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Austin staple Nau's Enfield Drug hosting estate sale this weekend

The pharmacy and former soda fountain announced back in September that it would be closing in March.

AUSTIN, Texas — Nau's Enfield Drug, a longtime fixture in Austin's Clarksville neighborhood, is closing its doors – and everything inside is for sale.

The pharmacy and former soda fountain announced back in September that it would be closing in March after the Labay family was not able to renew their lease for the building.

Nau's Enfield Drug has been at 12th and West Lynn streets since 1951. The Labay family has owned the drug store since 1971, when it was purchased by current manager Laura Labay's father. She took over around six years ago.

Back in September, Labay told KVUE it wasn't her decision to close up shop – the building's owners told her they weren't renewing the lease and that they are selling the building. She said they didn't provide much reason as to why.

Now closing time has come for the Austin staple. This weekend, Austinites have an opportunity to take home a piece of history as Nau's sells everything in an estate sale.

Several antique collectibles are for sale, including the decades-old neon sign, which is being sold for tens of thousands of dollars. Antique cash registers and soda fountain equipment that have been around for decades are also for sale.

Labay told KVUE Thursday that it's been a difficult couple of days, especially seeing how much history Nau's has housed.

"We have this back storage area that basically – it's like a museum. Like, frozen in time. And it's just unbelievable the things that have accumulated and the different technologies," Labay said. "Like when my dad started filling prescriptions here, they used a typewriter and little pieces of paper."

Labay also has her own history at Nau's.

"I can almost, almost 100%, put a name and a face and know their story. And it just – it really kind of trips you up because it's like the reason we hung on for so long. And, you know, we fought for this so long. I mean, we just love what we did," Labay said.

She said there aren't currently any plans to reopen Nau's Enfield Drug, but she is hopeful that one day, the family business will set up shop again.

The Nau's Enfield Drug estate sale will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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