Tahlequah Daily Press

May 14, 2013

Going, going, gone

Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The generosity of others sometimes takes an unexpected twist, rendering a greater benefit than expected.

Donation of original artwork inspired volunteers of the Humane Society of Cherokee County to host an auction Saturday at the Community Building.

According to Beth Rogers, manager of the Humane Society Resale shop, the donation of 80-100 pieces spurred the idea.

“A number of shop volunteers came up with the idea of an auction, and of getting [auctioneer] Kenny Adams to help us,” Rogers said. “He told us he was retired, but he does benefit auctions. It took off from there.”

Once the wheels began to turn, the group asked for help and donations from volunteers and the community at large.

Rogers said many people don’t necessarily have money to give, but have items they don’t use any more. And so began the collection of a variety of items to put up at auction.

Besides the artwork, auction items included antique furniture pieces, costume jewelry, fruit trees and rose bushes, as well as unique knickknacks.

Attendees included HSCC volunteers and people who enjoy seeing and buying unusual objects.

Lena Golk and her husband, Jerry, often go to auctions.

“I’m always looking for books and old furniture,” said Lena. “My husband likes the primitives.”

The Golks like the idea of the auction, because of the beneficiary.

“We’re animal lovers,” Golk said. “We go to the Humane Society’s resale shop quite a lot.”

Jerry said the auction pieces looked like quality items.

“It’s not what you would find at a flea market,” he said.

Roy Taylor was searching of a good deal, and attends auctions with an open mind.

“I look for everything,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of variety here today.”

HSCC volunteer and auction lover Lynn Thompson also attended Saturday’s event. Thompson supporting the society is important because of all the animals they care for.

“The [Humane Society] takes care of the needs of those animals that have been abandoned,” Thompson said.

For Thompson, attending an auction is an enjoyable endeavor.

“It’s fun,” said Thompson. “I love auctions, because of the mix of people and the variety of items.”

The Humane Society’s event was also the first “live” auction for attendee Lori Smiley. She bought one of the original Redbird paintings.

“I think the auction is great, and it supports a terrific cause,” Smiley said.

Smiley said she’d participated silent auctions before, but a live auction was more exciting.

“I think items get more money in a live auction, because people get caught up in the bidding,” said Smiley. “It’s also interesting to see what items are up for bid. There’s quite a variety here today.”

Like Smiley, Billie Canfield loves auctions, volunteers for the local society and thought the organization’s first auction had quite a variety to offer.

“I have found several items I can use that go with my home,” said Canfield. “That’s what she usually looks for at auctions. I love finding the unique things you can’t buy in stores any more.”

As a volunteer, supporting the Humane Society is a cause dear to Canfield’s heart.


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