An open-air street auction for 3152-3160 Washington St., held April 16, 2014.

An Egleston Building Changes Hands At Sidewalk Auction

It's like a scene out of the reality show "Storage Wars." An auctioneer, eight bidders, a lawyer and a loan agent stand on the corner of Washington and Chilcott Place at noon on an unseasonably cool April day. The auctioneer reads legalese, barely loud enough for anyone to hear. But they've heard it all before, so it hardly matters. The bidders who come to these auctions know one another and see each other across the city and region at similar sidewalk gatherings.