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THE GREAT BRANDON AUCTION- SINCE 1989 “INSIDE INSTEAD!” Was held

August 1 - August 15

Due to the Covid 19 issues, our 32nd Annual Great Brandon Auction took place in a very non-traditional way in 2020. We had to “Think Outside The Tent” and decided to move into a downtown storefront!

We will not be able to hold the auction under the tent at Estabrook Park as usual due to the Covid 19 restrictions. We came up with a novel, and very successful alternative. With the kind donation from Heather & John Bierschenk, we were allowed to use the former Brown’s Gift Shop location at 6 Park Street to set up a two week INSIDE auction sales event! This was manned by volunteers from August 1st through August 15th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

There were two ways to purchase items in the auction. All items were handled through a silent auction, where bidders kept track of items they were interested in and updated their bids on a regular basis. But..we also will had an Ebay style look in the Auction Shop. Every item had a “Buy It Now” price on it! You could take your chances and bid Silent Auction style or walk out the door right then and there with our Buy It Now format so you didn’t lose your treasure!

The Auction offered antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, services, original art, and more; surprises and treasures from attics and barns. Also lots of gift certificates to dozens of local businesses incl. restaurants, brew pubs, fuel oil, massages and much more!

Other donations included dressers, beds, tools, art, chairs, trunks, LOTS of gardening items. Great items for dorms and apartments. Original art work from many of Brandon’s famed artists- Warren Kimble, Judith Reilly, Laura Rideout, Stephen Zorn, Joan Drew and more. Household goods and furnishings including collectibles, books, kitchen gadgets, children’s items and box lots. And of course our usual selection of interesting and eclectic items.

During the two weeks we allowed donations to continue to be dropped off therefore encouraging folks to keep coming into the store to check bids and view new items. We were excited about this new effort and hoped to be able to minimize any financial hit the Chamber would have taken if no auction had happened at all. We were rewarded with a record auction year!

We’re a tough little town and we’ve all supported each other through all the travails that have presented themselves to us- let’s not stop now!

Thanks for your continued support in our effort to keep the Chamber a strong and active organization and our business community viable and healthy.

Thanks to all who bid, bought, donated, volunteered and supported us in so many ways!!

 

 The idea for the Annual Great Brandon Auction was first pitched to the Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and it has grown into a popular summer event. The Auction raises funds for Chamber member support and development projects in the Town of Brandon.

  We do charge sales tax of 7% on all purchases except gift certificates and clothes so if you are a re-seller, bring your tax number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Start:
August 1
End:
August 15

Venue

6 Park Street- next to Bar Harbor Bank
Brandon, VT 05733
Phone:
802-247-6401

Organizer

Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone:
802-247-6401
Email:
info@brandon.org
Website:
www.brandon.org