The offices of Mogollon Health Alliance are filled to overflowing with furniture, jewelry, collectibles, art and antiques for this year's Olde Tyme Charity Auction, scheduled for Saturday, June 3. So many items were donated to the auction, some had to be stored off site.
Walking through the piles and stacks is a little like visiting an antique store or a museum.
"We have what we think is a kangaroo pelt," said Judy Baker, executive director of MHA.
"We have two turn-of-the-century handmade women's dusters. Women used to wear them over their regular clothes when riding in a car to keep the dust off."
One duster is plain. The other has rainbow swastikas stitched into the lapels. (Swastikas were originally used in Egypt and represented the sun.)
"You'll have to supply your own goggles, but we might have a big hat to go with the duster somewhere," said volunteer Evelyn Mayer.
A dining table with six chairs and matching buffet and china cabinet is, Baker estimates, the premium lot.
Other furniture to be auctioned includes Oak Hoosier baker's table, hand-turned curly maple, twin rope beds that date back more than a century, Silvertone Broadcast floor console radio and lawyer's cabinet.
Several pieces of art will also be available.
"We have portraits you can buy of (someone else's) relative," said volunteer Mary Ellen Fuller.
"With them, you can live vicariously or make up you own past," Mayer added.
There will also be marked Waterford Crystal, silver Indian jewelry and an LC Smith (Established 1903) typewriter available to the highest bidder.
Maybe the most unusual item is a mint sheet of 1890s "baby head" stamps from Cuba.
"I don't have a clue what their value is right now," Baker said. "I have a lot of research to do before the auction Saturday."
Last year, MHA raised over $8,000 at the auction.
The money goes into MHA's general fund to support community projects such as health fairs and college scholarships.
The Charity Olde Tyme Auction takes place Saturday, June 3 at 308 E. Aero Dr. in Payson. The public is invited at 8 a.m. to preview the 200 lots. The auction starts at 9 a.m. and will finish around noon. A food concession will be provided by the MHA "Pink Ladies" Auxiliary.
"I would like to thank all the volunteers, with special thanks to the Payson Fire Department for coming on auction day to set everything up for us," Baker said.