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Auction & Yard Sale

Info on our annual auction and yard sale, including listings of some items up for sale.
Please check back often for updates.

24th Annual Auction and Yard Sale

August 12 and 13, 2017

Our annual auction and yard sale is held on the second full weekend of August every year on the grounds of our main fire station and inside the old Orr's Island Schoolhouse on Harpswell Islands Road, Route 24, on Orr's Island in Harpswell (get directions in new window).

A giant yard sale of thousands of donated items is held indoors and out on both days.

A silent auction of goods, services and experiences donated by area businesses is open on both days until noon on Sunday.

The live auction begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, with preview starting at 9 a.m.

Cooked-to-order Breakfast, lunch, snacks and desserts are offered for sale on both days.

Please check back here often for more info on this special event, including some of the items up for sale as they become available. Please contact us any time for more info.


Historic Cribstone Bridge Block

For the second year in a row, we are proud to be able to offer an authentic piece of island history -- a granite block that supported the Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge since the 1920s until it was removed during the rehab in 2009-2010.

The block is about 5-feet wide and still has some original quarry marks. It would be a perfect bench, as demonstrated here by our lead auctioneer, Malcolm McFarland.

This year's block was donated by Kenney Landscaping of Harpswell, which will deliver the stone to a spot accessible from the road or driveway anywhere in Harpswell.

It will be auctioned about noon on Sunday.


Other Items to be Auctioned Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday

This is just a small sample. More than 200 items will be up for auction, including bureaus, desks, beds, mirrors, chairs, art, antiques, collectibles and other unique items and experiences. Plus lots more for sale at the Saturday-Sunday Yard Sale, and at the Silent Auction on both days!

We're adding more items every week, right up until the big weekend. Please check back regularly for updates!





Rare, framed Elvis Presley movie poster




Big mounted fish





Antique car trunk with key and original label




Steel art buffalo




Ice Cream party for a large group, courtesy of Gelato Fiasco of Brunswick.
Catered at your location! Great Value!




Pair of wooden-arm library chairs




Beautifully framed rare print of engineering drawings of the USS Constitution




Wooden rowing skiff with rowing seat and oars




Antique child's sleigh




One of two grandfather clocks.




Nautical chart of the Harpswell area mounted on the cutout of a tuna fish,
made by local artisan and seafaring Maine Maritime Academy grad Taylor McGovern




Nice serving cart.




Baseball bat and book autographed by Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy.




Tobacco advertising tin sign




Marble top stand




1945 Soviet Union calendar book




Cane bottom bench




Framed Maine Central Railroad schedule from 1906




Silver tea pot




One of several telescopes




Old framed photo of Bailey Island bridge




Wicker chair




Antique single blade sled



Nice table clock




Art of Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island




Wood arm chair


Drop Off Your Auction Donations
9 to 1 on Saturdays in June and July

Want to unload some items, get a tax deduction and help keep our community safe? Please consider donating to our annual auction and yard sale.

We are looking for wooden furniture, antiques, artwork, nautical items, historical artifacts, household items, tools, unique kitsch, and more, including cars, trucks, trailers and boats.

However, we have learned over the years that certain items are difficult to sell and present us with disposal problems.

While we sincerely appreciate your offers, we cannot accept the following, regardless of condition:

  • Anything that is broken (we can make minor repairs to nice furniture)
  • Most large or small electrical appliances, especially microwave ovens, vacuums, dehumidifiers, electric stovetops, irons, hair dryers or toasters
  • Lights with outdated wiring or plugs
  • Computer equipment, including printers
  • Picture tube type TVs and computer monitors
  • Couches or other stuffed furniture
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Particleboard furniture
  • Exercise equipment
  • Used baby equipment, including cribs and playpens
  • Ski gear
  • Golf clubs
  • Aquariums
  • Hard-sided luggage and suitcases
  • Building materials
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Plastic storage containers and cups
  • Clothing
  • Used linens and other fabrics
  • Books, CDs and DVDs (can be donated to the Orr's Island Library)

If you are interested in donating items, please email or call us at 207-833-5405 and leave a message. We can arrange a time for you to deliver the items to us, or we can come and get them from you.

Please do not ever leave anything at our fire stations unattended.


Volunteers Needed

Come give back to the community, have a great time and get to know many of your wonderful neighbors by volunteering to help at our annual auction and yard sale.

The massive community event requires dozens of volunteers to help with everything, including collecting and sorting donations, setting up, selling at the yard sale, recording bids, moving items, serving food, traffic and parking control, cleanup, and more. There are roles for everyone, before, during and after the big weekend.

Volunteers get early access to the sale, a free T-shirt, free food and the appreciation and admiration of everyone at OBIFD and throughout the community.

If you're interested in being part of the fun, please contact us through this site or call 207-833-5405 and leave us a message.