Gibble’s Chips bring top money at auction

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Brian and Alissa Oaks, right, were the happy recipients of proceeds from the winning bid for Gibble’s Potato Chips.

When the new owners of Gibbles Potato Chips announced last spring that they were discontinuing the locally-popular line of snacks, consumers cleared grocery shelves of the last batches of potato chips, popcorn and pretzels.

“We eliminated our inventory at the end of April,” said Margaret Booze. She and her husband Charles own CEBCO Village Mart in Marion, located just up the road from Gibbles.

On May 15 the couple donated a case of Gibbles chips for a benefit auction. The occasion was a baby shower for Brian and Alissa Oaks. Brian was the son of Marion Auction owner Jerrold Oaks. Terry Shetter called the bids during the celebratory event.

Ed Bohrer from West Virginia was the winning bidder for the four family-sized bags of chips, at $338.

“I was thrilled, and so were they,” said Margaret Booze of the expectant parents.

Someone from the crowd yelled out, “If it’s a boy, they could call him Chip.”

Brandon Donald Oaks was born May 31.