Auction offers tons of goods
READSBORO-The annual auction will take place on Saturday, September 21, at the E.J. Bullock Building
A pre-viewing of auction items begins at 9 am and the auction gears into full throttle at noon. There will be hot dogs, chili, snacks, and soft drinks.
Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, which owns the E.J. Bullock Building, will be hosts for the day. The E. J. Bullock Building is one of Readsboro’s largest and most historic buildings on Main Street and this annual auction is one of their largest fundraising activities.
There will be everything from modern accessories of all kinds to antiques of centuries past; from box lots of goodies, to furnishings that look as good as new, to those that need some tender loving care. Furniture ranges from sofas to easy chairs and hardwood rockers, enough to fill any living room or den. There is also bedroom furniture as well as finely crafted end tables and hallway tables, from hardwood tops to those that are made of glass. Kitchen table and chair sets abound.
This is one of the largest and most diverse group of items ever auctioned in Readsboro. Former attendees will recall that this auction traditionally has not attracted bidders with deep pockets so there are going to be some real deals here and more than one bargain.
All of the proceeds will go toward the restoration efforts currently underway. This past summer the building’s basement went under construction. Rotted support beams, studs, and sill pieces were replaced. All floor boards were removed along with several loads of musty dirt. This was replaced with a hard pack floor over which cement will be poured to create a completely new floor. The final phase is the installation of a heating system for the cellar and the main floor. The total cost when everything is finished is going to be approximately $57,000. A grant of $25,000 from the state of Vermont’s Recreational Facilities Grant Program was received last fall by applicants Sue Bailey and James Dassatti, the organization’s president and vice president respectively. The organization has been raising money all year to match the grant with $32,000 of their own money. The organization is getting close to having the money they need but need buyers to attend the auction to make it all happen.
For details call Bailey at (802) 423-7050.