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Mass. furniture store purchases Enchanted Village display at auction

Scene from Enchanted Village, auctioned on June 18, 2009. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com.Scene from Enchanted Village, auctioned on June 18, 2009. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com.
Scene from Enchanted Village, auctioned on June 18, 2009. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com.

BOSTON (AP) – The Enchanted Village has a new home and will continue to enchant Boston-area shoppers during the Chrismas holidays.

Jordan’s Furniture purchased the iconic holiday display from the City of Boston for $140,000 at a public auction on Thursday, June 18. Jordan’s president Eliot Tatelman – who topped six other bidders – said he fondly recalled strolling through the Enchanted Village as a child.

Tatelman plans to set up the display at Jordan’s store in the Boston suburb of Avon.

The 8,000-square-foot attraction includes dozens of mechanized people and animals in a traditional New England holiday scene.

It was originally set up at the old downtown Jordan Marsh department store – no connection to Jordan’s Furniture – to attract holiday shoppers.

The Enchanted Village was most recently housed at the Hynes Convention Center, but hasn’t been open to the public since 2006.

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