an ongoing online auction.

"We're planning to do our best to make sure that everyone who wants to bid on an item gets the opportunity to," Pederson said.

Smith said they will have food and drinks for those participating in the auction, such as hot dogs, Frito pies, sloppy joes, ice cream bars, water, soda and sweet tea.

Pederson said he has spent the last 10 years buying storage units, preparing for opening an auction site. He also said that individuals can donate merchandise to the store.

"Any money made by the sale of donated items will be split between charities I support, such as the Morehouse Humane Society and St. Jude's," Pederson said.

Pederson said he wants to help the community grow.

"I want to help the community," he said. "I'm hiring people in the community to work for me who in turn can live and spend money within the community to help the area thrive."

Pederson said he is also tired of seeing people mistreated at auctions, so he plans to offer the community a fair way to auction off their items. Buyers' fees will be low, he said, at 13 percent for card purchases and only 10 percent for cash purchases. Pederson also said he plans to have specialty auctions in the future.

Vendor spots are also available at the location, Pederson said.

"We have 20-25 vendor spots available for anyone who wants to come sell crafts or produce," he said. "Vendors can rent a booth from Thursday through Saturday for $60 or $35 for only Saturday. Sellers of produce will also receive $5 off of their rental space."

Pederson said this is not a short-term thing, that S & K Auction plans to continue reselling items and having weekly auctions for the foreseeable future.

"This is something that is going to be a longevity thing," he said. "It's going to grow. We are not like the boutiques. Our items will always be affordable. I'm hoping this will help boost the community."

S & K Auction is located at 11479 Crossett Rd. in Bastrop. For more information about the auction, resale items, vendor booths or to donate items, call 318-816-6889.