The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

February 22, 2014

Average to strong prices at auction

The Feb. 8 auction was well attended and prices were average to strong.

A small box of craft items brought in $23 and a group of record albums with a Beatles album played a tune of $30. An assortment of material brought in prices ranging from $2 to $20.

Some of the better material sold for $40, $27.50 and $25 per grouping. Books on quilting were selling in the $10 to $52.50 range. Buttons were sold by the jar full and prices went from $2 to $18 per jar.

A sewing machine stitched its way to $50. Several Longaberger baskets were sold with the first choice going to a new home for $52.50. Prices ranged from $10 to $30.

There were several old cookbooks for sale and many from early Clinton and Clinton County.

Advertisements in one of the Clinton books were as follows: Van Allen’s Department Store advertising 5 busy floors with 40 departments — phone 2400. Clinton Superior Laundry at 701 No. 2nd Street — phone 2525 they claimed to be the home of the dependable family washing.

A Kettleson & Son dealers in groceries and meats located at 1908 Camanche Avenue, phone 813. Do you remember Mrs. Preston’s Cottage Inn at 336 11th Ave. South advertising good home cooked food? Plate lunches were 30 cents and the jumbo hamburger only 10 cents and they were open all night. At 119 Main Ave. was W.A. & O. Stuedemann expert foot fitters. The A.G. Risch Company for gasoline, oil, tires, greasing and battery service located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and South Second Street.

Be sure to phone 78 for Rockwell Mortuary where service comes first, located at 307 S. Second St. The Ray Dodge Motor Company at 119 Sixth Ave. South, authorized dealer for Chevrolet, phone 351. Gabriel Lumber and Fuel Co and “good cooks must have good fuel to make good food and we carry in stock 33 kinds and sizes of fuel from the cheapest that is good to the very best” — phone 291.

The Feb. 8 auction lasted exactly 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Ted Wilk is with Wilk Auction and Appraisal Service. To ask him a question about auctions, call (309) 654-2655.

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