Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 25, 2013

Silent auction set for Sept. 26-28

By Mary Schantz
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The public will be in for a real treat if they haven’t yet experienced one of the silent auctions held by the May Cravath Wharton Association. The 31st annual silent auction promises to be one of the best ever.

Auction attendees will have a chance to bid on more than 750 items, including original paintings, prints and wall hangings, curios, collectibles and antiques, furniture, elegant glassware, fine china, silver, coins, heirloom and costume jewelry, small working appliances, pottery, baskets, rugs, bicycles and sporting goods. There are also many items available this year at low cash and carry prices. Those who arrive early will have the best selection of take-home items.

The auction, which is being held in the “Blue Barn,” is open Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Blue Barn is just behind the new Wharton Homes on the corner of Main Street and W. Lake Rd. in Pleasant Hill. Plenty of parking is available, and admission is free.

Silent auction co-chairs Jim Olds and Laura Riester, both of whom are Uplands Village residents in Pleasant Hill, advise serious bidders to come to the auction as early as possible. In the event of tie bids, the winner is always the earliest bidder. All winning bidders are notified by phone.

All proceeds from the silent auction benefit the mission of the Wharton Association, which strives to uphold the legacy of doctor and founder, Dr. May Cravath Wharton. Through the association’s five sales every year, they are able to grant scholarships to area residents, address community needs for such things as food, home heating, and electricity, and provide assistance to elders who have outlived their means.