A former owner of the Tremont Goodie Shop acquired much of the store's equipment at an auction on Sunday and hopes to reopen the longtime Tremont Center business by Halloween.

A former owner of the Tremont Goodie Shop acquired much of the store's equipment at an auction on Sunday and hopes to reopen the longtime Tremont Center business by Halloween.

Debbie Smith plans to resume ownership of the bakery, which opened in 1955 and has been in her family since 1967.

The Goodie Shop opened in 1955 by original owner Bill Wood, who sold the business to James Krenek (Smith's father, who passed away in 2007) in 1967. After her father retired, Smith ran the store from 1993 to 2006, when Smith's sister and brother-in-law, Doraine and Paul Cooper, took over.

The Coopers cited declining sales due to the economy as the reason for closing the business just before Labor Day. The Sept. 27 auction was scheduled to liquidate the Goodie Shop's equipment.

Smith said she spent about $30,000 to $40,000 at the auction to acquire equipment to reopen the Goodie Shop, although some items went to other bidders.

"I had to focus on what we needed to reopen," she said.

A groundswell of community support has arisen since the Goodie Shop closed. Dozens of loyal customers from all over the country have posted comments on a Facebook page created by Smith's daughters, indicating how much they miss the Goodie Shop and would like for it to reopen.

Smith organized a rally prior to the auction, which was attended by about 50 people. Supporters gathered to share memories about the Goodie Shop and ate free cookies, brownies and other treats baked by Smith and her daughters.

Smith estimates that 500 "I Love the Tremont Goodie Shop" T-shirts, many of which had been preordered online, were distributed during the rally. Supporters also contributed about $2,000 to a Goodie Shop Trust Fund, with the money going toward supplies and rent when the shop reopens, Smith said.

Smith said the auction, which began at 11 a.m., wore on until 6 p.m.

"It was very emotional," she said. "I was exhausted by the end of the day."

Some of the other bidders turned out to be Goodie Shop supporters, Smith said.

"They would bid on items and then come and place them in my little pile," she said. "Customers were bidding on items that we needed to reopen."