Salvation Army to hold silent auctionWhile the Cloquet Salvation Army will go and pick up donation loads when folks call, they hit the “mother lode” with a recent call from a rural Carlton County resident with furniture to donate.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
While the Cloquet Salvation Army will go and pick up donation loads when folks call, they hit the “mother lode” with a recent call from a rural Carlton County resident with furniture to donate.
“To me, it was just normal furniture,” said Roxanne Laughlin, the Cloquet store manager who made the pickup, noting that the donor prefers to remain anonymous. “But when we got back here, Judy told me how special it was.”
The furniture was all golden oak made between 1910 and 1930. Knowing that the pieces were antiques, the sales staff made the decision to have the furniture appraised and sell it through silent auction in the store.
The silent auction starts Thursday, June 27, and runs through July 16. The store at 316 Carlton Ave. will be open late (until 6:30 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.) for people who can’t get it to see the furniture during the day on three different days: July 8, 12 and 16.
Laughlin said people who want to bid can come in to view the furniture, then get a number from Salvation Army staff in order to make an anonymous bid. The list of bids will be posted with each piece of furniture.
A furniture list with minimum bids follows:
Parlor table, minimum bid $275
Dresser with mirror, minimum bid $450
Secretariat desk, minimum bid $500
Buffet, minimum bid $500
Full-size bed frame, minimum bid $300
Hutch, minimum bid $800
Wash basin with pitcher and bowl, minimum bid $250
Desk with inkwell, minimum bid $200
Rocking chair, minimum bid $75
“This will make such a difference here,” Laughlin said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a donation worth that much money. I just think about how many people we can help with that money. It’s amazing that someone would be so generous.”