Hair Factor Barber Shop closes after 56 years; contents to be sold at auction

WICHITA — Janice Chambers is in the antiques business, but when it comes to selling the contents of her husband’s barbershop, she’s decided to let Hudson Auction handle it.

“He never threw anything away,” Chambers says of her husband, Don, who owned Hair Factor Barber Shop for 56 years.

“Oh, it was horrible.”

Don Chambers closed his barbershop after business March 21.

Most recently, the shop was at 1923 S. Hydraulic, although Chambers often made house calls for those who couldn’t visit him and volunteered to cut the hair of veterans.

Janice Chambers says it took three 18-foot trailers to move the contents for the April 6 auction. The 1 p.m. auction will be at 2009 N. Mosley.

There are all kinds of barbershop items for sale, including a couple of revolving barber’s poles.

“Everything under the sun you can imagine,” is how Janice Chambers describes what’s for sale.

“If I could have put this stuff out in the malls, I could have made more.”

She says there simply is to much to hassle with.

Chambers says e-Bay could have brought more money, too. For instance, a chair similar to two 1960 barber chairs her husband owns recently sold on eBay for $1,800. She doesn’t expect either of her husband’s chairs to bring that much at the auction.

Chambers says she encouraged her husband to stop cutting hair.

“He was really dedicated to being a barber.”

Though she wants him to have a break, Chambers says that doesn’t mean she wants him to stop working entirely.

“I guess what he’s got to do now is learn to cut grass.”