Going once, going twice...sold!

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 05:45 AM

Victorian chairs, garden tools, water skis and a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder are just a few of the myriad of items available at the Rutherfordton Kiwanis Club 43rd annual charity auction on Saturday.

The auction begins at 9 a.m. at the Rutherfordton Maintenance Building on North Washington Street. Members of the community are welcome to stop by Friday evening between 5-7 p.m. or Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to preview the available auction items.

Each year the Kiwanis Club of Rutherfordton gathers donations from residents, businesses and estates across the county to sell at auction.

“We have a variety of items this year that haven’t come our way in past years,” Rutherfordton Mayor Jimmy Dancy said. “We never really know until the auction happens as to what items people donate.”

This year’s auction has a selection of high-quality items as well as several unique pieces. According to Norville Auction Company who is helping put the event together, an antique dealer who is getting out of the business has made very generous donations for this year’s auction.

Items include furniture, electric and yard tools, exercise and sporting equipment, kitchenware, local gift certificates and automobiles.

“I’m actually donating my daughter’s car this year to be auctioned off,” Dancy said.

There are approximately 300 lots to be auctioned off, and the auctioneer will continue until every item has been sold.

Proceeds from the auction are distributed by the Kiwanis Club to organizations that serve the children of Rutherfordton and Rutherford County.

“All the funds that are collected by Kiwanis, the club turns around and gives it to different groups in the community such as the public library and various children’s groups where money is needed,” Dancy said. “These groups are invited to the large Relay for Life event in September, and during this event Kiwanis presents them with the funds from the auction.”

Since 1970, Kiwanis members have gathered items from all over the county and stored, sorted, cleaned and repaired them so that supporters can enjoy a day at the auction and the area’s children can have their day, too.

“The auction is a lot of fun — the community is very supportive of Kiwanis and always has been over the years,” Dancy said.