Plans for the annual Delavan Education Foundation Community Auction benefitting the students of Delavan District 703 are in full swing for Saturday, March 23 downtown on Locust Street.
All items offered for sale must be tagged between 6:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday, with selling to begin at 10 a.m. Sale items cannot be dropped off before 6 a.m. Consignment and buyer numbers will be at the American Legion Hall, the same location where biscuits and gravy will be served starting at 6 a.m. and lunch will be starting at 10 a.m.
All items, including cars, trucks, machinery, furniture, appliances, tools, antiques, and livestock — no pens available — may be auctioned, but no firearms, televisions, tires, computers, monitors, batteries, or non-working appliances.
The Delavan Community Historical Society will be open during the sale and serving coffee and baked items. The Ayer Public Library will be open and have books available. The Common Ground Thrift Store will be reopening at the Delavan Baptist Church.
The Auction is sponsored by the Delavan Education Foundation (DEF), Delavan Optimist Club and local volunteer organizations.
A percentage of the final sale price is donated to the foundation for sponsoring the auction, and the seller receives the rest, based on commission rates figured on the seller’s total sales. Total sales of $10 or less will be a donation to DEF Community Auction; $10.01 to $100, 20 percent will go to DEF; $100.01 to $500, 15 percent; $500.01 to $3,000, 10 percent; and $3,000.01 and up, 7.5 percent. Titled vehicles and farm machinery over $3,000.01 will be charged a 5 percent commission fee. A $10 buy-back fee will be charged on any item bought back.
No property is to be removed until paid for, and all purchases must be removed the day of the sale. After 3:30 p.m., all items will be removed from the street. Cash, checks, PayPal, and debit or credit cards will be accepted.
Steve Yontz, a DEF board member, said that previous years have brought large crowds to gather in downtown Delavan to watch and bid on the always large assortment of items.
“I am hoping for good weather and a great turnout,” Yontz said. “Last year, the sale had to be canceled at the very last minute due to weather when the forecast on Friday night said 100 percent chance of snow for Saturday.”
“I think we got even more than the six inches predicted, but this year is just the opposite,” Yontz said. “The weather is looking good, so far, for this year’s sale, a sunny day with temperatures in the 50s and no rain or snow!”
Yontz said proceeds from the annual auction have helped the foundation in many projects for Delavan Unit District 703 students, including funding or partial funding for students to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair, math programs, English programs, the music department, Camp Read-A-Lot, DEF scholarships, donations to DHS Post Prom, and more.
To donate items or to get further information, call Yontz at 309-620-4921.
Story submitted by Linda Lou Robinson.