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Habitat auction features many unique items for 2013

Where can you purchase an eye exam, a Vera Bradley tote, a basket of New Rinkel baking products, aftershave, an LP heater, horse shampoo, an outdoor fireplace, and a stuffed bunny for the children? At the LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) Auction, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Shipshewana Sale Barn.

“The LaGrange County community has been very generous this year,” said LCHFH Executive Director Mont Arnold. “We have some new board members who have new contacts, and our contributors from past years have also continued to donate many items, including our usual fine array of quilts and furniture.”

“Our selection this year is far more varied and extensive than it has been in recent years,” he added.

Since the sale bill went to press on July 1, many additional items have been added to the list. Gift certificates include an Amish meal with buggy transportation, computer tuneup services, a night at the Holiday Inn Express, a meal at the Country Coral Restaurant, a night at the M and N Bed and Breakfast, and many others.

Additional items for the sale block include a 32” HD TV, a coffee table, a mini electric guitar, metal signs, a ceramic bowl, several paintings, a glass basket, and a frying pan.

If you’re looking for something unique, you could always take home a metal pig.

Check the website at for additions as they become available.

As always, quilts are a key feature at the LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity Auction. Two quilts are especially noteworthy this year. A Triple Irish Chain Quilt has been sponsored by the LCHFH Board of Directors. This quilt was pieced by a woman from Shipshewana and quilted by local crafters.

First featured at the Haiti Auction in 2013, this showpiece has been purchased and is now offered for resale at the LCHFH auction.

Its green, cream, and dark brown color scheme is stunning, and the quilt measures 95”x115”.

Another quilt is a particularly amazing gift. As Executive Director Arnold was soliciting in retail stores for auction item, a local woman who was working at the shop said, “I have a quilt at home that is pieced and quilted. All it needs is to be bound, and then I will donate it to the Habitat auction.”

“We can help you out with that,” Arnold replied.

Lolly’s Fabrics of Shipshewana volunteered to do the finishing/binding, and that quilt will join the array of many others for sale at the event. The quilt auction begins at 5 p.m.