Our Auction lasted from 12 pm Sunday to 4 am Monday! Due to the amount of items that were offered, we still have many Wonderful items available! Bidding has ended for this auction, but due to the overwhelming response we have received we have left our catalog available to our customers. Browse through the catalog and if you see anything that was passed on that you are interested in, give Tim Chapulis a call and make an offer! Many, many items are still available for great Christmas gifts and to help out St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! It's Still a Wonderful Life and now is the chance to be part of this great event if you missed an item on Sunday!
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Many of these Great Items are Still Available Plus More!!!
In the spirit of George Bailey, who portrayed the image of a caring, giving person with a big heart, Tim Chapulis, Auctioneer and his mother, Helen Chapulis, have been collecting donations at Tim’s Inc. Auctions for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since the passing of his father, Peter W. Chapulis, in 2005. To date, Tim’s Inc. Auctions is proud to have raised over $57,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and this is a great opportunity to be able to help the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Many friends and long time customers are excited to be part of this auction event”, states Mr. Chapulis.
Tim Chapulis, Auctioneer, in keeping with the spirit of the theme “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be offering items from a bygone era, including antique and vintage furnishings, lighting, clocks, estate jewelry, artwork, carpets, and glassware, that brings you back to the Bailey's era portrayed in the movie in hometown Bedford Falls. Tim Chapulis, Auctioneer will be offering items throughout the auction that will go to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital including over 50 collectible dolls featuring bisque dolls, Ashton-Drake Galleries, Candy Spelling, Marie Osmond Collectible Dolls, and Mann’s Gallery dolls, many in original boxes and packaging with certificates of authenticity. Memorabilia from Sid Bernstein and Les Paul, sports memorabilia, and many furnishings and collectibles will be available with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Just in! Tim’s will be offering Rock N Roll autographed guitars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Featured will be “Jamies Autographed Guitar”. This autographed guitar by Les Paul was given to Jamie from Les Paul. Jamie's father was Les Paul's groundskeeper. When his family needed their front porch repaired, Jamie didn't want to sell his guitar so the family could afford the front porch, but when he heard that the guitar was to be for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he insisted on GIVING this guitar as a donation to this event. His generosity was returned in kind from an anonymous donor, who paid for the family's front porch to be repaired. Help us pass on this child's kindness and generosity! Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister and Rusty Paul (Lester Paul, Jr.) have also donated autographed guitars solely to support the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rusty Paul wanted to keep his father’s spirit and love of children alive by donating a personal guitar of his, with his and his father’s autographed.
What would go better under a traditional Bailey Christmas tree than an Antique Child's Currier and Ives Pull Sleigh with hand held jingle bells? This child’s sleigh is all in original condition with the nice, long original handle and children’s hand held jingle bells. A very rare find in today’s market in such nice condition. What was once a child’s delight to find on Christmas morning can delight your favorite collector or anyone with a love of nostalgic items. A sleigh like this one would be found on the local ponds, similar to the pond where Harry Bailey took that fateful fall through the ice.
Also offered at auction will be lighting very reminiscent of the era of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, along with a vintage Parker Brothers Hall Tree with Mirror, made locally in Meriden, CT. This 1880s Park Brothers Hall Tree is black walnut with white marble top. Mirrored hall trees graced many public buildings, including Mr. Gower’s pharmacy and Mr. Martini’s restaurant. Many examples of period lighting will also be auctioned, including a 6 panel caramel glass parlor lamp, reverse painted table lamp, Fenton glass lamp, banquet lamps, and an antique double wall sconce with opalescent glass shades.
Over 100 silver dollars will be offered, mint sets, and various coin and paper money lots and well as estate jewelry. These items are always a favorite for our auction buyers!
The unusual part about this auction is that bidders can bid from the comforts of their own homes by using our online mechanisms. Bidders are also encouraged to call Tim Chapulis, Auctioneer at 860-459-0964 to leave absentee or phone bids if they cannot participate online.
Just in time for the Holidays, we will be offering A Hitchcock dining table and chairs set, and a matching Hitchcock hutch with proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An additional Hitchcock Dining table and chairs set will also be available. Both of these sets have their original leaves to expand the tables to accommodate family dining during the Holidays. These are beautiful sets that will grace anyone’s home during the Holiday season and throughout the year. Hitchcock Furniture of Riverton, CT has a strong tradition of fine craftsmanship and is still making fine furnishings in that tradition today!
The carving and craftsmanship of the Victorian period is something of splendor that grace any home. Offerings will include a selection of furnishings that are rare finds in today’s market, including carved pieces attributed to R. J. Horner, John Jelif, and Thomas Brooks. Marble topped tables, dressers, candle stands, and exceptionally carved monumental pieces are part of this collection, including a Renaissance Revival Hall tree mirror, all in original finish, measuring approx. 9 ½ feet tall. This piece was rumored to be in a famous railroad station, prior to making it’s home in the former "Old Corner Café" in Naugatuck, CT which had been in existence for over 100 years.
From an antique hand wind Victrola, a vintage hand crank telephone, parlor lamps, and the marble top tables you would find in George and Mary Bailey’s home, to a glorious griffin carved library table or writing desk, griffin carved matching chair and additional splendid pieces that could have come directly from Mr. Potter’s office. You can envision a man of wealth and power like Mr. Potter sitting at these beautiful period pieces and scolding poor George! Tim’s Inc. will be offering many fine, vintage pieces for this auction. Tim Chapulis is famous for shelf lots that include between 20 and 50 pieces! This is a great opportunity to find many gifts within 1 lot! Many lots will include vintage pieces of Carnival and Depression glass, as well as collectible figurines, Belleek, Lenox, crystal, cut glass, and decorative items to adorn your Holiday table.
This auction will also feature a Blue 1990 Chevy Camaro IROC Z, single owner, 9,315 original miles! This vehicle was cherished and lovingly cared for by the owner until he passed recently. Many upgrades have been added and the car is in drive away condition.
“We are very excited to be able to put together an auction of this magnitude, with beautiful items perfect for gift giving, our buyers have the opportunity to give twice by helping the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and getting a wonderful vintage gift for a family member of their own collection. We’ve titled this auction “It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Estates Auction” and strive to recaptured the spirit of Bedford Falls,” says Tim Chapulis. Winning bidders will be asked to make a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father (although anyone can donate). “The outpour of support for this effort has been tremendous,” Tim said. “Many people have given more than we asked. To date we’ve raised over $57,500 for this worthwhile charity.” Tim’s father, Peter W. Chapulis, was known for his love of children and was a long time fan and supporter of Danny Thomas and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Chapulis family has always supported the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We will never give up on them, as they never give up on the children,” states Tim Chapulis. “We are, to the best of my knowledge, the only auction to ask their customers up front to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have been doing this since 2006, and our customers stand behind us with a total of over $57,500 and counting. “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings, and we look forward to ringing our auction bell at every hammer drop of this auction.”