CLINTON — A nice walnut table hit a high mark of $95 at a recent auction. A small chest freeze sold for $82.50 and the electric stove heated up for $85.
A window air conditioner kept everyone cool with a bid of $45, lawn chairs sold for $20, the Planter Peanut jars sold for $64 and $45 each and an older washer and dryer managed $120. A box of radio tubes sold for $20 and a lantern lit up a bid of $125.
Electronic items were selling in the $15 to $40 range. An older table top radio played to a top bid of $22.50, a small oriental box sold for $25 and some pocket knives sold for $32. A metal cart worked its way to $80, a toy tractor sold for $40 and the metal toy firetruck also ran their sirens up to $40.
Two kiddie cars sold with the transport car going for $105 and the child’s rider tractor went out for $40. Two salesman cases for the old radio tubes from the 1950s sold for $60. A car carrier sold for $32.50 and a child’s geology set sold for $10.
It was a very large auction which included antique furniture, many collectibles and early atlases of Clinton County. Here’s a final thought on antique furniture.
The large secretary that sold for $450 would have sold for $1,800 just 15 years ago. I talked to the man who purchased the walnut secretary 15 years ago. He was at the auction and we both wondered if the antique furniture market would ever make a return to its former glory.
I also talked to a man who has a large building just cram-packed with antique furniture. The question becomes, where is the market going to be in 15 years from now? Will the younger generation change their buying habits or will this type of furniture be sold in second-hand stores and assigned to the landfill in the future.
In 37 years of auctioneering I’ve found that the market continues to change. The people attending auctions are changing and their buying habits have changed. Have a good day and treat someone to a cup of coffee.
Ted Wilk is with Wilk Auction and Appraisal Service. To ask him a question about auctions, call (309) 654-2655.