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It was a different kind of sale Monday at Northland Center in Southfield — like window shopping without the windows.

Gone were the storefronts that showcased clothes, hats, eyeglass wear; the sprawling floor plan designed to shape your shopping experience at the once sprawling, trendy mall. Instead, with retailers gone, all that was left to buy was the hardware, fixtures and assortment of shelves, displays and even trash bins.

Beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, hundreds of items will be up for auction from the shuttered 61-year-old center. Listed among orbitbid.com's auction site: restaurant equipment, Christmas decor, power and hand tools, contents of the mechanics garage, even a key cutting system and an electric golf cart.

In the end, it was changing shopping trends that spelled the end for the mall.

That doesn't mean you can't bid on a piece of history, or an industrial size hose reel, though.

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