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A long time running

Longest consecutive church auction in 63rd year

Sandy Bostrom poses beside a camel trunk she helped restore for the upcoming Sturbridge Federated Church auction. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
August 08, 2012
STURBRIDGE — The second Saturday in August is coming up, which means it's almost time for the longest consecutive church auction in the nation to take place.

The Sturbridge Federated Church will hold its 63rd annual auction on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Town Common. The event will feature more than 200 items, including chests, paintings, tables, mirrors, chairs, tools, dressers, trunks, rockers, and desks. Some of the items – such as a chair with images of Sturbridge stenciled onto it – are extremely unique and cannot be found in stores.

"We were thrilled when we learned that our auction was the oldest consecutively run church auction in the nation," said church moderator Tim Bardsley. "There are a lot of churches that have been holding auctions for a long time, so to know that ours is the oldest is a nice compliment for our efforts."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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