Auction leads fun in Mansfield

The 40th annual Mansfield Lions Club auction drew a large crowd on Oct. 7. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Lou Hipp with his new purchase from the Lions Club auction. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

The Mansfield Lions Club held its 40th annual auction Oct. 7 at the sale lot downtown.

The event was well attended with three auctioneers getting all interested bidders involved. The sales area was full of merchandise for sale. Big ticket items like buses, tractors, trucks, cars and combines were lined up for inspection. Other items included lawn mowers, tires, motorcycles, antiques and collectibles, and firearms. Other miscellaneous household goods were also in abundance. Buyers had a wide variety of items to choose from.

Paulette Bridgewater surveyed the auction landscape and said, “The Lions Club auction has good deals and the auction is just one way we receive great support for the Lions Club that helps our community, especially our students.”

Lou Hipp from Spokane-based Farmer-Stockman and Basic Financial Solutions, Inc., was at the auction for the first time. He was very pleased with the deals he made.

“It was my first time here, and I’m having a great time bidding and buying items. I’m especially pleased with the car I bought, a 1990 Cadillac de Ville, in mint condition,” Hipp said.

Other activities held throughout the day in conjunction with the auction included the Mansfield Community Church rummage sale, the Story Barn, the Chamber of Commerce’s second annual fall market, and a baked goods sale sponsored by the Mansfield Scholars Foundation. The museum was also open to visitors and there were yard sales around town.

Sisters Jeanette Cavadini and Ruth Fischer at their booth during the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce’s fall market. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

The Mansfield Community Church sponsors a yearly rummage sale during the auction to raise money for its benevolent fund. The fund provides a community outreach for those in need. Donations are always welcome.

Crafters from throughout Douglas County were invited to participate at the fall market held in Blue Stem Park. This year’s vendors featured handmade doll clothes, knitted hats and scarves, scented products for the home, designer clothing, handcrafted jewelry, repurposed and vintage items, soaps, balms and salves. Vendors Jeanette Cavadini and her sister Ruth Fischer sold handmade doll clothes and hats, and gently used and new children’s clothing. Fischer volunteers with the The Hope Chest, to help parents meet the clothing needs of their foster children.

Chamber Vice President Mikki Lamar said, “The Mansfield Chamber fall market features local crafts and vintage goods during the Lions Club auction. Our job as chamber representatives is to promote our local businesses. This is our second year and we want to make it a yearly event for our vendors.”

The Mansfield Scholars Foundation sells baked goods and snacks yearly and is a staple booth at the auction for the best homemade pies in town, raising scholarship funds for local students.

The Black family had a yard sale offering various household items. “We enjoyed spending this fall auction day selling good quality household items at affordable prices to the community, and spending the day with our grandchildren and family,” Heidi Black said.

The day wrapped up with satisfied bidders and buyers packing up their treasures and heading for home.