3rd Avenue Flea Market is holding a silent auction to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria, and the items are as unique as the store’s vendors.
The auction started Saturday, with items donated by each vendor at the flea market available for bidding. The lots run the gamut from decorative wreaths and vases to antique toys and a vintage wedding dress, and the store is still setting up for more.
3rd Avenue employee Trish Massey said since the flea market opened almost two years ago, charity auctions have become a bit of a tradition.
“We did it last year for our anniversary in October,” Massey said. “Last year we did a silent auction for breast cancer awareness and research.”
She said they wound up holding a second charity event shortly after.
“Somebody donated this bar he’d built and we did a raffle for it, and we gave the money to the family resource center here in town,” Massey said.
Massey said her personal favorite item up for grabs is an old wooden teacher’s lectern, donated by vendor Scott Wood.
‘This is a primitive item,” Massey said. “A teacher probably used this in a one-room schoolhouse.”
The store will celebrate their anniversary with an event on October 7th, with snacks for customers and games. Massey said the auction may end with the celebration, but might run through the end of October.