Kingston Heritage – The bidding is over and a local children’s charity is over $17,000 richer.
The city’s decision to auction nearly 100 decommissioned street signs brought in a lot more money than officials had expected.
The online charity auction heated up in the final days and hours just before the bids closed Sept. 25, resulting in a payday that was 800 per cent higher than anticipated, according to the company that handled the auction.
“I thought that we’d maybe make a couple of thousand dollars out of this,” said an enthusiastic mayor Mark Gerretsen as he was presented with a cheque for $17,223.
It was the mayor’s motion, supported by council, that launched the first-of-its-kind fundraiser.
All of the money will be directed to PROKids, a city-run program that provides subsidies for under-privileged children to purchase sports equipment and enrolment fees for recreational activities. The mayor estimated over 50 children will benefit from the auction proceeds.
MaxSold handled the two-week online auction of discarded municipal street signs and some surplus office and workout equipment. The street markers were taken down from around the Queen’s University campus last spring when the city rebranded the area the ‘University District’ with new signs.
The most expensive sign was Bagot Street, which went for $560, followed by Nelson Street at for $480, while the three Aberdeen Street signs fetched a combined $1,100. Other street signs that sold for bug bucks included Queen’s Crescent, University Avenue, Union Street, Division Street and Johnson Street.
Most of the street signs sold for over $100, while the lowest selling sign was Barrie Street, which went for $60.
All of the green and white signs have dents and scratches, but that didn’t diminish demand for the collectibles. The successful bidders picked up their merchandise on Sept. 30.
Despite the popularity of this fundraiser, there is no indication the city plans to do it again with any other discarded street signs.