1987 AUCTION DAY Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association


| August/September 1987


72 Derick Drive Fishkill, New York 12524

May 9th dawned warm and clear. It was a perfect beginning for what was to follow. In contrast to last year's preparation the crew was not up all night preparing the computer entries. The 'bugs' had been removed from last year's program and the results were an efficient system that did everything asked of it. The auction results were available and printed within 1 hour of closing.

As in previous years many items were placed prior to the day of the auction. However, as usual, starting at about 5 AM Saturday there was a steady flow of additional items to be itemized, recorded and placed. This took place until the 10 AM start time (which is now the end period for placing consignments). By the time the auction started there were over 1000 items consigned for sale. These items translated into $42,077.50 worth of goods at day's end. Again, there was something for everyone-many 'real bargains.' Almost half of the items sold for under $ 10 (477 items), while 101 items sold in excess of $100.

Some notes taken during the auction indicate that there were 238 consignors selling items and 700 plus bidders available to be tempted. There were 241 individuals who actually bought something. Our statistics indicate that an item was sold every 42 seconds. The bidding lasted for 7? hours without stopping. Many events were permanently recorded for 'club history' by club member and photographer Sharon Keller-house. We had attendees from ten states and Canada. We believe that this is the largest auction of its kind in the Northeast.

Food and drink were available on the club grounds, including a pancake and sausage breakfast. Help was provided for by member volunteers and their families. Extra thanks must go to many of the wives for supporting many of the activities in running the food concession. Without their support we could not exist.

A summary of selected/representative auction items follows:






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