Baskets up for bid for Southampton Academy Arts & Antiques Show

Published 11:05 am Thursday, February 17, 2011


Sherry Hull stands next to some of the more than 60 baskets that will be sold by silent auction for the Southampton Academy Arts and Antique Show from Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. Bids are being taken for the baskets, which are on display in the school lobby. -- Kate Archer | Tidewater News

COURTLAND—A record more than 60 baskets — each with merchandise valued at over $150 — are up for bid in the lobby at Southampton Academy for the school’s Arts & Antiques Show, which runs from Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.

Some of the baskets include, Beiber Fever and Taylor Swift, an autographed Twilight book, an Outer Banks Hit the Beach basket, a Fourth of July vacation at a private beach home, hunting and Carhartt gear, a golf package, World War II autographed books, photos and memorabilia in an authentic WWII ammunition case, a reproduction antique tricycle, American Girl items, Off to College arranged in a rolling trunk and Virginia Tech memorabilia.

Early and absentee bids may be placed; the highest bid gets the basket of choice.

Pat Hartman is in charge of the basket auction, a primary component of school’s largest fundraising project for 2011.

The Peanut Patch sealed the baskets, which are adorned with specialty bows.

“They help us every year, and we wouldn’t know what to do without them,” Hartman said. “What’s so nice about these baskets is that all the teachers, parents and students helped chip in and gather and donate items and funds to make it all come together.”

During the three-day Art and Antique Show, lunches and desserts will be available in the cafeteria, along with a bake sale hosted by the school’s PTO.