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No bargains here: Stillwater couple to auction off 266 historic antiques on Black Friday


It's a Black Friday sale with a difference.

Avid antique collectors Dick and Sandy Vandenberg have decided to declutter their home in West Lakeland Township, Stillwater, that is packed to the rafters with vintage furniture.

And while many shoppers battle for bargains in department stores this Black Friday, the Vandenbergs will put 266 of their possessions up for auction in a sale that could net them hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Stillwater Gazette reports.

Keeping their more cherished and historic items, they will be bidding farewell to a tranche of their antiques, which will be sold in the 54th Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction by Ohio-based auction-house Garth's.The lot, items from which can be viewed on Pinterest, includes a Chippendale-style desk and bookcase dating from 1780, estimated between $16,000 and $22,000, a landscape painting by New York artist Thomas Chambers for between $3,000 to $6,000, and a Georgian long case clock estimated at $800 to $1,200.

The auction starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and those interested can participate online via the Garth's website.

Over the past 40 years the couple has been building their collection, focusing on New England antiques in particular, partly because they previously lived on the East Coast and would make regular antiquing trips to the Northeast on weekends.

But another, much more historic reason, for their interest in the area is Sandy Vandenberg is a direct descendent of one of the Pilgrim Fathers, John Alden, who was one of the signatories on the Mayflower Compact, the Gazette notes, making the auction the day after Thanksgiving all the more meaningful.

Their collection grew so large they were able to fill their house with it, building their home in West Lakeland in period style to match its contents, but they admit it needs a bit of a clear-out.

"I'm 65 and retired, and the house is cluttered," Dick Vandenberg, a former investment banker, told the Gazette. "The older you get, the harder it is to dispose of things, so we thought we'd get a head start on things."

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