Autumn Online Auction to Benefit Stephenson House

Stephenson House is gearing up for another online antiques and collectibles 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-based auction.

Anyone can now participate in the auction by visiting 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). For locals, they 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 St., 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 100% of the 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. Some top-selling items include pocket and hunting knives, old photo albums, oil paintings (not prints), comic books, Christmas items (pre-1960), and more. arrowheads, axes and handicrafts. Additional items are wooden boxes with stamped advertising, metal signs, stallions, postcards, old valentines and military memorabilia from the Civil War, WWI and WWII, older coins, lighted beer signs and art. 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 antiques or collectibles. 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. Items are accepted now and cannot be accepted 30 days before October 6th. Donations can be sent home during our hours listed at To arrange a pick up date, contact Stephenson House for assistance.

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