The silent auction, right before the crowds at Summit Senior rummage sale |

The silent auction, right before the crowds at Summit Senior rummage sale

Kathryn Turner
Summit Daily News
Special to the Daily/Jen MillerTom Jeffery, Big C Black, Hans Kuschnerus, Ron Bower and John Sitek were in charge of the sporting goods section setup at the senior rummage sale. An army of volunteers put it all together and the sale continues through Sunday.

Late Thursday afternoon, volunteers at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco were still bustling around, after a long few days of organizing and pricing the piles and piles of items donated for the annual rummage sale, and only an hour before the doors opened for the pre-sale.

Outside, there sat large groups of bikes, furniture and even a 1996 Town and Country Chrysler LXi, labeled with a silent auction sign. Inside, the rooms usually reserved for luncheons and meetings were packed high with clothing, blankets and anything else generous donators decided to put toward a better cause. The plethora of organizing has been going on since Tuesday when donations started coming in, said Evie Lau, silent auction chair. Her charge, the silent auction items, weren’t set up until Thursday when the hallways finally started to clear out.

Lau’s been running the auction for years, and said the wine presentations are always the biggest draw. Incidentally, she designs and puts together the baskets herself, as well as contributes a good portion of the wine. She’s been buying up bottles since last year’s auction, and thinking up themed presentations for groupings, like her golf basket, the “Tee for Two,” or “The Barefoot Twins Picnic.” The star of the show this year is three grouped bottles of Silver Oak, worth about $250.

One table showcases numerous antiques up for auction – including a few antique levelers, like a patented 1890 Stanley level.

“For a collector, it would easily be worth $200, but I started (the bid) at $50,” Lau said.

There’s a complete antique mah-jongg set, pieces of Neolithic Ban Chiang pottery, and a basket of antique slide rules. Across the hall, there are Brighton purses, fur coats, and numerous gift certificates from local merchants, like a barbecue for 10 from Bonnie Q BBQ.

The Chrysler, donated on Thursday, needs some transmission work, but is set at a starting bid of $200.

“(The auction) has been bringing in anywhere from $8,000-10,000 each year,” Lau said. Especially during the last few hours of bidding, “this place is usually packed.”

Lau credits the dedicated group of volunteers for all their hard work.

“This is the nicest group of seniors and volunteers I can imagine,” she said. “Everybody just has fun.”

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