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Arts District Is No Longer "Crazy"

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, February 01, 2010, at 07:58PM
Crazy Gideons Ed Fuentes

A quiet scene at Crazy Gideon's, where final merchandise was auctioned off on Saturday.

Traction Ave is a little bit quieter today.

Our obsession with the closing of "Crazy" Gideon's has little to do with measuring consumer demand of electronic goods, and much more to do with fascination with the idea that the warehouse could really shutter its doors after 35 years of operation.

It could.

Reports are that items moved briskly during Saturday's auction, which apparently became a little heated in the evening as flea-market buyers became competitive with the general public.

As for Gideon, he certainly will go down in local television lore for his late night commercials: one part sales, one part performance.

As we saw back in September, though, Mr. Gideon Kotzer still has that salesman's touch. When his adaptive reuse project does someday go through, you know that he'll be ready to use it.


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