In the past I have written about vendues on Ocracoke Island (https://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/search?q=vendue). 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?
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Lighthouse,
with information (and an artist's sketch) about the earliest lantern room. You can read the
Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/ocracoke-lighthouse/.