Auction of Colonel Benjamin Stephenson’s house runs until October 6

Stephenson House is gearing up for another online antiques and collectables auction this year. An on-site auction originally took place for over 15 years each October, but with COVID-19 Stephenson House moved to an online-only auction.

The auction started on March 9 and will end on October 6. Those who bid outside the region can have their items shipped (no free shipping). Residents can pick up their items Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Gem Storage, 447 S. Buchanan Street behind Market Basket.

Currently, organizers are seeking donations of a variety of antiques and collectibles to offer for sale. As the auction is online, the site will not be able to accept most furniture. Similarly, for past auctions, donors can decide whether they wish to donate the full value of their items to Stephenson House and receive a tax deduction or donate 50% of the sale price. of their items and deduct the remaining percentage.

Organizers look for a variety of antiques and small to medium-sized collectibles, but some items sell better than others.

Top-selling items include pocket and hunting knives, old photo albums, oil paintings (not prints), comic books, Christmas items (before 1960), and more. , cars, trucks, airplanes, and wind-up toys) and native items like arrowheads, axes, and handicrafts (eg, ceramics and southwestern jewelry) are also excellent.

Advertising items such as wooden boxes with embossed advertising, metal signs, stallions, etc., Valentine’s Day postcards and old cards, and military memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, older coins (e.g. wheat coins, gold and silver coins, and some types of old paper), all forms of beer advertising such as lighted beer signs and pottery art/ceramics from manufacturers like Rookwood, Roseville, Hull, Van Briggle and Weller to name a few are continuing best sellers. Finally, swords and old flintlock or percussion weapons and BB guns are acceptable, but the site cannot auction weapons without a FOID card.

There are many items that people may consider as antiques, collectibles, etc. If you have items you would like to donate but are unsure if they will be accepted, please call Stephenson House at (618) 692-1818. and someone will help you as soon as possible. We are accepting items now and cannot accept any more 30 days before October 6th. Donations can be sent home during our hours listed on our website at To arrange a pick up date, please contact Stephenson House and someone will help you.

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