by Beth Hutchinson
for the Pathfinder
June 18, 1998
Now is the time to get yourself organized for a consignment auction to benefit the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Sponsored by the newly reorganized board, the auction will be held on July 5th as part of a special celebration day to honor the hall's past and to solicit input regarding its future.
According to auctioneer Riley Hensley, the event is structured so that 80% of the auctioned price of most items will be returned to the consignee.
With one exception, a 20% commission will be collected to raise money for the community hall as well as to cover the costs of the sale. At the request of the community hall board, 100% of any sales of $2 or less will go directly to the hall's benefit account. Naturally, the hall is willing to accept more than 20% of the take on other sold items if there are some exceptionally generous benefactors out there.
With the auction scheduled for a noon start on the 5th, consignment items need to be delivered and registered between 8 and 11:30 am that morning.
Consignees have the option of arranging their own box lots of less valuable goods prior to registration. Otherwise, auction workers may choose to group some consignments to contribute to a faster and more lively sale.
Take time during these rainy days to sort out those things...the old lawn mower, the vacant lot, offspring granddad's favorite mouser, Aunt Lizzie's classic Buick...that would give you more house, barn or garage space in addition to some extra money in your pocket.
While non-clothing items are preferred, some vintage items, as well as currently fashionable clothing that is clean and in good repair, will be selected for consignment.
Unsold items must be removed from the hall by the consignee at the end of the sale.
Attention non-profit organizations! The community hall board is seeking one or more local groups to organize and manage refreshment sales on the 5th. All profits would go to the sponsoring group.