Auction to own parts of The Varsity ends

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Long-time customers of The Varsity in Athens were like kids in a candy store Wednesday.

Dozens of souvenirs from the Athens location that closed last month are being auctioned off and they were on public display.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen was there as crowds packed into the auction house in Gwinnett County, many wanting to take home a piece of history.

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Randy Peterman said there are some things you never forget.

“The only place you could get a greasy chili dog. Back in the day. It was tradition,” Peterman said.

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Shannon Millan knows the feeling.

“The #1. The chili dogs with a frosted orange.” “F-O!” “Yes!” Millan said.

Straight from the menu at The Varsity. And now the menu can be all yours.


In the warehouse of Bullseye Auction in Lawrenceville, 158 items, mostly signs and kitchen equipment are up for bid. Millan has her eye on perhaps the most coveted collectible.

“I would love the actual Varsity sign,” Millan said. “How big is your house?” Petersen asked. “Well, we have a big basement!”

For folks like Millan and Peterman, who ate at the Athens Varsity since they were kids, this stuff represents happy memories.

“I have some Varsity stuff now. So, some of this I’m definitely going to be getting. I hope so, anyway,” Peterman said.

The auction ended Thursday at 10 a.m. View the catalog here.

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