Monday, June 04, 2018

Vendues & Auctions

In the past I have written about vendues on Ocracoke Island ( The word vendue derives from the French, and was used on the Outer Banks to describe a public sale of shipwrecked cargo. Today we might use the word auction.

In recent years the Ocracoke Fire Department has held a fund-raising auction every Memorial Day weekend, and Ocracoke Alive sometimes sponsors an art auction during the June Ocrafolk Festival.

The first public auction in recent years that I know of was conducted in the school yard as a PTA fund-raiser. This photo was taken October 26, 1973. 

Can any of our readers identify the auctioneer?

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  1. Anonymous8:06 AM

    Looks like a fella without a beard. I bet now a days that fella has a beard.

  2. just a shot in the dark... but I'm guessing a young Phillip Howard.

  3. Yes, I now have a beard! And I still enjoy being an amateur auctioneer.


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