Online SILENT AUCTION 2021

Thank you all so much for your donations–and your bids!
Here are all the auction items, with the final bids.

Item 1: Johnson’s Greenhouse in Westminster  has donated a potted chrysanthemum with lots of deep maroon buds that should bloom soon. Estimated value: $8. Current high bid: $10.

Item 2: The Putney General Store has donated a $10 lunch special. Current high bid: $15.

Item 3: Lisa Prussack has donated a shallow bowl of guanacaste wood from Costa Rica, about 12″ long and 5″ wide. Estimated value: $15. Current high bid: $20.

Item 4: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a string of four beaded lights. The beaded shades are about 2½” wide and 4″ wide, spaced 20″ apart at one end of a 104″ cord. Estimated value: $15. Current high bid: $15.

Item 5: Artist Lucinda Moses has donated a pair of sterling silver “tree of life” earrings. Estimated value: $15. Current high bid: $15.

Item 6: Lisa Prussack has donated a red glass “pineapple” vase, about 5″ wide (6″ at the top) and 9″ high. Estimated value: $15. Current high bid: $5.

Items 7 and 8: Café Loco has donated two (2) key lime pies. Please bid on items 7 and 8 separately; to win both, you must have the high bid on both pies. Estimated value: $15 each. Current high bid for item 7: $25. Current high bid for item 8: $20.

Item 9: Lisa Prussack has donated a milk-glass candy dish, with a 5½”-wide bowl and 5″ tall. Estimated value: $15. Minimum bid: $5.

Item 10: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a set of three popular mystery novels. Estimated value: $15. Current high bid: $10.

Item 11: Lisa Prussack has donated a pair of mandala coloring books. Estimated value: $25. Current high bid: $10.

Item 12: Artist Kelli Moran has donated a hand-made tiny coin purse about 2” by 3”. Estimated value: $15.99. Current high bid: $5.

Item 13: Laura and Betsy Williams have donated a framed, hand-colored Bread and Puppet print, 23″ high and 18″ wide. Estimated value: $20. Current high bid: $25.

Item 14: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated an antique tin plum pudding mold, with a clasp-sealing top, about  5″ high and 8″ wide. Estimated value: $20. Current high bid: $10.

Item 15: Lisa Prussack has donated two Burpee gardening books. Estimated value for both: $20. Current high bid: $10.

Item 16: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a ceramic cheese safe/server. The plate is about 7″ wide, and the top is 3″ high. Estimated value: $20. Current high bid: $10.

Item 17: Ray Huessy has donated a framed copy of an Ansel Adams photograph of a Bodega Bay church, carefully if oddly labeled by Ray’s brother Alan. Estimated value: $20. Current high bid: $30.

Item 18: Lisa Prussack has donated two Rodale gardening books, The Four-Season Landscape by Susan Roth, and Designing Your Own Landscape by our own Gordon Hayward. Estimated value for both: $20. Current high bid: $15.

Item 19: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a patterned ceramic pitcher, about 9″ tall. Estimated value: $25. Current high bid: $10.

Item 20: Artist Kelli Moran offers two handmade custom masks, made of high quality double layered cotton, washable and reversible, with adjustable ear straps. You can pick your fabric and the masks will be sized for you. Estimated value for both: $25. Current high bid: $25.

Item 21: Lisa Prussack has donated two puzzles, Van Gogh’s “Café Terrace at Night” and “Doors. Estimated value: $25. Current high bid: $20.

Item 22: Dan Harlow has donated a $25 Harlow Farm Stand gift certificate. Current high bid: $25.

Item 23: Nancy Pike has donated an older-model Kindle (without a lit screen for reading in the dark). The model and storage capacity are unknown, but it still works fine. Estimated value: $25. Current high bid: $15.

Item 24: Lisa Prussack has donated six (6) coloring books. Estimated value for all six: $25. Current high bid: $10.

Item 25: Laura and Betsy Williams have donated a ceramic popcorn bowl, about 7″ high and about 8″ wide. Estimated value: $25. Current high bid: $15.

Items 26, 27, and 28: Sue Venman has donated three oil lamps with hand-thrown bases by Halifax artist Bobbie Groves, about 11½” tall and 5″ wide. Please bid on item 26 (violets), item 27 (chocolate swirl), and item 28 (midnight blue) separately; to win all of them, you must have the highest separate bids on all three lamps. Estimated value: $30. Minimum Bid: $10. Current high bid for item 26: $10. Current high bid for item 27: $10. Current high bid for item 28: $15.

Item 29: The Green Mountain Spinnery has donated a kit to make a hat, with all the yarn you need and instructions. Estimated value: $30. Current high bid: $20.

Item 30: Laura and Betsy Williams have donated a blown-glass pitcher, about 10” high and about 7” wide. Estimated value: $30. Current high bid: $30.

Item 31: Catherine Cadieux has donated Japanese Nikko tableware, a plate, sauce boat, and server (oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Estimated value: $25. Minimum Bid: $10.

Item 32: Westminster Community Feed Store  has donated a Gardman Victorian lamp-style birdseed feeder, which holds 2 or 3 pounds of seeds; the pole is roughly 6 feet long. Estimated Value: $30. Current high bid: $25.

Item 33: The “Perfect Creations” hair salon in Westminster (next to Burtco Self-Storage) has donated a $32 gift certificate. Current high bid: $20.

Item 34: Jenny Holan has donated a carved wooden mask with ivory inserts, from family friends’ travels—possibly from Bali. It’s about 5″ to 6″ tall. Estimated value: $35. Minimum Bid: $15.

Item 35: Catherine Cadieux has donated a teapot shaped like an eggplant, with four plant-pot cups with vegetable handles (not dishwasher-safe). Estimated value: $35. Current high bid: $50.

Item 36: Eileen and Ira Wilner have donated an antique, old-fashioned push mower with a wooden handle. Estimated value: $35. Minimum bid: $15.

Item 37: Catherine Cadieux has donated a Vermont marble vase and plate. The vase is about: 8″ high, 3½” wide at the neck, and 6″at its widest. Estimated value: $35. Current high bid: $25.

Item 38: Lisa Prussack has donated two New Yorker cover puzzles. Estimated value: $35. Current high bid: $35.

Item 39: Ray Huessy has donated a Japanese woodblock print of a Kabuki actor, framed by Boutilier’s in Burlington in 1964. Ray no longer remembers the character or play shown in the print, the name of the artist, or who made the print. Estimated value: $35. Minimum bid: $15.

Item 40: Sarah Waldo has donated three puzzles: “Knock, Knock,” “Fine Spirits,” and “M.C. Escher.” Estimated value for all three: $40. Current high bid: $30.

Item 41: Sandglass Theater of Putney is offering four (4) tickets to an upcoming show during the Winter Sunshine series, a family-friendly series of shows which will take place this winter (2021-22). Estimated value: $40. Current high bid: $25.

Item 42: Lisa Prussack has donated a set of three puzzles, “Quilt Farm,” “Surreal Landscape,” and “Bell’s Farm.” Estimated value: $40. Current high bid: $20.

Item 43: The Hungry Diner in Walpole, NH has donated a $50 gift certificate. Current high bid: $50.

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Item 44: William Ballard Piano Service is offering a free piano tuning; the offer is only good for pianos which are still tunable and playable, but other repairs can be discussed. Estimated value: $125. Current high bid: $200.

Item 45: Artist Lucinda Moses has donated a sterling silver bracelet with a handmade lamp-worked bead. Estimated value: $40. Current high bid: $30.

Item 46: Artist (and singer-songwriter) Lisa McCormick has donated a hand-made fiddle-head swirl mandala necklace, made of feather-light hand-stamped aluminum with a fresh-water pearl, on an 18” necklace cord. Estimated value: $40. Current high bid: $25.

Item 47: Alison Latham has donated a 27″ agate necklace, with a variety of small agates and crystal beads, and a large pendant Suleiman agate, which has no white striping and is prized for its healing energies. Estimated value: $40. Minimum bid: $20.

Item 48: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a large, two-tone ceramic bean pot, about  8½” high and 7½”wide at the top; the middle of pot is wider. Estimated value: $40. Minimum bid: $20.

Item 49: Catherine Cadieux has donated a German porcelain coffee service, with four cups, six saucers, six plates, creamer, and sugar (not dishwasher- or microwave-safe). She bought it in East Berlin during a junket through Checkpoint Charlie in 1984; since it is stamped “Bareuther, Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany,” it must have been made before 1961, when the Berlin Wall cut Bavaria off from Berlin. Estimated value: $45. Current high bid: $20.

Item 50: Elizabeth Malczynski and Jonas Littman have donated a vintage ceramic bowl, about 5″ high and 8″ wide. Estimated value: $45. Current high Bid: $20.

Item 51: John Field has donated an Epson Stylus PHOTO R340 printer. Estimated value: $45. Minimum bid: $20.

Item 52: Lisa Prussack has donated a set of four puzzles: “Pirate Dream,” “Picker’s Dream,” “Yard Sale,” and “Wolf.” Estimated value for all four: $50. Current high bid: $20.

Item 53: David Mulholland has donated a sturdy, comfortable leather office chair, about four years old, but well cared for and in great shape. (There are some minor signs of wear, mainly in the arms).  The seat is shown at 21″ off the floor and the back at 45″ (height is adjustable), the seat is 20″ x 21″, and the outside measurement across the arms is 26″. Estimated value: $50. Current high bid: $45.

Item 54: The “Against the Grain” Gluten-free bakery and factory store has donated a $50 gift certificate. Current high bid: $45.

Item 55: Lisa Prussack has donated a set of four puzzles: “Lake Cabin Scene,” “Marbles,” “Moose,” and “Winter Scene.” Estimated value for all four: $50. Current high bid: $20.

Item 56: Nancy Pike has donated a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite tablet with 8GB of memory, still being sold at $90. Estimated value: $50. Current high bid: $50.

Item 57: The Sojourns Community Health Clinic offers a $50 gift certificate to their Apothecary store. Current high bid: $55.

Items 58 and 59: Laura and Betsy Williams have donated a pair of hammocks, complete with mosquito netting and storage bags. Please bid on items 58 and 59 separately; to win both, you must have separate highest bids on both hammocks. Estimated value: $50 each. Minimum bid: $25 each. Current high bid on Item 58: $30. Current high bid on Item 59: $25.

Item 60: Susan Roman has donated a wood carving of a blue heron. The artist is unknown, but the work is about 15 years old, and about 18″ high (27″ high with the wooden base). Estimated value: $50. Current high bid: $55.

Item 61: Nancy Pike  has donated an older Kindle Paperwhite, exact “generation” and storage unknown, but it works fine. Estimated value: $50. Current high bid: $25.

Item 62: Laura Bryant-Williams has donated a hand-made “fairy house,” built in exceptional detail; it’s about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Estimated value: $60. Current high bid: $55.

Item 63: Artist Rachael E. Shaw offers a pair of custom Vermont-made, fleece-lined sweater mittens. Choose your own size, color, weight and button style–the photo shows just one of many possibilities. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $70.

Item 64: Artist Jeanne Bennett offers a custom-made sterling silver bracelet, to be made to fit your wrist. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $60.

Item 65: Barb Rogers has donated a green, full-size iron bedframe with headboard, footboard, and stretchers. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $25.

Item 66: Lauren von Krusienstein has donated two pairs of louvered, or “plantation,” shutters” (made for inside, not outside use) in good repair. There are four shutters in all, each measuring 12”w x 32”h, so each pair would fit a 24”w x 36”h window. Estimated value for all four: $75. Current high bid: $30.

Item 67: Oliver Brody has donated a four-piece place setting, including dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, and mugs. Estimated value: $60. Minimum bid: $35.

Item 68: Ray Huessy has donated a brand-new Presto 01370 8-quart stainless steel pressure cooker, which he has never used since he bought it for $70 seven years ago. Walmart now sells the same model for $99. Estimated value: $70. Current high bid: $35.

Item 69: Eileen and Ira Wilner have donated a solid maple twin bed, vintage 1955 or so. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $70.

Item 70: Ray Huessy has donated a pair of Japanese woodblock prints of Kabuki actors, posthumous prints from blocks by Sadanobu Hasegawa, framed by Boutilier’s in Burlington in 1964. The one on the left depicts a scene from Yanone (“The Arrow Head”); the one on the right depicts a scene from Shibaraku (“Stop a Minute!”). Estimated value: $75. Minimum bid: $35.

Item 71: Lee Crocker and David Mulholland have donated a gallon of organic maple syrup from Sidelands Sugarbush.  Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $50.

Item 72: Lise Sparrow has donated a set of hand-painted dinner and salad plates (8 of each); they are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. (The dinner plates originally cost $12 each, salad plates $10 each). Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $40.

Item 73: Alison Latham has donated a wooden child’s zoo in the primitive style, built by her son Jamie for his wooden animals. The zoo measures 26” by 22″ and comes with 20 animals: four rhinos, two bears, two crocodiles, two water buffalo, two warthogs, two elephants, an antelope, a camel, a leopard, a lion, a tiger, and a zebra. All but the bears are hand carved in an African wood; one of the animals has a broken leg. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $45.

Item 74: Susan Roman has donated a Pendleton 100% wool blanket, full size, felt-bound on all sides. It’s about 20 years old, lightly used, and very warm, with no moth damage. Estimated value: $75. Current high bid: $40.

Item 75: Michael Daley offers a one-hour massage at his Putney office (63 Main Street). Estimated value: $80. Current high bid: $60.

Item 76: Ray Huessy, who has written a number of hymns for the West West congregation, will write a custom sonnet (or other poem of similar length) on a theme of your choice, mentioning the things you want memorialized. Estimated value: $80. Current high bid: $40.

Items 77 and 78: Westminster Animal Hospital has donated two (2) certificates for a free exam with rabies vaccination, for a cat or dog. Please bid on items 77 and 78 separately; to win both, you must have separate highest bids on both exams. Estimated value: $90 each. Current high bid on item 77: $55. Current high bid on item 78: $55.

Item 79: David and Yesenia Major and their family have donated a sampler of their award-winning Vermont Shepherd cheese. Estimated Value: $95. Current high bid: $105.

Item 80: Ray Huessy has donated a “six-pack” of red wine from his cellar, each bottle chosen after extensive research and thorough road-testing (not for drinkers of sweet or heavy wines). Estimated value: $100. Current high bid: $100.

Item 81: Heidi Bernier has donated an antique upholstered wooden chair, purchased 30 years ago from the Whipple Tree Restaurant in Bellows Falls. The back is 35″ high, and the seat is about 18″ by 20″. Minor repairs may be needed, but the chair has been appraised by an auctioneer “as is.” Professionally estimated value: $100. Minimum bid: $60.

Item 82: Jeannie Lindheim offers an animal communication consultation by phone (see www.youranimalspeaks.com).  The consultation must occur by October 12, 2021. Estimated value: $125. Current high bid: $70.

Item 83: Lee Crocker and David Mulholland offer two dozen farm-fresh eggs per month for a year, delivered within 15 miles (to your door or mutual meeting place). Estimated value: Around $125 for the eggs alone, $150 with the delivery. Current high bid: $70.

Item 84: Cheryl Charles has donated a Weslo Cadence 310 treadmill, which, though it’s about 20 years old, works fine. It folds up and moves on built-in wheels. Manuals are still available online. The unit cost $350 when purchased new. Estimated value: $200. Current high bid: $65.

Item 85: Sarah Waldo has donated a nearly new Uprooter tool (www.theuprooter.com), purchased for about $150; a great tool for pulling shrubs, small trees and bushes, including buckthorn, it now lists for around $245. Estimated value: $125. Current high bid: $130.

Item 86: Maria Basescu has donated a Yamaha PSR-293 61-key electronic keyboard, with stand. Estimated value, used: $150. Minimum bid: $75.

Item 87: Peter and Caitlin Adair have donated a gas-powered STIHL Pro Series FS 80 brushcutter, purchased new (with the brush cutter blade) about 10 years ago for $300 and seldom used; current models cost over $500. Estimated value: $200. Current high bid: $200.

Item 88: Beth Spicer has donated a Ukrainian 3-string balalaika, a traditional, handmade instrument, with ornamental painting on the front, in good condition.  It was left to Beth by a friend when she passed away “who was an amazing fiddle player, musician, and artist who collected interesting artifacts.” Estimated value: $200 or more. Minimum bid: $95.

Item 89: Ian Conway, the Chimney Doctor, has donated a home chimney cleaning. Estimated value: $225. Current high bid: $235.

Item 90: Marked down! Eileen and Ira Wilner have donated a “Swing Design” wooden swing set, which includes 2 swings, a chin-up bar, a climbing rope, and a slide.  With a little sprucing up, it will provide hours of fun for kids.  Estimated value: $150. Current high bid: $75.

Item 91: Entertain like royalty! Musician Jenny Holan offers an evening of live Renaissance music by French, Flemish, and English composers of the 15th through 17th centuries. Three disciples of early music will deploy a lute, a few recorders, and an occasional harp or vihuela to add elegance to your dinner party, gallery opening, or other quietly festive occasion. Estimated value: $250. Current high bid: $150.

Item 92: Artist Robert Burch has donated a hand-made blown-glass sculpture from his Brandywine Glass studio in Putney. Estimated value: $240. Minimum bid: $120.

Item 93: Asher Pucciarello has donated a 30-gallon fish tank that comes with 12 healthy fish, fish food, filter and filter cartridges, heater, thermometer, tank stand, and a lid with a built-in light (one hinge of the part of the lid that opens and closes is broken so that it functions like a lid rather than a flip door. The tank comes with the fish: they’re small, healthy, and have lived in the tank for a good, long while. Estimated value: $250. Minimum bid: $95.

Item 94: Lee Crocker and David Mulholland have donated a set of four (4) studded Uniroyal Tiger Paw 205/55 R16 winter tires, recommended by Consumer Reports, which were bought new for $388 and have seen just one season of light use (a great brand at a great price!) Estimated value for the set: $225. Current high bid: $150.

Items 95 and 96: Amy Cann offers two courses of three music lessons each, 45 to 60 minutes per lesson: adult or child, violin, piano or fiddle. Please bid on items 95 and 96 separately; to win both, you must have separate highest bids for both courses. Estimated value: $250 for each course. Current high bid for item 95: $125.

Item 97: Jenny Holan has donated a Indonesian ornamental dagger (kris) with a wavy blade and a wooden scabbard, worn by both men and women (the scabbard shows slight damage). UNESCO says, “Kris are used for display, as talismans with magical powers, weapons, sanctified heirlooms, auxiliary equipment for court soldiers, accessories for ceremonial dress, an indicator of social status, a symbol of heroism, etc.” . Estimated value: $300. Current high bid: $150.

Item 98: Artist Nick Keil has donated a hand-crafted mirror, framed in mahogany and walnut; the diagonal measurements are 22” by 25”. Estimated value: $400. Current high bid: $200.

Item 99: Jenny Holan has donated a leaded-glass panel, “Hindu Wheel of Life,” 21″ in diameter, made by Frank Holan.  Estimated value: $400. Current high bid: $100.

Item 100: Maria Basescu has donated a Baldwin “Acrosonic” piano, with a bench. Built by Baldwin as an “apartment piano,” it’s about 57.5″ wide, 35 ” tall, and 25″ deep. (More information on the “Acrosonic” here.) Estimated value: $500-$1,000. Current high bid: $300.