Antiques included in silent auction

By Carol Larson | Dec 18, 2012
Drexel desk

Antiques provide a window into the past and many of the 16 items included in the current Christmas Silent Auction at the Habitat ReStore in Waynesville are treasured pieces of North Carolina history, donated with a story.

One of those items is a desk manufactured around 1945 by Drexel Furniture Company of Drexel, NC. Made of solid mahogany with dove tail construction and brass drawer handles decorated with a grape and vine detail, “It’s quality furniture from bye-gone days,” said donor Mary Wright.  Inside the desk is a hand-written note about its history, a wedding gift to Wright’s mother from her husband to be. The desk was in Wright’s family for 67 years and traveled with the family throughout four states. “My mother felt led by the Lord to donate this desk to raise funds for a worthwhile cause,” said Wright’s son, Charles Cline.

Other items on the silent auction include a tall oak writing desk, a 78-inch oak bench, a Howard Miller clock, vintage tools, a milk can, keg and a children’s sled. Among the antiques is also a modern ‘Little Giant’ multi-purpose ladder. This ladder is known for its safety features and ability to combine several different ladder features into one convenient ladder system.

“All of these items were donated with a request to display them for a silent auction,” said ReStore Manager Gary Clontz. Each item has a starting bid. The bidding will end Saturday, December 22 at 3 p.m. Auction proceeds, as all ReStore proceeds, go toward building houses for families in need within Haywood County. The store to date has netted sufficient profits to fund two Habitat houses.

The Habitat Restore, located at 95 Montgomery Street in Waynesville, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. Donations are picked up Wednesdays and Thursdays upon request. Habitat volunteers are always needed. Go to to learn about volunteer opportunities.



A solid mahogany Drexel desk with a history

is one of 16 items included in the silent auction.



A tall oak writing desk




A 78-inch oak bench





Building houses, building hope


A ‘Little Giant’ versatile ladder


A 78-inch oak ladder.