Art, Antiques And More Up For Bid At Library Auction
Going once, going twice — sold!
Join in a decades-long tradition as Back Mountain Memorial Library kicks off its 72nd auction Thursday, July 5. It features hundreds of items as well as food, artisan vendors and activities for families and children through Sunday, July 8. Booths open at 4 p.m., and auctions begin at 6.
“This is our largest fundraiser, and it goes toward our operating budget,” library director Martha Butler said. “That makes it possible to maintain and improve our services in the way of books, books on CDs, DVDs, downloadable books, programs and activities.”
The event started in 1946 as a livestock and farm goods auction. Now it has evolved to antiques and continues to progress with the growth of advertising and changes in tastes.
Items up for bid this weekend include various pieces of artwork, antiques, kitchen tools, novelty and collectors items, gift cards and much more. Throughout the weekend, big-ticket items go up for auction at a set time, such as a set of four Kumho tires from Jack Williams Tires, 16 RailRiders skybox tickets with two preferred-parking passes, and one week of summer day camp at Camp Orchard Hill.
“It’s really incredible that this community is so supportive, and just the sheer number of volunteers that it takes to put this together is totally impressive,” Butler said. “We have hundreds of volunteers that work all year long to put this together.”
Local artists Sue Hand and Michael Hiscox, as well as two of their students, will paint the event throughout the weekend, with the paintings going up for auction Sunday, Butler said. Money raised from these pieces will directly benefit the library.
New this year, organizers created bid-time programs for children to keep them occupied during the auctions. Such programs include a juggler and a live reptile show on Friday, Endless Dream Animals and reading therapy dogs on Saturday, and balloon animals and slime making on Sunday.
In addition to the auctioned goods, vendors of all kinds offer sales on items such as electronics, vinyl records, DVDs, jewelry, books and other artisan goods.
Because of limited parking at the library, guests are encouraged to park in the Country Club Shopping Center on Route 309. A shuttle is available from the shopping center and begins running at 4 p.m. each day of the auction. A handicapped van also is available for shuttles.
“There’s always something new every year,” Butler said. “Come out and have a nice evening with friends and family.”
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If you go
What: 72nd annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction
When: Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8; booths open, 4 p.m.; auctions begin, 6
Where: Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas
Details: Parking is available at the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas, and a shuttle bus will run Thursday through Saturday from
4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 2 p.m. to midnight. Visit backmountainlibrary.org for more information.