The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. will hit a milestone at its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, June 24, at 10 am, which is the 200th auction for the auction house that opened in 2016.
“Now in our fifth year of business, we have grown our space —expanding last year into 10,00 square feet of showroom and storage space —and grown our team. We are now selling close to 2,000 items a month,” said founder Pam Stone, owner and founder. “We are committed to a broad range of eclecticism in our auctions from the weird to the wonderful.”
At the heart of its mission is to benefit charitable organizations in the area through proceeds from its auctions. Starting with making donations to Northern Westchester Hospital, the Benefit Shop Foundation has grown its charity partner base to more than 40 organizations in the community.
One frequently asked question, Stone says, is where does the merchandise come from? Situated in a tony area, the auction house gets donations from fine equestrian estates to farm houses, even the original mansion of circus/sideshow impresario P.T. Barnum. Art from swanky New York City apartments, Midcentury Modern from Greenwich or traditional antiques from Chappaqua are just some of the types of goods that find their way here.
Offering turnkey service, the auction house has expanded from accepting donations and consignments to doing entire buyouts of a home, from attic to basement.
In conducting her auctions, Stone has nearly seen it all: a dozen gargoyle carnival heads from Denmark, Broadway scenery, a collection of antique French fans, a life-size pagoda bird cage, 16-foot candelabra columns, church altars, large stained glass windows and a massive single-owner collection of 700 pieces of fine jewelry from a Manhattan estate.
Among the eclectic items featured in the June 24 auction will be a European silver winged foot Mercury sculpture on pedestal, signed G. Accarisi, 13 inches tall; a pair of carved Asian ancestral figures, 46 inches tall; and a collection of duck decoys.
Artwork will also be well represented, led by a signed oil on canvas abstract scene by Marino Marini ($5/10,000) with provenance to the Paul David Grant Galleries, 20½ by 26½ inches; and an initialed “Head of Man” marker drawing, attributed Robert Loughlin ($200-2,000), who was known for his images of a square-chinned, cigarette-smoking man he called the brute.
Rounding out the auction will be a vintage Chinese pewter sculpture of a crane, 23½ inches tall and a vintage Coca Cola floor size cooler, 26 inches tall.
The monthly Red Carpet sales feature choice collections of antique, Midcentury Modern, brand furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. With a mission of “to donate, to discover and to do good,” the foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local non-profits get much needed funds.
The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
185 Kisco Ave Suite 201
Mount Kisco, New York
About Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
The Benefit Shop receives donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and non-profits in the community get the money. This elegantly-conceived, eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is thrilled at the response from the community. It’s no secret that non-profits, from hospitals to homeless shelters, are having a tough time in this economy. Responding to the call for funding to fill the gaps , local resident Stone imagined a new possibility, an auction gallery with donated merchandise from the grand estates that surround the area. For 10 years, Stone has been busy visiting estate sales in the area, encouraging people to make high quality, tax-deductible donations for the satisfaction of helping a host of community organizations, including Neighbors’ Link and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the continued support of Northern Westchester Hospital. According to Pam, “Often these kinds of shops benefit a big national charity, but I really wanted the beneficiary to be my community, for the people who live and work here.” Mission statement: To donate, to discover, to do good.