Phillip Phillips’ Family Aucitioning Off Memorabilia

Some of you may remember that American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips used to work in his dad’s Georgia pawn shop. Now it looks like his family is packing up the shop. An auction is set for December 1 at the Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn, and among some of the items up for grabs are personal items from Phillip.

Pearson Auction Company auctioneer Tony Pearson said, “It should be a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity for anyone who is interested in obtaining some kind of Phillip Phillips’ memorabilia. It should be a great sale.”

If you’re selling his stuff, better do it while Phillip is riding high. I hope Phillip and his family aren’t naive about his prospects. Only a couple of Idol graduates have managed to sustain superstar careers.

Several of the guitars he played growing up , all signed personally. Pictures, posters, CD’s and music from American Idol. The tickets his parents used each week attending the show framed.

Phillip Phillips’ father Donnie Phillips said “It’s kind of a give back thing. I just appreciate everybody in Albany, Lee County. Surrounding counties for what all they have done for us. The support they have given us. And I just want to say thank you again.”

Even the turkey seen on American Idol will be auctioned.

Pearson said “When he came home from American Idol this is the famous turkey he carried around in the video clip. I think everyone remembers the turkey.”

Yeah. I remember the turkey.

Phillips said “I think his album is better than the one he came out with during American Idol. And he is really doing good. He is getting better and better.”

Pearson said “I don’t think he’s a one hit wonder kind of deal. So I think it will be a really good investment to pick up any of these things. Of course it should increase in value over the years, definitely.”

Oh my. Mr. Phillips needs to do a little research on the typical trajectory of an American Idol, once they leave the show and enter the real world.

Everything in the store, including the store itself will be auctioned. I guess Phil’s family will be working for him now? I’m not clear on what’s going to happen next for the family.

The Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn auction will start at 9:00 AM Saturday December 1st, with a preview of the items at 8:00AM.

You can link to the auctioneer’s website here.

Via WALB10

  • TheOther

    The family actually has wanted to get out of the business prior to AI. Thieves broke into the store in Jun when Phillip’s family was him in California while he was recuperating from his surgery.

  • HannaBec

    I really like Phillip and wish the best for him. People said he did a great set at Texas Tango last night; he was funny and sounded great. That being said, I hope his family has a Plan B. 

  • potatorocks

    This seems premature.   But maybe Philip has already earned enough money to support his mom and dad for a lifetime in a small town in Georgia.  Hopefully they have a financial advisor who helped them make a decision like this.

    I would think this puts much pressure on P2.   

  • Larc

    If they are all planning on living off P2 now, the Phillips family may be in for a rude wakeup.

  • wkstrack

    Isn’t this what Jason Castro and his fam did?

  • durbesque

    People go in and out of businesses all the time.  I doubt that an elderly businessman, and a rather successful one at that, has any illusions about living off of Jr. for the rest of his life.  It would be nice though. lol 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Eh, it’s highly possible that they’re planning on investing the proceeds of the auction and living off that. Pawn shops typically lend at a pretty steep discount to the item’s value, so in an auction that’s supposed to be fueled by P2 Memorabilia Frenzy — rather than by normal auction bargain-hunting — there’s some nice space for reeling in profits.

    In that case, holding the auction shortly after P2’s album drops, while he’s at the height of his post-win promo, is good thinking to get the biggest “take” and absolutely does not depend on seriously believing P2’s going to have sustainable success. (It just depends on buyers believing it.)

  • Incipit

    Phillips said “I think his album is better than the one he came out with during American Idol.

    What album is he talking about – the EP of Idol covers?

  • Larc

    Somebody will hopefully buy the turkey.  That could turn out to be the most symbolic thing offered in the auction.  ;)

  • Kirsten

    Phillip Phillips’ father Donnie Phillips said “It’s kind of a give back
    thing. I just appreciate everybody in Albany, Lee County. Surrounding
    counties for what all they have done for us. The support they have given
    us. And I just want to say thank you again.”

    How is auctioning of the brik-a-brak of your son’s Idol run (used plane tickets?) thanking people in your little town? Did I miss the part that the proceeds are going to the local hospital or something?

    Sounds to me that Dad is making hay while the sun shines and asking the locals (and others) to dig once more into their pockets to pay money for stuff that would normally end up in a recycling bin. There is nothing wrong with a bit of capitalism, but don’t pretend that it is a way to thank the people (who paid for a big party to help your son win the stupid contest) when you are actually making money off them.

    Sure, a lot of Phil’s Phans will probably think it’s a wonderful memento to have a boarding pass that Phil’s Phather once touched and will gladly pay for it (and probably thank him for selling it), but that’s not why he selling it. Ugh.

  • MellyPer1692

    Oh my. Seems so tacky to do this. If they were auctioning off stuff of his for charity, I could see it, but no.

  • guinness 416

    If they are all planning on living off P2 now, the Phillips family may be in for a rude wakeup.

    A lot of pressure on the kid if this is the case.  Especially if the girlfriend isn’t planning to go back to nursing school (and ask the likes of David Gray the value of having a wife with a good, in-demand career while in the music biz).  On the other hand, maybe the family have made enough contacts in whatever way through this Idol and album recording experience to go a less risky and time intensive route for a family business.  Pawn shops are dangerous and the Phillips family don’t strike me as being rolling in cash from the years in that business. 

    I do agree that the auction sounds more than a bit tacky and don’t understand in the slightest how it’s thanking the town (unless they’re giving some of the proceeds to local charities).  If PP makes it big as a singer-songwriter, the genre I and my friends follow the closest, I am sure the non-idol fans won’t be interested in an ebay auctioned reality show turkey down the line.

    Whatever, none of my business anyway, bring on the music!

  • guinness 416

    Actually, all us commenters should chip in and buy MJ the turkey or a pair of PP’s lucky onstage socks or something as a thank-you christmas present.

  • Incipit

    Sounds to me that Dad is making hay while the sun shines 

    Sure he is. So is everyone else. And while framing it as a ‘give back’ is a bit much, I’m not splitting any other hairs…even that one is hard to split…that’s how Labels often characterize the extras they put out – as a Give Back to the fans.

    How is this different than Idol profiting from the EP right after the show, and Interscope making damn sure the album was ready to drop at the most potentially lucrative selling time, before Black Friday? 

    By the same token, if the fam wanted to sell the biz anyway, this is the best time for them to do it…waiting makes no financial sense. It’s not like Phillip would ever come home to run it. Who would he be keeping it for? And for a change, Idol and the Label don’t get the biggest cut. 

    JMO. Of Course.

  • journey1

    This sits on my brain a little like invites to weddings where they say “Please no gifts; We prefer money.”  Not exactly the same thing, but it seems to come from the same thought process.  I consider myself a huge fan of my favorite performer, but, although, I buy extra copies of his CD’s to remain unopened, I would never buy personal items of his or his family.  I can see keeping your own tickets to an event, but to buy someone’s used ticket, just seems a bit weird to me.  To each his own, though.

  • mjsbigblog

    In that case, holding the auction shortly after P2’s album drops, while he’s at the height of his post-win promo, is good thinking to get the biggest “take” and absolutely doesnot depend on seriously believing P2’s going to have sustainable success. (It just depends on buyers believing it.)

    Nope. It doesn’t. If Donnie is a savvy huckster, and has a post-pawn shop plan that doesn’t involve his son’s success, then it’s all good–except for the poor saps who shell out top dollar for the “mementos” that will most likely never increase in value.

    But while Mr. Phillips may be a smart salesman, I still question how savvy he is about his son’s prospects.  I can’t see how selling off a few tchotchkes from a small town pawn shop could provide an adequate retirement for a family.

  • MellyPer1692

    I think there’s a big difference between a label selling product, they are a business that is trying to make a profit off of their business investment. This is his family. This would be like my parents auctioning off my career services to profit off them. It’s tacky.

  • Kirsten

    And while framing it as a ‘give back’ is a bit much, I’m not splitting any other hairs…even that one is hard to split…that’s how Labels often characterize the extras they put out – as a Give Back to the fans. But they still charge for them.

    I do complain about that stuff when it gets ridiculous too. One set of bonus tracks is a gift to the fans (the fans will know about it and make sure that they pick up the copy from the place with the bonus tracks – they were buying the CD anyway). Four different sets of bonus tracks at different vendors? That gets me raging.

    It’s not like Phillip would ever come home to run it. Who would Phillip Sr. be keeping it for?

    Since Phil has a brother-in-law that keeps showing up for gigs and such, I suspect he has at least one sibling. Still, the pawn business is a tough biz (and in kind of a moral grey zone…), so I can easily see why the family may wish to divest themselves of it especially if it is struggling.

    And for a change, Idol and the Label don’t get the biggest cut. They don’t get any.

    I do have to applaud when others can get some money that 19Alphabet can’t touch.

    I don’t have a problem with the sale. Nobody is making people overpay for a turkey or a piece of recycling. I just took issue with the spin.

  • girlygirltoo

    How is this giving back to the community if you are trying to make money off of the people who live there? If you were really interested in giving back to the area that has supported PP, why not donate the items to a local charity so they can auction them off to raise money for a good cause? This such sounds like an attempt at a money grab by his family.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Phillip Phillips’ father Donnie Phillips said “It’s kind of a give back
    thing. I just appreciate everybody in Albany, Lee County. Surrounding
    counties for what all they have done for us. The support they have given
    us. And I just want to say thank you again.”

    I have no problem with P2’s family wanting to get as much money for his stuff as possible, but this part is what I object to in this auction. As others have said, unless the proceeds of the sale of P2’s stuff is going to a charity or helping the community in some way, then framing this auction as a “thank you” doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

    “They have every right to sell off any memorabilia, of course, but don’t try to make it sound like some altruistic gesture.”

    Exactly.

  • Incipit

    This is his family.

    Yes, MellyPer1692. Also trying to make a profit off of ‘their’ business investment, the Pawn Shop. I’m not going to assume Phillip isn’t on board with this – he would have to be, to sell his ‘memorabilia’, and his guitars from before Idol…and to sign them. If he doesn’t find it tacky, or over-commercial, or whatever, that’s the opinion that matters.

    He may think it’s a cool thing to do for the Parental Units…I don’t know. I am totally pragmatic about it – he’s in a position right now to do this for the family, by virtue of winning. Works for me.

  • http://twitter.com/BuranaBurana Carmina Burana

    Phillip’s family seems to love publicity at his expense.  Include there the girlfriend.  Since they are now getting rid of the business that paid bills, his brother in law twitted that he needed a job now that he did not get the tour gig, and some people are saying  the gf has become full time significant other… I have a suggestion for Mr. Phillip Phllips Sr.: give a shout to Ryan Seacrest and check if he does not want to produce a reality show a la Kardashian of the drama behind being the winner of American Idol winner.  Heated discussions on the artistic choices of his album, with a bunch of non-musicians meddling on what is good, a pissed off brother in law who won a car but wants more… They’ll make far more money that selling used air tickets stubs (By the way, unless you are giving the away the stuff or giving the sale proceeds to charity, that is NOT a way to say thank you to fans!!!)  LOL 

    Which brings me to the other end of things: I raise a glass to families of other winners such as Scotty’s.  We know they are in the background, since he’s so young, but there’s no TMZ-worthy material coming directly from them or ABOUT them.  And the kid is even going to college! Kudos to them,we only wish all families were like that. Differently from others, this is classy from A to Z in my book.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “If he doesn’t find it tacky, or over-commercial, or whatever, that’s the opinion that matters.”

    Matters to who? His family?

  • Larc

    Wonder if they have P2’s kidney stones in a bottle and they will auction them too?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Oh! They should bring a LOT of $$$!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I can’t see how selling off a few tchotchkes from a small town pawn shop could provide an adequate retirement for a family.

    Well, ’cause the auction listing doesn’t show a few tchotchkes… it’s got a boat, various forms of equipment, electronics, and guns… this stuff adds up. The surprise to me is how a small-town pawn shop has that much stock.

    The auction also covers the building itself, which means the family owns the property and probably bought it (and paid it off) a long time ago. While property values in rural Georgia probably aren’t stellar right now, selling it still contributes a big chunk of change. (Aha! Maybe the “thank you to the community” is closing the pawn shop — a business that preys on people’s misfortunes and sappiness is rarely a beloved center of community life.)

    That said, it wouldn’t be even a mild surprise to me if the Phather Phillips expects memorabilia to sell for rather more than it’s likely to, or if his retirement investments involve buying swamp land in Florida.

  • Incipit

    Matters to who? His family?

    Sure, fuzzywuzzy. To Phillip and to his family. It’s their business. Using both meanings of the word. ;)

    JMO.

  • chillj

    Wow!  That seems premature.  Also seems like the family intends to live off the boy.  Oops.  The family should maintain the business and watch its profits grow if and when the child becomes more and more famous.  Steve Carell runs a general store in Marshfield, MA, and I believe it keeps his sisters busy (and likely off his dole).  Just cause you have a rich and famous relative don’t mean your ship has come in!

  • chillj

    Yeah, Kirsten, you missed the charity part.  PP’s father apparently did, too.

  • guinness 416

    Aww, I think you’re being a bit
    uncharitable Carmina.  The auction is tacky, the quotes above cringeworthy, and
    the girlfriend having her own twitter fans is kinda hilarious.  But in a different light – an older dad taking the opportunity to
    get out of a dangerous business and a girlfriend who is fired up with
    excitement over her fella and a small town brother in law seeing the opportunity for something better could be seen as sweet and certainly not a reality show circus.  I know almost nothing about the McCreerys beyond their bringing up their lad to think he needs to kiss a crucifix after being in the presence of Gaga (not a positive in my view) but they’ve got a few years to turn “TMZ worthy” yet ;^)  After all, Jessica Simpson’s nuclear family has blown apart recently and didn’t the Lohan parents at one point seem like nice catholic suburbanites?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “except for the poor saps who shell out top dollar for the “mementos” that will most likely never increase in value.”

    Not only will these knicks knacks likely never increase in value, but if other Idols’ stuff is any indication, these items will have a very good chance of decreasing in value, and many who pay inflated prices may lose a lot of dough.

  • elliegrll

    As others have said, this just looks like the family wants to sell their business, and they’ve hit upon a good way of making sure that they get as much money as possible.  Being in the pawn shop business, they know about haggling, so they are coming up with a way to pit bidders against one another, and make some cash off of some memorabilia that’s not worth a lot of money.  I would guess that the plan is to live off of the profits from the auction, and not Phillip.

  • Incipit

    Not only will these knicks knacks likely never increase in value, but if other Idols’ stuff is any indication, these items will have a very good chance of decreasing in value, and many who pay inflated prices may lose a lot of dough (if they decided to try to resell at any point in the future).

    *chuckle* – Fuzzywuzzy, There are people who have posted about getting Idol albums just as souvenirs, or to be supportive, and never even playing them much.  And if I were the owner of a selection of souvenir posters, booklets, tee shirts, hoodies, whatever tchotchkes are sold at the American Idol Tour, and subsequent concerts – and several different Idol’s remix EP’s of the same songs done differently, etc, etc,  I might ‘resemble that remark’. Heh. 

    But even though I’m not, I can’t ding anyone else for what they consider a souvenir, or what they are willing to spend for it. And as I said before, we may grumble at the show and the Label for their part in that – but no one makes fans buy them.  Everyone knows they are not really ‘investments’…or ‘give backs’ for the fans. If people want to pay for Phillip’s ‘memorabilia’ – so be it. At least the Phillips family are the ones who benefit.  NBD, IMO.

  • durbesque

    This thread takes me back to “The Dukes of Hazzard”, set in fictional Hazzard County in rural Georgia.  Not saying that the Phillips situation is similar, but it does throw a different light on it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3BPI4MGGXM7GXCGRYC33O2CVGI betty

    I can’t believe how nasty people are, they talk about things and people they know nothing about!!Come on folks try not to be so negative!!!!! I personally think P2 is going to be the most successful Idol to date including Carrie U. He is so talented and he definitely has the x factor or  the sex factor, he’s got the whole package. You don’t sell 2 million records if people don’t like you!!! And I might add in five mo. time, that certainly says something of his likability, he’s a very sweet kid!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Incipit: And as I said before, we may grumble at the show and the Label for their part in that – but no one makes fans buy them.  Everyone knows they are not really ‘investments’

    Well… but the auctioneer is directly and explicitly touting P2 memorabilia as an investment, an item that will increase in value with time:

    Pearson said “I don’t think he’s a one hit wonder kind of deal. So I think it will be a really good investment to pick up any of these things. Of course it should increase in value over the years, definitely.”

    This auction goes beyond letting super-fans decide there’s emotional satisfaction in owning something P2 has touched. Buying is explicitly being touted as an investment (and selling as “giving back” to the community). 

    I think it’s the ideal moment to sell the business for maximum profits… but nothing in this sale strikes me as setting a new high benchmark for business ethics.

  • Incipit

    but the auctioneer is directly and explicitly touting P2 memorabilia as an investment, an item that will increase in value with time:

    Yep, he sure did.

    but nothing in this sale strikes me as setting a new high benchmark for business ethics.

    Nope, it certainly doesn’t.

    In another incarnation, I spent many, many years at all sorts off auction houses and Estate Sales, all across the East Coast, Eilonwy – both buying and selling. None of them set any benchmarks either.(Unless it was for skulduggery and chicanery at some of them. Heh.) They are all “Caveat Emptor”.

    That sort of hyperbole is SOP – and a bidder disregards, and forms their own decisions – it has so much in common with Idol’s “BEST Season Evah!!11!!” Every.Damn.Year it isn’t even funny …and no one takes that seriously either, no matter how hard Randy tries. At least, not for more than their first season. Although, for ethics, I think I would give auctioneers the edge over Idol PTB. Seriously. 

    Now, Special Snowflakes? That’s another category. *Wink*

    IMO.

    ETA: Do check out your local pawnshops – definitely more fun than a WalMart. Heh.

  • girlygirltoo

    I think most people are too smart to fall for the auctioneers’ claim that they will be investments. If people buy this stuff, the majority will likely be buying them as souvenirs, or to support Phillip and his family, not as investments.

  • MellyPer1692

    There are lots of stories of artists who have one hit, don’t sell albums and aren’t heard from again. Home is a great start, but its all going to depend on the songs.

  • waitingforthe1

    Which brings me to the other end of things: I raise a glass to families of other winners such as Scotty’s. We know they are in the background, since he’s so young, but there’s no TMZ-worthy material coming directly from them or ABOUT them. And the kid is even going to college! Kudos to them,we only wish all families were like that. Differently from others, this is classy from A to Z in my book.

    I’ve followed Idol since Season 1 and I think all the winner’s families, with the exception of maybe Fantasia, stayed in the background and never made drama. 

    As for the reality show, I think Fantasia already did that didn’t she?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But even though I’m not, I can’t ding anyone else for what they consider
    a souvenir, or what they are willing to spend for it. And as I said
    before, we may grumble at the show and the Label for their part in that –
    but no one makes fans buy them.”

    Absolutely. I can see fans buying something of P2’s for the souvenir value. My post is in reference to the part of the announcement where the auctioneer is quoted:

    Pearson said “I don’t think he’s a one hit wonder kind of deal. So I
    think it will be a really good investment to pick up any of these
    things. Of course it should increase in value over the years,
    definitely.”

    where there’s definitely an attempt to attract buyers based on the probability (not possibility) that P2’s items will increase in value, and thus be a “really good investment”. As you said, “caveat emptor”. ;)

    “Everyone knows they are not really
    ‘investments’…or ‘give backs’ for the fans. If people want to pay for
    Phillip’s ‘memorabilia’ – so be it. At least the Phillips family are the
    ones who benefit.  NBD, IMO.”

    lol Oh, judging from what some fans say (and this is true for other Idols as well), they really don’t know that these souvenirs are NOT investments or “give backs”.

  • mjsbigblog

    The family still has to move and set up somewhere else. And it’s not like Donnie is over 65. He’s probably somewhere in middle age? I hope he has some sort of 2nd career lined up in the meantime that isn’t titled “my son’s unofficial manager” or something like that.

  • tucker davis

    Donnie is also an electrician by trade and has had the pawn shop for sale long before Phillip won AI. Don’t know his exact age, but he is nearing retirement…remember Phillip is the baby of the family.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Totally true! My snark about swamp land in Florida wasn’t entirely random… there’s a lot of deceptively cheap (foreclosed) land being auctioned in exurban SW Florida, and it’s so excruciatingly easy to imagine the Phillips clan phoning in bids to American Auction Network on a slow Sunday night, with dreams of becoming land barons.

    If Phather Phillips announces himself to be “my son’s unofficial manager,” oh man, the carnage… Seriously, I join you in hoping the Phillips clan has the sense to leave P2’s management in professional hands.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    This auction goes beyond letting super-fans decide there’s emotional satisfaction in owning something P2 has touched. Buying is explicitly being touted as an investment (and selling as “giving back” to the community).
    I think it’s the ideal moment to sell the business for maximum profits… but nothing in this sale strikes me as setting a new high benchmark for business ethics.

    I agree, the whole thing is rather odd. Think about the two most successful Idols to ever come out of AI, Carrie and Kelly. Would some knick knack they touched or tickets that their parents used for the show be worth thousands of dollars now?

    I doubt people are going to fall for this silliness about these items being an investment. The items will go to some super stans who want to smell PPs undershirt. lol

  • standtotheright

    That sort of hyperbole is SOP – and a bidder disregards, and forms their own decisions – it has so much in common with Idol’s “BEST Season Evah!!11!!

    The difference being that most auction events aren’t going to be publicized to every P2 stan with a Google alert. They are targeting a population that one can assume would be less familiar with auction hype machinery. They are also targeting a population that (given the remarkable resilience of the belief structure among AI fans that positive results come from stupid stunts such as CD shuffling, mass “charity” donations, and frequent DJ harassment) is demonstrably more willing to believe that “When I take Action X that gives me the short-term satisfaction of Doing Something, it also rebounds for the overall betterment of the artist and community.”

    I see no reason to object to the family’s timing of the sale, but the circumstances surrounding its publication are different enough that “everyone frames things this way” is not a sufficient defense against my arched eyebrow.

  • kaylietoo

    Hannah is still taking nursing course — read her tweets and you’ll know that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

     “The items will go to some super stans who want to smell PPs undershirt. lol”

    Ew. I just threw up in my mouth a little. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Seems like a lot of discussion about nothing really….haven’t they been trying to sell the shop for quite awhile now?  Don’t think if I was in their position that I would try selling off P2’s stuff, but I am not in their position, so I am not gonna judge.  The buyers of the memorabilia need to be aware of what they are buying…that is their responsibility.  Don’t think the items are going to bring much money, but I think more than anything it is a way to get more promotion for the auction and to try and get more people there.  My experience with auctions, the more people that come the better chance you have to drive up the price on the items being sold.  Maybe it will work…maybe it won’t….I’m just waiting for P2’s album to come out.

  • Incipit

    You folks have convinced me that I am ‘perhaps’ giving the generic Idol Fan too much credit…~le sigh~. Generally, I really like to be able to think well of people, when possible…but there is indeed sufficient evidence to the contrary, re the belief systems.

    If enough people really ‘do’ buy THE Best Season Evah!!!11!!, every single year, I suppose there are people who will believe they are ‘investing’ too. 

    If it’s not just a story they tell themselves to justify something they want to do anyway, or a reason to give their SO – then they are tailor made for Idol’s schtick…and for an auctioneer’s spiel…both are essentially the same thing. 

    Ah, well. I still think people will do what they want to do – and it’s really NBD.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “~le sigh~”

    lol That reminded me of this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEdBndu0YUM

  • angiedb

    I took the giving back comment as giving back to the fans, as in giving them the opportunity to own something of Phil’s. Eh. I guess I don’t really care what the family does with their pawn shop, the stuff in it, or Phil’s old stuff. Even if the auctioneer is touting it as an investment, which is laughable at best, most fans who just want a piece of something one of the Idols touched know they aren’t going to sell the stuff later for thousands of dollars. I still own souvenirs from my fanatical days as a Duran Duran fan. They are tucked away in a box that I open from time to time for the memories alone, nothing more. 

    Perhaps Mr. Phillips has lofty dreams and ideas regarding his son’s success. I can’t fault him for that. He’s a proud papa. This article doesn’t really give details beyond the fact that they are selling the shop and having and auction. Can’t really tell what their true plans are for after the sale. 

  • OffLeash

    Tacky for sure. And ITA with the WTF about “giving back to the community.” Unless he forgot to mention all profits go to the town or charity, the only giving back that’s gonna happen is in the Phillips’ pockets. Also I could be wrong, but I don’t believe P2’s is the kind of fanbase that’s gonna pay huge amounts of money for memorabilia. Just saying.

    Sounds like P2’s entourage is quite the catch lol. – The gf shadowing him (is P2 paying for her expenses too?) and taking music appreciation online classes (that’s what they study in nursing school these days? Didn’t think so lol,) – the BIL who was counting on a touring job and pissed off he didn’t get it, like it was owed to him by virtue of him being family, – and now the dad who’s also trying to get his share. 

  • Incipit

    Good grief. Pepe sounds like Bruno Tonioli, the judge from DWTS. 

    That’s just not right!  *snerk*

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Have to say after watching the news report of the auction Phillips Dad seems a little sad….at one point they asked if Phillip was going to be at the auction and he said no…he seemed very dejected.  I know they are excited about his success, but I really don’t think that they comprehended how his ‘win’ on AI would take him away from their family.  Not sure they were ready for that reality.  Just my opinion, actually hope I am wrong and I hope everything goes well for them.

  • jpfan2

    This seems kind of sad. I hope it works out for the family. I don’t think P2 has many cray cray stans to spend the big bucks for this crap. And the fact that it isn’t for charity limits the damage. Combine an Idol and charity and the OTT fans can go nuts proving who’s the biggest fan.

  • Kel D

    The pawn shop has been up for sale for years now.  Surely y’all noticed the big for sale sign on it before now?  It was there long before he won, now maybe he’ll actually get the place sold.  There’s a very high crime rate in Albany, as mentioned by others, the shop has already been burglarized.  Can’t blame them imo.  It’s silly for people to assume this means they’re planning to live off Phillip’s earnings, if that was the case, were they going to live of his earnings if he had continued with college and gone into another field?  Let’s be realistic.

  • Kel D

    Actually, I might go to the auction, but not for Phillip’s things, he has a lot of guns there that I’d be interested in.  It’s not only Phillip memobillia for sell, they have a lot of antiques in the shop as well.  It’s not the nicest pawn shop in the world, kinda dinky really, but there are some items (other than P2 merch) that are worth some money.  I’d love to get a good deal on some ammo.. my husband would probably be interested in going for this reason too.  Hopefully the majority of people will go for Phillip’s stuff, and I can get a steal on other items!

  • OffLeash

    Although you can’t blame some people for wondering how the Phillips plan to provide for themselves once their livelihood’s gone, it’s not the selling of the pawn shop that’s a problem, it’s the presenting it as a favor, a “thank you” and a “give back thing” to the community.