Popular Penny Auction returning to Woodhaven
by Ed Wendell
Jul 17, 2019 | 2843 views | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Penny Auction returns on Saturday, July 27, at noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.

The event has been a very popular one over the past two decades and this year, for the first time ever, we are holding it on a Saturday to give more people a chance to participate. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

One wrinkle we’ve added that people will like is that we will have some young people there to carry items up and down the stairs. Attendees from previous years will know how much help that will be.

The Penny Auction is a fun event where people donate items to be raffled off. You do not have to donate items to attend, though we always appreciate donations.

The items do not have to be new. In fact, the most popular donations are usually items with a little age on them.

And you’ll find interesting items at the Woodhaven Penny Auction. One year, I bid on and won a collection of magazines called Scarlet Street, which was devoted to horror and mystery movies. It looked interesting so I placed a few tickets in the cup next to them.

It turned out to be a legendary magazine published periodically during the 1990s up until 2006 and very hard to get. I received a lot of enjoyment from reading those magazines, probably the best dollar I ever spent.

After my mom passed away, we grabbed a bunch of her DVDs, especially boxed set collections of television programs, such as “Frasier” and “NYPD Blue.”

Those collections ended up in the hands of a local senior who told me she loved both shows and ended up watching them over and over again.

It’s a great way to recycle items in your house, and clear some much needed space for new stuff.

There will be everything from household items, holiday knick-knacks, books, blankets, almost anything you can think of.

Here’s a fun story about the first time we attended, long ago, before we were really involved with the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.

We had no idea what to bring, so we grabbed a small box of records. It was a set of eight 45s by Montavani, who was a wildly successful recording artist, specializing in light music, back in the late 1950s.

The records were pristine. They had belonged to my father-in-law, who was a discophile who took great care of his records. We didn’t have a working record player at the time, so we thought it would be a nice donation.

Sure enough, someone bid on it and took it home, and we were happy that we had done our part to support the local Historical Society. And my wife was happy that her late father’s records had gone to someone who clearly appreciated good vinyl music.

And then, the following week, we went to the St. Thomas the Apostle Rummage Sale. And as we were walking around we saw a pile of old records and there, sitting on top of the pile like a beacon, was the box set of Montavani. They were asking $2 for it.

Whoever had won the records had either listened to them and found them lacking, or just decided to pass it along as a donation to St. Thomas the Apostle.

Well, we paid the $2 and bought them back and still have them to this day. It’s funny how those records made the rounds and helped out both the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society and St. Thomas the Apostle and ended up right where they started.

The Woodhaven Penny Auction is a fun day and we hope to see you there. Doors open at 11 a.m., ticket sales and browsing starts at noon, and we’ll start pulling tickets around 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. We’ll also play music, maybe even some Montavani.

If you have any questions, email us at woodhavenhistory@gmail or call (718) 805-2002.
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